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."
"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."
"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."
"This was a well loved book. It is a perfect book club book and a wonderful story. ÂBest book we have read in a long time,Â 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."
"ÂIt didnÂt suck.Â was my favorite quote about this book. Based on Hamlet this book was an interesting rendition of ShakespeareÂs 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."
"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."
"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 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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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 didnÂt have a lot of substance. It was defiantly not like most of John GrishamÂs novels."
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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."