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Shona (beamfrost) End Of December's 50 Books Update

1: A Place Called Here (Paperback) by Cecelia Ahern

2: The Secret Lives of Men and Women: A PostSecret Book (Hardcover) by Frank Warren

3: Passive Aggressive Notes: Painfully Polite and Hilariously Hostile Writings... by Kerry Miller

4: If You Could See Me Now (Paperback) by Cecelia Ahern

5: The Bell Jar (Paperback) by Sylvia Plath

6: The Secret Shopper's Revenge (Paperback) by Kate Harrison

7: Change of Heart - A Format (Paperback) by Jodi Picoult

8: Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1) by Stephenie Meyer

9: The Gift (Hardcover) by Cecelia Ahern

10: New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Book 2) by Stephenie Meyer

11: Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3) by Stephenie Meyer

12: Breaking Dawn (The twilight Saga, Book 4) by Stephenie Meyer

13: Gridlock by Ben Elton

14: Blind Eye by Stuart MacBride

15: Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult

16: Who Killed Marilyn Munroe? by Liz Evans

17 : The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

18: Lucky by Alice Sebold

19: Where are you now by Mary Higgins Clark

20: The Fifth Victim by Beverly Barton

21: Fractured by Karin Slaughter

22: Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter

23: A faint cold fear by Karin Slaughter

24: Kisscut by Karin Slaughter

25: Dear Fatty by Dawn French

26: Reunion by Therese Fowler

27: The Smelliest Day At The Zoo by Alan Rusbridger

28: The Memory Keepers Daughter by Kim Edwards

29: Die for Me by Karen Rose

30: The Game by Mandasue Heller

31: Snatched by Mandasue Heller

32: Kill for Me by Karen Rose

33: Souvenir: A Novel by Therese Fowler

34: Life's Too Short to Frost a Cupcake by Rosie Wilde

35: No Time for Goodbyes by Linwood Barclay

36: The Charmer by Mandasue Heller

37: Halfhead by Stuart B. MacBride

38: Dreamer by Peter James

39: The Office Book: Howlers and Hilarity from the World of Work (Paperback) by Chloe Rhodes

40: Cringe: Teenage Diaries, Journals, Notes, Letters, Poems, and Abandoned Rock Operas (Hardcover) by Sarah Brown

41: You Can't Hide by Karen Rose

42: The Surrogate by Tania Carver

43: Too Close To Home by Linwood Barclay

44: 10 Reasons Not To Fall In Love by Linda Green

45: Silent Killer by Beverly Barton

46: Songs of the Humpback Whale: A Novel in Five Voices by Jodi Picoult

47: Sandie Shaw and the Millionth Marvell Cooker by Wendy Robertson

48: Hidden by Cathy Glass

49: The Club by Mandasue Heller

50: Crosscut by Meg Gardiner

I MADE IT!!!! YAY


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Shona (beamfrost) 1: A Place Called Here (Paperback) by Cecelia Ahern

2: The Secret Lives of Men and Women: A PostSecret Book (Hardcover) by Frank Warren

3: Passive Aggressive Notes: Painfully Polite and Hilariously Hostile Writings... by Kerry Miller

4: If You Could See Me Now (Paperback) by Cecelia Ahern

5: The Bell Jar (Paperback) by Sylvia Plath

6: The Secret Shopper's Revenge (Paperback) by Kate Harrison

7: Change of Heart - A Format (Paperback) by Jodi Picoult

8: Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1) by Stephenie Meyer

9: The Gift (Hardcover) by Cecelia Ahern

10: New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Book 2) by Stephenie Meyer

