Best & Worst

DINE & OPINE HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE 2003… AVERAGING A BOOK A MONTH THAT IS QUITE A COLLECTION! WITH THAT BEING SAID- WE HAVE READ MANY GOOD BOOKS, MANY BAD BOOKS, OK BOOKS, INTERESTING AND WEIRD BOOKS! HOWEVER- THERE ARE THOSE THAT STAND OUT  – IN A GOOD WAY AND IN A BAD WAY! THIS lIST IS DEDICATED TO THE ONES THAT ARE JUST UNFORGETTABLE.


BEST

IT’S NOT VERY OFTEN THAT A GROUP OF PEOPLE CAN AGREE THAT A BOOK IS GREAT. SO WHEN THIS HAPPENS WITH THE DINE & OPINE GALS… THAT BOOK GETS PUT INTO OUR BEST CATEGORY! SO WHAT DOES IT TAKE FOR A BOOK TO MAKE THIS LISTS? EVERY MEMBER IN ATTENDANCE MUST GIVE THE BOOK A THUMBS UP! (THAT IS MUCH HARDER THAN YOU WOULD THINK!) ENJOY THIS LIST AND WATCH IT GROW… HOPEFULLY!

This book joined the Best Of list in April 2019. This heart-wrenching book is one that will make you cry, connect and love the main character.

The Night Counter is the first book in 2009 to receive an all Thumbs Up from Dine & Opine.

This book covered corporate corruption, dysfunctional families, murder, mystery and love! A great novel to pick up and don’t be fooled- get pass the first 100 pages and you will have to finish reading this one!

The Book offers good discussion on Jhumpa Lahiri’s ability to write about a range of emotions, even ones that we don’t necessarily realize we have

What an amazing book. This book offered so many different characters and backgrounds that it grabbed everyone’s heart in different ways. The discussion was brilliant and this is a book that we are all keeping on our bookshelves!

Amazingly written; this book continues to be a topic of discussion and one that we all are still amazed by. Mr. Martin writes and tells a story that will surprise you.

This addition to the best of list is not so much for the writing… frankly we all bored of her “repeated” scenarios towards the end; however for the discussion and the purpose of this book. Sandberg’s topic and view points brought so many opinions to the table it was surely not a quiet night for the restaurant. Worth the read.

Bringing history to life… This book was well worth the lengthy read.

In this compelling historical novel, the infamous Typhoid Mary is given great depth and humanity by the gifted Keane (The Walking People, 2009). Irish immigrant Mary Mallon is eager to better her station in life and unafraid of hard work. When she is finally made a head cook, she is hired by some of the best families in Manhattan but unwittingly leaves a trail of disease in her wake


WORST

IT HAPPENS. NOT VERY OFTEN BUT IT DOES. A BOOK RECEIVES A THUMBS DOWN FROM EVERY SINGLE MEMBER. THIS RARITY HAPPENS LESS OFTEN THAN A VOTED “BEST” BOOK. SO WHEN THIS HAPPENS- YOU BETTER BELIEVE THAT IT IS JUST A BAD BOOK! LUCKILY FOR US- READING SINCE 2003- THIS LIST IS SMALL. SO FAR!

Home Land received an all Thumbs Down from Dine & Opine. Many members thought that this book was the ranting of a non- accomplished cry baby. Not worth the time to read!