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601 The Age of Innocence
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601 Small As A Mustard Seed
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603 Evil Among Us (Species Inte...
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604 American Gods (American God...
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605 Killing Floor (Jack Reacher...
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606 Elephant Man
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606 The Last Prophet
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606 The Pilot's Wife
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606 Armageddon Cometh (Species ...
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610 (Un) Spoken
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610 Hotblooded
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612 The Hound of the Baskervill...
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612 The Feast of Love
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612 Echo (Species Intervention ...
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615 The Invention of Hugo Cabret
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615 Hive (Species Intervention ...
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617 In the Lake of the Woods
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 10,066 ratings
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617 Inés of My Soul
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 12,275 ratings
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619 The Orchid Thief: A True St...
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619 The Complete Poems
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619 I Will Wait for You: Eterna...
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622 The Prince and the Pauper
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622 The Round House
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624 The Divine Comedy
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625 Crank (Crank, #1)
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626 84, Charing Cross Road
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627 How to Be an American House...
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628 The Alienist
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629 The Heretic's Daughter
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630 The Woman Warrior: Memoirs ...
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630 Soul Reborn (Key to the Cur...
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632 When You Reach Me
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633 Three Day Road
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634 Pillar of Light (The Work a...
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635 The Purpose Driven Life: Wh...
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 114,193 ratings
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635 Where the Heart Is
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635 Under the Banner of Heaven:...
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638 Fool
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 32,576 ratings
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639 Q & A
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640 Twenties Girl
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641 Keeping the House
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641 A Cook's Tour: Global Adven...
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643 The Secret River
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643 The Pilgrim's Progress
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 48,067 ratings
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643 The Crucible
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3.49 of 5 stars 3.49 avg rating — 171,513 ratings
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646 Endurance: Shackleton's Inc...
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646 The Shipping News
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 79,017 ratings
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648 The Places in Between
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649 The Year of Fog
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650 Motherless Brooklyn
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651 The Measure of a Man: A Spi...
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651 The End of Your Life Book Club
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 27,619 ratings
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651 The Goldfinch
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 170,504 ratings
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654 Eva Luna
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 21,236 ratings
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654 Grendel
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654 The Weird Sisters
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654 Sister
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658 The Thousand Autumns of Jac...
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659 Waiting
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3.46 of 5 stars 3.46 avg rating — 12,382 ratings
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659 Cold Comfort Farm
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659 Left Behind (Left Behind, #1)
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 115,625 ratings
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662 Raise High the Roof Beam, C...
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663 The Lord God Made Them All
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663 Siddhartha
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 271,249 ratings
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665 The Electric Kool-Aid Acid ...
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666 Sold
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667 Message in a Bottle
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668 The Silence of the Lambs  (...
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668 Moonlight on the Nantahala
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670 Stardust
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 188,347 ratings
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671 Snow Falling on Cedars
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 96,771 ratings
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672 The Thief (The Queen's Thie...
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673 Trainspotting
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 84,804 ratings
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674 The Slap
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3.11 of 5 stars 3.11 avg rating — 14,587 ratings
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674 It
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 277,373 ratings
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676 Clockwork Angel (The Infern...
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677 Anne Frank Remembered
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 35,377 ratings
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678 The Winter Sea (Slains, #1)
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 31,510 ratings
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678 Charlie and the Chocolate F...
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680 The Vision of Emma Blau
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681 The Sisters Brothers
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 39,853 ratings
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682 Jesus Calling: Enjoying Pea...
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682 Shades of Grey: The Road to...
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684 The Memory Thief
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685 The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
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685 The Lost City of Z: A Tale ...
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685 Graceling (Graceling Realm,...
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685 The Tea Rose (The Tea Rose,...
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689 Ella Enchanted
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689 Odd Thomas (Odd Thomas, #1)
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691 Speaker for the Dead (The E...
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691 The Fellowship of the Ring ...
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693 Son of a Witch (The Wicked ...
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694 I Am Number Four (Lorien Le...
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695 Set This House in Order: A ...
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695 The Neurology of Angels
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695 The Boy I Love (The Boy I L...
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695 Ada: Legend of a Healer
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695 Even Sunflowers Cast Shadows
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695 And Then There Was Life!
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Comments (showing 1-27 of 27) (27 new)

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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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