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Vanessa | 145 comments Alrighty, as much as I would love to read 100 books over the course of this year, I think it's more feasible to have a goal of 70.

Books I have read as of Jan 1, 2008:

(1) Cold Blooded by Lisa Jackson
- not the greatest book but it does the trick if you are looking for an easy read with a bit of suspense.

(2) They Would Never Hurt a Fly: War Criminals on Trial in The Hague by Slavenka Drakulic
- as I am currently living in the Balkans, this book was very interesting as it gave insight to the ramifications of the trial on the citizens in this area.

(3) Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

(4) Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

(5) Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

(6) Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

- not sure if you're noticing a theme here but those Harry Potter books are addictive! I am reading all 7 books consecutively and hope to be able to move on soon.


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Vanessa | 145 comments (7)Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix

Only 2 more to go!!


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Vanessa | 145 comments (8) Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince


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Vanessa | 145 comments (9) Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows

Finally finished the series!!


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Vanessa | 145 comments (10) The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J. Maarten Troost

I'm not usually one to read non-fiction but Troost kept me entertained throughout most of the book. Sometimes it would delve too deep into history for my taste, but all in all it was quite witty and fun to read.


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Vanessa | 145 comments (11) Dead Sleep by Greg Iles

I'm usually a big fan of Iles but he definitely came up short in this book. It was a chore to read the book as opposed to his normal page-turners, which is why it took me so long to finish it!


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Vanessa | 145 comments (12) Trading Up by Candace Bushnell

I love the show 'Sex & the City' so I thought for sure that I would love the author that wrote the book. Apparently not. It was an easy read and entertaining at times but all in all, not that great.


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Vanessa | 145 comments (13) Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides


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Vanessa | 145 comments (14) I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert.

Hilarious! I literally laughed out loud quite a few times, which is rare while reading a book. You have to take everything Colbert says as satire and with a huge grain of salt but it's definitely a worthwhile read!


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Vanessa | 145 comments (15) The Color of Death by Elizabeth Lowell

Currently I'm averaging 5 books/mo. I better kick it up a notch if I want to hit my goal of 70 for the year!


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Vanessa | 145 comments (16)The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

I absolutely loved this book! I definitely recommend it to anyone out there that loves to read.


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Vanessa | 145 comments (17)Love Me by Garrison Keillor


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Vanessa | 145 comments (18) One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I know this is supposed to be a classic and a modern-day masterpiece but I just didn't get the point. I enjoyed the style of writing aside from the fact that there was absolutely no plot. I had no motivation to keep reading which is why it took me so long to finish.


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Vanessa | 145 comments (19) Midnight Club by James Patterson

(20) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Seriously, The Kite Runner is one of the best books I have ever read. I didn't know if I would enjoy a book based in Afghanistan but after awhile I was so caught up in the book that the setting was more of an afterthought. And it was a huge eye-opener to what that country has had to go through with barely any acknowledgment.


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Vanessa | 145 comments (21) The Woods by Harlan Coben


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Vanessa | 145 comments (22) The Alienist by Caleb Carr


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Vanessa | 145 comments (23) Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

I really enjoyed his use of similes and metaphors in this book. It made for some very descriptive reading.


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Vanessa | 145 comments (24) The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold


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Vanessa | 145 comments (25) The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger


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Vanessa | 145 comments (26) Before You Know Kindness by Chris Bohjalian

Ugh, that's all I have to say...


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Vanessa | 145 comments (27) Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver




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Vanessa | 145 comments (28) Blue Dhalia by Nora Roberts

(29) Black Rose by Nora Roberts


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Vanessa | 145 comments (30)Red Lily by Nora Roberts


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Vanessa | 145 comments (31) Wicked by Gregory Maguire

This book wasn't exactly as I expected. I was thinking it would be more along the lines of the light-hearted and fun movie "The Wizard of Oz" but in reality this was a very interesting read with many different aspects of life evaluated (religion, politics, family relations). I certainly recommend it.


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Vanessa | 145 comments (32) P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern


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Vanessa | 145 comments (33) Two Truths and a Lie by Katrina Kittle

(34) Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

(35) New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

(36) Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer


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Vanessa | 145 comments (37)Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer


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Vanessa | 145 comments (38)The Wrong Hostage by Elizabeth Lowell

(39)Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut


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Vanessa | 145 comments (40) The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith


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Vanessa | 145 comments (41) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

(42) It's Not You, It's Me by Allison Rushby


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Vanessa | 145 comments (43) A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift

(44) The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman


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Vanessa | 145 comments (45) Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse by Lee Goldberg

I'm getting desparate to finish my goal so I'm reading the easiest things I can get my hands on!


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Vanessa | 145 comments (46)I Heard That Song Before by Mary Higgins Clark


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Vanessa | 145 comments (47)The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella


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Vanessa | 145 comments (48) Aesop's Fables by Aesop


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Vanessa | 145 comments (49) Reservation Road by John Burnham Schwartz


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Vanessa | 145 comments (50)The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver




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Vanessa | 145 comments (51) The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan


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Vanessa | 145 comments (52)The Divide by Nicholas Evans


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Vanessa | 145 comments (53) The Pact: A Love Story by Jodi Picoult

(54) The Unheard: A Memoir of Deafness and Africa by Josh Swiller

(55) Third Degree by Greg Iles


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Vanessa | 145 comments (56)Eat,Pray,Love:One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert

She's an excellent author but I can't stand her as a person! I found her to be extremely self-centered and arrogant so it was hard for me to enjoy the book.



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Vanessa | 145 comments (57)Dead Ringer by Lisa Scottoline

Seriously, it was like a horrible made for TV movie that was written as a book. Not worth it!


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Vanessa | 145 comments (58)The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls

Amazing book!


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Vanessa | 145 comments (59)Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner


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Vanessa | 145 comments (60)The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

I thought it was good but I truthfully expected a little bit more out of this book.

(61)Dead and Dateless by Kimberly Raye




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Vanessa | 145 comments (62)Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

He is hilarious! I want to read all of his books now.


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Vanessa | 145 comments (63)Taken by Kathleen George




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Vanessa | 145 comments (64) Stealing Shadows by Kay Hooper


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Vanessa | 145 comments (65)Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

(66)In One Year and Out the Other by Misc authors


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Vanessa | 145 comments (67)The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

It was a surprisingly fast read but still very entertaining.


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