The Man From Beijing by Henning Mankell

0 Loved It
0 Liked It
1 Neutral
4 Disliked It
0 Hated It

Comments:
• It just was not a good book. – Sarah
• Interesting idea but I had some difficulty with the characters. – Shannon
• I didn’t like the writing style and wasn’t crazy about the story. – Steph
• I enjoyed the first half. Then it became too political and too boring. I would not recommend it. – Carrie
• I made it half way through. I liked certain interweaved stories but not enough to continue on with it. I also really disliked the main character. – Danica

Conclusion: Generally not received well.

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December’s Book Club

We made it to 10 years!!! For that, we had our annual holiday/birthday party in lieu of an actual book club discussion, complete with gift exchange and our annual photo. Thanks ladies for making it another great year!

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

3 Loved It
1 Liked It
0 Neutral
0 Disliked It
0 Hated It

Comments:
• I really enjoyed this book. I thought the writing was beautiful! – Steph
• This was a great story! I really loved the twists. – Melissa
• It took a little bit to get into, but once I did, I loved it! The writing was beautiful, the story and twists were unpredictable. – Carrie
• I loved this one. The characters both present and in recollection were so well written. Once it gets going, it is certainly a ride. – Danica

Conclusion: Those of us who read it had a great discussion, unfortunately, most of the club didn’t end up reading this one.

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Welcome Elizabeth Marjorie


Elizabeth Marjorie was born on November 1, 2011 at 5:42 pm. She’s 7 pounds, 1 ounce and 19 1/4 inches long. Mom and baby are doing well and we can’t wait to meet the littlest member of our book club family.

Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell

0 Loved It
1 Liked It
4 Neutral
0 Disliked It
0 Hated It

Comments:
• Not as good reading it the second time around. Definitely appeals to teenagers bu doesn’t age well. – Sarah
• I didn’t finish it. :-( – Melissa
• Interesting to read the source of so many cultural references. – Shannon
• Interesting concepts but didn’t love the story. – Carrie
• I remember this one quite fondly, but after re-reading it, I must be melding a bunch of other books into it because I didn’t enjoy it as much this time around. – Danica

Conclusion: Everyone was pretty luke warm about this one. We spoke about it a bit and its cultural permeation, but the overwhelming feeling was disappointment, the second time around.

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

9 Loved It
0 Liked It
1 Neutral
0 Disliked It
0 Hated It

Comments:
• An icreadible series! – Melissa
• Amazing! Wasn’t excited about it at all. But once I started I couldn’t stop. Read all three in a week. – Carrie
• Can’t wait to read the next 2! I was completely pulled in. The post-apocalyptic theme was compelling and I couldn’t put it down. – Brandi
• At least it was short. I hated the writing style at the beginning of the book. It got better when the games started. I didn’t like the premise at all but I don’t like fantasy. – Sarah
• Awesome book! An east to read thriller… couldn’t put it down! – Rachelle
• Great series! I really enjoyed the books, east and fun to read. – Vicki
• I loved this book. I will be finishing the series. Already reading book 2. – Tami
• I was hooked immediately, loved the first book but also loved the whole story arc that play out over the course of the three. – Danica

Conclusion: For the most part this was a book that given the genre, most were apprehensive. However the story won almost everyone over fairly quickly.

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Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

1 Loved It
1 Liked It
0 Neutral
0 Disliked It
0 Hated It

Comments:
• The book was sooo good. I loved it. The story and character development is amazing. – Sarah
• I didn’t get far, but I felt the storyline was really intriguing. – Melissa
• Read years ago, new to the group, did not re-read. -Fay

Conclusion: Most of us didn’t read it, Sarah did a good job of explaining its appeal.

The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh

1 Loved It
3 Liked It
2 Neutral
0 Disliked It
0 Hated It

Comments:
• So far so good! Will finish it later! – Kerry
• I liked it, but it was slow. About 30% in, I initially got interested but the next day was book club! – Steph
• I finished it and enjoyed it. Slow in parts and very political. Not at all what I expected. – Carrie
• I haven’t gotten very far. I’m not loving it. – Melissa
• Even re-reading this novel, the historical perspective is still interesting. However, I did feel that there was some inconsistency in the level of description and pace of storytelling. – Marlo
• I made it only 15% through. I enjoyed it while I was reading, but had no motivation to pick it back up. – Danica

Conclusion: With much confusion over actually not remember picking this story, we mostly spoke about how it was very political, a sweeping multi-generational story that could have been weaved better and a general lack of interest.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

1 Loved It
3 Liked It
3 Neutral
0 Disliked It
0 Hated It

Comments:
• This is my favorite Shakespeare play. It is fun and whimsical. I can’t wait to see the play. – Carrie
• I’ve loved the whimsey and humor of this play for years! – Marlo
• I actually read it! I did not understand anything I read. Never read it before. Looking forward to the play so I can get it. – Tami
• I have a hard time with Shakespeare so I ended up reading a scene and then watching that scene of the Royal Shakespeare’s version on Netflix streaming. It really helped me understand who was speaking with whom and get more of the humor… – Danica
• I really enjoyed the play and am looking forward to seeing it acted out. – Steph
• It was not as funny as I used to think it was. While the story was good, I did not like it as much as I had in the past. – Sarah
• Eh. It’s my least favorite Shakespeare, but I didn’t hate it like I did in high school.  – Brandi

Conclusion: While we all read it, we didn’t speak much about it, but we are really excited to be seeing in live at The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in September. I am sure there will be much more conversation during that outing.

Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 1 by Mark Twain

0 Loved It
1 Liked It
1 Neutral
0 Disliked It
0 Hated It

Comments:
• 25% in – just started the autobiography! The intro was very academic. It would have been easier to skip if I wasn’t reading it on a Kindle. I did enjoy reading the parts with Twain’s voice. – Kerry
• I didn’t get far. – Melissa
• I chose to read The Mammoth Hunters by Jean M. Auel, instead…. – Danica

Conclusion: We all had the best intentions of reading this one, we chose it after all, but most barely started it so we didn’t have very much to talk about.

Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber

4 Loved It
4 Liked It
0 Neutral
0 Disliked It
0 Hated It

Comments:
• Amazing book and amazing story. – Sarah
• Fascinating read both for pleasure and professionally. Interesting to see the Freudian influence in therapy. This was a re-read for me since adolescence. I was able to see a completely different side. – Carrie
• I loved this story, devouring it voraciously. It is amazing to think of how much of this story has permeated pop culture and how much it is used in contemporary storytelling. It was written really well and even though the roots of the story were very disturbing, I thoroughly enjoyed it. – Danica
• It was a fascinating book – I couldn’t put it down. – Steph
• Disturbing, but enlightening. Fascinating. – Melissa
• Very fascinating, very well written. – Vicki

Conclusion: This one went over really well. Most read it, really enjoyed it and we had plenty to talk about with it.

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