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The Awakening by Kate Chopin
 
Book Club Recommended
Boring, Insightful, Interesting
makes for a good discussion

The best thing about this book was that it was short and free on my kindle. It might make for interesting discussion,but overall it bored me to tears. The worst part was not even realizing it had ended because it was combined in with a book of short stories. I'm sure that there are feminists out there who would applaud this early exploration into feminism, but I'm not one of them!

*I'm adding to my review that this book DID make for an excellent discussionwithin our club. As I've often heard, there is a difference between a good book and a good Book Club Discussion book. This definitely falls into the later category. Our club went nutty and discussed it thoroughly and with lively debate. While I personally didn't care for the book, it did rate quite highly overall from our members - so I would recommend it to other clubs.

Still Alice by Lisa Genova
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Interesting
Beautifully written. Difficult and Sad Subject.

14 women reviewed this book. On a scale of 1 to 5 - 5 being high - no one rated it lower than a 4. It recieved an overall rating of 4.14. I do not like to "recap" the events of a book as I think that it takes away from the experience of reading it - so I will only comment on our impressions. We all agreed that it was difficult subject matter to read, but it generated excellent and thoughtful discussion using the readers guide questions. Overalll - despite the sadness that is generated by the disease, it was not a totally depressing book to read. The viewpoint from Alice made some of us rethink our positions on how it might be to have those moments of lucidity amidst the larger periods of confusion and memory loss. We were also somewhat comforted by the love and support that she recieved from various people in her life. There were some of us that either read this book for the second time, or now want to re-read it to pick up on nuances that were missed the first time around. An excellent debut novel. We look forward to more from this author!

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Inspiring, Epic
If this was fiction, you would never believe it!

Unbelievable story of leadership and survival under the most harrowing conditions imaginable. Strongly recommend the DVD set for viewing after The book has been read. It contains actual photo footage of the boat being crushed plus a more detailed biography on Shackleton's life and his fate after this voyage. Remarkable story!

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Inspiring, Beautiful
A fast easy read, with lots of room for interesting discussion

12 members met to discuss this book. It got an overall rating of 3.5 from our club. We all found that it was a fast easy read. While many of us felt frustrated at some of the plot, some of the members had interesting insights relative to God and Christianity as they related to those frustrations. I would recommend this to book clubs that have an open mind about Christianity. It has a strong Christian-based theme that might not be well-recieved by all clubs.

The Language of Flowers: A Novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Beautiful, Interesting
Loved this book

This story caught me in the first chapter and held me until the very end. The sign of a good book to me is one that you hate to see come to an end. This is such a book. Beautifully written, interesting characters, and a storyline that kept me turning pages. This book is a book that stayed with me long after I had finished it. Our club thoroughly enjoyed it and it received a rating of over 4 stars (0ut of 5).

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Interesting
great discussion book

Our group found a lot to talk about after reading this book and it rated an average of 3.55 out of a scale of 5 with 10 reviewers.. One of the truly remarkable aspects is the age of the author!

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Inspiring
Infidel

An amazing book. It was our highest rated book club book ever. so much to discuss - everyone was completely blown away.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Interesting
A Different Style

Our club gave this book an overall rating of 3 out of 5 stars, but I personally enjoyed it a lot. The writing style is first person plural which most of our members had difficulty with because they couldn't connect with any of the characters, because there were not singular characters and no linear story line. I thought it was beautifully written and it garnered some intersting discussion from our members. After I finished this book, I read Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, which was a nice follow-on to this book and did have characters and a story line that people can connect with.

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
 
Book Club Recommended
Difficult, Informative, Insightful
Good book for discussion

Not a riveting read - in fact after the first half, it was much like a textbook on psychology - and not so enjoyable. Yet - the basis for his theories was extremely interesting and sparked some fairly good book club discussion. It's definitely more on the "intellectual" side of a read than the "enjoyable" side of a read, so having said that up front - I WOULD still tell book clubs to throw it into the mix. It's only 165 pages long and it will open up some interesting perspectives on what motivates us in our lives.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Inspiring
What a story

Our book club rated this 4 out of 5 stars with many members giving it 4.5. I was skeptical that it would spark good discussion, but we had very lively and interesting discussions about not only this story, but wars, soldiers, family in military service. Decision-making during war-time. Moral compass. It was a great book club pick.

