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message 1: by Leah (new)

Leah (leahleahbobeah) | 22 comments Last year I read 27, so this year was going for 30. I reached it much sooner than I anticipated ( probably because there were 4 shorter e-books on list) so upgraded to 50. Will take me a few days to transfer lists over:


message 2: by Leah (new)

Leah (leahleahbobeah) | 22 comments Jan. 2017
1) The Sisters from Hardscrabble Bay by Beverly Jensen. 5☆
2) People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks. 3☆
3) Wildflower by Drew Barrymore. 3☆
4) The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald. 4☆
5) Still Life With Woodpecker by Tom Robbins. 2☆


message 3: by Leah (new)

Leah (leahleahbobeah) | 22 comments February 2017
6) Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult. 4☆
7) A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman. 5☆
8) Britt Marie was Here by Fredrick Backman. 4☆
9) The Adventuress by Tasha Alexander. 4☆
10) Surrender the Pink by Carrie Fisher. 1☆
11) I Think I Love You by Allison Pearson. 3☆
12) A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley. 4☆
13) I Am Half Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley. 4☆


message 4: by Leah (new)

Leah (leahleahbobeah) | 22 comments March 2017
14) Speaking From Among the Bones by Alan Bradley. 4☆
15) The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley. 5☆
16) As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley. 5☆
17) Thrice the Brindled Cat Hath Mew'd by Alan Bradley. 4☆
18) The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse by Alan Bradley. 2☆
19) Star of the East by Tasha Alexander. 2☆
20) Emily & Colin's Wedding by Tasha Alexander. 4☆
21) That Silent Night. A Lady Emily Christmas Story by Tasha Alexander. 5☆
22) The Fate of Mercy Alban by Wendy Webb. 5☆


message 5: by Leah (new)

Leah (leahleahbobeah) | 22 comments April 2017
23) Life of Pi by Yann Martel. 3☆
24) Beartown by Fredrick Backman. 3☆
25) The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown. 2☆


message 6: by Leah (new)

Leah (leahleahbobeah) | 22 comments Mau 2017
26) The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life by Janice Kaplan. 3 ☆
27) In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware. 3☆
28) Magic Binds by Illona Andrews. 5☆


message 7: by Leah (new)

Leah (leahleahbobeah) | 22 comments June 2017
29) Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. 2☆
30) Julie and Julia by Julie Powell. 2☆
31) Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. 5☆
32) The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin. 4☆


message 8: by Leah (new)

Leah (leahleahbobeah) | 22 comments July 2017
33) The Last Summer by Ann Brashares. 2☆
34) The Three Miss Margaret by Louise Shaffer. 4☆
35) The National Enquirier: Thirty Years of Unforgettable Images by Valerie Viga. 2☆
36) Strange Candy Edited by Laurell K. Hamilton. 3☆
37) Island of Doves by Kelly O'Connor McNees. 5☆
38) Broken For You by Stephanie Kallos.4☆


message 9: by Leah (new)

Leah (leahleahbobeah) | 22 comments August 2017
39) Dorothy Must Die: Stories Vol.2 by Danielle Page. 3☆
40) The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell. 4☆
41) The Girl Who Stopped Swimming by Joshilyn Jackson. 4☆


message 10: by Leah (new)

Leah (leahleahbobeah) | 22 comments September 2017
42) My Antonia by Willa Cather. 5☆
43) Chocolat by Joanne Harris. 5☆
44) The Girl With No Shadow by Joanne Harris. 3☆


message 11: by Leah (new)

Leah (leahleahbobeah) | 22 comments October 2017
45) Peaches For Monsieur Cute by Joanne Harris. 5☆
46) Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper. 2☆
47) Damned by Chuck Palahniuk. 3☆
48) A Terrible Beauty by Tasha Alexander. 3☆
49) Wild at Heart by Barry Gifford. 3☆


message 12: by Ilona, Global Moderator (new)

Ilona | 3986 comments One to go! What did you think of the Chocolat series?


message 13: by Leah (new)

Leah (leahleahbobeah) | 22 comments Illona, I really loved The first and third books, but not the middle one as much, it somehow felt "watered down" or less vital than the other two. Have you read them? If so, what did you think?


message 14: by Ilona, Global Moderator (last edited Nov 18, 2017 07:26AM) (new)

Ilona | 3986 comments I am certain that I have read the first one, and really liked it (and also the movie!). However, it was a long time ago. I also vaguely remember reading the second one, but don't recognize the title, didn't know there was a third.

Looked it up, I think my mom has the second one in Dutch and the title translates to Red Shoes, quite different.


message 15: by Leah (new)

Leah (leahleahbobeah) | 22 comments Red Shoes "would" make sense as a title. It wasn't awful, by any means just not as captivating (for me) it took me much longer to get through than the other two because it wasn't hard to put down.


message 16: by Leah (new)

Leah (leahleahbobeah) | 22 comments Yay!!!!! I did it!!!!!
50) Second Glance by Jodi Picoult 4☆
51) The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott 3☆
52) Gwendy's Button Box by Stephen King 4☆


message 17: by Leah (new)

Leah (leahleahbobeah) | 22 comments Last 3 were November 2017


message 18: by Susy (new)

Susy (susysstories) Congratulations Leah!


message 19: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Grønsund (gullita) | 3273 comments Congratulations Leah! Are you going for the same goal in 2018?


message 20: by Ilona, Global Moderator (new)

Ilona | 3986 comments Great job, Leah! :)


message 21: by Leah (new)

Leah (leahleahbobeah) | 22 comments Yes, same goal for next year for me, 50 does challenge me, but not stress me out and allows me to balance my love of reading with family, work and the other things I need to do. Some years 30 has been about my norm. What is your goal for 2018?


message 22: by Lisa (last edited Dec 15, 2017 04:34AM) (new)

Lisa Grønsund (gullita) | 3273 comments Leah wrote: "Yes, same goal for next year for me, 50 does challenge me, but not stress me out and allows me to balance my love of reading with family, work and the other things I need to do. Some years 30 has b..."

That's great :) I love that you know what works for you. Balance is always key, in my opinion. Well, 2018 will be a busy year for me, I think. So my plan (for the moment) is around 40 books, but I'd be thrilled if I'm able to read more :)


message 23: by Leah (new)

Leah (leahleahbobeah) | 22 comments December 2017
53) The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher. 3☆
54) The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. 3☆
55) The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte by Laura Joh Rowland. 4☆


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