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Hunger Games Trilogy Boxset by Suzanne Collins
 
Adventurous, Dramatic, Fun
Avoid Trilogies for Book Clubs

I don't think that the trilogy is a good idea for a book club, but be warned - if you decide to read the first one, you will probably read them all. These books are what I like to call "trashy speed reads" because you can't put them down, like a poorly written but still suspenseful Harry Potter or the Sookie Stackhouse Noves. Just one book makes a transatlantic flight go by in no time! However, they are no great works of literature, and therefore I think I might steer away from them at a book club.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
It grows on you.

After the first two lines of text, I sighed, wondering how I was going to get through a book written in the 1960s african american vernacular. But the book really did grow on me, even though I had some serious issues with it. It raises a lot of good discussion questions, and therefore I think it is a great book for a book club meeting. The story really does start to unfold, and towards the end is extremely gripping.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
 
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting
A Fun Read that makes for a Poor Discussion

The Hunger Games Trilogy - I'll admit, I couldn't put them down, despite the ongoing slew of grammatical errors and poor description, the lack of decent prose and all of the missed opportunities of better description. The story line is suspenseful, like a hollywood thriller movie that takes you on a wild ride and afterwards leaves you with nothing. I recommend it for a vacation or a plane ride, for sure. A nice break from reading books that make you think and raise questions. However, everyone is pretty much agains a teenage death ring and an evil government, so there isn't much to discuss after finishing it. I mean, what is there to say, really? "Bad situation, my friend." "Indeed." Conversation finished - move on to the potluck.

Little Bee by Chris Cleave
 
Dramatic, Inspiring, Interesting
Not a good read

While I found this book to be a "fast" read, it was not a good one. I found the characters to be flat, and the ending to be atrocious. I was also expecting something with a bit more humour and light-heartedness, but instead just got a sad book about sad people making sad decisions, with some horrific violence and terrible decisions thrown in from time to time. My book club did not enjoy this one.

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