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Name : Stacey A.

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Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd
 
Book Club Recommended
Unconvincing, Dramatic, Boring
Promoted lively discussion...

Not the most enjoyable read but this was one of the best book club discussions we\\\'ve had in quite some time. People had strong opinions about the characters in the book and some of the decisions they made.

The Ghost Bride: A Novel by Yangsze Choo
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Slow
Enjoyable read

An interesting story that was not what I was expecting. In general, the book club enjoyed the book. No one was bowled over by it but all found some interesting elements to it. There were some muddled points in the middle and the supernatural element won't appeal to everyone but there was something different about this book.

Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King
 
Book Club Recommended
Dark, Scary
Prompted interesting discussion

We chose one short story from the book, "A Good Marriage" to read and discuss. People found the story compelling and we had an interesting discussion about the ethical dilemma presented in the story.

The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
 
Book Club Recommended
Slow, Interesting, Insightful
Small Town, Big Drama

A wonderful book full of drama and eccentric characters - a soap opera of a novel. Fabulous character development. The book illicited a great discussion about all the various characters, their flaws and their virtues. The beginning can be a challenge and it takes some patience to get into but once the setting is established and the pace is set, it is a joy of a read.

 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Informative, Dramatic
Average Historical Fiction

This book is highly rated on Goodreads so maybe my expectations were too high. Part of my issue with the book is that I've just spent the last few month reading through the Game of Thrones series and I felt that this book was kind of a poor imitation of that series. There is a character that seems to be a dead ringer for Tyrion Lannister and many of the elements seem to be very similar to the style of George R.R. Martin. I found some of the writing to be trite and I was irritated that so many characters had "catch phrases" i.e. Leonello with "Dio" and Carmella with "Santa Marta" and "Mouths closed and hands moving". Much of it just seemed corny to me, especially after reading the works of Diana Galbaldon and Phillippa Gregory in the past, which are of a similar genre. On a positive side, the book made me want to discover more about the Borgia family drama. In that respect, the author did bring me into the story.

STRANGERS ON A TRAIN by P HIGHSMITH
 
Book Club Recommended
Boring
1950's Psychological Thriller

Strangers on a Train lies somewhere between a murder mystery and a psychological thriller. The story is set in the early 1950's and the feel and writing of the story feels very of-the-time but still relatable to modern audiences. If you like Hitchcock, you'll enjoy this story.

Reconstructing Amelia: A Novel by Kimberly McCreight
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful

 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Inspiring, Romantic

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