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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 479,844 ratings
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 276,928 ratings
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 1,385,672 ratings
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 411,097 ratings
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3.45 of 5 stars 3.45 avg rating — 953,211 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 422,930 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 353,745 ratings
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 1,479,356 ratings
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 1,517,777 ratings
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 1,631,519 ratings
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 249,706 ratings
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 373,679 ratings
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 2,050,611 ratings
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 341,454 ratings
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 234,152 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 463,468 ratings
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 1,032,195 ratings
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 300,694 ratings
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 161,951 ratings
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 237,704 ratings
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 216,266 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 445,599 ratings
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 411,542 ratings
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 414,207 ratings
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 214,558 ratings
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 1,098,281 ratings
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 982,651 ratings
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 205,149 ratings
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 1,179,993 ratings
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 324,715 ratings
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 39,874 ratings
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 327,259 ratings
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 245,272 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 883,902 ratings
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 373,260 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 166,250 ratings
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 263,375 ratings
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 237,479 ratings
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 270,086 ratings
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3.48 of 5 stars 3.48 avg rating — 441,762 ratings
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 950,906 ratings
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 203,083 ratings
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 251,700 ratings
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 715,663 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 157,746 ratings
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 266,201 ratings
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 147,629 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 113,640 ratings
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 414,267 ratings
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 61,721 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 262,991 ratings
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 675,701 ratings
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 162,988 ratings
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 375,524 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 393,495 ratings
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 1,285,745 ratings
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 160,549 ratings
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 340,194 ratings
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4.58 of 5 stars 4.58 avg rating — 1,379,229 ratings
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 88,575 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 50,109 ratings
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 692,772 ratings
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 423,937 ratings
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 165,680 ratings
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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 145,893 ratings
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 208,887 ratings
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 78,735 ratings
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 1,525,956 ratings
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 222,088 ratings
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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 43,289 ratings
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 234,999 ratings
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 327,127 ratings
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3,654 books · 9,320 voters · list created June 13th, 2008 by Jessica (votes) .
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message 1: by Jen (new)

Jen The author combines a love story, history and a gorgeous unusual setting to create a powerful novel that really makes you think and want to talk about.


message 2: by Deb (new)

Deb Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver


message 3: by Marla (new)

 Marla Knowledge of Angels by Jill Paton Walsh and Twilight by Stephenie Meyer and Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve and Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier were all big hits with our BBC Book Club. One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus and Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross were also favorites with excellent discussions.


message 4: by Travis (new)

Travis The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte is a great one for book clubs. She's the little known Bronte sister, compared to her far more famous siblings. Comparing her work to that of her sisters brought about quite a discussion in our group.


message 5: by Cat (new)

Cat Riley Home Repair by Liz Rosenberg and Open House by Elizabeth Berg were tops for my book club group. Excellent discussions ensued. We realized we all like books that make us laugh and cry. Laurie Colwin is up soon, and so is the Guernsey Literary Potato Pie book.


message 6: by Kono (new)

Kono Grant Cat-- your choices sound great! Recommend you also consider Dan Chaon's new novel after Home Repair and Open House when you are ready for something a bit darker. He's a great writer. Can't go wrong with jane Austen.


message 7: by Darienbo (last edited Oct 24, 2009 11:24AM) (new)

Darienbo Had a great book discussion of HOME REPAIR with the author in Philly. So inspiring I had to pass it along. We all agreed it's good to have a book that makes you want to write, too, and has enough characters you can love.

I love the book about friendship Ann Patchett (sp?) wrote and think it would make a great discussion book. Also, to me Dostoevsky scares too many people away and should not. There is so much there to talk about!


message 8: by Shelby (new)

Shelby Harper The Hand that First Held Mine by Maggie O'Farrell


message 9: by Gerrie (new)

Gerrie Finger Prodigal Summer, yes.


message 10: by Sheryl (new)

Sheryl The Mansion by Henry Van Dyke


message 11: by M/Ðɑηηɑ (new)

M/Ðɑηηɑ A very good list, all my favs in one place :)


message 12: by Katie (new)

Katie I've just discovered this list. Is there anyway to search this very extensive list? I would love to be able to look at it in alphabetical order. Or is it solely based on votes. There is no way to go through so many pages and vote with any kind of rationality! Just wondering.


message 13: by Darbi (new)

Darbi Simmons This is just a random list of books that are featured in PEOPLE magazine! this is the worst list ever! No one put any thought into it at all.


message 14: by Tammy (new)

Tammy Corbett A great book to add to this list is The Sixth Extinction by d. leonard freeston. Couldn't put it down!


message 15: by Carla (new)

Carla Foft "Addressing Spirits" by Carla Foft would be a good choice for a book club. It's by a new author, so it has some really different perspectives. It's short, so the club can finish it quickly and get down to discussing it faster. Carla Foft discusses Spirits' Rights on her website and it has started some lively discussions. The book is fun and has received great reviews.


message 16: by Jim (new)

Jim Finished "Rare & Endangered Species" by Richard Bausch 1994. Every short story in this collection is top-drawer and insightful into the human condition. The characters and their thoughts/actions ring true and signify life's lessons. Writing this great should not go out of style


message 17: by Kim (new)

Kim There are so many books that I want to read! Time to prioritize!


message 18: by Leanne (new)

Leanne Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver. Lots of issues...great book!


message 19: by Paula (new)

Paula Darbi wrote: "This is just a random list of books that are featured in PEOPLE magazine! this is the worst list ever! No one put any thought into it at all."

Maybe your taste is different. It fits into my interests quite well.


message 20: by Paula (new)

Paula Leanne wrote: "Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver. Lots of issues...great book!"

Her bks were big about 12 yrs ago here. I liked them. Poisonwood had to be restarted due to the negative pic of missionaries, but there have been many like that and there is improvment these days.
Issues in Animal Dreams? Been a long time.


message 21: by Teri (new)

Teri Thomas The Sparrow The first book our Book Club ever read; outstanding writing and moral issues that beg great discussion.


message 22: by Andre (new)

Andre Io Deceneus Journal of a Time Traveler by Florian Armas
This book will give a lot of things to argue about: a living universe, quit a strange way of time traveling and a lot of controversies related to cultural, politic, social, and finace phenomena.


message 23: by Marla (last edited Jan 29, 2013 12:38PM) (new)

 Marla Why are That Girl Started Her Own Country and The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club in the top 55 on this list?! I think someone is padding their votes to get them high on this list.

I use this list as a reference for our book club and this isn't the platform for authors' self promotion. Argh!


message 24: by Jack (new)

Jack Hi everyone,

I have created a new group called Goodreads All Sorts and I'd love for people to join it or just even just give it a look. It's a group that discusses anything and everything. There will be monthly group reads, movies, and music. There is a folder for everything you could think of. I'd really like if people could spread the word because I'd love for the group to be a success. Here is the link to the group:

http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/9...

Thanks very much,
Jack :-)


message 25: by Bakagh (new)

Bakagh Mark


message 26: by Shilpa (new)

Shilpa Kotian very good list..


message 27: by Helen (new)

Helen Deb wrote: "Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver"

LOVE that book!


message 28: by Bessie (new)

Bessie Unless I have missed it I do not see Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Once you read this you will be sold on this author....


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