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message 1: by Fallon (last edited Dec 31, 2009 08:43PM) (new)

Fallon | 120 comments January
1. Night Music - Jojo Moyes - 268 pages
2. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Chris bohjallan - 310p
4.Smoky joes cafe - Bryce courtenay - 235p
5.Testimony - Anita shreve - 305p
6.Year of Wonders - Geraldine brooks - 304p
7.The Gargoyle - Andrew Davidson - 465p
8. The Secret Life of Bees - sue monk kidd - 374p



message 2: by Fallon (last edited Dec 31, 2009 08:48PM) (new)

Fallon | 120 comments February
9. The Hours - Michael Cunningham - 226p
10.Songs of the Humpback Whale A Novel in Five Voices - Jodi picoult - 346p
11. The 19th Wife A Novel - David Ebershoff - 507p
12. Odd Thomas - Dean Koontz - 388



message 3: by Lori, Super Mod (new)

Lori (tnbbc) | 10145 comments Mod
What did you think about Odd Thomas? I love that series!!!


message 4: by Fallon (new)

Fallon | 120 comments I loved it! Finished it in a day, reserved it from the library, i'm the only person waiting but it's driving me mad having to wait for it!!


message 5: by Lori, Super Mod (new)

Lori (tnbbc) | 10145 comments Mod
the whole series was really good, but the first book was the best!


message 6: by Fallon (last edited Dec 31, 2009 08:47PM) (new)

Fallon | 120 comments 13- Forever Odd - dean koontz


message 7: by Vicki (new)

Vicki I enjoyed The Gargoyle, Secret Life of Bees, and Guernsey. Hope you liked them. I also liked The Hours.. no one seems to be picking it up off of paperbackswap, so I am thinking of re-reading it.


message 8: by Fallon (last edited Dec 31, 2009 08:47PM) (new)

Fallon | 120 comments I didn't end up finishing 'a widow for one year' - john irving, i got about 240 pages into it and i just couldn't be bothered anymore, that sounds awful, but i thought why bother reading something that just isn't entirely grabbing my attention.
Just finished a light read to get back my reading bug, - The Lucky One - nicholas sparks.



message 9: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) I felt almost that exact same way about "The Cider House Rules", Fallon. I just wasn't into it, and it kept putting me to sleep, so I gave up on it.


message 10: by Fallon (new)

Fallon | 120 comments You just have to be in the right mood for some books don't you. One day one book won't interest you, but a month down the track you'll love it! We may as well read the one's we're loving!!


message 11: by Fallon (last edited Dec 31, 2009 08:52PM) (new)

Fallon | 120 comments 15 - ].The Book of Lost Things - John Connolly - 310
I have to say i don't usually read this type of book, but i really enjoyed it. I put the book down at the end of each chapter and had this feeling like i didn't want to keep reading and rush it because then it would end and i just wanted the story to keep going!
Working on The spring challenge at the moment, not going to alter from the plan like last time! Currently reading Jane Eyre & the bride stripped bare


message 12: by Fallon (last edited Mar 08, 2009 12:48PM) (new)

Fallon | 120 comments I enjoyed them both thanks! I've actually never read a book so far back in history but really liked it!

16 - The bride stripped bare
Didn't really like this one, i thought it would be different (?) too much sex and not enough plot for me.
17- Jane eyre - charlotte bronte
Don't often read classics but i really enjoyed this one.
18 - The messenger - Markus Zusak
Didn't love it... Much preferred the book thief by Zusak.




message 13: by Fallon (last edited Dec 31, 2009 08:54PM) (new)

Fallon | 120 comments 19 - !Girl with a Pearl Earring - tracy chevalier - enjoyed it, seen the movie years ago and found it boring, was much more interested in this..
20 - Wildwood Dancing - juliet marillier - Not my usual style of book, a struggle.
21- The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood - Enjoyed it, i've read so many great reviews of this, now i've read it.. i don't know i feel let down, it probably hasn't sunk in yet properly


message 14: by Fallon (last edited Dec 31, 2009 08:54PM) (new)

Fallon | 120 comments 22- We Need to Talk About Kevin A Novel - Lionel Shriver -2003
Loved it, very thought provoking.
23 - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy A Trilogy in Four Parts- douglas adams - 1979 - not a fan
24- Dirt Music - tim winton -2001 - Beautifully written you really felt like you were there
25- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
26 - Perfume - Patrick Suskind - 1976 - didn't go much on it at all


message 15: by Christina (new)

Christina (chold) | 99 comments Fallon, did you read "A Prayer for Owen Meany"? I love John Irving but some of his stuff really doesn't seem to have a point (i.e. "The Cider House Rules").

However, I just finished reading "The World According to Garp" and I loved it! If you like his writing style but sometimes find his stories lacking, you may like this one more.

Although "Owen Meany" will always be his best!


message 16: by Fallon (last edited Dec 31, 2009 08:59PM) (new)

Fallon | 120 comments 27 - The Almost Moon - Alice Sebold (pub 2007)
Didn't go much on it,i rushed through it, it opens with the main character murdering her mother who has dementia. Somewhat close to home because i work daily with the elderly and people suffering dementia, and really thought this woman should have sought help and not done this, Didn't like it...
28. The Shadow of the Wind- Carlos ruiz zafon - loved it, couldn't put it down, if anybody hasn't read it yet, i recommend it, a great story.
--- And no i haven't read any others of john irvings..found a widow for one year quite boring. Maybe it was just that book?


message 17: by Christina (new)

Christina (chold) | 99 comments Well John Irving really can be hit or miss, but you would probably like "Garp." That and "Owen Meany" are two of my fave novels while his other books remain some of the most boring books I've ever read. Strange how he can go to such extremes.