11: Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3) by Stephenie Meyer

12: Breaking Dawn (The twilight Saga, Book 4) by Stephenie Meyer

13: Gridlock by Ben Elton

14: Blind Eye by Stuart MacBride

15: Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult

16: Who Killed Marilyn Munroe? by Liz Evans

17 : The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

18: Lucky by Alice Sebold

19: Where are you now by Mary Higgins Clark

20: The Fifth Victim by Beverly Barton

21: Fractured by Karin Slaughter

22: Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter

23: A faint cold fear by Karin Slaughter

24: Kisscut by Karin Slaughter

25: Dear Fatty by Dawn French

26: Reunion by Therese Fowler

27: The Smelliest Day At The Zoo by Alan Rusbridger

28: The Memory Keepers Daughter by Kim Edwards

29: Die for Me by Karen Rose

30: The Game by Mandasue Heller

31: Snatched by Mandasue Heller

32: Kill for Me by Karen Rose

33: Souvenir: A Novel by Therese Fowler

34: Life's Too Short to Frost a Cupcake by Rosie Wilde

35: No Time for Goodbyes by Linwood Barclay

36: The Charmer by Mandasue Heller

37: Halfhead by Stuart B. MacBride

38: Dreamer by Peter James

39: The Office Book: Howlers and Hilarity from the World of Work The Office Book: Howlers and Hilarity from the World of Work by Chloe Rhodes


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Shona (beamfrost) 1: A Place Called Here (Paperback) by Cecelia Ahern

2: The Secret Lives of Men and Women: A PostSecret Book (Hardcover) by Frank Warren

3: Passive Aggressive Notes: Painfully Polite and Hilariously Hostile Writings... by Kerry Miller

4: If You Could See Me Now (Paperback) by Cecelia Ahern

5: The Bell Jar (Paperback) by Sylvia Plath

6: The Secret Shopper's Revenge (Paperback) by Kate Harrison

7: Change of Heart - A Format (Paperback) by Jodi Picoult

8: Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1) by Stephenie Meyer

9: The Gift (Hardcover) by Cecelia Ahern

10: New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Book 2) by Stephenie Meyer

11: Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3) by Stephenie Meyer

12: Breaking Dawn (The twilight Saga, Book 4) by Stephenie Meyer

13: Gridlock by Ben Elton

14: Blind Eye by Stuart MacBride

15: Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult

16: Who Killed Marilyn Munroe? by Liz Evans

17 : The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

18: Lucky by Alice Sebold

19: Where are you now by Mary Higgins Clark

20: The Fifth Victim by Beverly Barton

21: Fractured by Karin Slaughter

22: Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter

23: A faint cold fear by Karin Slaughter

24: Kisscut by Karin Slaughter

25: Dear Fatty by Dawn French

26: Reunion by Therese Fowler

27: The Smelliest Day At The Zoo by Alan Rusbridger

28: The Memory Keepers Daughter by Kim Edwards

29: Die for Me by Karen Rose

30: The Game by Mandasue Heller

31: Snatched by Mandasue Heller

32: Kill for Me by Karen Rose

33: Souvenir: A Novel by Therese Fowler

34: Life's Too Short to Frost a Cupcake by Rosie Wilde

35: No Time for Goodbyes by Linwood Barclay

Yay getting thereand have to read 4 books a month now to manage my goal. Hopefully I will mange to achieve that although the coming months are getting a bit busier. Wish me luck!


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Shona (beamfrost) 32: Kill for Me by Karen Rose


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Shona (beamfrost) 1: A Place Called Here (Paperback) by Cecelia Ahern

2: The Secret Lives of Men and Women: A PostSecret Book (Hardcover) by Frank Warren

3: Passive Aggressive Notes: Painfully Polite and Hilariously Hostile Writings... by Kerry Miller

4: If You Could See Me Now (Paperback) by Cecelia Ahern

5: The Bell Jar (Paperback) by Sylvia Plath

6: The Secret Shopper's Revenge (Paperback) by Kate Harrison

7: Change of Heart - A Format (Paperback) by Jodi Picoult

8: Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1) by Stephenie Meyer

9: The Gift (Hardcover) by Cecelia Ahern

10: New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Book 2) by Stephenie Meyer

