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The Undomestic Godess by Sophie Kinsella
 
Good light reading

Everyone in our book club enjoyed this book. Although it is admittedly "chick lit" it was also funny and engaging. We selected it for our August meeting, and I think that it was a perfect summer read.

The Tender Bar: A Memoir by J. R. Moehringer
 
Interesting, Insightful, Dramatic
Well-written memoir

This was a well-written and charming memoir. Most everyone in our club enjoyed this book, and it sparked interesting discussion. However, we all agreed that it was slow and had a tendency to drag.

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
 
Romantic, Interesting, Beautiful
Fascinating

I loved this booked, and found myself analyzing the ending and other scenes long after I had finished reading. It did take a little while to get up to speed since it jumps around - you have to get through a good bit of it to be able to follow the time-traveling. It may help to re-read the first 50-100 pages as one reviewer mentioned. About half of our book club loved this book, the other half didn't care for it (I think they found it difficult to follow/understand).

The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
 
Fun, Optimistic, Adventurous
Good light reading

Everyone in our book club enjoyed this book. Although it is admittedly "chick lit" it was also funny and engaging. We selected it for our August meeting, and I think that it was a perfect summer read.

The Tender Bar: A Memoir by J. R. Moehringer
 
Interesting, Insightful, Dramatic
Well-written memoir

This was a well-written and charming memoir. Most everyone in our club enjoyed this book, and it sparked interesting discussion. However, we all agreed that it was slow and had a tendency to drag.

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
 
Romantic, Interesting, Beautiful
Fascinating

I loved this booked, and found myself analyzing the ending and other scenes long after I had finished reading. It did take a little while to get up to speed since it jumps around - you have to get through a good bit of it to be able to follow the time-traveling. It may help to re-read the first 50-100 pages as one reviewer mentioned. About half of our book club loved this book, the other half didn't care for it (I think they found it difficult to follow).

Broken for You by Stephanie Kallos
 
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
Interesting and uplifting

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and thought it was uplifting although others in our club disagreed. The characters were interesting and very likable, and I liked the way the story developed although some found it to be too predictable.

 
Informative, Interesting, Dark
Not very interesting

I guess I kept waiting for the stories to come together but they never did. Like another reader, I found a lot of the architectural detail to be drawn-out and boring. It was a nice history lesson, and well-written from a literary perspective. Other than that, I found it rather boring.

 
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Interesting

The story was solid and it kept my interest throughout the book, but I didn't feel like I truly understood or cared about any of the characters.

 
Dramatic, Graphic, Unconvincing
Wonderful, even if not entirely factual

If James Frey hadn't claimed this to be a true account, what you would have is an excellent novel. I loved this book, I couldn't put it down. It was shocking, tragic, and inspirational. An insightful look into addiction, I recommend this book as long as you can read with an open mind.

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
 
Interesting, Inspiring, Dramatic
A fascinating read

I was hesitant to read another memoir, but this was excellent.

Eating Heaven by Jennie Shortridge
 
Inspiring, Beautiful, Insightful
Enjoyable read

The book was cute, but not everyone in our club liked it. I enjoyed it, but thought the ending was rushed and kind of a let down after all the build up.

Moloka'i: A Novel by Alan Brennert
 
Informative, Inspiring, Interesting
Beautiful story

I loved this book, the story was fascinating and spanned a lifetime. The writing was rich with detail, and you felt like you really were there and knew the people. I learned something new in reading this book, and that I always appreciate.

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

The Shack by William P. Young
 
Insightful, Inspiring, Life Changing
Just fine, but not great

Fine, an easy read though slow and preachy. There were some good lessons that readers can take with them if they choose.

 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Adventurous, Dramatic
Not for serious readers

The writing itself was pretty mediocre, definitely at a pre-teen reading level, but the story was interesting. It was a fun, very quick read, but take it for what it is.

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