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The Hot Zone by Richard Preston

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• I read this in high school and was so excited to re-read it. It did not disappoint! – Carrie
• It was a very interesting book. Well written, through at times a bit too detailed. – Kerry
• I read this book every few years. It is always really good and interesting. I wish the author would do an update based on the most recent outbreaks. – Sarah
• I though this was so very interesting. I learned a lot – glad to have read this. – Steph
• I loved this and found it infinitely interesting, especially in light of the latest outbreak in the last few years. It made me think about a much larger picture of our viral past and our overpopulated future. – Danica

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

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• Most of the story I just didn’t care. It could have been way shorter. – Sarah
• I enjoyed the story. By the end of the Fates story I was interested to read the Furies. – Kerry
• I was indifferent to most of it and just wanted to make it through to the end. The prose getting real tricky and then going in and out really bothered me. The main idea that stuck with me was that of a creative partnership and what lengths you will go to for your partner to be successful. – Danica
• I only read half and couldn’t understand why it was so one-sided. Then, I got to the Mathilde part – but by that time I didn’t care! – Steph
• I agree with the previous statements. In the beginning I just didn’t care. Then I didn’t like them and I didn’t care. But I was drawn in enough to finish. – Carrie
• Some shining moments with language and imagery, I really enjoyed the plays. Not a lot to like in the characters. – Chelsea

Time and Chance by Alan Brennert

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• The start was a little slow and the end was abrupt, but I really enjoyed the middle. – Sarah
• I liked the book, interesting concept and easy to read. Thought the author managed the 2 story lines well. However, I didn’t really like or relate to the characters. – Carrie
• An interesting take on the Freaky Friday paradigm. I liked the concept and some of the execution but I enjoyed his other books way more. – Danica
• I was surprised that the book really ended growing on me; especially the characters. I thought the writing was really compelling. – Chelsea
• It kept me interested enough to read to the end, but I like Brenner’s other books better by far. – Kerry

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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• I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book. Some parts were not great but overall the book was good. – Sarah
• I am enjoying it. Not finished. – Tami
• Really enjoyed reading this familiar topic with a new perspective. – Kerry
• Really enjoyed getting to know these characters so well. I like the layout of the book and the story. – Carrie
• I liked this story and the structure of the writing. I could have done without the epilogue but I enjoyed how the characters collided. – Danica

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

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• Couldn’t get into it. – Carrie
• Tried – couldn’t get into it. – Tami
• I did not love it as a whole, but there was small parts here and there that I really liked. – Sarah
• There were elements about the world that Dick builds that I really liked and only one of the story lines I felt was compelling. I understood their place in setting up the story but I still couldn’t fully become engrossed. – Danica

December’s Book Club & The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

14 years!!! As has been the tradition, we had our annual holiday/birthday party plus a book club discussion, complete with gift exchange and our annual photo. Thanks ladies for making it another great year!

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• I love her writing style and once I got used to the fact that this is really vignettes and not a story, I really enjoyed it. – Danica
• It was really boring and did not draw me in. – Sarah
• I remember reading this in high school. Didn’t like it then, didn’t like it now. – Tami
• I really like her writing style and I always enjoy short stories. Felt like reading long poems. – Steph
• I read it, but did not get engaged or see any point to the story. Easy read though. – Carrie
• I liked the vignette format. Wonderful writing. – Kerry

In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

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• The story dragged and there were too many characters, but I was brought right back to my childhood reading her writing again. – Kerry
• I was really looking forward to reading the book as Judy Blume was one of my favorite authors growing up. The book fell short of my expectations. Too many characters and they had no appeal. Could have been shorter, very slow. – Vicki
• This was a marathon with no payoff for me. It went on and on about a story I was once excited about until I actually read it… – Danica
• Another book I finished. It was an easy read. Hard to follow at first, with so many characters. But, I enjoyed her writing as a kid and it felt nice reading her writing again. – Tami
• I was really boring and I just did not care. – Sarah

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

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• I’ve never read Agatha Christie. I really enjoyed this, once I got the characters straight. Thought it was very clever. – Carrie
• I enjoyed the book. Really easy to read. Interesting to find out who the person was at the end. Did not expect it. – Tami
• An easy read. Definitely the best part was the epilogue and the details of the whole scheme. – Nikki
• The book was really fun. I loved the twist at the end. – Sarah
• I liked the book – it was so fun! – Steph
• I really enjoyed this and was blown away by how contemporary it felt. – Danica

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

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• I really did not care – I didn’t feel like I could relate at all to any characters. – Sarah
* I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book again. She’s a great writer – I highlighted lots of lines because she was so insightful. And the racial struggle and injustice is so striking and infuriating. – Steph
• At times I was engrossed, at other times I felt very disconnected. – Danica
• I expected more. I’m not sure why I couldn’t connect. – Melissa
• I was so looking forward to this book, but came out feeling disappointed. Like others, I couldn’t connect to the characters and wasn’t drawn to anything. – Carrie
• I wanted to like it but couldn’t get past the first couple of chapters. – Nikki
• I admire Angelou so much. I enjoyed reading about the experiences in her life that shaped her future. – Kerry

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