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THE TBR RANDOMISER CHALLENGE
Duration: January 1 - December 31, 2014

Sometimes it can be tough to choose what to read next. Instead, let this challenge decide for you!

Step 1: Go here: http://www.random.org/integers/
Step 2: Put your goal of the number of books you want to read off of your TBR list in the first box
Step 3: Put 1 in the second box and the total number of books you have on your to-read list in the third box so that it reads "Each integer should have a value between 1 and x" where x is the total number of books on your list
Step 4: Click "Get numbers"

*If you do not see any numbers on your to-read list, click "shelf settings," check "position," and change Sort to "position."

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PARTICIPANTS

Aislinn 6/15
Alisia 0/10
Alison (m49) 2/16
Alison (m191) 0/5
Alison 0/6
Amie 0/12
Amy 70/100
Ange 5/20
Angela 0/5
Anna 0/20
Annika 0/13
Aparna 1/12
Antoinella 0/12
Ashleigh 0/10
Ashley (m56) 0/12
Ashley (m143) 0/10
Ashley (m242) 1/10
Audrey 0/10
Barb 15/15 Congratulations Barb on achieving your goal
Brian 0/10
Brianna 1/12
Caro 6/20
Carrie 0/6
Casey 0/5
Chelsea 0/15
Chloé 5/10
Christine 1/75
Claire 50/50 Congratulations Claire on achieving your goal.
Claire P 5/12
Craig 0/12
Daphne 9/30
Dawn 6/12
Dee 0/5
Diane L (Evana) 8/20
Eggp 12/12 Congratulations Eggp on achieving your goal.
Emily 0/25
Erika 9/12
Evan 0/20
Helena 1/12
Ian 6/8
Jaclyn 20/20 Congratulations Jaclyn on achieving your goal
James 0/7
Jane 0/10
Jannene 2/12
Jayne 9/12
Jean 1/20
Jennifer (m157) 0/10
Jennifer (m195) 4/20
Jessica 0/10
Joanne♥~Bookworm Extraordinaire 0/25
Jodi 5/10
Jordan 0/5
Kara 0/15
Karin 0/10
Karina 7/25
Katee 0/10
Katelyn 0/8
Kathy 0/15
Kelsi 0/20
Kendra 0/54
Kimberly 1/5
Kristie 0/8
Lacee 0/15
Laura 3/16
Laura Jane 0/12
Leonie 0/10
Lilac 3/12
Lilac 6/16
Lindy (m206) 12/15
Lisa 29/35
Lorelei 2/7
LynnB 3/12
Lynn 10/10 Congratulations Lynn on achieving your goal.
Lynn 1/12
Marianne 2/10
Megan 13/15
Megan (m449) 0/5
Meimei 5/10
Melissa (m148) 10/10 Congratulations Melissa on achieving your goal.
Missy 0/5
Nancy 0/12
NancyG 2/10
Natalie 2/12
Nathan 0/3
Nidia 0/5
Pat 1/5
Pigletto 0/12
Rachel 1/15
Reese 0/10
Ruth 0/15
Sam 5/20
Sandra 0/12
Sapir 2/10
Sara 0/10
Sarah 7/13
Sarah 6/24
Sharon 0/10
Sherry 8/8 Congratulations Sherry on achieving your goal.
Sibyl 0/12
Smitha 0/12
❤Stephanie ღ♥ღ Mrs Acheron Parthenopaeus ღ♥ღ 10/10 Congratulations Stephanie on achieving your goal.
Steven 0/12
Tasha 0/10
Teresa (ilovebakedgoods) 0/5
Theresa 0/20
Theresa~OctoberLace 6/20
Tricia 2/5
Victoria 11/12
Virginia 0/12
Zara 1/20

message 3: by (last edited Jun 07, 2014 11:56PM) (new)

