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41 Books and Counting for the Bees.

Nora Davanzo-ward
The list author says: "This list is for the next 40 books the Bee's read. After three and a half years we have read 40 books and are now onto our second list of 40 books! Check out the Listmania list "The Bee's Book Club Selections" for all the previous books we have read in the order we read them."
Where the Heart Is (Oprah's Book Club)
Where the Heart Is (Oprah's Book Club)
"This book was well liked by our book club. We found it to be a sweet story even when it got a little out there. It was a surprise hit."
Best Friends Forever
Best Friends Forever
"We all found it to be an ok but not great read. The story was unpredictable but very silly. The characters were not very relate-able. Overall it wasn't bad but it wasn't good either. Mostly it was just fluff. It would be a good book to take on vacation. Good to fill in the time when you need to but easy to walk away from."
The Lost Symbol
The Lost Symbol
"Our book club liked this book overall. We found it to be a fun thriller with some interesting information about the Masons and brought up topics of discussions about the masons at our meeting."
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace - One School at a Time
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace - One School at a Time
"This book was well received by our group. It was somewhat of a long read and it caused many of us not to finish it in the allotted time frame. No speed reading the weekend before the meeting on this one. It did create a lot of discussion about other books we had read about Afghanistan like 1000 Splendid Suns and the Kite Runner."
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: A Novel
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: A Novel
"This was a well loved book. It is a perfect book club book and a wonderful story. “Best book we have read in a long time,” was stated by more than one member. The fact that this book was written in letters was interesting even if it was a little hard to follow at first. But overall it was beautiful story of hope and overcoming the tragedies of war."
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel (P.S.)
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel (P.S.)
"“It didn’t suck.” was my favorite quote about this book. Based on Hamlet this book was an interesting rendition of Shakespeare’s work. Many enjoyed the aspects the dogs brought to the tale. Overall the book seemed to be rather slow and plodding but in there somewhere was a good story."
The Mermaids Singing
The Mermaids Singing
"I missed the discussion about this book, but I found it to be an interesting read about mother daughter relationships. I did enjoy the slight mystical aspects about the book but overall it was just ok."
Rules of Deception
Rules of Deception
"This book was a typical grocery store paper back book without a lot of deep meaning. It was enjoyed by some for it's basic action and suspense plot and it was drudgery for others to get through. The story seemed to have an abundance of characters and a somewhat difficult plot line for the unseasoned suspense reader."
Moloka'i
Moloka'i
"Moloka'i was a BIG hit! The extraordinarily sad tale was surprisingly uplifting. It was a wonderful story with great characters that the readers quickly became attached to. There were so many different stories that together made up the lifetime of the main character and at times those stories were scary, or sad, or funny and always interesting. Moloka'i tied for best book of 2010."
Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage
Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage
"I loved this book and I was the only one in the book club who did, so beware. Yes there were many instances of the author rambling but I couldn't help but love this introspection on what marriage is and what it can be."
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Wicked Years)
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Wicked Years)
"We had a fun time discussing this book! Overall it actually wasn't very popular but we liked talking about why it wasn't. We even humorously speculated on what kind of person the author was. Everything in the book was insinuated and nothing was clear cut which made for fun debates."
The Help
The Help
"A huge hit! Everyone read it and everyone liked it. Can you believe it?!?! About the worst comments were that it was slightly unrealistic. But hey there were trailblazers and average folks during the civil rights movement and they all had a story to tell. The characters were what made this story. The Help tied for best book of 2010."
Postcards from a Dead Girl: A Novel
Postcards from a Dead Girl: A Novel
"I don't think you can say we really liked this book, but I don't know if you can say it was bad either. It was very entertaining and had some good moments. We were able to gain some insight on the greiving process but the end fell a little flat and left unanwsered questions."
Waiting for Autumn
Waiting for Autumn
"Wow, I loved the discussion this book sparked. We had a clapping your hands love this book reaction as well as hate reaction as well. This kind of polarized reaction makes for great discussions even if half the group wouldn't recommend the book and half would."
Greek Ghosts
Greek Ghosts
"Greek Ghosts was not well received by our book club. There were lots of editing problems and the story flew by at times and dragged at others. A good editor would have helped a lot on this book."
World Without End
World Without End
"This book was chosen as our holiday selection. We do not normally meet for book review in December but like to give a recommended reading for the group. January 2011's book selection is not yet published and therefore I can not list it here. It's current title is Informed Consent by Amanda Rose Adams."
The History of Love
The History of Love
"Most felt this book could be considered a good read, but it was confusing. It took some time to get into and figure out what was going on but it did have some unique, interesting, and touching moments."
Little Bee: A Novel
Little Bee: A Novel
"There was a lot of support for this book. The writing style was very well done and it kept you intrigued. It sparked some good discussions as well. I personally loved this book and would recommend it to anyone."
The Wednesday Sisters: A Novel
The Wednesday Sisters: A Novel
"Since I missed the discussions on this book I will have to give only my personal thoughts. To me it was an interesting tale of different women and what they went through in a different time, but I wasn't a huge fan of the ending. The ending made it seem to made for TV movie and a little hokey."
A Painted House
A Painted House
"I loved a Painted House. I really felt this was a classic tale in the style of Stand By Me. It signified the changing of time for one boy as well as our country. Not everyone in the group felt as strongly. To some it rambled and didn’t have a lot of substance. It was defiantly not like most of John Grisham’s novels."
Calico Palace (Rediscovered Classics)
Calico Palace (Rediscovered Classics)
"I think many felt this book rambled a bit but it was a ok book. Some of the history felt a little too made up and not exactly accurate."
The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels--A Love Story
The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels--A Love Story
"This was a fun and easy read. A fun love story."
Cinderella Ate My Daughter
Cinderella Ate My Daughter
"This book sparked a lot of discussion as many of the book club ladies have daughters of their own. Many commented on the fact they didn't know where the author was going on this one and seemed to sway between the princess camp and the bra burning camp."
Lucia, Lucia: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
Lucia, Lucia: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
"A quick and easy read with some really great descriptions but it is where the story-line went that created controversy. It was an interesting look at a time when women were expected to stop their careers when they got married."
A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy)
A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy)
"What a wonderful book for Halloween. Vampires and Witches and a house that builds new rooms when visitors come to call. The only complaint is that the next book in the series isn't written yet! Now we have all been left hanging!"
The School of Essential Ingredients
The School of Essential Ingredients
"November's book club selection."
A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol
"December's optional book."
The Christmas Wedding
The Christmas Wedding
"January 2012 book selection"
Big Easy
Big Easy
"February 2012 book selection"
Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam
Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam
"March 2012 book selection"
The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games
"April 2012 book selection. Winner of best book of 2012"
Too Big to Miss (The Odelia Grey Mysteries)
Too Big to Miss (The Odelia Grey Mysteries)
"May 2012 book selection"
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
"June 2012 book selection"
Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
"July 2012 book selection"
The Thirteenth Tale
The Thirteenth Tale
"August 2012 book selection. Winner of best book of 2012"
Atlas Shrugged
Atlas Shrugged
"September 2012 book selection"
Steve Jobs: A Biography
Steve Jobs: A Biography
"October 2012 book selection"
The Art of Racing in the Rain
The Art of Racing in the Rain
"November 2012 book selection"
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
"January 2013 book selection. A perfect book for book clubs! We did a review of this book in a question and answer style instead of our regular round table review. It made for a very different kind of discussion. What a blast."
The Merlot Murders
The Merlot Murders
"February 2013 book selection. Can't wait for the wine tasting to go along with book club!"