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Name : Cheryl B.

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Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Informative
Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

The subtitle of 'A novel of the plague' really says it all. This book details how Anna Frith and her fellow townspeople survive a plague year in their small village. After deciding that they will quarantine themselves to stop the spread to surrounding areas, we watch how this fateful decision affects them physically and mentally as the year (and the plague) goes on.

Book Club Recommended
Gloomy, Dark, Dramatic
1222 by Anne Holt

Perfect selection for the season. We read about a \\\'Polar Votex\\\' while experiencing our own.

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Romantic, Adventurous
Queen of the Mardi Gras Ball

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Fantastic, Adventurous

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Dramatic

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Fun

The Winter People: A Novel by Jennifer McMahon
Book Club Recommended
Scary, Dramatic, Dark

Longbourn by Jo Baker
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Interesting, Beautiful

Still Life by Louise Penny
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Fun, Addictive

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Fun, Insightful
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Fun
The Homecoming of Samuel Lake

Not many books can make you laugh out loud AND cry, but this is one of those books. The descriptions of the Lake children at play are wonderful and the antics of Aunt Bernice are part of the fun, but the child abuse suffered by young Blade will make you weep. The ending will have you holding your breath. Our book club enjoyed this selection very much and would definitely recommend it to others.

Florence Gordon by Brian Morton
Book Club Recommended
Slow, Dark, Dramatic
Florence Gordon by Brian Morton

While the majority of our book club members did not 'love' the book, it did spark a lively discussion.

Paris in Love: A Memoir by Eloisa James
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Adventurous
Paris in Love by Eloisa James

Many members of our book club could relate to the author's stories of living abroad for a year. I have never experienced this and so did not enjoy the title quite as much. In general, however, it was a very good discussion.

The Memory Garden by Mary Rickert
Book Club Recommended
Optimistic, Interesting, Beautiful

The Martian by Andy Weir
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Fun
The Martian by Andy Weir

This was an amazing title! I was reluctant to select a science fiction title for our book club, but everyone enjoyed it very much!

Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Informative
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Plenty to talk about with the controversial young adult book. Our club read this for Banned Book Week. While not difficult to see why the book has sparked such debate, we still felt it a worthy read.

Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Dark
Jack of Spades by Joyce Carol Oates

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

Our book club LOVED this title!

Difficult, Confusing, Epic
The Secret Life of William Shakespeare

Despite this title's good reviews, we found it slow and confusing with too many points of view. Still it made for an interesting conversation (as those sorts of books often do). We would not recommend.

Book Club Recommended
Fun, Addictive, Inspiring
The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane

Black River by S. M. Hulse
Book Club Recommended
Dark, Graphic, Dramatic

The Spy: A novel by Paulo Coelho
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
The Spy by Paulo Coelho

Not the most popular title, but plenty to discuss about this infamous woman. The author piqued our curiosity about this historical figure and most of the members admitted to looking up additional information about Mata Hari's life and death.
I listened to the audio of the book and would definitely recommend this format.

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Fun
Medicus by Ruth Downie

While the consensus was that we enjoyed the book, the reception was a bit 'lukewarm'. We were interested in reading further in the series to see how the author developed the characters. Some members felt that Ruso was too modern a character for the setting, but further researched proved that the book was historically accurate. Those Romans were ahead of their time!!

The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Fun
The Nest

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