11: Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3) by Stephenie Meyer

12: Breaking Dawn (The twilight Saga, Book 4) by Stephenie Meyer

13: Gridlock by Ben Elton

14: Blind Eye by Stuart MacBride

15: Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult

16: Who Killed Marilyn Munroe? by Liz Evans

17 : The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

18: Lucky by Alice Sebold

19: Where are you now by Mary Higgins Clark

20: The Fifth Victim by Beverly Barton

21: Fractured by Karin Slaughter

22: Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter

23: A faint cold fear by Karin Slaughter

24: Kisscut by Karin Slaughter

25: Dear Fatty by Dawn French

26: Reunion by Therese Fowler

27: The Smelliest Day At The Zoo by Alan Rusbridger

28: The Memory Keepers Daughter by Kim Edwards

29: Die for Me by Karen Rose

30: Snatched by Mandasue Heller

31: The Game by Mandasue Heller


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Shona (beamfrost) 1: A Place Called Here (Paperback) by Cecelia Ahern

2: The Secret Lives of Men and Women: A PostSecret Book (Hardcover) by Frank Warren

3: Passive Aggressive Notes: Painfully Polite and Hilariously Hostile Writings... by Kerry Miller

4: If You Could See Me Now (Paperback) by Cecelia Ahern

5: The Bell Jar (Paperback) by Sylvia Plath

6: The Secret Shopper's Revenge (Paperback) by Kate Harrison

7: Change of Heart - A Format (Paperback) by Jodi Picoult

8: Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1) by Stephenie Meyer

9: The Gift (Hardcover) by Cecelia Ahern

10: New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Book 2) by Stephenie Meyer

11: Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3) by Stephenie Meyer

12: Breaking Dawn (The twilight Saga, Book 4) by Stephenie Meyer

13: Gridlock by Ben Elton

14: Blind Eye by Stuart MacBride

15: Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult

16: Who Killed Marilyn Munroe? by Liz Evans

17 : The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

18: Lucky by Alice Sebold

19: Where are you now by Mary Higgins Clark

20: The Fifth Victim by Beverly Barton

21: Fractured by Karin Slaughter

22: Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter

23: A faint cold fear by Karin Slaughter

24: Kisscut by Karin Slaughter

25: Dear Fatty by Dawn French

26: Reunion by Therese Fowler

27: The Smelliest Day At The Zoo by Alan Rusbridger

28: The Memory Keepers Daughter by Kim Edwards

29: Die for Me by Karen Rose

30: Snatched by Mandasue Heller


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Shona (beamfrost) 1: A Place Called Here (Paperback) by Cecelia Ahern

2: The Secret Lives of Men and Women: A PostSecret Book (Hardcover) by Frank Warren

3: Passive Aggressive Notes: Painfully Polite and Hilariously Hostile Writings... by Kerry Miller

4: If You Could See Me Now (Paperback) by Cecelia Ahern

5: The Bell Jar (Paperback) by Sylvia Plath

6: The Secret Shopper's Revenge (Paperback) by Kate Harrison

7: Change of Heart - A Format (Paperback) by Jodi Picoult

8: Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1) by Stephenie Meyer

9: The Gift (Hardcover) by Cecelia Ahern

10: New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Book 2) by Stephenie Meyer

11: Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3) by Stephenie Meyer

12: Breaking Dawn (The twilight Saga, Book 4) by Stephenie Meyer

13: Gridlock by Ben Elton

14: Blind Eye by Stuart MacBride

15: Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult

16: Who Killed Marilyn Munroe? by Liz Evans

17 : The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

18: Lucky by Alice Sebold

19: Where are you now by Mary Higgins Clark

20: The Fifth Victim by Beverly Barton

21: Fractured by Karin Slaughter

22: Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter

23: A faint cold fear by Karin Slaughter

24: Kisscut by Karin Slaughter

25: Dear Fatty by Dawn French


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Shona (beamfrost) 19: Where are you now? by Mary Higgins Clark

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20: The Fifth Victim by Beverly Barton

The Fifth Victim (Cherokee Pointe Trilogy, #1) by Beverly Barton


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Shona (beamfrost) 1: A Place Called Here (Paperback) by Cecelia Ahern

2: The Secret Lives of Men and Women: A PostSecret Book (Hardcover) by Frank Warren

3: Passive Aggressive Notes: Painfully Polite and Hilariously Hostile Writings... by Kerry Miller

