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1 The Help
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2 Water for Elephants
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3 The Kite Runner
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4 The Book Thief
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5 To Kill a Mockingbird
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6 The Time Traveler's Wife
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7 The Hunger Games (The Hunge...
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8 A Thousand Splendid Suns
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9 The Glass Castle
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10 The Secret Life of Bees
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11 My Sister's Keeper
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12 Memoirs of a Geisha
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13 The Lovely Bones
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14 The Guernsey Literary and P...
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15 The Red Tent
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16 Pride and Prejudice
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17 Life of Pi
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18 The Curious Incident of the...
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19 The Poisonwood Bible
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20 Sarah's Key
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21 Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
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22 The Girl with the Dragon Ta...
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23 Eat, Pray, Love
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24 The Handmaid's Tale
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25 Middlesex
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26 The Diary of a Young Girl
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27 Room
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28 The Memory Keeper's Daughter
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29 The Thirteenth Tale
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30 1984
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31 The Catcher in the Rye
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32 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
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33 Jane Eyre
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34 The Pillars of the Earth  (...
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35 The Great Gatsby
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36 The Other Boleyn Girl (The ...
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37 The Shadow of the Wind (The...
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38 The Joy Luck Club
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39 Little Women (Little Women,...
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40 Tuesdays with Morrie
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41 Three Cups of Tea: One Man'...
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42 Atonement
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43 Bel Canto
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44 I Know This Much Is True
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45 The Road
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 390,550 ratings
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46 Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya...
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47 The Grapes of Wrath
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 380,013 ratings
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48 Cutting for Stone
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49 The Alchemist
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 850,812 ratings
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50 The Giver (The Giver #1)
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 857,422 ratings
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51 A Dog's Purpose
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 33,952 ratings
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52 Of Mice and Men
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53 White Oleander
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 182,862 ratings
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54 The Shack: Where Tragedy Co...
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55 The Color Purple
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 292,699 ratings
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56 Girl With a Pearl Earring
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57 Rebecca
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 212,441 ratings
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58 Fahrenheit 451
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 763,720 ratings
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59 Hotel on the Corner of Bitt...
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60 Wicked: The Life and Times ...
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61 The Good Earth (House of Ea...
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62 The Art of Racing in the Rain
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63 Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 885,141 ratings
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64 Never Let Me Go
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65 The Immortal Life of Henrie...
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66 A Prayer for Owen Meany
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 183,174 ratings
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67 The Namesake
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 141,000 ratings
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68 Extremely Loud and Incredib...
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69 Gone with the Wind
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 630,697 ratings
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70 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective...
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71 East of Eden
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 238,136 ratings
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72 Midwives
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 101,865 ratings
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73 Lolita
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 365,883 ratings
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74 Loving Frank
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 53,589 ratings
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75 Love in the Time of Cholera
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 234,865 ratings
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76 The Host (The Host, #1)
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 578,491 ratings
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77 Little Bee
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 143,416 ratings
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78 Outlander (Outlander, #1)
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 288,345 ratings
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79 The Five People You Meet in...
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80 Lord of the Flies
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81 Still Alice
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82 Year of Wonders
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83 Slaughterhouse-Five
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84 Harry Potter and the Deathl...
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85 Peace Like a River
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86 Freakonomics: A Rogue Econo...
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87 Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) ...
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88 A Million Little Pieces
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89 Angela's Ashes (Frank McCou...
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90 The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
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91 We Need to Talk About Kevin
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92 Animal Farm
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93 Reading Lolita in Tehran
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94 Atlas Shrugged
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95 These Is My Words (Sarah Ag...
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96 She's Come Undone
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97 Those Who Save Us
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98 Beloved (Toni Morrison Tril...
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99 Beneath a Marble Sky
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100 Blindness (Blindness, #1)
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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 (new)

M 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!


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