“With one exception the group did enjoy this book. Most finished it but many found it took time and required some effort to read in parts; a lot of the group found the sections written in dialect particularly challenging. Readers enjoyed comparing the book to recollections of Dracula films.” Average scored 7.64
“Most of the group really enjoyed this story including those reading it for a second time. All of us found the information about leprosy, its treatment and Spinalonga really interesting. A couple of readers thought that parts of the book felt a little rushed or had other small reservations” Average score 8.36
“Whilst the group acknowledged that the book was clever and inventive all found it just too confusing with the large number of characters and the way it jumped from one day to another. Most felt that it was a long slog to read although a few readers did quite enjoy it overall” Average score 4.4
This book achieved consistently good scores and all of the group enjoyed the story and the descriptions of the Australian outback and way of life. A few readers felt that it was a bit overlong and that the denouement was a little unrealistic.
“Most of the group found this memoir interesting and some really enjoyed it but others found it hard to read due to the subject matter. A few of the group thought that the book was a bit overlong or found sections hard to believe, but all were impressed with what she had achieved.” Average score 7.92
“A few of the group took a while to get into this book but most enjoyed the story and were interested in the depiction of the harsh life of the Canadian settlers and the difficulties of being a gay man in that era. Some readers struggled to relate to the characters or felt that they were unconvincingly portrayed”
Many of the group took a while to get into the book or struggled with the long sentences and wordy writing style. Some did enjoy elements such as the wit and character portrayal. We reflected on the stultifying lives led by women of Jane Austen’s class at the time. Average score 7.4.
“All of the group enjoyed this easy to read book although a few group members did find the writing style a little repetitive. Many readers found the social history interesting and we reflected on the fact that many social problems such as housing have not changed much; and also on the experience and definition of poverty” Average score 8.95.
“Most of the group enjoyed this easy to read story even if some felt that it was a bit too nice and sugary at times. Readers felt that the book rather skimmed over what it must have been like on Guernsey during the occupation. Many of the group were not keen on the letters format although that did make the book easy to put down and pick up again” Average score 7.4
“Some of the group loved and most enjoyed this easy to read story which moved a couple of the group to tears. Readers enjoyed the characterization, humour and the fact that it was a bit different, but some of the group got a bit bored with the slow pace and a surprising number were very irritated by Harold’s shoes!” Average score 8
“With one exception all the group enjoyed this book. Members thought that it was unusual, well written, and provided an interesting historical portrayal of New York at the time. It was, though, not a quick read and some readers found the italics off-putting”. Average score 7.31. thanks, Karen
Most of the group found this an easy read, with a good pace and unexpected ending. However some also found the writing style too simple, the plot a bit unbelievable and formulaic and failed to empathize with the characters. Score 6.69
This title elicited mixed responses from the group although the majority did feel that the storyline was good and the book easy to read. A few group members really enjoyed it and have been inspired to, or would be interested in, reading more titles in the series. Others found the characters rather one dimensional and colourless and felt that the book lacked emotion and was rather flat. Average score 6.73
Most of the group found this easy to read but thought that it was a bit far fetched and didn’t ring true. It was generally felt not to be the thriller anticipated from the cover. Some of the group did though find the portrayal of the cult interesting and this led on to a lively discussion” Average score 5.57, thanks, Karen P
This was a popular book with the whole group. Readers enjoyed the humour, empathized with the character of Eleanor and found the direct writing style easy to read. A few readers did find some bits of the book slightly unbelievable.The book was sad and touching in parts and explored some serious issues which led on to a good group discussion” Average score 8.75