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Interesting, Adventurous, Insightful
7 friends go on a fateful journey to find God.

This book is hard to get into at first. But once the plot opens up and the story line is moving it is a really good book. I think it is a book that needs to be read more than once to understand it more fully.

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
 
A handsome Prince falls in love with a very unattractive girl

The books plot has some holes in it. The main character never finds out who her birth parents are or why they abandoned her at the inn; which left us all a little disappointed. Other than that it was a good book with a cute little plot. Hopefully young girls and mothers will embrace the moral of this story, which is: What's on the outside doesn't always mirror what is on the inside.

Broken for You by Stephanie Kallos
 
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
Broken for you is magical

I love this book because it could easily be happening to anyone. The authors work "spoke" to me when I read her. I could see myself as the main character. I think everyone would identify with lose and trying to find your own identity.

 
Unconvincing, Insightful, Interesting
This book is easy reading and I enjoyed the depth

I really enjoy reading Sue Monk Kidd's books. They all touch a side of humanity that doesn't really seem to exist anymore.

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
 
Insightful, Dramatic, Inspiring
This book was fun to read

Once I started this book I couldn't put it down. I think this is the best book about a child trying to find love. Sue Monk Kidd's books are all amazing. Writen in a way that makes them feel more than fictional.

 
Dark, Interesting, Confusing
I found this book hard to read.

 
There were many different opinions about this author.

I think that because we all had a differnt opinion about this book it makes a perfect book for discussion.

 
Very easy to read and discuss

Our group was divided on this book. I liked some parts and not others. The ending was out of place for this book in my opionion. I wonder if to get her book published she had to put in a few random randy scenes. I liked the mystery about the book and how it went from one heronine to another. I thought that the two times were kept a part very well.

 
Amazing story of a woman's adventure into man territory

This book was so inspiring to me. Ruth Harkness was so brave to go to China with one one to support her. I thought the book was very intense in some places. Reading this book was incredible. That generation and our generation have similars but are so different.

Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
 
Fun, Adventurous, Boring
Makes normal money spending women feel better

I thought the book was funny. We had a good laugh and joked that each one of us was in some way just like the character.

 
Romantic, Adventurous, Dramatic
One of my favorites!!!

Every one who reads this book will fall in love and become addicted! It is beautifully written. Visit the authors website for a 'fix'. The author wrote this book from middle to end and then filled out the begining. I can not say enough about this book. Everyone should read it!!

 
Frankenstien.....4 stars

This book is a great Gothic novel. You can totally tell this book was writen in a voice of a woman. The evolution of the monster's intelligence is interesting. It's a good discussion book, for the modern day what if?....

I liked this book. Shelley wrote with haunting beauty and humanity. The second read was better than the first.

Season of the Witch by Natasha Mostert
 
Interesting, Fantastic
A love/drama story

This book was beautifully written. I enjoyed the book very much and recommend it to anyone.
There were only 2 things that really took from the book.
1. Frankie's character was no as well developed as the others.
2. The story could have done without the epiloge. My book group is unanamious on this point. The epiloge for us ruined the ending.

 
I very complex character narration.

Atwood created complicated characters and plot. Characters were witty and believable. This book was hard to get into at first but quickly warmed up. It was an enjoyable book.

Dark Angels: A Novel by Karleen Koen
 
Enjoyable solo read

I found this book fairly enjoyable. But, I'm a history nerd. I've found from experience that you have to be fond of fictional history to get into books like this. I found the main character believable, in the choices that she made and the challenges that she had to face. I would not really recommend this book for discussion but I think that it was a good book to read on my own.

 
Informative, Fun, Insightful
Just for fun book

My book club liked this book so much that most of us ended up reading the series. We would recommend it for any group as a just for fun read. And, we did have a very interesting discussion on paranormal activite.

Before I Wake: A Novel by Robert J. Wiersema
 
Inspiring, Beautiful
Very emotionally moving book

This book so far my favorite. I recommend it to everyone. It will touch your heart. The ending a surprise. I don't think you will be sorry for reading it.

 
Just for fun

If you have a group of mommies is a great book. Every mom will be able to bond and relate to this book.

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
 
Classic Story

This is a good opening for discussing the moral issues of testing on animals and humans.

 
Great laughs, lots of fun to read...

Our book group liked reading this. We had fun talking about the possibility of opening our own finishing school for boys, of course it was all in fun.

P S I LOVE YOU by Cecelia Ahern
 
Good Chic Lit

This book was fun to read. It's fun to make your own list, really thinking about what you would have your partner do to grieve for you. This book opened up a new possibility for dealing with death. It gives hope that grief is not overwhelming and all consuming, it can be done in a more positive way.

