The Bee's Book Club selections

A Listmania! list by Nora Davanzo-ward (Colorado)
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The list author says: "Hello Bee's Book Club Members and those who are interested in books for their club. The following is a list of books we have read in our club, including the good the bad and the ugly. The books are listed in the order we have read them. Please note that the comments on each book are mine alone but I do try to include the general consensus on the books. We are a group of 15-20 women on an average meeting in a wide variety of ages."
The Patron Saint of Liars
1.  The Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett
The list author says:
  "This was our very first book selection! Overall it received mixed reviews. Some enjoyed it and some hated it. I don't remember this book being a huge hit, but it was OK."
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The Dogs of Babel: A Novel
2.  The Dogs of Babel: A Novel by Carolyn Parkhurst
The list author says:
  "This was our second book selection. And this book is remembered for being our awful second book and thatís about it. With few exceptions, most did not have anything positive to say about this one. It was a weird and unusual tale that didnít move or entertain many."
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The Secret Life of Bees
3.  The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
The list author says:
  "This was a good choice for The Bee's book club for the title alone. It was also an interesting coming of age story that many of us enjoyed. Not a huge hit, but it was good."
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The Kite Runner
4.  The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The list author says:
  "This book received more positive feedback than negative. I believe most of us found it interesting and compelling. It ranks as one of our better choices."
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The Red Tent
5.  The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
The list author says:
  "At the time we read this book, it was defiantly one of our better liked books. But the few who did not like it, really didn't like it. It is defiantly they type of book you love or hate."
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Fall On Your Knees (Oprah's Book Club)
6.  Fall On Your Knees (Oprah's Book Club) by Ann-Marie MacDonald
The list author says:
  "This was by far our worst selection. Only one of the 14 women at this meeting had anything positive to say about this book. The story was a tedious description of one negative aspect of humanity after another."
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You Can't Hide
7.  You Can't Hide by Karen Rose
The list author says:
  "This book was our very entertaining choice for summer reading of 2006. Since we have read this book it has been "the foundation of lots of great chatter and laughter ever since." It was a needed distraction from our other choices at the time."
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The Five People You Meet In Heaven
8.  The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom
The list author says:
  "This book received mixed but mostly positive reviews. For some it was an excellent, moving book that truly affected them. For others it was a little too sappy and too much like an after school special. I don't remember anyone really disliking this book."
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The Time Traveler's Wife
9.  The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The list author says:
  "With few dissenters, this was by far our most popular book to date. All in all it was a love story that was very entertaining and sweet. Most agreed that it took some getting used to the style and unrealistic aspects of the book, but after that it became a true page turner. (This book won our award for best of 2006)"
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (Signet Classics)
10.  Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (Signet Classics) by Lewis Carroll
The list author says:
  "This book was chosen as our classic selection for the year. Overall it was not well liked by the group. Most found it to be too pointless and hard to read. The tale did not resonate well with our group. Although we did agree that reading a classic can never be a total loss, at least we can claim we're well read."
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Skipping Christmas
11.  Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
The list author says:
  "This book was chosen to read around the holidays. It was a short easy read for the busy holiday season. This was another book that ranks somewhere in the middle. It was Ok."
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Whiteout
12.  Whiteout by Ken Follett
The list author says:
  "This book was a different choice for our group. We had defiantly not read anything in the bio-terrorism genre before. If our first year selections had a tendency to be mostly books that had deeper meanings, then our second year books have started out as books that were only meant to entertain. Again the consensus was mixed on this selection."
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The Doctor's Wife
13.  The Doctor's Wife by Elizabeth Brundage
The list author says:
  "This book received mixed but positive reviews from the group. Overall we agreed that it was a great book if all you were looking for was to be entertained, not inspired. This book was a momentous one for us because we were able to contact the author Elizabeth Brundage and conference her into our meeting. It was great to hear the author's perspective."
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The Saving Graces: A Novel
14.  The Saving Graces: A Novel by Patricia Gaffney
The list author says:
  "This book received mixed and mostly negative reviews from our group. The story seemed to be far too slow for most and at times confusing/distracting due to the way it was written. This book's claim to fame in our group was the extremely high lack of participation in actually reading it. We had the highest number of members not read this book or just not finish it. (Probably due to its dullness.)"
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The Memory Keeper's Daughter: A Novel
15.  The Memory Keeper's Daughter: A Novel by Kim Edwards
The list author says:
  "I believe this book was a bon-a-fide hit. There were lots of people who thought it was great and only a few who thought otherwise. There was a lot of discussion about the writing style and the graphic descriptions of scenes in the book. Some thought the descriptions were great and others though they were too long and hard to get through. Overall it was a pretty decent choice."
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My Sister's Keeper: A Novel (Wsp Readers Club)
16.  My Sister's Keeper: A Novel (Wsp Readers Club) by Jodi Picoult
The list author says:
  ""The best we've read so far" was said by more than one person about this book. (This book won our award for best of 2007) Even though the story line was extraordinarily sad, the book was entertaining, intriguing, and made for great discussion! Many have plans to read more from this author because of the exceptional reactions from this book."
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The Glass Castle: A Memoir
17.  The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
The list author says:
  "Our first true story book received mixed reviews. Lots of people enjoyed this book, but found it highly disturbing. It was thought to be an easy read by some and yet others found it difficult to get through the constant neglect the children endured. It was like a car accident you couldnít help staring at as you drove by."
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
18.  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
The list author says:
  "This book seemed to be more enjoyable to those who could in some way relate to autism. If your experience with someone autistic was none; it was harder to read. I personally found the book might have made a better short story as the unusual style was interesting at first, but tiring later on."
