Book Club

it’s been awhile since I’ve put up a book club post, with the most recent one being The Art of Racing in the Rain last November.  Oy…I need to do better.  Since then, I’ve read in no particular order:

  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – book club pick for July – Once I started reading the book, I couldn’t put it down.  However, if I stopped for any reason (i.e. the train pulling into Penn Station), I had a hard time picking it up again.  Very quick read.  Thought-provoking.  It reminded me of The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield.

  • The Girl on the Train by Paul Hawkins – book club pick for June – I don’t get the hype. The book hops between characters and dates.  You can’t trust anything Rachel (the most main character of the bunch) says because she is a drunk.  I did not enjoy this at all.  I finished it for the sake of discussion and because it was a very quick read.  By the last few chapters, it was worth finishing to see who the true murdered was.
  • Book Club by Jaime Boust – book club pick for May – Slow to get into but it picked up as the adventure kicked in.  Some events seemed unrealistic.
  • Creep by Jennifer Hillier – book club pick for February/March – Utterly terrifying and suspenseful.  It kept me on the edge of my seat.  I couldn’t put it down but then I had to sleep with the light on.  Some moments were Dexter-ish.
  • Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger – book club pick for January – enjoyable chick lit.  Not as good as the first book The Devil Wears Prada
  • Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind by Sarah Wildman – If you enjoy non-fiction books about the Holocaust, this is for you.  I bawled by the end of it.  The author is a journalist so the book begins reading like a research paper.  It warms up about halfway through, the same point you realize you NEED TO KNOW what happened to the girl the author is looking for.
  • The Second Assistant by Clare Naylor – Great book!  Entertaining, funny, amusing story about a woman who is fired from her job in DC and finds a new job working as the second assistant to a top Hollywood agent.
  • The First Assistant by Clare Naylor – sequel to the second assistant.  Not as good but worth the read to continue the saga.
  • Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close – enjoyable enough but hard to keep track of time as events don’t flow and characters as there are so many to remember and each has their own story within the book.  I can’t tell what the overall plot is.

What are you reading?  What should I read next?

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