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
 
Fun, Romantic, Interesting
LOVE this book

Sarah's book is amazing! I read this book in 2 days. I could not put it down! Garden spells reminded me of Practical Magic. I am drawn to books about Earth Magic possibilitys and justice being done. This book was interesting for the way that each sister grieved for their mother in different ways, her death changed each of their life paths, but in the end brought them back together, to heal and be stronger. I will definately read this book again. :-)

 
Fun, Optimistic
Ideal jobs

I really enjoyed this book. It was fun coming up with a dream job and discussing it with the group.

Peony in Love by Lisa See
 
Beautifully written story

This is such a delicate story. It is my favorite book that I have read so far this year! The writing is very enchanting. I was fasinated by the inside view of a hidden culture that Lisa provided. I fell in love with this book, I became involved with this story, I felt like Peony, I felt her feelings along with her. Such a beautiful, enchanting, talented story.

 
Beach read

Easy to read. I have the whole series. The first book was a little rough. Some of the characters weren't given as much 'personality' as she could have given them. The ending was a little bit of a surprise. I'm hoping that the characters will become more developed now.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
 
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
one of our best discussions yet

My group thought this book was very well written over all. It was a very good discussion on what we liked about the book and we related with the characters. We were divided by the ending. One member thought it was poetic justice that he was killed with the icicle,(it was thought that suzie actually made it happen herself). We all agreed that the father should have divorced the mother; the way she left was unacceptable to us; the fact that she was gone for 8 years was ridiculous. And we laughed at the randomness of the motorcycle shop scene. Everyone enjoyed the talented writing of this author, however, I don't think any one of us would read this book a second time.

How to Be Lost: A Novel by Amanda Eyre Ward
 
Great book for book groups

This book was so good. I was entraced by the story line. I could not put it down I had to find out if they ever find her. The ending was good not what you would have wished but, it was not sad. I would definetly read this book again.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
 
Dramatic, Insightful, Beautiful
Fantastic Book

We all Loved this book. The discussion questions were insightfull and helped us create a great book discussion. We all fell in love with Max and wished that Lesile would have married him. Also, we loved that underneath The Stadover Man you could see the words for My Struggle. We all agreed that this book was one of our favorite group discussions.

Mr. Maybe: A Novel by Jane Green
 
Predictable

Our group was disapointed with this book. We found the plot "cheap" and predictable. The "love" scenes were very disapointing to begin with, the charaters were lacking in personality and over all we found it a very boring book.

 
A good read...

This book is a good book if your interested in getting into magical fiction. The characters are likeable. I would definetly recommend this book to friends, but I don't think it was a strong book for a group discussion.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
 
Interesting, Insightful, Inspiring
Intense and involving..Loved it

This book is a must read. The author made Melinda come to life for me. It may sound stupid but I will admit that I talked to the book. Every time IT came around her I would feel the same panic. At the end I was totally rooting(?) for her when IT locked them in the closet and tried to rape her again.

 
Dramatic, Optimistic, Interesting
No better combination: coffee & mysteries

I read this on my own because I love coffee and mysteries. There is no better combination. I have learned ablot of new information about coffee and I love the characters. I am now reading the other books in this series. I would also recomend her other series about a haunted book shop, sorry the name she wrote those under has sliped my mind. Check out her website it will be there. :-)

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
 
Dramatic, Insightful, Beautiful
Future Classic

We think this book will be a classic. The style of writing, the story line itself. It is a fabulous book all around. My group recomends this book to everyone! We LOVED it. It was a great book to read, very emotional.

 
Uninteresting and unbelievable

My group did not like any of the characters in Fowler's book. We found them very unconvincing. For example the lesbian who had a passion for men in romance novels, and the lady who had creepy male experences. And that girl who didn't get a reality check until girls camp. Come on.

 
Persuasive, Inspiring
Redemtion of humanity

I think the classics are better enjoyed alone. My book group didn't quite get in to this book like we thought we would. However the story line is great, we just didn't find enough in it to have a discussion with. Eliot shows us that wit transends time. Quite the gifted story teller.

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
 
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
Highly Recommend

This book is wonderful. The story of a family that struggles with the need to keep one daughter who is dieing of cancer and the daughter they conceved to be her donor. This story was beautifully written, masterful, and sad. A tribute to families that have to deal with this issue, in various degrees.

 
Interesting, Inspiring, Dramatic
What Crazy Parents!!!

I gave this book 4 stars just because of the bravery & intellegence that Jeannette shows in her writing. I found this book witty and horrifing. In some parts I couldn't understand why anyone would choose to live the way her parents did. Congradulations to Jeannette for surviving and becoming a healthy/successful woman. Very inspiring.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
 
Interesting
A good page turner....

We all enjoyed this book very much. The only thing we did not like where the Kingdom names. But over all we agreed that this book was a good book club pick. The characters are well developed. The Heroine/Hero were amazing and the villians are creepy.

