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Vanessa | 82 comments 1. Sarah's Key by Rosnay de Tatiana
2. Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani
3. Shanghai Girls, a novel by Lisa See
4. Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
5. The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death by Laurie Notaro
6. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
7. The Rest of her Life by Laura Moriarty
8. Song Yet Sung by James McBride
9. Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo
10.Away by Amy Bloom
11.Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanna Harris
12.The Space Between Us by thirty Umrigar


message 2: by Mary Todd (new)

Mary Todd (marytodd) | 924 comments congrats on 10+2!


message 3: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa | 82 comments 13. New Moon by Stephanie Meyer


message 4: by Vanessa (last edited May 25, 2009 08:06AM) (new)

Vanessa | 82 comments 14. The Girls from Ames: A Story of Women and a Forty-Year Friendship by Jeffrey Zaslow


message 5: by Vanessa (last edited May 31, 2009 10:16AM) (new)

Vanessa | 82 comments 15. The Wild Trees by Richard Preston

Really interesting book about the tallest trees in the world. The scientific info made interesting by the personal lives of the climbers and scientists that study them.


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Vanessa | 82 comments 16. Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea

Great book about illegal immigrants but with a great twist!Very current. The beginning was a little slow for me but I ended up loving it and hope there will be a sequel.


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Vanessa | 82 comments 17. Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons


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Vanessa | 82 comments 18. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger


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Vanessa | 82 comments 19. The Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lampiri



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Vanessa | 82 comments 20. Something Borrowed by Emily Griffin

A good beach read for the summer!


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Aprile (aprileb) Vanessa wrote: "18. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger "

This book was awesome! They are coming out with a movie for this :)


message 12: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa | 82 comments Aprile wrote: "Vanessa wrote: "18. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger "

This book was awesome! They are coming out with a movie for this :)"


Aprile,
Yes, the book is terrific. I hope the movie does it justice! I did watch the trailer online..have you seen it yet?
Vanessa


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Vanessa | 82 comments 21. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Very different premise than any other book I have read lately. There were times I loved this book and times I wasn't that interested. I think the event in the story took way to long to conclude and there were parts that were very unbelievable. I was excited to see that there was an epilogue but was very disappointed in the outcome.


message 14: by Aprile (new)

Aprile (aprileb) Vanessa wrote: "Aprile wrote: "Vanessa wrote: "18. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger "

This book was awesome! They are coming out with a movie for this :)"

Aprile,
Yes, the book is terrific. I ..."


I have seen the trailer. It looks good, but you know Hollywood. I really hope it is comparable to the book.


message 15: by Vanessa (last edited Aug 03, 2009 02:54PM) (new)

Vanessa | 82 comments 22. [image error] The Help by Kathryn Stockett

I read most of this book in one sitting. It is soooo good. I fell in love with the three main characters that "tell" the story, not wanting their stories to end. I laughed and I cried. I think this is Stockett's first book.....I can't wait for the next one


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Vanessa | 82 comments 23. Mountains Beyond Mountains The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder Mountains beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder


message 17: by Vanessa (last edited Aug 03, 2009 02:56PM) (new)

Vanessa | 82 comments 24. [image error] The Gnostic Mystery Randy Davila




message 18: by Vanessa (last edited Aug 03, 2009 02:52PM) (new)

Vanessa | 82 comments 25. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

Half way there........

This was a great read. May have to reread it to fully understand some of the subtext. Needed a dictionary close by; although you could get the gist of the story without it.


message 19: by Vanessa (last edited Aug 07, 2009 09:33PM) (new)

Vanessa | 82 comments 26. Tea Time for the Traditionally Built (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, #10) by Alexander McCall Smith Tea Time for the Traditionally Built by Alexander McCall Smith

I love this series of books. Each one is a treasure.


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Vanessa | 82 comments 27. The Bright Forever A Novel by Lee Martin by Lee Martin

I enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down, but it was somewhat disturbing in many ways. The author is an amazing writer and that is why I think so many people like this book. It was a Pulitzer Prize finalist.


message 21: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa | 82 comments Aprile,

Have you had a chance to see the Time Traveler's Wife movie? I haven't been able to see it yet, but heard it received bad reviews.

I recently read a book called "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett. It was excellent. Everyone I know that has read it just absolutely loves it.

Vanessa


message 22: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa | 82 comments 28. The Writing on My Forehead A Novel by Nafisa Haji

I enjoyed this book about an Indo/Pakistani female.
It explores the relationships between mother/daughters, sisters and even father/daughters.



message 23: by Vanessa (last edited Sep 20, 2009 06:03AM) (new)

Vanessa | 82 comments 29. Charming Billy by Alice McDermott
Charming Billy
by Alice McDermott
Slowing but surely getting to 50!


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Vanessa | 82 comments The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones
30. The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones


message 28: by Vanessa (last edited Nov 05, 2009 01:08PM) (new)

Vanessa | 82 comments 34. Gourmet Rhapsody by Muriel Barbery Muriel Barbery

I liked her other book, "Elegance of the Hedgehog" soooo much better.


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message 34: by Vanessa (last edited Dec 06, 2009 06:19PM) (new)

Vanessa | 82 comments 40. The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2) by Stieg Larsson Stieg Larsson

Ten more to go...don't know if I will make it....but I wasn't sure I would since I joined in May. Starting out next year right off the bat I think I will be able to accomplish my goal....there are 25 days left! ;-) I may read some of the new holiday books (I usually read a few each year). This might help me make my goal!


message 35: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa | 82 comments 41. One Thousand White Woman One Thousand White Women The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus Jim Fergus
42. The Hotel On The Corner of Bitter and Sweet Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford Jamie Ford


message 36: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa | 82 comments Well, it is New Years Eve Day and I haven't made my goal. I do feel good about having read this many books this year as I have been going through a major remodel on my home. I am looking forward to next year and reading 50 books for 2010. I already have a stack of books ready to go.


message 37: by Arlene (new)

Arlene | 388 comments Wasn't 1000 White Women an interesting take on the peace making process?


message 38: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa | 82 comments Yes, if only women were more in charge then and now!


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