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Name : Julie S.

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Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting
Water for Elephants

The whole of our book group enjoyed this book. The ending is fabulous and unexpected! A very clever and believable story with one part in particular that left us divided as to how we interpreted it - excellent!

The Shack by William P. Young
Insightful, Inspiring, Life Changing
The Shack

Sorry but I really didn't enjoy this book. I actually skipped a few pages in the centre which I've never done before. God is a black woman, Jesus is a cool dude-type and the Holy Ghost is a transparent woman. A bit too much for me. The club had mixed thoughts but the majority didn't enjoy it.

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

An epic of a book - just when you think things can't get worse, they do - and then again. Magnificent. In my all-time top 3!

Perfume (MTI) by Patrick Suskind
Dark, Unconvincing, Dramatic
not liked by everyone!

It was readable but I wouldn't recommend it as it had very mixed reviews by our club and more didn't like it than did! Very unbelievable ending but I didn't struggle to get through it.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Fun
Fun way of writing - comprises only letters which tells the story

I really liked this book. It's cleverly written with a string of letters to and from Guernsey telling the story. A little predictable but who cares?! I loved the characters who seemed very real. Nice little quick read.

Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Insightful
Sad, sad, sad

What an amazing book - I loved it. It was a moving account of one girl's experience from 1942 when Jewish families were arrested in Paris and life after the war. At the same time 60 years on a journalist is asked to report on the 1942 round-up. The two stories come together in a thoroughly well written account - I finished the book in two days.

Interesting, Confusing, Beautiful
Something lacking...

Out Stealing Horses - I can't say I didn't like it (hence 3 stars) and I found the general story easy enough to follow. The story yo-yos from the present to past recounting an old man's life as a youngster and where he is now. However, reference to certain parts of his life within the story never seemed to be made clear and I found that nearing the end of the book I suddenly thought that there wasn't enough pages left to complete the story... and there weren't! It sort of finished and left me a little confused and a little disappointed. One of our book club members suggested that life is like that - loose ends are sometimes left and questions are not always answered - an interesting analogy but I prefer a beginning, middle and end to my novels.

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Beautiful, Fantastic
aaaaahhhhh - lovely, sad - all rolled into one

I really enjoyed The Notebook. An easy-to-read romantic but sad love story.

Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Graphic, Dramatic
Call the Midwife - my favourite bookclub book so far ...

This was amazing. A midwife's recollection of her work in the East End of London (England) in the 1950s. The stories of the people are quite incredible and I found myself going through all emotions - laughing one moment, horrified the next and then crying. I cannot recommend this enough (although I am in England I think you Americans would enjoy this too.)

Gloomy, Interesting, Unconvincing
Swallowing Grandma

Although I got through this easily, it wasn't one of my favourite reads. A girl being brought up by her crotchety Grandma, desperate to escape but unable to leave her. It is a story of her growing up with the opportunity of going to a good university. Will she go or not? ...

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

Very interesting, well-written account from the 5-year-olds' viewpoint.

The Hunger Games (Book 1) by Suzanne Collins
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting
Wow - for teenagers? ... I think not - I'm 42!!!

Fabulous read - I couldn't put it down. I read this and the other two in the trilogy in 4 days!!

Everyone else will tell the story, so I'll just say it was a scary account of a possible future - can't wait for the film later this month!

Book Club Recommended
Fun, Adventurous, Interesting
Forrest Gump and then some!

An amusing "what can possibly happen next" romp... once the 100 year old man disappears, all sorts of unexpected things happen.

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