October 29, 2013
Kerry: I really enjoyed this book, maybe because it was about such a different life than my own. I enjoyed learning about lighthouse living, Australia living, and the choices that this family made.
Amanda: Enjoyable read and clever story. I ran the gambit with Isabel--I loved her, then I hated her. Complex characters written well.
Sowders: Character development was lacking for me... or rather, I just didn't like any of the characters.
Chari: Thought setting was interesting but could not empathize with the main characters. The adoptive mother's personality was completely annoying.
Shannon: It was interesting in the beginning, but I became bored as it went on.
Aday: It was an interesting story, but the kind of book where you can't wait for it to end.
October 8, 2013
Amanda: Very poignant novel about cancer through the eyes of a teenager.
Rebecca: It was a very touching book about a heart-breaking topic. I enjoyed it, but felt that the dialogue between the teenagers was often unrealistic. Overall, good book and would recommend it to others.
Stephanie: Sweet, entertaining read.
Aday: "I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once."
July 8, 2013
Becca: I enjoyed this book more than I expected. Interesting read.
Jill: Almost a guilty pleasure given all the salacious details about JFK's life, but found this book very readable - recommend! (Also recommend Killing Lincoln, which I accidentally read first, thinking it was the book club book!)
May 23, 2013
Chari: Thought it was a fun beach read and yes, I liked it a lot. I read it during vacation last summer and ignored my family the whole day. Could not put it down and was thoroughly entertained!
Holly: Fluffy fluff.
Steph: Fun, summery read. I liked the characters and, even if everything was a bit too convenient and easily wrapped up, it was still an entertaining read.
Ashley: A light fun book to be read on a beach with a fruity drink - The Blue Lagoon meets Sex in the City.
Amanda: This book started out good and I really loved the adventure of it all. But the ending was so predictable and unworthy of the preceding storyline. I did enjoy the book, just wished it was a little less insipid.
Becca: I liked this fun, light, "beach read". I think it was a nice break from the heavier books we have been reading.
Aday: Fast read, but lacked substance.
Kerry: I loved this book, it was sappy and corny and I cried. There is not much that I will take away with me from this book, but I really enjoyed it!
Kasey: This is definitely not in my top 5 or even 100 books. I found both characters to be annoying. I was actually rooting for the shark when they were on the island. It was an easy read, but I was very bored throughout.
Mary: This book wasn't anything special. An easy summery read for sure, but it was so wrapped up that it annoyed me. I guess I like just a bit of conflict!!!
Jenn K: Easy, breezy, fun. Perfect for the beach. I predict a Lifetime movie starring Jennie Garth and Justin Bieber in its future.
May 21, 2013
Jill: It seems wrong to say that I loved this book, given the subject matter and the senseless suffering it detailed, but I am so glad I read it. It educated me on North Korea while also telling the stories of the characters so beautifully that it read like a novel.
Holly: A bit tough to get through, but definitely educational.
Becca: I thought the book was interesting, informative, and incredibly disturbing all at the same time. I'm embarrassed that I didn't know more about N. Korea. It got a little tedious at times, but overall I really liked the book.
Kerry: Nothing to Envy enthralled me. It was hard to imagine what life is like in North Korea, but the memorable stories have stuck with me. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to expand their understanding of the world.
Steph: Very interesting and informative. Made me highly sympathetic to the plight of those currently living in North Korea - I am thankful for the raised awareness the book gave me.
April 15, 2013
Stephanie: This book was beautiful, sincere & heartfelt. Loved it!
Jill: I felt like this book was trying too hard. It was ok, but didn't love it.
Mary: I felt like I was 14 again--the 80s, the confusion, the naivete, the experimenting with who I was, how to feel, how to just be. I thought it was perfectly written and I loved it all.
January 22, 2013
Amanda: This book really, really surprised me. I was completely under the spell of our "heroine".....and then WHAM! Shocker, truly.
Aday: Slow start, clever finish.
Becca: Gone Girl was cleverly written with interesting twists and turns, but I felt robbed at the end. It's not that I expected a happy ending, just one that was as creatively written as the rest of the book.
Kerry: I read this book in a day, it was a great read and fast-paced. My only criticism is that the characters were horrible people!
Mary: I enjoyed this book for the most part-especially the big "twist" in the middle. But the ending was kind of disappointing and didn't really make sense to me. Overall, pretty good, girl.