The Greater Wilmington-Newark Book Club Winners List #2

A Listmania! list by Jennie M. (Newark, Delaware USA)
The list author says: "Our little club is still going strong, so here are our book choices 40 and up."
The End of Mr. Y
1.  The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas
The list author says:
  "#40 (Feb 11). Mixed reviews, mostly negative. Thomas couches a very particular agenda within a religious/political/supernatural framework, and it becomes only too obvious that the main character is just a thinly-veiled version of the author herself. If this were done skillfully, and the agenda not so condescendingly force-fed to the reader, it might have been interesting."
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The Egyptologist: A Novel
2.  The Egyptologist: A Novel by Arthur Phillips
The list author says:
  "#41 (Mar 11). One of my all-time favorites, this was not as beloved by all. It can be confusing if you're not giving it your full attention, and you must be tuned in to the satire, which can be deliciously subtle at times. I find it an endlessly re-readable, twisty satire full of mounting dread and tension; others struggle to get through it once."
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3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)

The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel
3.  The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel by Garth Stein
The list author says:
  "#42 (Apr 11). A book narrated by a dog who wishes he were human is obviously not going to be everyone's cup of tea. But if you're a fan of man's best friend and you like a well written, quirky, touching, and insightful read, this fits the bill nicely."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,796 customer reviews)

The Shadow of the Wind
4.  The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
The list author says:
  "#43 (May 11). Another book with mixed reviews. Very dense, very literary, this is a book for book lovers. I found it difficult to get into, whereas others couldn't put it down."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,439 customer reviews) | 7 customer discussions

Just Kids
5.  Just Kids by Patti Smith
The list author says:
  "#44 (Jun 11). Lovely and evocative of a very specific time in New York City's artistic history, this memoir nevertheless could have benefitted from a little more editing and structure, as it drags in the middle and becomes repetitive in some places."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (585 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Hunger Games (Book 1)
6.  The Hunger Games (Book 1) by Suzanne Collins
The list author says:
  "#45 (Jul 11). Not the book to go to if you desire solid writing or character development. However, its plot is masterful, nonstop action and suspense. Don't let the "young adult" designation fool you: This is tense, violent stuff."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21,614 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, Book 2)
7.  Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, Book 2) by Suzanne Collins
The list author says:
  "#46A (Aug 11). The same issues with character development and less-than-sophisticated writing remain, but so does the cracking plot action. Ramped up in violence and thrills, it's a great sequel."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31,064 customer reviews)

Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games)
8.  Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins
The list author says:
  "#46B (Aug 11). A satisfying end to a fun, quick trilogy. This one drags at the beginning, but soon enough becomes the twistiest and darkest of all three books."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31,064 customer reviews) | 144 customer discussions

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
9.  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
The list author says:
  "#47 (Sep 11). A fascinating story in capable hands."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,104 customer reviews)

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children)
10.  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children) by Ransom Riggs
The list author says:
  "#48 (Oct 11). Although categorized as young adult lit, you wouldn't know it from the story. Well told, with decent character development and an absorbing plot, we're looking forward to the sequels."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,162 customer reviews)

A Visit from the Goon Squad
11.  A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
The list author says:
  "#49 (Nov 11). Very divisive opinions. Some loved the shifting perspectives--the chapters more like linked stories than sequential episodes in a novel--whereas others needed a flow chart to keep track. Definitely an intriguing way of telling a story."
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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (750 customer reviews)

So Cold the River
12.  So Cold the River by Michael Koryta
The list author says:
  "#50 (Jan 12). No divisiveness here: Universally disappointing. It is not so bad it's worthy of "hate it!" status, but for such a long book, the plot, characters, location, and mythology behind the story were just too thin. Lots of potential, no follow-through."
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)

French Lessons: A Novel
13.  French Lessons: A Novel by Ellen Sussman
The list author says:
  "#51 (Feb 12). I was unable to attend this meeting but heard that some thought the book a trifle and others loved its simplicity and blatant romanticism."
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Faithful Place
14.  Faithful Place by Tana French
The list author says:
  "#52 (Mar 12). Another of Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad books. Frank just did not seem like enough of a compelling character to sustain an entire book, especially when compared to the tour de force stories of Rob and Cassie. Beautifully written nonetheless."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (481 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
15.  Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
The list author says:
  "#53 (Apr 12). Read as part of the library system's author visit month. Predictable and not entirely well written, I struggled to get through it."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,742 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)
16.  Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet) by Orson Scott Card
The list author says:
  "#54 (May 12). A great departure from our club's usual fare. Sci-fi seemed an interesting genre to try, and Ender's a great entry into it. Some loved it, others hated it, others were bothered by the author's personal controversies."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8,259 customer reviews)

A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy)
17.  A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy) by Deborah E. Harkness
The list author says:
  "#55 (Jun 12). I found the book poorly written, terribly contrived, absurd, and infuriating. I finished it hating every character. Others were swept up by it and fully intended to read the sequels. To each his own!"
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,139 customer reviews)

The Night Circus
18.  The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The list author says:
  "#56 (Jul 12). Lovely. Wonderful. Engrossing. Intriguing. Not a negative review in our group. We can't wait to see what this author comes up with next. All we wished was for a bit more depth to the ancillary characters."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,604 customer reviews)

The Magicians: A Novel
19.  The Magicians: A Novel by Lev Grossman
The list author says:
  "#57 (Aug 12). Both well defended and well disliked in our group. Those who found it engrossing and unique were stunned by those who found it slow and contrived, and vice versa. Led to a fantastic discussion in our group about the nature of happiness."
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3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (894 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Devil in the White City:  Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
20.  The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
The list author says:
  "#58 (Sep 12)."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,551 customer reviews)

Gone Girl
21.  Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The list author says:
  "#59 (Oct 12)."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20,371 customer reviews) | 17 customer discussions

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