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Name : Marcia R.

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The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Adventurous
Four Stars

Of the books my club has selected so far, this was one of my favorites. An interesting tale, full of drama and intrigue. I found the historic references to be fascinating. I was rooting for Kuisl and Simon the whole way.

 
Informative, Interesting, Beautiful
A bit redundant, but interesting none the less

I thought there were parts of this book that were just overly redundant. After the first chapter, I agreed that there is a price that comes along with privilege. Took a while to get to the part about what we can do about this problem. Written to a fairly exclusive woman-centric audience. I did enjoy the book but it wasn't a fantastic book club book.

The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Informative
The Swan Thieves

Absolutely wonderful novel. Such detail and care was put into the way that the stories unfolded and then intertwined. So many parallels between the two stories. Absolutely my favorite book club book read to date!!

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
Semi-Strong Female Lead

An interesting tale that has a nice twist in it. Not overly addictive, but a very easy read. Somewhat cliche and expected in places but even so, that was OK.

NW: A Novel by Zadie Smith
 
Confusing, Informative, Pointless
Well... That was a waste of time

I found myself to be mainly completely confused while reading this novel. I was really hoping that a character would come along that I really cared about, but that never happened. I don\'t understand how this got to be short-listed for the 2013 Women\'s Prize for Fiction.

The Round House: A Novel by Louise Erdrich
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Interesting
Think and Learn

Definitely a great book club discussion. Really informative story about Native American law and life on a reservation. Very cool that she wrote so thoroughly convincingly as a teenaged boy.

Sweet Tooth: A Novel by Ian McEwan
 
Interesting, Slow, Unconvincing
The only good thing about this book was the last chapter...

I had high expectations of Ian McEwan and he did not fair well. What an awful book. Opportunities were squandered to take the book in an interesting direction. Not worthy of a book club\'s time, in my opinion.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
a GREAT discussion

We enjoyed being able to get the perspective of various characters in the novel. That really helped fuel the discussion as every character was true to their representation. Beautifully written and delivered. A real thought-provoking plot.

Moloka'i: A Novel by Alan Brennert
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Inspiring, Interesting
Great

A heart-wrenching tale, delicately told. Excellent fodor for a book club discussion.

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
Done in a Flash!

I got the book from the library finally with only 6 days left to book club meeting. Good thing this book was highly addictive and I finished it in 4 days! 2 days to spare but I really wish I was still reading it. It was over too fast. Loved the interwoven stories and thought the premise was a subject that should be more widely known. I can't believe children were treated/ are still treated this way in adoptive and foster families.

Orphan Masters Son by Adam Johnson
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Graphic
A Must Read!

This novel chronicles the life of a man in North Korea as the choices he makes/has made for him determine his fate. What a ride! I "read" this through books on tape on my 1hr long commute. It was slow-going at first, but once hooked, I was regularly sitting in the garage listening to just a little more. The recording also had an essay about how the author visited North Korea - very interesting. I learned a lot and am looking forward to learning more about this mysterious country.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Addictive
Devoured it

An easy read that sucked me in.

The Great Alone: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Addictive
Page Turner

The story was riveting. I wanted to know what was going to happen, but didn't want to read it too fast for fear of finishing it! There were so many twists and turns. Great book for a discussion.

My Dark Vanessa: A Novel by Kate Elizabeth Russell
 
Dark, Difficult, Gloomy

 
Informative, Interesting, Dark

The Stationery Shop by Kamali Marjan
 
Romantic, Dramatic, Insightful

Very Cold People: A Novel by Sarah Manguso
 

 
Adventurous, Insightful, Dramatic

West with Giraffes: A Novel by Lynda Rutledge
 
Adventurous, Inspiring, Interesting

 
Fun, Inspiring, Interesting

 
Insightful, Adventurous, Inspiring

 
Informative, Interesting, Dark

 
Fun, Interesting, Adventurous

Indian Horse: A Novel by Richard Wagamese
 
Interesting, Difficult, Optimistic

Felix Ever After by Callender Kacen
 

Necessary Lies: A Novel by Diane Chamberlain
 
Informative, Insightful, Dramatic

The Indigo Girl: A Novel by Natasha Boyd
 
Interesting, Informative, Beautiful

 
Informative, Interesting, Insightful

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