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On Beauty: A Novel by Zadie Smith
 
Interesting, Difficult, Confusing
Good, but a slow read

The book was good, but many a parts were overdone and long-winded. The story was interesting and we saw how life evolved for the various characters within a family.

 
Romantic, Fun, Interesting
Cute, light, funny

Cute book, light read, funny at parts. I'm looking forward to trying the sequal, "Baby Proof."

 
Fun, Interesting
Cute southern novel

I liked the book, it was a cute story set in the south.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
 
Informative, Dramatic, Insightful
Fantastic Book, Quick Read

Our book club loved it, the book was meaningful, compelling, emotional, and kept your attention throughout the read.

City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi by William Dalrymple
 
Interesting, but a tedious read

Our book club thought the book was insightful, but at times a tedious read. The author's perspective was interesting, but in some cases one-sided. It wasn't a typical travel journal as it contained information from past and present - historical perspective combined with author's current year in Delhi.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
 
Inspiring, Insightful, Optimistic
Our book club loved it!

"The Alchemist" lent itself to the sharing of some life-time experiences including some surreal ones The discussions were very reflective and thought provoking. The book defintiely had two stories in parallel - the simple literal story and the bigger picture as it applies to the struggles of life. It would be wonderful to encourage our kids and family to read the book and that perhpas we need to keep it by our bedside for an occassional refresher course.

Maggie Rowan by Catherine Cookson
 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Insightful, Interesting
Maggie Rowan, still a good read....

It is an older book, out of print now, but the author was ahead of her time in some ways in portraying the complexity of her characters. Some of our book club members had a hard time getting into the book, the language in some cases is working class of the 30's and so it takes getting used to. But overall, the characters are well-developed and grow with the story. It was hard not to hate Maggie Rowan, the character, and at the same time, feel a tremendous amount of sympathy.

Shadow Princess: A Novel by Indu Sundaresan
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Adventurous
The story behind the story of the Taj Mahal...

Being a huge fan of the Twentieth Wife and Feast of Roses, I could not wait for the last of the trilogy, Shadow Princess to be released. And the book met my expectations above and beyond! Shadow Princess not only brings history’s most famous story of the Taj Mahal to life, but also the characters we don’t know as much about: the children of the famous love duo.

I enjoyed how the historical fiction novel chronicles the life, love and tragedy of Shah Jahan and his sons and daughters, their quest for affection and title of the crown---all in full detail, bringing in emotions, descriptions and surroundings of that time. Each sibling had an individual personality, each unique from a perspective that made sense and you could empathize with each based on his or her motives and drives.

Often times when you read a book from an author, you are disappointed if their next book is not of the same caliber. But the trilogy does not disappoint!

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