 
Book Club Recommended
Optimistic, Inspiring, Dramatic
Everyone should read this story

Amazing story of survival, faith, ambition and gratitude. Highly recommended - one if the highest rated books our club has read 4.4 out of 5

Wonder by R. J. Palacio
 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Beautiful
Great for ALL ages

Mourn club enjoyed both reading and discussing wonder. We had great discussions around being right versus being kind. We recommend this book to readers of all ages.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Fun
Fun book for our aged book club

What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Informative, Addictive
Mostly either loved or hated

first Time our club has been so widely divided. People either lovedit or hated it. Great discussion book though, so it was one I recommend to other clubs.

Orphan Masters Son by Adam Johnson
 
Book Club Recommended
Dark, Insightful, Graphic
North Korea is off my travel wish list

Creative fictional account of life in North Korea. I was enthralled with the characters and the story. It's the type of book that absolutely begs for discussion. Great book club choice

 
Informative, Insightful, Dark
Made for great discussion....but

Difficult to read. Not a linear story. Many characters. All that said, we had a great discussion - but the group largely did not enjoy reading this one, and several were unable to finishe despite it being under 250 pages. Not compelling enough to want to return to for many of us. Finding out that all of the Characters were in fact real people the author was surprising. As fiction - not a winner, but as non fiction tremendously interesting look at the caste and extreme poverty in India.

 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Insightful, Dramatic
Thoughtful and Besutifuly written

 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Romantic, Insightful

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Inspiring, Interesting
Great for Discussion

While I personally did not love this book - our book club mostly did and tmrated it fairly high. It was a great discussion book. Recomnended!

A Man Called Ove: A Novel by Fredrik Backman
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Insightful, Beautiful
Sweet Story

While the prose was sparse, the story was compelling. We loved the characters...all of them. Enjoyable read. Good discussion

 
Confusing, Dark, Slow
We managed a good discussion .... but

Our club rated this book a 2.33 - it was repetitive and dark and not extremely well - written. We managed to have an engaging discussion, but this book on the whole was not an enjoyable read for most.

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dramatic, Interesting
Best Selection For Book Clubs

So many topics to discuss with this book. It was the highest rated book we had read in 4 years. Difficult in part for some, wholly satisfying to all. Can't recommend I t highly enough

A Gentleman in Moscow by AMOR TOWLES
 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Brilliant, Insightful
Another Winner

Although slow in some parts or confusing with some minutiae, our club rated this a solid 4. We liked the characters and their relationships with each other. Amor Towles can write. Inspired interesting book club discussion

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Difficult, Dramatic
Timely - Great discussion

While the characters were not exactly lovable, the story was engaging and completely topical for today's headlines. Makes for great book club discussion about the plight of undocumented workers and families separated.

 
Interesting, Insightful, Fun

Our club found this book provided lots of lively discussion topics and was pretty well enjoyed by everyone. On a personal level, I thoroughly enjoyed this read - 5 stars worth. Our average rating for the book club was closer to 4. Eleanor was someone who definitely grew on you as you as wound your way to the end of the story.

 
Informative, Interesting, Insightful

Our group was both stunned and horrified by this bit of history. Amazed that none of us were at all aware of any of this prior to this book being published. We learned a lot. It was a good discussion book.

 
Adventurous, Interesting

The group was mixed on this one

Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
 
Book Club Recommended
Addictive, Fantastic, Fun
Fun and Quirky

I listed to this book on audible and thoroughly enjoyed it. You do have to suspend your belief in reality, but it is a super fun, super fast read with interesting characters. I was hooked from the beginning to the end.

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