Life of Pi by Yann Martel

3 Loved It
1 Liked It
Neutral
1 Hated It

Comments:
• Cool twist at the end. – Lilac
• This is the one book club book that I did not even start but it keeps coming up at meetings that I really should take the time to read it. – danica
• One of my favorite books ever! I think of it often and recommended it to lots of people. -Stephanie

Conclusion: There was definitely strong feelings about this book. For the most part, it was well liked.

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Dude, Where’s My Country? by Michael Moore

220px-Dude_wheres_country1 Loved It
3 Liked It
Neutral
1 Hated It

Comments:
• Didn’t have time, but wanted to read it. – Brandi
• Michael Moore is entertaining. – Lilac
• Not as good as Stupid White Men …and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation! by him but Moore is always very funny. – danica
• A fresh look at the troubles of America. – Stephanie

Conclusion: It sparked less of a conversation than I think we expected but we had still had a good book club.

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

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3 Liked It
Neutral
Hated It

Comments:
• A fun read! – Brandi
• Fast read. – Lilac
• Loved the ideas and it kept my interest but it was very poorly written. – danica
• I couldn’t put it down even though the writing was terrible! – Stephanie

Conclusion: We overwhelmingly liked this one. A definite recommendation to other book clubs. We also had a really good religion and philosophy discussion because of it.

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Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

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2 Liked It
3 Neutral
Hated It

Comments:
• I had such high hopes for this book and it just did not deliver. – danica
• I loved this book! I keep recommending it to others who just don’t share my enthusiasm. The plot was layered, and the idea of such a politically charged climate in the land of Oz just really entertained me. – Marlo
• I liked it for a long time but got bored by the end. – Stephanie

Conclusion: Some loved it, some didn’t. We did have a good discussion though and I think most of us finished it…

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5) by J.K. Rowling

harry-potter-and-the-order-of-the-phoenix-cover-image4 Loved It
Liked It
1 Neutral
2 Hated It

Comments:
• Just not a Potter fan… Sorry.  Didn’t help that I never read the first 4.  Couldn’t finish it. -Brandi
• I didn’t finish it. – Stephanie

Conclusion: It seems like you either love the Harry Potter books or hate them. Maybe it wasn’t such a great choice to choose book 5 when half of the group had never read any of them before.

Odd Girl Out by Rachel Simmons

1416896Loved It
5 Liked It
Neutral
1 Disliked
1 Hated It

Comments:
• All the more relevant now that I have a daughter. I plan on re-reading it soon! – Brandi
• Anyone who knows girls (or is one) realizes how mean girls can be. Wished she had more ideas on prevention/solutions. – Kerry
• Educational, gave insight to the future family therapist. – Lilac

Conclusion: A very important read for us both as women having gone through similar sitautions and for us as teachers/mothers/aunties of girls.

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Catch Up Month

Because we had a lot going on this month, an anniversary, a wedding, the beginning of a pregnancy (with a baby boom to come – it was contagious), too many books that we started and did not have a chance to finish and life of course, we decided to take a book free month and just get together for dinner. A good time was had by all.

Suspension by Richard E. Crabbe

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Liked It
1 Neutral
3 Hated It

Comments:
• Forced myself to finish it and sorry I did. – Kerry
• I don’t even remember if we talked about the book past a raise of hands of who finished. – danica

Conclusion: After the lesson we learned from slogging through Possession: A Romance by A. S. Byatt (we hated it), most of us ended up putting the book down for something more enticing. This book club we mostly enjoyed each others company.

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins

7572Loved It
5 Liked It
1 Neutral
Hated It

Comments:
• This is one of my favorite authors, though not my favorite book of his. – Kerry
• I like his style. – Stephanie

Conclusion: Those of us that ended up reading the book this month enjoyed its quirkyness but Kerry’s comment also rings true.

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