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Just Okay

I read this book a few months ago. It did have a couple of humorous moments and I could empathize with Alison in the beginning but as the novel progressed it became harder to identify with. I noticed that they are billing this book as appealing to fans of Price and Prejudice as well as The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing. Well, I loved P&P and thought The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing was very overrated. Honestly, this book has nothing in common with P&P. Don't expect too much and you shouldn't be disappointed.

Unconvincing, Insightful, Interesting

The author did a great job creating a self-centered, shallow character (Jessie) for which I had absolutely no sympathy or empathy for. Couple that with some completely absurd and ridiculously bogus legends and plants and, well . . . you get the idea. I liked her first book, The Secret Life of Bees, though. I have to say that the whole idea of marrying yourself was also idiotic - what the author was trying to say could have been demonstrated in a much more plausible manner.

Epic, Fun, Adventurous
Could have used some serious editing

I found this book to be okay but not nearly as compelling as many other books I have read. Pages 150-300 really felt like I was slogging through it. Interesting but it really could have used some serious editing IMHO.

Insightful, Informative, Interesting
Very Interesting

I found this book fascinating and especially liked that the it was told from the point of view of an austistic boy. Very original and I enjoyed reading it.

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Romantic, Interesting, Beautiful
So-So Book Not Very Well Written

I did not like this book. The time travel was very haphazardly done and Clare basically does whatever Henry says. The genre is really a romance novel.

The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas
Fun, Adventurous, Interesting
Very Enjoyable Book

My book club read this last summer. We all enjoyed it. A little mystery, a little history, a wonderful narrator, and a great ending :-)

Honestly, not an award winning book but one that is a pleasure to read.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Not Scary

I read this book with my online book club and none of us felt it was scary. The writing was stilted and not very believable.

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The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Dramatic, Interesting, Dark
Enjoyable and Well Told

I enjoyed reading this book. Interesting premise and well written!

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Adventurous, Dramatic, Brilliant
So Good, You Won't Want To Put It Down

Everyone in my online book club enjoyed this book. It is well told with excellent characters.

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