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KrisT So far this year:
1. Entering Normal by Anne D. LeClaire
2. Strangers in the Night by Linda Howard
3. The christmas pearl by Dorothea Benton Frank
4. Cujo by Stephen King
5. Perfect Balance by Dr. Robert Greene (non-fic)
6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J K Rowlings
7. The Great Pretender by Millenia Black

gosh nothing like variety!! ;) krisT

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KrisT 8. Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez (non-fic)

the subject matter is good but not so sure about the writing style.

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KrisT 9. Picture Perfect by Jodi Picoult

good but not her best!

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KrisT 10. Northanger Abby by Jane Austen

It was a reread for the PBS new movie on Masterpiece theater. Not my favorite of her works but still a good story.

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KrisT 11. Slipknot by Linda Greenlaw

her first fiction but I have to say I would rather she kept to her non-fiction writing but maybe she will get better.

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KrisT 12. Elizabeth and Georgiana: The Duke of Devonshire and his two Duchesses by Caroline Chapman (NF)

13. Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

That was pretty good so now I am ready for the other "ODD" books!

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Danine (dulcemea) Your count is going quite well!

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Becky Laboy | 7 comments I read Odd Thomas a few years back and I loved it! I didn't read the second one, but just finished the 3rd one: "Brother Odd". Before I voice my opinion - before you've read it, I'll look forward to hearing yours... -Becky

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KrisT Yes doing well. I have so many from the library that came in at the same time so that is kind of giving me a shove.

I am reading the second Odd today and should finish it also. I think Odd is so quirky and I could see this as a tv series. ;)

14. Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (NF)

I think this was a good journey book. About discoveries and digging deep into yourself. I think the author tried to do that but not sure she always made good on her tries but that is what a journey of discover is all about.

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KrisT 15. Forever Odd by Dean Koontz

Much like the first of this series, Odd must do something he doesn't like or want to do to help someone else. I think this leads nicely into the next book in the series.

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KrisT 16. You've been Warned by James Patterson

A little different than his other stand-alones but I kind of liked it. Anything with a psychological twist to it is always good.

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KrisT 17. Brother Odd by Dean Koontz

finished the trilogy and hope there is going to be more to this series in the future. What a fun cast of main characters.

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KrisT 18. The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly

The sequel to the Tea Rose saga. The story continues and it takes you for a sweet ride back into the streets of London 1900 and the mountains of Africa.

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KrisT 19. Songs in Ordinary Time by Mary McGarry Morris

Long but really an interesting read set in a small town in Vermont in the 1960's.

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KrisT 20. In the Wake of Madness: The Murderous Voyage of the Whaleship Sharon by Joan Druett (NF)

I think this would be a fun companion book to Moby Dick. While I did not care much for MD this whaleship journey was very quite interesting.

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Kelly Lane (thatgirlkelly) 10. Northanger Abby by Jane Austen

You know, this book gets such a bad rap, and I suppose I agree when you compare it to some of her others, but I just giggle every time I think of this book. It is a quick read, and filled with the silliness of young women (and men) caught up in their own fantasies influenced by pop culture, circa 1700s. Add to that a woman disgraced and a father slighting a guest...all heck brakes lookse I tell ya!

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Joanie | 335 comments I read a lot of Songs in Ordinary Time but couldn't get through it. I felt like it had a lot of potential but I kept waiting for something to happen-is it worth giving it another shot?

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KrisT I do agree with you there Kelly! It is not my favorite of hers but I do love the fantasys of the those young girls, the days when you read about some dashing knight on a white horse to come and save the damsel from the scary ghost haunting her room after being imprisoned by her horrible stepmother etc.
The pbs new movie of this the other night really showed the young girls fantasys taking her away. It was cute...and yes funny at times. Still not my favorite but I do like it too.

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KrisT I think you have to be in the mood for the slow moving story Joanie. I sort of was able to savor the story and then it does pick up when things start coming together at the end but it is no thrill ride that is for sure. Like the title it is the music of ordinary lives. (I do have to question how ordinary some of it is but you know what I mean).