4: If You Could See Me Now (Paperback) by Cecelia Ahern

5: The Bell Jar (Paperback) by Sylvia Plath

6: The Secret Shopper's Revenge (Paperback) by Kate Harrison

7: Change of Heart - A Format (Paperback) by Jodi Picoult

8: Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1) by Stephenie Meyer

9: The Gift (Hardcover) by Cecelia Ahern

10: New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Book 2) by Stephenie Meyer

11: Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3) by Stephenie Meyer

12: Breaking Dawn (The twilight Saga, Book 4) by Stephenie Meyer

13: Gridlock by Ben Elton

14: Blind Eye by Stuart MacBride

15: Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult

16: Who Killed Marilyn Munroe? by Liz Evans

17 : The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

18: Lucky by Alice Sebold


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Shona (beamfrost) 18: Lucky by Alice Sebold

Lucky by Alice Sebold Alice Sebold


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Shona (beamfrost) 17 : The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. SalingerJ.D. Salinger


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Shona (beamfrost) 16: Who Killed Marilyn Munroe? by Liz Evans

Who Killed Marilyn Monroe? (PI Grace Smith #1) by Liz Evans Liz Evans


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Shona (beamfrost) 15: Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult

Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult


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Shona (beamfrost) 13: Gridlock by Ben Elton

14: Blind Eye by Stuart MacBride

Gridlock by Ben Elton Ben Elton

Blind Eye by Stuart MacBride Stuart MacBride


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Shona (beamfrost) 1: A Place Called Here (Paperback) by Cecelia Ahern

2: The Secret Lives of Men and Women: A PostSecret Book (Hardcover) by Frank Warren

3: Passive Aggressive Notes: Painfully Polite and Hilariously Hostile Writings... by Kerry Miller

4: If You Could See Me Now (Paperback) by Cecelia Ahern

5: The Bell Jar (Paperback) by Sylvia Plath

6: The Secret Shopper's Revenge (Paperback) by Kate Harrison

7: Change of Heart - A Format (Paperback) by Jodi Picoult

8: Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1) by Stephenie Meyer

9: The Gift (Hardcover) by Cecelia Ahern

10: New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Book 2) by Stephenie Meyer

11: Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3) by Stephenie Meyer

12: Breaking Dawn (The twilight Saga, Book 4) by Stephenie Meyer


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Shona (beamfrost) lol i dunno if id wanna last forever... but at least you wouldnt miss anything


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Mary Todd (MaryTodd) | 924 comments At 57, I'm thinking if I would have become a vampire at 40 it wouldn't have hurt SO much and how much less pooching and sagging there would be!


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Shona (beamfrost) Well I wish my boyfriend would take a leaf out of Edwards book, but at least h is human, im not sure I would ever want to be with a vampire who never ages, cos i sure wouldnt want to become one


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Aprile (aprileb) Plus.... who doesn't like Edward? LOL


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Mary Todd (MaryTodd) | 924 comments I agree...she got really good at suspense!


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Shona (beamfrost) yeah the 4th book is much better, i admit i am liking them far more now than i did.


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Mary Todd (MaryTodd) | 924 comments congrats on 10+

(enjoying the Twilight series any more?)


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Shona (beamfrost) 1: A Place Called Here (Paperback) by Cecelia Ahern

2: The Secret Lives of Men and Women: A PostSecret Book (Hardcover) by Frank Warren

3: Passive Aggressive Notes: Painfully Polite and Hilariously Hostile Writings... by Kerry Miller

4: If You Could See Me Now (Paperback) by Cecelia Ahern

5: The Bell Jar (Paperback) by Sylvia Plath

6: The Secret Shopper's Revenge (Paperback) by Kate Harrison

7: Change of Heart - A Format (Paperback) by Jodi Picoult

8: Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1) by Stephenie Meyer

9: The Gift (Hardcover) by Cecelia Ahern

10: New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Book 2) by Stephenie Meyer

11: Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3) by Stephenie Meyer


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Mary Todd (MaryTodd) | 924 comments The last two are truly page turners...I literally couldn't turn the pages fast enough... and fun to read such a phenom...wouldn't wait in line for anything else she writes...but I would read more


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Shona (beamfrost) Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1) Twilight by Stephenie Meyer


My review

rating: 2 of 5 stars
So this that was it? all the hype and quite honestly I can not understand why... One main and pretty much only theme was that she liked him, he liked her but thought he was too dangerous and tried to send her away. She doesnt get put off, he admits to liking her too but still warns her away. She doesnt give up, they fall in love (and still he thinks its best she goes).

