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Slow, Romantic, Boring
Every day in tuscany: seasons of an Italian life

I listened to the author recording of this book and my first thought was the author should not be the one reading it. She does not have a good tone or pitch for an audio book in general and no Italian accent (even after so many years in Italy) to make the book somewhat authentic. And it only gets worse from there. The book is not a "story" by any means. It is a collection of thoughts and memories written one sentence at a time that might be delivered better by a tour guide. The only redeeming aspect came from the fact that I have been fortunate enough to have traveled to Italy some years ago and could reflect back to some of the places and scenes. Without that I would not have gotten as far into the book as I did. I could not make myself finish the book and most of my book club did not either.

Julia's Chocolates by Cathy Lamb
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Romantic, Inspiring
A great story!

I loved Aunt Lidia and all the girls. Book reminds you of what is important in life.

Vinegar Hill (P.S.) by A. Manette Ansay
 
Dark, Gloomy, Unconvincing
I could not finish it - Too Dark

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Beautiful
I love the way it was written from the dog's point of view.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
I realived that unless you live it you really cannot understand the fear.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Inspires Hope

Think twice - look to the future - how many people are effected by your actions/decisions?

On Strike for Christmas by Sheila Roberts
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Insightful, Inspiring
A great light read

This book gives you the chance to read something light for the holiday season and, maybe to think twice about your own holiday spirit and what really is important.

 
Book Club Recommended
Boring, Inspiring, Optimistic
The Blue Bottle Club

A real eye opener as to how one event can change our life path without warning. A book of hope that regardless of the situation, life can work out for the best - just not exactly the way you had planned.

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
Mudbound

Good story - similar to "The Help" but farm southern. Can't believe how the wife just did as told - that there was no discussion on moving. Tense at times but loved the ending.

Look Again by Lisa Scottoline
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Adventurous
Look Again

Great Book! Reminds you to do the right thing even if it is not the best thing for you.

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

I loved this book. I thought it started out a bit slow but I realized later that you really had to get to know him and the strict lifestyle he lived to apprecciate what happens.

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Interesting
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

I loved this book! Autism has always been of interest to me. This book gives you a bit of insight to the meaning of some the actions these children/adults display. It may also define in you a bit of obsessive compulsive behavior. Christopher tells it like it is.

 
Book Club Recommended
Gloomy, Insightful, Difficult
The Deep End of the Ocean

Very interesting - not sure how I would handle - probably not like she did.

A Summer Affair: A Novel by Elin Hilderbrand
 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Informative, Pointless
A Summer Affair

Nice read - Informative about glass blowing - She needs to "Just Say NO" -May go on a bit too long - Hey, it's a novel and a good thought free book.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Adventurous, Confusing
Sticks and Scones

I liked the book but it was confusing at times. Too many stories going on at one time but I really liked Goldie. This is one of a series. Perhaps if I started at the beginning I would get a better feel of how the books flow. I will read another from the series to see.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Fun
Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter

A fun read - learned some stuff about cats I did not know.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Adventurous, Interesting
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery

I loved this little girl! She is everything I want to be when I grow up.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Informative
Against Medical Advice: One Family's Struggle with an Agonizing Medical Mystery

What a great book! The way the story is told, you really get a feel for what it is like to have a condition like turrets. You will get a better understanding that the child knew what his body was doing yet he could not stop it. The struggle with drug after drug and no positive results. And best of all the love his parents had for him - they never gave up. They understood he was sick and not just a bad kid.

 
Dark, Dramatic, Difficult
Wuthering Heights

We thought we should throw a classic or two into our reading - this one was a doozy. Too many characters with same or similar names; verbage of the era very confusing especially Joseph; worst of all the overall story! Don’t know what I was expecting - love, hate, more hate, love or like? There was no love, a bit of like and a lot of hate, greed and revenge. Not sure why this book would be a must read for any grade level in school. Really was not worth my time.

 
Boring, Pointless
Cabin Fever (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 6)

I feel OLD. This is a young persons book and I could not make myself finish it. Others in the club told how much their children love the books, again I feel old. Also I raised a girl and may not have the right connection to a boy.

"Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte
 
Dark, Confusing, Interesting
Wuthering Heights

This was an awful book. Don't know why they read it in school. Didn't get the point to any of it. Many of the names were the same (skipping a generation) and too many of them were so similar that it was hard to keep track of who was who. I only finished it because I kept thinking it just had to get better. It doesn't - don't waste your time.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Fun, Romantic

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dramatic, Inspiring

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
My Sister's Keeper : A Novel

Good book - lots of twists - not fond of the ending but can't think of any other way it should end.

Same Kind Of Different As Me by Ron Hall, Denver Moore
 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Life Changing

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Dark

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
Orphan Train

This is a wonderful book. I loved the back and forth from present day to the 1920's. Story will pull at your heartstrings, make you laugh and cry and make you thankful for what you have.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Romantic, Informative
Eight Hundred Grapes

Nice book - Makes you think about what really is important in life.

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