Page Turners Mini Reviews

13 Jun

My book club, Page Turners, is a diverse group of women with an eclectic taste in books. We read a combination of general market fiction, Christian fiction and non-fiction. We don’t always like the books we choose, often disagreeing on their merits, but always have a lively discussion. The following are my brief impressions on the books we have discussed so far this year

51Xjf4FMXbL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_In The Unlikely Event by Judy Blume. Set in the 1950s, this book takes as its focus fictional characters impacted by the real life events of multiple plane crashes in Elizabeth, New Jersey. There are lots of characters with multiple points of view. Most of my group did not like this book. I found it interesting, but skimmed the last quarter trying to get it finished before our meeting. Interestingly, one of our members is a pilot, having owned her own plane and competed in cross-country relays. We spent a lot of our discussion listening to her fascinating tales of flying solo. Our rating: 2.5 stars

UnknownThe Storied Life of A. J. Fickry by Gabrielle Zevin. This book got better reviews from our group. We loved the island bookstore setting, the references to books and short stories, and the complex characters. One member of the group mentioned that the story reminded her of Silas Marner. Our rating: 4 stars.

 

 

51hdFmoJ+TL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel. Only one of our members was familiar with this book before we read it. She had watched some of the TV show based on the book and liked it. However, she was surprised by how much she didn’t like the book. The feeling was unanimous. To me it read like a bad soap opera. I wanted more meat and less gossip. Our rating: 1 star.

 

We are discussing the Pulitzer Prize winning All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr this month.

Have you read it? What did you think?

 

(I purchased all the titles discussed in this post. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

 

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4 Responses to “Page Turners Mini Reviews”

  1. Suzanne Sellner June 13, 2016 at 7:27 am #

    I would give All The Light We Cannot See 4.5 stars. Having been a French major in college, I loved the settings of Paris and St. Malo during the German occupation in WWII. A young German radio “geek” soldier befriends a blind, orphaned French girl in a touching story. It was well written and captivating.

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    • rbclibrary June 13, 2016 at 8:51 am #

      Thanks for your thoughts, Suzanne. I really liked this one as well. I listened to the audiobook version. This very heavy book was best taken in one hour doses for me.

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      • Suzanne Sellner June 13, 2016 at 12:48 pm #

        As good as All the Light We Cannot See was, I actually liked The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah even better. Both are set in France during the same general time period and provide a realistic view of the oppression suffered by the French as well as the noble efforts of the Resistance, whether formally orchestrated or individually performed. While the topic is heart wrenching, light permeated the darkness in both novels.

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      • rbclibrary June 13, 2016 at 1:24 pm #

        I have heard lots of good things about The Nightingale. My book club has read a couple of contemporary titles by her. We liked them.

        I liked All The Light, but it was indeed very dark. I never got a sense of hope from the book.

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