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

China Dolls by Lisa See

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• I enjoyed reading about San Francisco. My dad was born there around the time of WWII and I can imagine my grandparents visiting the clubs! – Kerry
• There were parts I enjoyed and others I didn’t. Not my favorite Lisa See book. – Danica
• It was an east read, but I found it very predictable. I didn’t relate or enjoy the main characters. I would have liked more about the internment camp experience. – Carrie
• I wanted to like the book and kept reading but 40% through I still wasn’t into it. I am happy to hear from the others what happened. I should have kept plugging along. – Nikki
• I thought the book was very interesting. Not my fav of hers, but still enjoyable. I liked the characters. – Steph
• I was OK. This is not one of her best books. – Sarah

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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• The book was fun – like book candy! – Steph
• At least the book was short, but I felt it was really similar to Gone Girl. Much of it felt really contrived in order to have a twist. – Sarah
• It was kind of like a car chase – wasn’t sure I liked it but had to find out the end. – Nikki
• I think Nikki had a good summary. I liked the main character and felt for her. – Kerry
• Ditto on what Nikki said. I didn’t like the main character and couldn’t feel for her. – Carrie
• I finished the book! Yah! I enjoyed it. I liked the twist at the end. I knew it was someone she knew, but wasn’t sure who. Easy read. – Tami

The Madame Curie Complex by Julie Des Jardins

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• I The author gave some really interesting perspectives on women in science through the end of the 1800’s and 1900’s. I wish she would have addressed the future and time after the early 1990’s. – Sarah
• I wasn’t able to finish the book, but everything I read was interesting and new information. – Kerry
• I loved the sections about specific women and movements, I hadn’t learned much about most of these women and their contributions. It dragged a little in the section introductions but they were needed to put everything in context. – Danica

Pavilion of Women by Pearl S. Buck

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• I enjoyed the story of the family and Madame Wu’s role and power within it. I was not as interested in the story of the priest or her constant reminiscence of him. – Carrie
• The book was worse than The Good Earth. The story was really slow to get started. – Sarah
• There were few (and far between) parts I enjoyed but I would have loved to have read more about the stories and feelings of the other women in the household. – Danica

Redfield Farm by Judith Redline Coopey

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• At first I wasn’t very excited about reading this because I have read so much historical fiction about the pre civil war/civil war era. I then realized that this was about the underground railroad and the Quakers and became excited because I haven’t read much about that. Well, after completing it, I was pretty disappointed. While I liked the details surrounding the story, the wiring and actual story left me unfulfilled. – Danica
• I liked the description of the underground railroad, but I wish the author had focused more on the character development and story. – Kerry
• I enjoyed reading the book. It was quick and easy and I enjoyed the story. – Steph
• It was written poorly and the story was boring. The characters were bland and not fully developed. – Sarah

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