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Inspiring, Informative, Insightful
Barely anyone finished the book

Most of our club had difficulty even finishing this book (I think only two people did, out of 10), it was very dry. Someone mentioned they felt this book could have been summed up in a magazine article. That sounds just about right to me.

 
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting
Great on so many levels!!

I was so pleasantly surprised by this book. It was so much more than I thought it would be. There are many different levels of the book to discuss and it made you feel good at the end. I was hooked in the middle of the first chapter. I highly recommend this book to read!

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
 
Romantic, Interesting, Beautiful
A love story that surpasses the test of time

I cannot explain how many ways I loved this book! The characters were so well developed and you completely believed into it. The many twists and turns kept you reading and reading--I had trouble putting it down! This is a must read--that's all I can say about it.

 
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting
A story of one man's journey through life as a member of the circus in the 30's

 
Insightful, Dramatic, Unconvincing
I can't give a summary as it will spoil the book

Incredible, well-written, quick read.

 
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
A story of a man's decision to split up his twins at birth, letting the mother believe that one twin had passed away at birth. How both their lives and their families evolve through time.

Although the premise of this book is fantastic and you would think it would be a hit out of the ballpark success, I did not really enjoy this book. The characters were not developed enough, I didn't really feel myself empathizing with them, it was rather 2 dimensional. Maybe it was the way the narration was done--although I couldn't really see doing it any other way--but I just didn't feel connected to them at all. I hear it's coming out as a movie--I think it will actually do better as a movie--and you don't often say that!

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
 
Interesting, Dramatic, Informative
The story of Anne and Mary Boleyn

 
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
A son's tribute to his mother--growing up in as a bi-racial boy in the 60's in NYC

Our club seemed to really like this book and had much to talk about it. We would recommend it without reservation.

 
Slow, Difficult, Romantic
torturous to read

NO ONE liked this book--I couldn't even get through the movie of it--horrible!!!!

 
Pointless, Boring
not worth the time to read it

I, Mona Lisa by Jeanne Kalogridis
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Graphic, Insightful
Fun, historical fiction, a different perspective on art

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Interesting, Beautiful
By far the best love story of recent years

I cannot say enough good things about this book, I loved it from the beginning to end, didn't want it to end, couldn't put it down while reading it. I even loved the movie, which almost never happens when I have read the book. Highly recommended!!!

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Dramatic
Great book!

Our club enjoyed discussing this book and everyone enjoyed the book that read it.

 
Slow, Difficult, Boring
don't get the hype

I know, I know, I am ducking at all the people who are Austen fans and love her works, but I have tried numerous times to read them, even listen to them read in audiobook fashion and I can never make it through. Out of the 10 of our book club, only 2 read it, the rest tried and gave up, or watched the movie instead.

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Beautiful, Inspiring
A great book for bookclubs

I enjoyed this book thoroughly. A lot to discuss and great for book clubs.

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dark, Pointless
So different from Time Traveler's

If I didn't know she wrote them both, I would have never guessed it. Our club mostly liked the book, until the one pivotal point in the end in which we didn't really "buy it" any more. I don't want to go into specifics to spoil the plot. That being said, there were plenty to talk about and it was an enjoyable read.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Informative
A lot of discussion

Overall, we had a lot to talk about with this book--it brought up a lot of discussion. Even though none of us liked the ending to the book, we still would consider reading another Jodi Picoult book for our book club, especially since we know she picks controversial topics we can really tear apart.

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