Here's my list:
Completed: 4/20

#21. Who Killed Channel 9? The Death Of Kerry Packer's Mighty Tv Dream Mac Hine by Gerald StoneDone
#29. Birth in Four Cultures : A Crosscultural Investigation of Childbirth in Yucatan, Holland, Sweden, and the United States by Brigitte Jordan
#42. Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman
#61. The Last of the Nomads by W.J. Peaseley
#76. I Got Your Back: A Father and Son Keep it Real About Love, Fatherhood, Family, and Friendship by Eddie Levert Snr
#109. HowlSage by Brock D. Eastman
#116. The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson
#141. Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength by Laurie Helgoe
#163. Old Before My Time: Hayley Okines' Life with Progeria by Hayley Okines
#188. Where Angels Go by Debbie Macomber
#203. Spinning Forward by Terri DuLong
#245. Sisters Of Mercy by Caroline Overington
#256. Let the Land Speak by Jackie French
#260. Blessings for the Evening: Finding Peace in God's Presence by Susie Larson
#272. Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China by Jung Chang
#307. Cobbler's Dream by Monica Dickens
#311. The Hawke Ascendancy: A Definitive Account of Its Origins and Climax 1975-1983 by Paul Kelly
#318. All Aboard for Paradise by Dee Marvine
#319. Back from the Brink: A Glimpse of the Fourth Dimension by Fr Barry May
#320. The Source by James A. Michener
#328. Cliff Richard: The Biography by Steve Turner
#329. The Stain by Harry Kraus
#335. The Feminine Mistake: Are We Giving Up Too Much? by Leslie Bennetts

message 4: by (last edited Jul 16, 2014 09:16AM) (new)

I like this challenge. I will go for 10 also.

177. Hatchet Done
110. Fall of Giants
196. Ten
174. The Things They Carried
96. Man's Search for Meaning
358. Two Boys Kissing
372. Guitar Notes
200. The Sisterhood
249. Coraline Done
341. The Alchemist Done

message 5: by Megan, Challenges (last edited Nov 16, 2014 06:34AM) (new)

Yeah! So excited that people like this idea! I'll sign up for 15. Thanks!

1. The Lions Of Lucerne by Brad Thor - completed February 2014

2. Damaged by Pamela Callow - completed February 2014

3. Rider by Mark Rudman - completed March 2014

4. Ravenwood by Nathan Lowell - completed March 2014

5. Fall of Giants by Ken Follett - completed April 2014

6. Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi - completed May 2014

7. The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalup - completed May 2014

8. Reamde by Neal Stephenson - completed July 2014

9. A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley - completed July 2014

10. Glow by Jessica Maria Tuccelli - completed September 2014

11. The India Fan by Victoria Holt - completed September 2014

12. The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer - completed September 2014

13. Borrowed Finery: A Memoir by Paula Fox - completed September 2014

14. The Heist by Janet Evanovich - completed October 2014

15. The Chicago Way by Michael Harvey - completed November 2014

15/15 - Challenge completed!!!

message 6: by (last edited Dec 26, 2014 05:28AM) (new)

I will do 20. I have committed to more than that for a 2014 TBR challenge, but I have trouble reading from a list, so just 20 will be tough here.

List redone on 11 Jan. I found a bunch in my spreadsheet that I had read and then added a bunch more that were in my Kindle but had not gotten into the spreadsheet. Sorted by title before going through the numbers generated. Amazingly, four of the old titles showed up again.

15/20

My list
35. A World Without Ice
86. Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan, 5 June
130. Death of a Snob by M.C. Beaton, 26 Dec 14
170. Fire from Heaven by Mary Renault, 14 Dec 14
184. Gather at the River by G. D. Hines, 17 Nov 14
186. The Ghost of Hannah Mendes by Naomi Ragen, 28 Mar, 4*
189. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, 18 Nov 14
231. Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit by Daniel Quinn, 3 Dec 14
307. Necessary Madness by Jenn Crowell, 13 Mar, 3*
330. On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta, 9 Jul, 3*
343. Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen, 19 May
373. Remembering Hypatia
426. Still Life With Murder by P.B. Ryan, 13 Aug
432. Summer of Fire
434. Swallows and Amazons
469. The Devil's Highway: A True Story by Luis Alberto Urrea, 28 Jun
633. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan, 14 Mar
653. The Windup Girl
654. The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley, 21 Apr
711. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values by Robert M. Pirsig, 7 Jun

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message 8: by (last edited Nov 26, 2013 06:59AM) (new)

I'm doing mine again because I've since deleted a number of books from TBR list, which will affect the books I pick. I also wanted to do more than I originally put myself down for.

I'll add them when I've re-done the list.

My List

message 9: by (last edited Dec 31, 2014 03:22PM) (new)

I was actually planning on doing something similar on my own. I will be in for 12, one a month.

