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My Reviews

 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Informative, Beautiful
Possibly the sweetest coming-of-age book ever

 
Fun, Boring, Pointless
Not that funny......

See my review at http://hopewellmomschoolreborn.blogspot.com/2011/03/mennonite-in-little-black-dress.html

The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Dramatic
Good

I liked it--good believable characters, good story, pleasant read.

 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Fun, Insightful
Mature romance

Good to see some mature folks getting to have some romance. Wonderful characters!

House Rules: A Novel by Jodi Picoult
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Interesting
Unique Crime

Life with an autistic son and a typically developing son with a crime thrown in. Very readable.

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

Silly book, silly ideas, might be good for a junior high youth group....

 
Fun, Insightful, Adventurous
Silly, often trite

but some good moments. One character with a stupid nickname and three of the kids had ridiculous names. Trite.

The 19th Wife: A Novel by David Ebershoff
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
A new look at Brigham Young

Interesting book full of surprises, but not excellent.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Interesting
Interesting book

Jews in England before and immediately after WWI from a young boy's perspective. Very moving and interesting.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Interesting, Insightful
Funny book

Funny book about a way-out lifestyle. Ended up feeling sorry for the guy..........

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting
weird book but worth it

Not my usual type book to pick. Very different.

Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting, Inspiring
Dramatic

The everyday becomes dramatic--some parts a little slow, but well worth it.

 
Adventurous, Interesting, Informative
So awful I don't have words

Too P.C. for words--none of it believable. Save your time and money.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Fun
One of the most enjoyable books in years

I want to know these people! I want them to be real.

Loving Frank: A Novel by Nancy Horan
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Dramatic
My book of the year

On my blog a few years ago this was my "Must Read Book of the Year."

 
Book Club Recommended
Dark, Dramatic, Difficult
Hard to believe

no one got him real therapy.....it's fiction that's too real.

Matched by Ally Condie
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting, Fun
None of the words really work for this one

It's an odd book with an odd premise, but one that makes you stop and think.

 
Book Club Recommended
Slow, Unconvincing, Interesting
Good mother/daughter book

Different views from the different generations. Believable.

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Insightful
Good for a Church book club

Not your typical Bible-based story at all. Very mdoern themes, but very good.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Interesting
Interesting

Coming from the midwest and knowing almost nothing of Chinese history this was fascinating. The good stay-at-home sister and the career sister and all that life brings them. Good women's club choice.

Town Like Alice, A by Nevil Shute
 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Inspiring, Romantic
This book has it ALL

Drama, Romance, even [for it's day] a little racy boy-girl stuff! Inspiring to see what one person can do--even if it is fiction.

 
Adventurous, Inspiring, Interesting
Just plain awful

"Poor Me" should be the subtitle of this mess. Graphic sex, no real writing style, too many problems to mention. Heroin is "beautiful??????" Give me a break. Oprah should be ashamed of promoting this mess.

 
Confusing, Unconvincing, Pointless
Merely "ok"

Not much of a story. I don't understand the hype for this book.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
One of the best books this year

Can "wrong" ever really be "right?" That's the main question in this fabulous debut novel.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Interesting
Style gets old

A unique style of writing brings this book much of it's attention. Sadly, that style gets annoying pretty fast. The story itself is well worth it. This will likely come up in Women's Studies classes in a few years.

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Optimistic
An excellent addition to the "Major Pettigrew genre"

Harold Fry's epic journey will resonate well with groups--especially older women's groups. Like Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, the Widower's Tale and Bill Warrington's Last Chance, this book is the story of retired man looking for some meaning in what's left of his life. Wives and widows will laugh and nod their heads at this one.

Greyhound by Steffan Piper
 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Adventurous
Excellent coming-of-age story

This one is not to be missed. All that you thought you knew about terrible parenting and its effects on children will be challenged. And, the oft-told tales about strangers are both confirmed and blown away in this story.

The Orchard: A Memoir by Theresa Weir
 
Insightful, Beautiful, Informative
Kept waiting for the story

There is nothing "wrong" with this book, it just goes so slowly no where.....

The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
 
Book Club Recommended
Slow, Interesting, Insightful
This is not Miss Read\\\\\\\'s English Village, but it\\\\\\\'s a great read

From the reviews at Amazon I expected to throw this back. We all know J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter) can tell a great story, but the average for this one was only 3 stars. I think that is an injustice!! Once again, though, it maybe a case of the book being better on audio. Tom Hollander is a great voice for this story. Rowling\\\\\\\'s story begins when Parish [Town] Councilor Barry Fairbrother dies in the Country Club parking lot of natural causes in his wife\\\\\\\'s arms. This then creates a casual vacancy on the Council. What happens next is WHY the Bible tells us God keeps vengeance strictly for himself!!

An ensemble cast of characters who are vividly drawn and well-developed tell the rest of the story, though it is not told in first person. Each person has an inner ax to grind or an unrequited passion to live out. The teenagers, the law partners, the Deli Owner and his wife, the addict Mom in the projects (Council Housing in the UK) and her very vulnerable little boy as well as the dissatisfied wife of one of the attorneys, the spurned girlfriend who has ruined her life moving to the village--it\\\\\\\'s quite a cast. The story shows how gossip, ridicule and hatred build and ruin lives. It is an excellent moral tale without being a moral tale. I highly recommend it. This is not a Miss Read story though. It is very, very gritty. Personally, I hope there is a sequel!! The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling.

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