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Name : Laurel H.

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Fun
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Fantastic book that got me to love reading again!

Pope Joan: A Novel by Donna Woolfolk Cross
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Informative, Interesting
Pope Joan

Epic story, both exciting and adventurous, as well as thought provoking and emotional. Fantastic look at life and hardships (of women especially) in the 900s.

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Inspiring, Dramatic
The Glass Castle

Wonderfully written about a difficult life. Walls' matter of fact view of her own life is eye opening!

Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Beautiful, Interesting
Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas

Impressive how well Patterson can write the inner thoughts of a woman. Wonderful book. Read with a box of tissues!

Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich
Fun, Pointless, Unconvincing
Wicked Appetite

A fun, light story. A quick read, for a light-hearted adventure... beware reader: most likely the first of a series (possibly 7+ books long).

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Optimistic
The Alchemist

A beautiful journey of lifes ups and downs, the choices we make, and the driving spirit of life goals, faith, and belief.

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

I liked this book. I found it slow to get into, and hard for me to relate to the characters (which is good i think), but definitely eye opening to cultures that exist in my own country in my own life time!

Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Adventurous
Dragon Tattoo

I don't want to say that I liked this book, but I did! It is an "icky" story of dark thoughts and actions, but wonderfully told in an exciting and addictive way!

The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Slow, Adventurous
Weight of Silence

This is a must book for discussion groups! The characters, situations, and emotions of the book are difficult and gray and GREAT for discussion! So many questions and no difinitive answers, and really opened the eyes of our new group to get to know eachother and grow closer.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Beautiful
Book Theif

The books narration/perspective from death/the grimm reaper gives a beautiful overtone to this glorious story of the life of a good and loving child through the terrible reign of nazi Germany.

Informative, Slow, Boring
Too many Bugs

This was a very informative history book about a topic that I have zero interest in. Too many bugs and ew for my taste. I wish there was more detail about the discoveries and passion for them. Left me lacking, and still very not interested in this history.

Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting
A Quick Read!

A fast read and interesting run-away circus love story told from the guys point of view. If you prepare yourself before hand for the harsh conditions of the setting, and cruelty that can be imagined, then you will love this book!

Book Club Recommended
Poorly Written, Romantic, Pointless
A fun story!

This was a beautifully fun story of romance, friendship, loyalty, and honor. Not a heavy topic, but does involve strong emotions, and diffucult personal decisions. Very good for conversations. I Love a fairytale that has no evil/bad guy, and this provided!

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
Makes You Think!!!

I really enjoyed this book. For a non-fiction it flows wonderfully and really engages the reader. I especially enjoyed the Afterward and Timeline at the end of the book that explain other medical ethics situations.

As a biochemist for a Healthcare company, I also saw it as a great record of how medical sciences have advanced in the last 60 years, and the people who shaped the medical world as it is today.

I think this is a book that EVERYONE should read!

Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Interesting, Brilliant
Night Circus

I found it wonderfully fun and enchanting. Couldn't put it down at the end, but am so sad that I've now finished it. This was such an enjoyable experience to read.

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