 
Dramatic, Poorly Written, Adventurous
Would Not Recommend This Book For Discussion

We did not like this book. We all agreed that this book was meant for an older audience (in their 20's) than for the teenage group. We did not like the characters or the art work of the book we got. (It wasn't the one pictured) The descriptions of some of the settings were cool but the rest of the book was not.

The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
 
Fun, Romantic, Optimistic
Favorite book

Allen's books get better with everyone she writes. This book is full of twists and surprises. I thought the charaters were well developed.

Pride & Predjudice by Jane Austen
 
Book of Sustance

Mrs. Bennett is hilarious. I love the charaters Jane Austen's wit is very unique. I enjoyed the characters.

Augusta Locke by William Haywood Henderson
 
Beautifully rich descriptions

The group agreed that the descriptions were great. You could really feel like you were experiencing the west as Gussie did. As a reader you could tell that Henderson was putting his love of the west into this book.
We felt that there was no connection with any of the characters. In fact one of the members stated that she felt the book was never going to end. For our group we did not like it, we did not connect with the characters or plot.

 
Suspense, magic, possible romance

This was a fun, easy read. The series deems to be promising. The characters show development through out the book. A couple of members of the book club suggested that Damsgaard should rename the series "Ophelia & Darcy Mysteries". The characters ended up being really fun to discuss. The plot was easy to follow and we are excited to read the rest of the series.

Pirates! by Celia Rees
 
A rip-roaring, swashbuckling, adventure Pirates! has it all!

Nancy Kington, 16, discovering that the family's fortune comes from the labor of slaves on their Jamaican plantation. Not only that, but she has a half-sister named Minerva living on the plantation.

Now the estate is in near ruin as the family fortune has been leeched by her brothers. Their plan to save themselves is to sell their sister to a rich, and extremely creepy, neighbor.

Dreading a forced marriage that would be in truth slavery, Nancy and Minerva make a run for it, after Nancy kills her late father's overseer when she finds him trying to rape Minerva, and join a pirate crew.

This is a good thriller, and while it's pretty improbable, it was very entertaining.

The Lace Reader: A Novel by Brunonia Barry
 
Interesting, Dramatic, Confusing
Not what we expected

We would give this book more like a 3 1/2 star rating out of 5. Some parts of the book flowed well but most of it was random. The points of view anlternates from chapter to chapter, which made the book interesting and hard to follow at the same time. At times the plot felt predictable to us. And some members complained about having a hard time getting into the book. The book did bring on a really good discussion of venting about the book, though. Everyone gets a diffrent view point from this book; and in the group it was worth the reading.
Over all our group has decided to put this in the "Never-read-again" shelf.
Okay, so this book is about a family of women with "the sight," who can read a person's future through lace. Except there's very little actual lace reading that goes on in the book. There's a fair bit of lace making, but no reading. The heroine has been estranged from her relatives, until her great aunt goes missing. There is a whole lot of painful backstory exploration of the heroine's dead twin sister who was given away as an infant and suffered awful things before she commited suicide. There's a young woman who's been caught up in a cult led by an ex-relative of the family. There's a detective who's slowly falling in love with Towner (main character). The author gets you to invest a whole lot of energy and belief in the story, and then at the end, you discover that almost everything you were led to believe was a lie, and there's not enough story left to allow the reader to adjust to the new information, which is apparently the real reality...

Seeing Me Naked by Liza Palmer
 
Seeing Me Naked

Elizabeth Page is a 5 star chef. She works in a field that is completely oppisite of her famous father and brother who are writers. She is waiting for the man she thinks she loves to love her enough to stay and trying to figure out where her life is really going. Since her five/eleven year plan is failing her.
At one of her mother's charity auctions she meets a man she thought she would never fall for. It turns out that she fell in love with him anyway.
This book is a definition of dysfunctional. Father making out with son's current fling in the kitchen at a family dinner, Fist fight at Thanksgiving, Chef that degrads and disrespects his employees.
I think what saved this book was the ending. The initmate life changing event of witnessing a child being born, and a boyfriend willing to put aside his ego for just one minute to see the bigger picture. I think Daniel's character was a wonderful fantasy but I don't think it was very realistic that he would get Elizabeth's insecurities and fears without her having to spell them out.
I enjoyed this book, it was a nice romance with a heavy dose of getting your priorities straight and what it means to be happy as an individual. The author also gives us a good perspective of what it actually means to be in the food industry; the politics and personalities of chefs in a professional kitchen.
Fun, quick, easy read. A little too much swearing, but once I got past that, it was a good read

Poison Study (Study, Book 1) by Maria V. Snyder
 
Romantic, Adventurous, Addictive
Good character discussion

The book was a good read. It was developed enough to keep our interest for the rest of the series. We thought the plot was well planned and understood. "A little confusing to put together everyone's age, but overall a really fun, romantic (but clean) book. I'm excited to read the next one."
Yelena is "rescued" from execution when she is given the opportunity to be the food taster for the Commander. Which of course, means, that if someone attempts to poison the Commander, she's poisoned first. She decides the trade off is worth it and enters life in the castle. She works under Valek, the second in command, who teaches her the skills she needs to detect poisons.
Life in the castle isn't as simple as just that. Her escape from execution didn't please a few key people - and Yelena has to be constantly on guard.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting
It's a cross between Enders Game and Pretties. Really enjoyed.

