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The Painter
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The Hidden Child by Camilla Läckberg
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Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
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Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
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Some people complain that this book is a bit slow paced but I LOVED it that way. It was such a great mystery novel that made you feel like you were working along with the researchers to solve it! Sometimes mysteries are so fast paced they are unreali...more
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Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
Let the Great World Spin
by Colum McCann (Goodreads Author)
read in July, 2014
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After many times, I've decided that I can love Ann Patchett's books, but not her book recommendations! Blat :p
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My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff
My Salinger Year
by Joanna Rakoff (Goodreads Author)
read in July, 2014
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Fast beach read :)
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Never Spit on Your Shoes by Denys Cazet
Never Spit on Your Shoes
by Denys Cazet
read in July, 2014
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The Cello of Mr. O by Jane Cutler
The Cello of Mr. O
by Jane Cutler
read in July, 2014
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Rosa Lee by Leon Dash
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This book helped me to step into a lifestyle drastically different than my own and view things from the perspective of another. I'd be interested in chatting about this book with my co-workers.
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Ann Patchett
“Never be so focused on what you're looking for that you overlook the thing you actually find.”
Ann Patchett, State of Wonder

“I am now at a time of life when I can look back on the past, for my soul has been refined in the crucible of interior and exterior trials. Now, like a flower after the storm, I can raise my head and see that the words of the Psalm are realised in me: "The Lord is my Shepherd and I shall want nothing. He hath set me in a place of pasture. He hath brought me up on the water of refreshment. He hath converted my soul. He hath led me on the paths of justice for His own Name's sake. For though I should walk in the midst of the shadow of death, I will fear no evils for Thou are with me."[6]”
Thérèse, Saint de Lisieux, The Story of a Soul (L'Histoire d'une Âme): The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux

Donna Tartt
“The first duty of the novelist is to entertain. It is a moral duty. People who read your books are sick, sad, traveling, in the hospital waiting room while someone is dying. Books are written by the alone for the alone.”
Donna Tartt

Shirley Jackson
“A pretty sight, a lady with a book.”
Shirley Jackson, We Have Always Lived in the Castle

24794 Should have read classics — 1339 members — last activity 8 hours, 41 min ago
This is a group that is reading some of the classics that maybe we should have read but we got so turned off by "classics" we had to read in high scho...more
98944 Ask Rachel Bertsche - Tuesday, April 9th! — 91 members — last activity Oct 02, 2013 08:47AM
Join us on Tuesday, April 9th for a special discussion with debut author Rachel Bertsche! Rachel will be discussing her national best seller MWF Seeki...more
72045 Open Books Chicago — 143 members — last activity Mar 11, 2013 09:49PM
Open Books is Chicago's first nonprofit literacy bookstore! We accept donated books (50,000+ in stock) and sell them to support our literacy programs....more
3554 Nerdfighters — 1840 members — last activity Jul 22, 2014 05:26PM
Decreasing world suck one day at a time
87982 52 weeks, 52 books — 1056 members — last activity 12 hours, 18 min ago
This year, we'll read a book a week - an eclectic mix of bestsellers, finds, and old favourites. With an emphasis on fiction but some non-fiction too.
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2012 Reading Challenge
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2013 Reading Challenge
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