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Rebecca | 25 comments Great count you've got going KrisT!

I'd never heard of the Odd series... looks fun; added to my ever-growing list of "to-reads".

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KrisT 21. The House of Meetings by Martin Amis

Not all I expected this one to be but it was an okay read about the concentration camps in Moscow in the late 40's and 50's.

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KrisT 22. Tell no One by Harlan Coben

Really good thriller, kept me on the edge for most of it.

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KrisT 23. Does my head look big in this? by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Good YA book!!

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KrisT 24. The Gravedigger's Daughter by Joyce Carol Oates

You never know where this author is going to take you in her books. I admit even when it was over I was still not sure but it kept me reading.

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KrisT 25. The Little House by Philippa Gregory

Not her typical historical this is a page turner in a psychological thriller almost...I could not put it down!

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KrisT 26. Heart full of lies by Ann Rule

A little true crime story for my "heart" challenge this month. It is so hard to read true crime because it really is crazier than fiction.

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KrisT 27. My heart may be broken but my hair still looks great by Dixie Cash

Most definately chick- lit but with a cute, strong and funny main character.

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KrisT 28. The Exact same moon by Jeanne Marie Laskas (NF)

This is a follow up to her memoir 50 acres and a Poodle which was really good also!!!

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KrisT 29. The Camel Club by David Baldacci

Political Thriller type fiction. It was not what I expected from this author after reading his Wish you Well many years ago but it was an okay read.

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KrisT 30. There's no place like here by Cecelia Ahern

I thought this was going to be a chicklit book but instead it turned out to be more of an alternate universe type book. I really liked this one!!!

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KrisT 31. Betrayal in Death by J D Robb #12 series

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KrisT 32. Plum Lucky by Janet Evanovich

part of the between the numbers books...cute funny story!!

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KrisT 33. Still Summer by Jacquelyn Mitchard

More of a suspense story this time!

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Joanie | 335 comments How was Still Summer? I like her stuff (and actually got to meet her last year at this "win a book club with the author" thing someone I knew won.) That was after Cage of Stars which was good, but really really sad.

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KrisT Joanie, I liked this one. At first I was not sure as it just seemed so regular but then it changed and was very suspenseful. I think it is a tiny bit different than her others but still there are life lessons there to learn which I think she sort of has in all her books.

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KrisT 34. These is my Words by Nancy E Turner

very good historical pioneer woman fiction!

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KrisT 35. The Plague Tales by Ann Benson

Interesting parallel tale, one set in the 1300's and the other in a futuristic 2005.

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Dawn Michelle Want to let you know there is another ODD book coming out May 20th, called "Odd Hours"! YAY
I too love these books and am really happy that he gave into fan demand and kept writing this character. Its funny, I don't like ANY of his other stuff. :)
Great list btw. You read a lot. Way to go!

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KrisT Thanks Dawn, someone had mentioned it on another board. I loved the Odd series so far so will keep a lookout for the new ones.!!!

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KrisT 36. An Inconvient Wife by Megan Chance

Loved this historical psychological story. What a surprise it was!! I will have to try more of this author.

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KrisT 37. Heartstone by Phillip Margolin

First book by this author for me. Really some nice twists and turns in this mystery.

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KrisT 38. Born on a Blue Day: A Memoir (Inside the Extraordinary mind of an Autistic Savant) by Daniel Tammet

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KrisT 39. Charms for the Easy Life by Kaye Gibbons

Some really lovely writing in this book and the relationships between the grandmother, mother and granddaughter were very respectful and a joy to read about.

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KrisT 40. Cut to the heart by Ava Dianne Day
(Clara Barton and the Darkness of love and war)

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KrisT 41. Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson (YA)

Very good pioneering story!

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KrisT 42. The other Side of Midnight by Sidney Sheldon

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KrisT 43. 7th Heaven by James Patterson

part of the Women's murder club series!

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KrisT 44. Chill Factor by Sandra Brown

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KrisT 45. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

Sort of reminds me of the feel of Practical Magic. Cute light romantic story.

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KrisT 46. One Mississippi by Mark Childress

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