I hope you like them, if you ever get around to reading them!


message 18: by Fallon (last edited Dec 31, 2009 09:01PM) (new)

Fallon | 120 comments 29- Pride and Prejudice - Austen - it took me about 100 pages to get into it, then i didn't want to put it down
30. Handle with Care - jodi picoult (loved it, i have loved all of hers except tenth circle, and songs of the humpback whales)
31. Wicked The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by gregory maguire - didn't actually enjoy this book i dont think i will be reading the next ones in the series


message 19: by Fallon (last edited Dec 31, 2009 09:01PM) (new)

Fallon | 120 comments May
People of the Book - Geraldine brooks
I Capture the Castle - dodie smith
A Good Indian Wife A Novel - anne cherian
The Family Frying Pan - bryce courtenay
Once in a Lifetime- cathy kelly
Shutter Island - dennis lehane


message 20: by Fallon (last edited Dec 31, 2009 09:05PM) (new)

Fallon | 120 comments June
-Brave New World - aldous huxley
- Doomsday Book - connie willis - Loved this, i want to read more with time travel, thats not based around science fiction. Any ideas??
- Temple - matthew reilly
- The Reader - bernhard schlink
- Silver Bay - jojo moyes
- Fat,Forty,Fired One Man's Frank,Funny,and Inspiring Account of Losing His Job and Finding His Life - nigel marsh
- The Appeal - john grisham
- Unspoken - sam hayes
- lost book of salem - katherine howe -
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane


message 21: by Fallon (last edited Dec 31, 2009 09:07PM) (new)

Fallon | 120 comments July

Gave up on two books -The Slap by christos tsiolkas
and The Book of Love by kathleen mcgowan - couldn't get into anything this month.



message 22: by Fallon (last edited Dec 31, 2009 09:09PM) (new)

Fallon | 120 comments August
- The Angel's Game - carlos ruiz zafon - Liked the shadow of the wind better but still really enjoyed this one.
- The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid A Memoir - bill bryson
- Selected works of T.S Spivet - Reif Larson - quite enjoyed this one for something different.
- Striking at the roots - animal activism - Mark hawthorne
- The Birthing House - christopher ransom


message 23: by Fallon (last edited Dec 31, 2009 09:10PM) (new)

Fallon | 120 comments September
- Still Alice - Lisa genova - Highly recommend this book, i work in a nursing home, and would highly recommend this book to give you a glimpse about alzhemiers.
- Black Monday A Novel - r scott reiss
- I Know This Much Is True - wally lamb



message 24: by Fallon (last edited Dec 31, 2009 09:12PM) (new)

Fallon | 120 comments October
- Coroner - M.R Hall
- Addition - Toni Jordan
- The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
- The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett
- How To Break Your Own Heart - Maggie Alderson


message 25: by Fallon (last edited Dec 31, 2009 09:18PM) (new)

Fallon | 120 comments November
- The Death Chamber - sarah rayne
- Oryx and Crake - Margaret atwood
- The Year of the Flood - Margaret atwood
- Blind Faith - ben elton
-Tales from the Town of Widows- James canon
- Inconceivable - ben elton


message 26: by Fallon (last edited Dec 31, 2009 09:17PM) (new)

Fallon | 120 comments December
- Tuesdays with Morrie An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson - Mitch albom
- The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara kingsolver
- World Without End - ken follett
- Eating Animals - jonathan safran foer - As a vegetarian i highly recommend this book for everybody to read to gain an understanding of the agriculture business!! READ IT!!!
- Darkly Dreaming Dexter - J.Lindsay.



message 27: by Fallon (new)

Fallon | 120 comments Total books read for 2009 - 71
Am going to aim for 100 for 2010!

Thanks to websites like this my reading material has improved dramatically and i have a huge TBR pile just waiting to be devoured.


message 28: by Fallon (new)

Fallon | 120 comments 1. Angels & Demons - Dan Brown - 620 pages
Read the book and then watched the movie, i have to say i liked the book better, the movie left out quite a few details!!


message 29: by Fallon (last edited Jan 06, 2010 10:28PM) (new)

Fallon | 120 comments 2. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger. - 386 pages
Still sinking in...


message 30: by Fallon (new)

Fallon | 120 comments 3. Never Let Me Go - kazuo ishiguro
I liked idea, the overall concept but i thought it was somewhat lacking, bit boring, the premise could be done better..


message 31: by Fallon (new)

Fallon | 120 comments 4. The book of Emmett - deborah forster - 296 pages.


message 32: by Fallon (last edited Jan 14, 2010 11:38PM) (new)

Fallon | 120 comments 5. The Little Stranger - Sarah waters -499 pgs
Loved it


message 33: by Fallon (new)

Fallon | 120 comments 6. The Observations - Jane Harris
7. Outlander - Diana Gabaldan
Loved outlander cant wait to read the next in the series


message 35: by Fallon (new)

Fallon | 120 comments Fingersmith - sarah waters


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