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Name : Celia J.

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Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Beautiful, Inspiring
Must Read Classic

Mistaken by Neil Jordan
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Fantastic, Brilliant
My favorite book so far...

Our group was divided- half loving the book and half hating it. However, we all agreed that it was incredibly well written.

Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Epic
Didn't want to like it, but couldn't put it down...

The premise of the book wasn't that original, but it was definitely a page turner. if you are looking for a light read, this book is a must.

Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Fun, Interesting
A page turner

It is over 500 pages, but it is definitely a quick read. It made for a very good discussion.

Women of the Silk: A Novel by Gail Tsukiyama
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Insightful, Informative
Insight into China's History

This book was a quick read, and made for some interesting discussion.

The Summer Guest by Justin Cronin
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Epic, Fantastic
Very Different Than The Passage

I had low expectations for this book, because I didn't like The Passage. This book could not have been more different, and turned out to be one of my favorites so far. I was most impressed by the ending, which was so eloquently written.

Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Romantic, Interesting
If you like Downtown Abbey...

This book reminded me a lot of the TV show. I wouldn't say it was a literary piece, but it was a good summer read.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Interesting, Brilliant
Beautifully Written

This is not the kind of book I would typically pick up, but I loved it. I was impressed that it is the author's first book, and I am looking forward to her next one.

The Kitchen House: A Novel by Kathleen Grissom
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Not for all tastes, but I loved it

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and it was interesting to learn about the history. The only issue is that a few of the scenes could be too graphic for some readers.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
Classic book, but not great for discussion

I think the problem was that everyone felt pretty indifferent to the characters. This book is definitely worth a read, but it is not ideal for book clubs.

Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Gloomy
Mixed reviews from book club

I liked the concept for the book, but the way that it was structured was confusing. I think it would have been better if they pulled the other characters though in each of the chapters.

I think the strong point for the book was the character development. There were many layers to each of the characters, and these were revealed from different perspectives. This complexity made for some good discussion.

Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Slow
Rich story with complex characters

This book got mixed reviews from our group, because people didn\\\'t like the characters. While I agree most of them weren\\\'t that likable, I felt that they had a complexity that made it quite realistic.

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Dramatic
Favorite book so far...

It was beautifully written, and the story line was rich with complexity. One of the interesting things about the book was that it took place in the late 30\\\'s, which is a time period that it is not typically covered in novels.

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
Had potential, but tone was too preachy

The plot made for an interesting discussion, but the narration really took away from the book. It didn't leave room for interpretation, and the facts cited seemed forced.

Book Club Recommended
Fun, Interesting, Adventurous
Quirky and addictive

Everyone agreed the book was a fun read, although some people were bothered by the format. I think this is the risk the writer took by being more experimental.

The Year of the Gadfly by Jennifer Miller
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Interesting, Dramatic
Addictive read, but not great for Discussion

It was a suspenseful book, but it didn't offer a lot in the way of discussion. Most of our group thought it was a quick read, but thought the content itself was just okay.

The Watch: A Novel by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya
Book Club Recommended
Best book so far

It is not a subject matter I would normally be interested in, but it was beautifully written. I was particularly impressed by the character development.

Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Dark, Interesting
Fun read

There are a lot of twists in the plot, so the book was hard to out down. Although, it is not the kind of book I could reread.

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