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Almost Dead
19.  Almost Dead by Lisa Jackson
The list author says:
  "Our September 2007 Book club selection was chosen with the hope of it being as memorable as our previous yearís trashy novel selection. Unfortunately it fell short. It was not as fun as we had hoped it would be."
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Second Glance: A Novel
20.  Second Glance: A Novel by Jodi Picoult
The list author says:
  "This was our very appropriate ghost story for October. It was another very good book by Jodi Picoult and made for great discussion. This book was well liked by many."
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I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman
21.  I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron
The list author says:
  "This book is our easy read holiday selection for the 2007 Holiday season."
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The Closers (Harry Bosch)
22.  The Closers (Harry Bosch) by Michael Connelly
The list author says:
  "Crap. It was like reading an episode of Law and Order or CSI or something similar but not as good. Only appealing to people who already read those kind of books."
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Suite FranÁaise
23.  Suite FranÁaise by Sandra Smith
The list author says:
  "Two people out of 15 read this book.(The new winner for least read book) It went no-where. And we felt bad for not liking it because it was the authors last work before she died in a Nazi prison camp."
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Perennial Classics)
24.  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Perennial Classics) by Betty Smith
The list author says:
  "We read this book as our second classic selection and it was well received by the group. It read very much in a classical storybook fashion. It was a little difficult to get into at first but eventually kept the readers attention."
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A Thousand Splendid Suns
25.  A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
The list author says:
  "This was a very popular selection for our club. There were lots of comparisons to The Kite Runner which we have read as well. Many thought it was as good or better than Kite Runner. A very good selection especially for our women's book club. (This book won our best of 2008 award)"
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Mistaken Identity: Two Families, One Survivor, Unwavering Hope
26.  Mistaken Identity: Two Families, One Survivor, Unwavering Hope by Don Van Ryn
The list author says:
  "This book created a lot a deep and interesting discussion! We learned more about each other than we learned about the book at this meeting. The book probably rated a C, but man did it get us going about our own personal ideas and beliefs."
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Nineteen Minutes: A Novel
27.  Nineteen Minutes: A Novel by Jodi Picoult
The list author says:
  "As our 3rd Picoult book, we became jaded against the twist ending Jodi always seems to put in her books. And we were jaded against another weird love interest mixed into the plot that just doesn't seem to belong. Overall I think we have simply become jaded against Jodie Picoult."
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Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
28.  Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert
The list author says:
  "1/3 LOVED this book, 1/3 HATED this book, and the other third fell somewhere in the middle. It almost seemed that Elizabeth Gilbert became your friend and how well you liked or didn't like her was how well you liked the book. Some people can stand an emotional friend better than others."
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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel
29.  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel by Lisa See
The list author says:
  "With few dissenters this book was a hit! Well loved by most members. It was a fabulous tale of women, their relationships, and hardships. Historical fiction at its best. A perfect book club book."
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The Shack
30.  The Shack by WM. Paul Young
The list author says:
  "We all read this one; amazing! Oh but we didnít all like it. In fact we had a great time debating the worthiness of this book. It was a great book for our group and sparked great discussions. Is it the best philosophical book of our time or the worst look at God ever written. Read and decide yourself!"
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Stranger in a Strange Land
31.  Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
The list author says:
  "No one really loved this book, but overall it was an interesting choice. As a classic Si-fi novel it had interesting thoughts on society but it also had lots of sexism typical of the time it was written. Not a great choice."
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Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1)
32.  Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1) by Stephenie Meyer
The list author says:
  "The best book ever... well for most of us it was a great read. Way better than all the serious stuff we normally read. 5 stars all the way! I think there was one person who didn't enjoy it though."
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The Pillars of the Earth
33.  The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
The list author says:
  "Hmm, we never did talk about this one, but it was very good. I would recommend it to anyone. A classic saga that you remember for years after reading it."
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Atonement
34.  Atonement by Ian McEwan
The list author says:
  "This book had mixed reviews. Those who had never seen the movie found it much more memorable than those who had seen the movie. Also choosing a book that was already a movie might not be the wisest choice for our group."
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Veil of Roses
35.  Veil of Roses by Laura Fitzgerald
The list author says:
  "This book was well liked by all. It was a super easy read with a predictable happy ending that we all loved. It wasn't brain surgery but it was sweet. The messages of freedom were also very uplifting to us. A great book club read. (This book won our 2009 best book of the year award)"
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Life of Pi
36.  Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The list author says:
  "This book received mixed reviews from our group. The largest complaint being that it dragged on and was a slow read. It did take it's time but had some very wonderful moments that made it worth sticking with it."
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Bel Canto
37.  Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
The list author says:
  "Another mixed review came for this book. This was our second book in a row that was a long drawn out story. It is written in an unusual style that turned many off. Two ladies did really love this one though. One found interest in the metaphors throughout the story and the other connected with the tragic tale of the boy captors."
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The Next Thing on My List: A Novel
38.  The Next Thing on My List: A Novel by Jill Smolinski
The list author says:
  "We loved this book. It was a sweet story and an easy read. It was fun and entertaining and we had a great time discussing it as well as discussing what our own lists would include. A great bet for any book club."
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Butterfly
39.  Butterfly by Kathryn Harvey
The list author says:
  "Our book club liked this book. It was an easy summer read and kept our interest. In a classic tale of revenge meets Hollywood brothel for women. Ok, so not exactly a classic tale, but it was fun."
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Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist's Quest to Discover If Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, or Why Pie Is Not the Answer
40.  Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist's Quest to Discover If Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, or Why Pie Is Not the Answer by Jen Lancaster
The list author says:
  "Without much dissension, this book was another well liked easy read that kept most of us laughing out loud. Some found all the subtext distracting but so many of the funny lines were included in the subtext!"
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