THE TBR RANDOMISER CHALLENGE
Duration: January 1 - December 31, 2014

Completed 10 out of 12

48. The Lifeboat - 11/9
77. Daughter of the Blood Currently Reading
201. Miserere: An Autumn Tale
292. This is Not a Test - 12/13
304. The Forgotten Garden - 11/23
344. Another Little Piece - 12/14
369. Among Others - 7/7
407. Burden of the Soul - 11/4
581. Angel: After the Fall, Volume 3 - 12/31
587. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay - 3/25
629. Timeless - 2/28

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(Will generate list when I've added all my unreads to the shelf, and figured out what may or may not be read between now and the end of December.)

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Karina I've added you to the list. Good luck with your goal.

message 12: by (last edited Apr 23, 2014 09:16AM) (new)

I'm signing up for 35.
29/35
(view spoiler)

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Lisa wrote: "I'm signing up for 35."

Lisa I have added you. Good luck.

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Randomiser Challenge - I'll do these 10 if I can get them ...

106 31 107 78 16
48 69 112 98 5

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Sharon wrote: "Randomiser Challenge - I'll do these 10 if I can get them ...

106 31 107 [bookcover:The Secret Journal of..."

I've added you Sharon. Good luck.

message 16: by (last edited Jul 23, 2014 06:24AM) (new)

Sign me up for 12, thanks Zara!
My list:

The Randomiser Challenge
Completed: 12/12

21. No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay - 15 Jul 2014, 3/5
41. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides - 18 Jun 2014, 5/5
88. Houdini Heart by Ki Longfellow - 04 Mar 2014, 5/5
91. The Selection (The Selection, #1) by Kiera Cass - 27 Apr 2014, 1/5
80. Every Dead Thing (Charlie Parker, #1) by John Connolly - 22 Jul 2014, 4/5
96. The Dream of a Common Language by Adrienne Rich - 28 Jan 2014, 3/5
100. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende - 22 Jan 2014, 4/5
62. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell - 15 Jun 2014, 4/5
27. Sleepyhead (Tom Thorne, #1) by Mark Billingham - 13 Jun 2014, 3/5
71. Primal Fear by William Diehl - 17 Jun 2014, 4/5
73. Heartsick (Gretchen Lowell #1) by Chelsea Cain - 17 Feb 2014, 4/5
67. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler - 14 Apr 2014, 4/5

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What fun! I am going to do 12 (one per month) but I am not going to go to the randomiser and pick my books until Dec. 31. I might be adding more books to my to-read list until then, I need to be fair to all of them!

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Oh, this sounds like a fun challenge. Sign me up for 15 please. I'll be back with the randomizer results later.

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Steven wrote: "Thanks, Zara!"

You're welcome. Do you have a number in mind of how many books you'd like to read?

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Steven wrote: "I was trying to decide that. I think I'll commit to a lower number now and increase it if I need to. So I'll say 12, one for each month, for starters."

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YES! So excited for this challenge! Sign me up for six for now please (:

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Adriana wrote: "YES! So excited for this challenge! Sign me up for six for now please (:"

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Theresa~OctoberLace wrote: "I set up the Randomizer for 20 in case of duplicates or books that I might read before the end of December. That yielded the following list of great choices. Can I say I'll try to read all 20, bu..."

Thanks Theresa. I've added you. You have a number of great books listed. Good luck.

I notice that you have Les Misérables down as one of the books you plan to read. Do you know when you might be reading this? I ask because, depending on when you'll be reading it, would you be interested in turning it into a buddy read as well?

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Evana wrote: "I will do 20. I have committed to more than that for a 2014 TBR challenge, but I have trouble reading from a list, so just 20 will be tough here.

My list
1. Tears of the Jaguar
12. Winter Haven b..."

Great books Evana.

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awesome books everyone.

message 29: by (last edited Nov 21, 2013 07:40PM) (new)

Zara wrote: "I notice that you have Les Misérables down as one of the books you plan to read. Do you know when you might be reading this? I ask because, depending on when you'll be reading it, would you be interested in turning it into a buddy read as well?
"

Zara, I'm a bit behind on my Buddy Reads, but hope to make some progress next month. I have The Emperor of All Maladies and Middlemarch to read first. I'm thinking of maybe starting Les Misérables in February. It's a real chunkster - about 1450+ pages in print, and the audiobook I own is 60 1/2 hours!

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This is a great idea! Put me down for 10 books. I'll post the list tomorrow when I'm on a computer and not my phone.

