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

I loved this book. It was poignant and sad, yet it had funny moments as well. A real eyeopener, too.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dramatic, Brilliant
The Kite Runner

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Insightful
A thousand Splendid Suns

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dark, Pointless
Her Fearful Symmetry

I really liked this book because it was different and kind of dark.

Wench: A Novel by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dramatic, Informative
Wench

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Adventurous
The Forgotten Garden

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Pointless, Confusing
the particular sadness of lemon cake

I enjoyed this book, even though it was rather sad. It shows how family members become isolated from each other because they don't communicate. For instance, if Rose had told her father about her ability to taste the feelings of the people who made the food she ate & he had told her about the special abilities he & his father had, she might not have felt so alone and they may have had a closer relationship. The book also made me think about how tastes and smells can stir up past memories and give you a feeling of nostalgia.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Dark
The Thirteenth Tale

I loved this book. It has a gothic feel to it with its "ghost" and secrets and setting. It was sad, yet managed a happy ending for at least 1 character. Setterfield is a wonderful storyteller, and I totally agree with the last paragraph on the back flap of the book jacket. It even put into words some of the feelings I have when reading a book.

 
Unconvincing, Boring, Pointless
Fatal Loyalty

This was just your basic suspense story that wasn't really suspenseful because the whole book was very predictable. There were no real surprises; very formulaic.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Adventurous, Interesting
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Dramatic, Informative
Unbroken

I enjoyed this book. You hear so much more about the horrible things the Germans did to the Jews, that we forget about the horrible things done to the Chinese, Koreans, and Allied prisoners by the Japanese. This book helps bring that to light.

The Swan Thieves: A Novel by Elizabeth Kostova
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Beautiful, Slow
The Swan Thieves

Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Room

I had a liitle trouble getting into this book because of the language pattern of the 5yo narrator, which I don't feel was very accurate. Most 5yos I know speak more like adults than the child portrayed in this book. If his mother was the only person he talked to for the 1st 5 yrs of his life, he should have been speaking pretty much like her. The psychology of this book was what I found interesting, and I felt the author did a good job with that.

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Optimistic
A Vintage Affair

Enjoyable, easy read.

 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Fun, Insightful
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

Very charming. Nice to read about a love story between to older people for a change.

 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Interesting, Brilliant
The Night Circus

I've never been able to name a favorite book before, but now this is it. I loved this book! I was drawn in from the 1st page. It is beautifully written and very imaginative. I didn't want to put it down, yet didn't want to get to the end. I wish there really was a circus like this one.

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