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All books are not great, and even great books are not necessarily good for discussions. Member ratings and reviews in the BOOK ARCHIVES can help you eliminate the duds.

 

After your group has discussed a book, please rate it using the following system:

  • 5 EXCELLENT We highly recommend this book for group reading and discussion.
  • 4 GOOD It had good ideas and generated lively discussion.
  • 3 FAIR It had good aspects, but not substantial enough to sustain discussion.
  • 2 POOR It did not meet the criteria below.
  • 1 DISAPPOINTING Not recommended.

Please bear in mind the following criteria when rating each book:

  • Plot (compelling storyline?)
  • Characters (well-drawn, convincing?)
  • Quality of Writing
  • Did the book provoke an interesting and lively discussion?

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