The story is addictive and fast. The ending was to abrupt though. Can't wait for book two! And what's with the wolves? Loved the story. Recommend it with no hesitation.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
Thought Provoking

Reading this book had me asking some questions about morals. About harvesting children. About family loyalty. The story is a fight about life and freedom for 2 young girls. One dieing and the other one meant to be used to cure her sister.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Inspiring, Optimistic
Inspiring Chic-Lit

This book was fun to read. What kind of list would we make? Would we be able to make a difference in someone elses life? We all have our lists, are we brave enough to dust them off and see what happens if we try to put them to use?

Blue is for Nightmares by Laurie Faria Stolarz
 
Slow, Unconvincing
Blue is for Nightmares

We had high hopes for this book. But were left with disappointmet. The story started off promising but then dragged through the middle and then was shoved together at the end. There were interesting parts scattered throughout but we didn't feel that there was enough to pull the story together.

Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks
 
Slow, Unconvincing, Confusing
Evil Genius

This book was slow moving. The characters started to become meshed with eachother partway through the first half. The characters could have used some more development, and the plot felt like it was worked through as the author was writing it.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Adventurous
Requires some patience

The plot was slow moving and at times confusing, due to the termanology not modified for english readers. For example in terms of money there is never a reference as to what that is in $$ or even Euros. And the names where confusing, the author's use of just the character's last names got to be confusing too.
The book was good but not a great fit for young women who mostly read for a light escape.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous
Finally a strong female in a teen vampire book!

Mead's Vampire Academy may be considered YA but this series is highly addictive. Rose was a breath of fresh air. She is not a vampire but she is a solid character. I was so excited to finally read a YA book that has a strong female heroine. One who will think for herself and who can take care of herself. A heroine that is not waiting for the next hot guy to save her.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Adventurous
Good prehistoric read

There is a lot of good descriptions. The story flew well and full of life. It's about this little girl (Ayla) who is left orphaned and alone during prehistoric times, then picked up and raised by Neanderthals. The rituals that the people preformed to claim their property, saftety during a hunt and rites of passage where faboulously written. This is a great book for the imagination.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Inspiring, Optimistic
The Next Thing on the List

June Parker, works for L.A. Rideshare, adores her rent-stabilized apartment in Santa Monica, and struggles with losing a few pesky pounds. And her life is about change.
After a fatal car accident in which her passenger, Marissa, dies, June finds herself in possession of Marissa's list, “20 Things to Do By My 25th Birthday.” Even though they barely knew each other, June is compelled by both guilt and a desire to set things right and finish the list for Marissa. As June races to achieve each goal before the deadline, she learns more about her own life than she ever bargained for. This story inspired each of us to think of our own lists. A couple of us even made our own.

 
Book Club Recommended
Unconvincing, Difficult, Confusing
Love story

This book flowed well and was easy to read. The story of a young woman who dies and spends 80 years as a ghost. The characters were believable.

Little Bee: A Novel by Chris Cleave
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
A little misleading

The characters stay with you after you've finished the book. Little Bee is dramatic, and heart breaking. There were horrific parts to this book that I wished had been left out. Overall this book was interesting and the end had a hopeful air too it. I would recommend this book for book clubs.

 
Fun
Funny

A road trip to get over a loss of a "serious" girlfriend becomes a trip of romance and self discovery for two boys just out of high school.
Our group liked this read but it did not make a big impression with us. We thought the book was random and amusing. This would be a good beach read.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Brilliant
Beautifully written

This story is told by a woman who was born at a dangerous time in history. Born into a pagan culture, she witnessess christianity sweep through her country taking over everything that was familiar.
Gwynneve's one goal in life is to grown up to be a druid and become the wife of Giannon. She spends many years with Giannon but she never has her wish to have a child with him realized.
After he is taken she goes to a convent and is content to be there but when a new abbot and nun come to stay it quickly turns to a dangerous mad house.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
Touching

The voices of the 3 women in this book come to life. I appreciated the adversity and life changing situations. It's hard to believe that these situation we in the recent past. Stockett is a brillant writer and the characters are amazing.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun
Fun and easy to read

Easy to read, a little "fluffy".

The Witch's Daughter by Paula Brackston
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Graphic, Informative
Interesting and thoughtful

Bess is over 300years old. She has been stalked all this time by a very dangerous and dark demon. A story of bravery, trust, love and triumph.

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