The list author says: "I've made it my goal to read at least 2 books per month in 2010, so these are the first 15 on the list. "Acts of Faith", "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society", "The Lacuna", "A Short Guide to a Happy Life," "Skeletons at the Feast", "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn", "American Rust", and "The Girl Who Played with Fire" were all book club picks. "Committed" and "A Short Guide" are the only non-fiction books completed so far. The only selection on the list that I would not recommend is "Wuthering Heights". (So sorry, WH fans!) Best of the bunch: "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn"."
"If you like Dan Brown, you will like this one. The villain is REALLY evil and heartless. The most tense part of the book involves a water-filled box. I won't say more, but I could not imagine how that chapter was going to end!"
"Epic novel. Overall, too much violence for my taste. But character development is interesting. Almost without exception, the characters start with a noble cause and then become corrupted as they compromise their values and integrity."
"The main plot involves a WW2 German family who travel westward on foot to escape capture, torture, or murder at the hands of the invading Russians. A few instances of unspeakable cruelty and torture were difficult to read. Some sexual content, which was not necessary for plot advancement. Overall worthwhile."
"I loved this book! My favorite this year! Basic plot - a girl grows up in a poor family in Brooklyn, 1901 to 1919. The characters are well-developed. One test of a good book, for me, is when I miss the characters after I've finished the book, and this is one of those! Overall, this is an excellent book."
"A pleasant surprise! Plenty of plot twists. I always looked forward to learning what would happen next. Great characters! Interesting social commentary on marriage/marriage laws. Although written 100+ years ago, parts could have been in the news this week."