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Re: [bookclub-459] questions for everyone for online discussion

From: user 8.
Sent on: Wednesday, January 14, 2009 1:11 PM

For me, I can not say any one characteristic makes the ideal book. I've enjoyed fiction, science fiction, historical fiction and biographies.  However, I do tend to enjoy books that question conventional wisdom or thinking and sometimes I just like a good story.

Some of my favorite reads this year included Pillar of the Earth, The Poisonwood Bible, Good Omens, My Sisters Keeper, Anansi Boys, Devil in the White City, Into The Wild, Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee, and The Curious Incident of the Dog at Nighttime.

Some of these books were recommended and some were from one of the three book clubs I belong to. Others were just books that looked good when I was at the book store.

I can tell you that one of the books I absolutely loathed was The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. (A cross between Dr Phil and Aesop's Fables)

I hope this helps.

On Wed, Jan 14, 2009 at 10:59 AM, Terri <[address removed]> wrote:

Ok, you don't have to participate in this, and if you prefer you can just delete this and any of the other messages.  If you need help figuring out how to change your settings for the mailing list let me know.  I promise I won't make a habit of this either unless people like it!

So, here is my questions.  I was thinking about this on the way to work this morning.  Answer one or both if you want!

First, what makes an ideal book for you?  Is it the writing, the characters, setting, plot, a moral, or a combination or something different?

Second, what were your top book reads of last year and if you can share with us, what were the reasons they made your top read?

I need to think about my answers, and check my reading log, but I wanted to hear from others first!




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