I wonder if this is all that happens for the next few books??? hmmm


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Shona (beamfrost) Change of Heart - A Format Change of Heart - A Format by Jodi Picoult


My review
rating: 5 of 5 stars
Yet again Jodi Picoult manages to take a subject that is controversial and turn it into a suspensive page turner. Although I could have guessed what happened at the end just by reading the first few pages it did not stop me from enjoying the book regardless.



Still I sit and think. What would I do if my sisters and dads killer offered to donate his heart to me to save me.



The book covers the story from the point of view of the heart donater, the wife and mother of the killed child and man, from a religious view point, a moral view point and political view.



Another well written and researched book.


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Shona (beamfrost) The Bell Jar

Sylvia Plath

Having thought about reading this book for many years I thouhgt it was about time i did it. I was somewhat let down by what I ended up reading. The narration of the story made me confused, as if teh story was written from the mind of a 10 year old and not the 19 year old that it wasset on.

Life at university was never fun, and it covered a topic that was both something relavant when the book was written and in the modern days: Suicide. A serious tipoc which the author knew only too mu...more Having thought about reading this book for many years I thouhgt it was about time i did it. I was somewhat let down by what I ended up reading. The narration of the story made me confused, as if teh story was written from the mind of a 10 year old and not the 19 year old that it wasset on.

Life at university was never fun, and it covered a topic that was both something relavant when the book was written and in the modern days: Suicide. A serious tipoc which the author knew only too much about, yet managed to wriet about it in a more childish way. I wouldnt say i didnt like it, rather, would say that i was dissapoined at the level it was written.


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Shona (beamfrost) The secret shoppers revenge by Kate harrison

The Secret Shopper's Revenge

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars

Having worked in a supermarket and been subjected to mystery shoppers before I thought why not read this book and see what it would be like to be a mystery shopper.

The story features around three woman. Emily a new mother who joins the secret shoppers to allow her to stay in London instead of returning to the country to be the country bumpkin she ran away from. There is also Sandie. Someone who was sakced from her dream job and who had to get a job to survive, and Grazia the woman who recruits Emily and Sandie. She is living in London a widow of a famous artist who has left her with thousands of pounds of debts.

The books takes us through the friendship that is built between the there woman as they take on their jobs and help survive their lives.

London is sometimes not the glittering world that is is set out to be, but with friends surviving this city can sometimes be made that little bit easier, especially when revenge is sweet


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Shona (beamfrost) If You Could See Me Now If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern


My review
rating: 4 of 5 stars


Elizabeth is lumbered with the pain of looking after her nephew as if he was her son. Her life is full of stress and she does not have much fun in her social life. That is, until her nephew starts to see an invisible friend.. This "friend" then enters Elizabeth's life and she feels emotions she has never felt before...If You Could See Me Now Cecelia Ahern


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Shona (beamfrost) 3: [image error]Kerry Miller
so you thought the people you lived with truely sucked, that is until you read this wee book. It amuses and amazes some of the notes that are left and makes me feel so much better about living alone!!


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Shona (beamfrost) 2: The Secret Lives of Men and Women A PostSecret Book by Frank Warren Frank Warren
Sad, funny, intriguing, depressing and compelling. This book contains secrets from anonymous readers around the world which may hit home with the reader who can sympathise and empathise with the secrets.


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Shona (beamfrost) 1: A Place Called Here by Cecelia Ahern Cecelia Ahern

A place called here was a odd book. It is based around the story of Sandy Shortt who hates to lose anything. When she left school she decided to start up her own missing persons agency. One day however she loses herself and ends up in a world where all lost things go, from people to clothes. She meets many of the people she had investigated and never found.

The book is on whole good, however the ending was a bit abrupt and could have been explained a bit more.


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