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Love this idea to help me decide what is next. I will commit to 12. list to come

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I'm in! I'll start with 5 and go from there. Great idea for a challenge.

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Theresa~OctoberLace wrote: "Zara wrote: "I notice that you have Les Misérables down as one of the books you plan to read. Do you know when you might be reading this? I ask because, depending on when you'll be reading it, woul..."

OK Theresa. I was thinking of joining you in a buddy for Les Misérables but I would have to do it toward the middle of next year due its sheer size. I have the book here and I think I'll need to read it with someone as a buddy read to get it read. lol.

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Elizabeth, Dawn and Teresa I have you all added. Thanks for joining and good luck with your goals

message 35: by (last edited Jun 26, 2014 09:48PM) (new)

Okay I'm in for 12. Here they are:

1. Nana by Emile Zola
2. Portnoy's Complaint by Phillip Roth
3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
4. Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald
5. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

6. The Plague by Albert Camus
7. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
8. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
9. Père Goriot by Honore de Balzac
10. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
11. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
12. City of Glass by Paul Auster

Looks like I have some really fun reads coming up for me in 2014!

message 36: by (last edited Nov 29, 2013 04:32PM) (new)

I had to randomize some numbers a couple of times because some books weren't at my library. Here's the list I ended up with:

111.
318.
412.
598.
818.
1377.

Edit: Had to change Clockwork Angel because I haven't finished the original story.

message 37: by (last edited Aug 28, 2014 04:01PM) (new)

2014 RANDOMISER CHALLENGE, 1/1 - 12/31/14
15/15 COMPLETED

I've substituted the next-in-a-series book for the book chosen if the 'random' book is higher up than where I am in the series.

#809 – Zoobiquity: What Animals Can Teach Us About Health and the Science of Healing, by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers, finished 4/28 ★★★

#1040 – Chile Death (China Bayles #7), by Susan Wittig Albert, finished 4/22 ★★★★

#955 – I Shall Not Want (Psalm 23 Mysteries #2), by Debbie Viguie, finished 2/5 ★★★★

#1141 – Vineyard Fear (Martha's Vineyard #4), by Philip R. Craig, 3/21 ★★★★

#705 – Stay At Home Dead (Stay at Home Dad #1), by Jeffrey Allen, finished 5/31 ★★★.5

#451 – Eggsecutive Orders (White House Chef #3), by Julie Hyzy, finished 6/3 ★★★★

#1489 – The Lincoln Myth (Cotton Malone #9), by Steve Berry, finished 4/14 ★★★★

#745 – Unwritten, by Charles Martin, finished 5/13 ★★★

#1544 – The Outcast Dead (Ruth Galloway #6), by Elly Griffiths, finished 4/19 ★★★★

#65 – The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb, by Melanie Benjamin, finished 1/3/14 ★★★

#1435 – Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well (Aunt Dimity #19), by Nancy Atherton, finished 5/2 ★★★.5

#668 – Mischief in Mudbug (Ghost-in-Law #2), by Jana DeLeon, finished 8/28 ★★★★

#229 – Buried Secrets (Nick Heller #2), by Joseph Finder, finished 2/8 ★★★★

#1606 – Why Doesn't My Funny Bone Make Me Laugh?: Sneezes, Hiccups, Butterflies, and Other Funny Feelings Explained, by Alan P. Xenakis, finished 4/9 ★★★★

#715 – Death in a Hot Flash (Bel Barrett #2), by Jane Isenberg, finished 6/6 ★★★.5

***** CHALLENGE COMPLETE 8/28 *****

message 38: by (last edited May 13, 2014 07:11PM) (new)

OK, I've loaded into the randomizer and it's come up with the following list to challenge myself with in the next year:

6/15 complete

62.Code Name Verity
110. Guardian
68. The Coffin Dancer- 3/24/14 ★★★★★
112. Endangered
204. 366 Days
176. The Pedlar and the Bandit King - 2/23/14 ★★★★
40. The Night Circus
190. Under Contract - 2/9/14 ★★★
84. The Club Dumas
211. Hild - 3/30/14 ★★★
120. Ghost Star Night - 5/12/14 ★★★★
71. The Stone Monkey - #4 in series mentioned above, now I'll have to read #3 also, lol
96. These Broken Stars
23. The Archer's Heart Book Three- 2/2/14 ★★★★

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Eggp wrote: "Sign me up for 12, thanks Zara!"

