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Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Reeled in until the last page

 
Adventurous, Inspiring, Interesting
Read not as good as discussion...

This book is very dependent on who the reader is... as a group we felt that we could have benefited by more character development. As much as we learned a lot about hiking the PCT trail we didn't feel we were able to capture the true Cheryl and what drew her to the trail to begin with, and why she was so self-destructive.

12.21: A Novel by Dustin Thomason
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Informative
Mayan History

Good Fiction novel based on the mayan belief that the world will end on 12/21/2012. Strong character novel, interesting, and suspenseful. However the end was a little unbelievable

Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Mother First....

Amazing character development; Donoghue keeps you hoping for a "happy ever after" through a five year olds eyes. For some this may be to disturbing, but the story portrays the strength of motherhood, and how children can add hope to our lives that allows adult to endure life changing challenges.

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Insightful, Interesting
Benefits of Temporary Memory Loss

The author did an amazing job of bringing separate family members lives together through different avenues, which ends in a natural plateau.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
Best History Lesson on Lincoln's Assassination

O'reilly provided answers to many questions surrounding the assassination of Abe Lincoln, but also leaves you thinking if there was more to it! Fast read

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
WWII Romantic Drama

Strong character development leads to the success of this book. Beautifully written about life\\\\\\\'s second chances, and the need to let go of secrets at ones death.

Look Again by Lisa Scottoline
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Adventurous
Parental Love

Fast read, Lisa does a good job of making you think you know what is happening, but do you????

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Brilliant, Beautiful
Murder in a Monastery..Where do you draw the line....

Strong beliefs are important to an individuals psyche, but can those beliefs lead to your demise. Beautiful Mystery is well written with great character development. Our book club enjoyed the story and learning about the life of a monk.

The Kitchen House: A Novel by Kathleen Grissom
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
PLANATION LIFE DRAMA

THE AUTHOR WAS SUCCESSFUL AT INTERTWINING MANY SMALL STORIES INTO ONE BIG STORY. PLANTATION LIFE DRAMA. LOVED THE NARRATIVE BETWEEN BELLE AND LAVANIA. YOU WILL WANT MORE

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Confusing
wrong or right..who decides

Hosseini gives you several examples of life decisions that can be wrong doing or good doing... depending on an individuals ethics, morals, etc. A real thinker!! You will ask yourself what you would have done.

 
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
You either like it or you don't

Our book club was split 50;50 on whether to recommend. Members either loved the book, or found it very challenging to get through. If you are a history buff you will love this one. Larson does a good job of taking excerpts from various documents and combining to make cohesive story about the rise of Hilter and how the US had opportunities to stop the maddness. On the flip side Larson does provide a lot of information, which at times can be challenging if you don't read the book for a period of tiime.

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Boring
Perfect Discussion Book

Exploration of Indian (India) culture, relationships and how decisions we make effect others. Amazingly well written book. Lahiri\\\'s character detail allows you to feel their emotions.

Blindness (Harvest Book) by Jose Saramago
 
Insightful, Brilliant, Interesting
Tough Dark Read

The hard reality of life when desperation sets in!! You never know what you will or can do until you ABSOLUTELY have too! Not a book for everyone!

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

The author takes you on an adventure through a man's life journey; which reminds us how what appears on the outside isn't always what is on the inside; Heart warming story

 
Book Club Recommended
Difficult, Brilliant, Dark
Challenging but thought provoking

Many of our members had a challenging time finishing; it is not a fast read. However, I believe that the ones that did not finish were encouraged to do so by the ones that did by the end of our discussion. Provides insight into the life of a spy, and how tough it is to stay focused on the goal.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Addictive, Interesting
Strength, Commitement and Honor

Our book club enjoyed The Lake House. Alice and Eleanor are very strong interesting woman, who we all learned something from. We all fell in love with Loueannth!

 
Book Club Recommended
Addictive, Dramatic, Adventurous
Quick Read

Author's use of emails/texts helped to make the book more curious. Minimum character development. Would have like to get to know some of the characters a little better. Plot was a surprise.

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Addictive
Interesting writing format

Our group found the format interesting where the event happens and then there is back and forth between the investigation and back group on the characters; Most of the characters were interesting but the overall book we found to be ho hum .

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
 
Informative, Insightful, Brilliant
African Slave drama challenge

A few of us loved the book , and found the African slave trade history interesting, but the majority of our club found it very confusing and with two many characters and the back in forth between families was hard to follow

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting
Captivating!

13 members gave this book an 8 or better on a scale of 1 to 10. We found Kate Quinn's character development exceptional, and fell in love with Eve, Charlie, and of course Finn (Scottish gent) Loved the way Quinn used historical characters and events to weave her tale. Display of strength and courage

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
Don't skip this read!

Well written story about the good vs evil when children are taken from their home and adopted.
Wingate made al the characters come to life; We loved Rill/May!

Once Upon a River: A Novel by Diane Setterfield
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting
Storytelling vs Life...is there a difference

Hint- you need to make it past the first 80 pages; Then it will all become clear; Well written prose surrounding the river and how life compares. Our club fell in love with many of the characters. The author does an amazing job of putting everything beautifully together. Our club had a great discussion.

City of Girls: A Novel by Elizabeth Gilbert
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Adventurous, Interesting
Loving NYC and it's adventures

Gilbert takes us on a page turning journey of NYC and the dancing/theatre era of the 1940-50's. Story of how survival, sex, friends and love all intertwine. Good read!!

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Informative
Americana Therapy

Story of a small town pub who help a victim of 9/11 recover from the drama. Insight into how individuals who are so different our able to find a common ground. Story of dedication and resilience.

A Paris Apartment: A Novel by Michelle Gable
 
Interesting, Informative, Addictive
Predictable, but historical fiction held it together

The historical basis of the novel was good, and had a lot of potential but the modern love story was extremely predictable. Also the characters were under developed. Wanted/needed to know more about who they were.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Insightful
Who am I??

well written story about individuals who aren't always comfortable in their own skin, and the lengths they will go to be something else.

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