I've added you Eggp. I somehow missed you before. My apologies.

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I think I have everyone added so far. Good luck with all your goals

message 42: by (last edited Jun 27, 2014 04:43PM) (new)

Here is my random list of 12 I have committed to, however since many of these books are part of series I may do more since I like to read series all at once:
THE TBR RANDOMISER CHALLENGE
Duration: January 1 - December 31, 2014

5/12

How to Be a Woman
Rocky Mountain Freedom
The Maze Runner
Curveball
Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives
Whitman: Poems
The Four Agreements
Fallen
Obsidian
Bought By The Billionaire Brothers

message 43: by (last edited Jan 03, 2014 03:58PM) (new)

OOOh I want in too!

I'll go for 25 books

1. #606
2. #163
3. #174
4. #346
5. #407
6. #449
7. #289
8. #467
9. #228
10. #507
11. #330
12. #579
13. #193
14. #308
15. #27
16. #171
17. #41
18. #602
19. #141
20. #363
21. #117
22. #437
23. #554
24. #17
25. #269

message 44: by (last edited Dec 26, 2013 11:41AM) (new)

Well, maybe I'm crazy but I'd like to do at least 50.

Completed 0/50

19
268
123
119
556
124
537
363
161
470
281
508
576
336
428
198
142
325
451
399
536
319
371
281
42
80
525
92
345
500
12
409
504
48
85
10
317
385
122
288
166
46
309
549
281
318
382
502
120
138

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message 46: by (last edited Dec 17, 2013 05:27AM) (new)

I'm signing up for 10.
Updated 12/17/13

61. Bleak House
479. We Need to Talk About Kevin
496. The Swiss Family Robinson
54. A Vegetarian Sourcebook
268. A Cast Off Coven
480. Hook
483. Bag of Bones
369. Empress
94. two to conquer
I had to change some the integers because I dnfed some books.

message 47: by (last edited Nov 12, 2014 03:41PM) (new)

Count me in. I'd like to do 12
10/12

454.Death in the Clouds- done - 29/1/14
121.The Night Circus- done 11/1/2014
240.Hallowe'en Party - done 12/11/14
402.Virals - done - 4/3/14
303.The Thirteenth Tale - done - 12/4/14
306.The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
I've decided to save money this year so am amending this to included only books I already own. I'm still doing twelve but replaced 6 of the books with a different random 6 from the ones I own.
226.A Question of Blood - done 5/7/14
471.Prey - done - 8/3/14
503.Inferno - done - 23/2/14
4.When God Was a Rabbit- done - 18/3/14
136.Delirium - done - 18/1/14
165.Fearless Fourteen

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Jayne wrote: "Count me in. I'd like to do 12

454.Death in the Clouds
121.The Night Circus
240.Hallowe'en Party
223.[book:The Brimst..."

I've added you Jayne. Good luck.

message 49: by (last edited Nov 24, 2013 04:31PM) (new)

zara- it looks like you forgot me. Thats ok. Sign me up for 12. I did it once and it gave me most books that I don't have access to. So I am combining the books from my nook shelf and the books the books that I own shelf to give me my books.

72 The Secret Agent
35 The Mysterious Affair at Styles
135 A Darker Shade of Grey
84 (read this one so Ill go 85) Sherlock Dog
184 Txt
155 A Not-So-Grimm Fairytale
249 Peter Pan
112 Ozark Mountains Blue Hole Murder Mystery

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I'll give this a go. I’ll start with 12 and see how that goes. I'll be substituting to read next-in-series if necessary.

THE TBR RANDOMISER CHALLENGE
Duration: January 1 - December 31, 2014
Completed: 0/12

280 - Feet First by Leanne Banks
375 - The Sweetest Thing by Jill Shalvis
472 - My Kind of Christmas by Robyn Carr will be substituting for Shelter Mountain
258 - Delicious by Susan Mallery
232 - It Must Be Love by Rachel Gibson
738 - How to Host a Killer Party by Penny Warner
635 - One Last Breath by Laura Griffin
606 - Midnight Fear by Leslie Tentler will be substituting for Midnight Caller
204 - Colters' Promise by Maya Banks will be substituting for Colters' Woman
592 - Eternal Moon by Rebecca York will be substituting for Killing Moon
734 - Midnight Secrets by Ella Grace
293 - Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris will be substituting for Dead to the World

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