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Tiffani (gocartgrl) I am very excited to find this group. I was perusing some of the other users book lists and found quite a few I want to add to my cue. I started keeping a list about 2 years ago, and I have tried to increase my reading each year. Last year I made it through 54 books. I don't know how in the world I am going to be able to beat that record!

Here goes the list for 2010, so far:

1. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
I really enjoyed the book. It is so Greek, and the story was definitely unique.

2. Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
Interesting read. Past life haunts the main character into discovering what happen to the keepers of a book and its secret society. But not one I would keep on my selves.

3. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
I haven't read the other Robert Langdon books, so maybe I'm not the best person the review this book. I thought it was okay, but I wasn't overly impressed. I was intrigued that it took place in the DC area, since that is where I live.

4. The Man of My Dreams: A Novel by Curtis Sittenfeld
I liked the main character even though I found her a bit whingy. I also was not a huge fan of the ending; it was a bit anticlimactic.

5. Marked by P.C. Cast
I love a good vampire book! I don't think it is as good as the Twilight series. But I am definitely a fan.

6. Betrayed by P.C. Cast

7. Chosen by P.C. Cast

8. Untamed by P.C. Cast

9. Hunted by P.C. Cast

10. Tempted by P.C. Cast

11. The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalain
I did not like this book. It was depressing. I was more than a little shocked and appalled by the turn of events. It was not my speed at all.

12. The San Francisco Earthquake by Gordon Thomas
I am trying to add a bit of nonfiction into my reading. I don't think this was a good one to pick. It is mainly just a list of events, without very much storyline. It was also not very well edited, which irked me a little.

13. The Little Lady Agency by Hester Browne
This was a reread. I do love my British chic lit! Melissa/Honey is a very quirky and witty leading lady. Easy and delightful read.

14. Little Lady, Big Apple by Hester Browne
Again a reread. The second installment is almost as good as the first.

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Chris (chrismd) | 408 comments If you're looking for nonfiction that really reads like an interesting story I would suggest
Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
Falling Angels by John Berendt (about what happened in Venice after the La Fenice opera house was destroyed by fire - this book got me really interested in Venice)
The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston (fascinating story of a serial killer and incompetent police work)

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Tiffani (gocartgrl) Chris wrote: "If you're looking for nonfiction that really reads like an interesting story I would suggest
Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
Falling Angels by John Berendt (about what happened in Venice a..."

Thanks a lot. I think I have Devil in the White City on my shelf.

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Tiffani (gocartgrl) 15. The Little Lady Agency and the Prince by Hester Browne
A charming story. There was a shocking (in a good way)twist at the end. This series is a definite keeper.

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Maggie | 394 comments Chris wrote: "If you're looking for nonfiction that really reads like an interesting story I would suggest
Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
Falling Angels by John Berendt (about what happened in Venice a..."

Also John Berendt's 'Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil' - fantastic book, one of my all time faves!

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Tiffani (gocartgrl) 16. Strange Bedpersons by Jennifer Crusie
Cute book, but as with all her books they are the same basic plot. Good beach reading.

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Tiffani (gocartgrl) 17. The Heir by Barbara Taylor Bradford
This book was like watching daytime television. It follows one family through one catastrophe to another through the generations, and even has the soap opera like dramatic pauses. An okay read, but not really my speed.

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Tiffani (gocartgrl) 18. Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier
I liked the dialect of the book and the relationship between the city folk versus the country folk. The story was entertaining, but nothing new.

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Tiffani (gocartgrl) 19. White Wings by Dan Montague
Another family saga book which follows 3 generations of women from a New England coastal town. I found it very interesting to compare the descriptions of the relationships from this book (written by a man) and The Heir (written by a woman). They describe the same feeling differently. I did like the book. It had the right amount of mystery and romance to keep me enjoying it all the way through.

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Tiffani (gocartgrl) 20. Fast Women by Jennifer Crusie
I really liked this one. The characters were quirky and neurotic, and the story went places I was not expecting.

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Tiffani (gocartgrl) 21. Grave Secret by Charlaine Harris
These books are always interesting, and this one did not disappoint. This series is about a girl who can find corpses after being struck by lightning at age 15. We get to meet more family members in this book, and there was definite surprise at the end.

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Tiffani (gocartgrl) 22. Bookends by Jane Green
I love her books! I feel like there is always a character that I can connect with. And any book that can leave me with a warm fuzzy feeling and make me cry is a definite keeper.

23. Size 14 Is Not Fat Either by Meg Cabot
Who can resist a book about an ex child pop star turned admin assistant who solves murders committed on her college's campus?

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Tiffani (gocartgrl) 24. Trading Up by Candace Bushnell
I really didn't like this book. I was appalled by the main character. It made me sad that after all the hardships she faced, she never seemed to grow into a better person. I am all for strong independent women as leading roles, but I think it puts us in the wrong light by implying the only way we can get ahead is to be manipulative and cold. I am very disappointed.

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Sherri (sherrij2003) How'd you like the Heather Wells mystery? I personally loved those books! Have you read the other 2 books in the series?

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Tiffani (gocartgrl) Sherri wrote: "How'd you like the Heather Wells mystery? I personally loved those books! Have you read the other 2 books in the series?"

I have read the other two, and I enjoyed them very much. I actually tried to find another one after I finished the last one. I was so disappointed that there wasn't one.

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Tiffani (gocartgrl) 25. Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin
I loved this book. I am a big fan of books with strong female characters and Adelia is definitely a fighter. I highly recommend it!

26. Bite Me: A Love Story by Christopher Moore
I love Christopher Moore and I am so excited that he is coming back this year. For those of you in the DC area (if you didn't know), he will be at Politics & Prose bookstore in DC on April 7th at 7pm to promote this book. Bite Me is the third installment of the "Bloodsucking Fiends" series. Let me reiterate that I love vampires, even a hoard of vamp kitties. My fav part: vamp rats meet shop-vac, "foof-thoop-splat-eek"!

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Tiffani (gocartgrl) 27. Big Boned by Meg Cabot
See above. Fun and entertaining! Very fast and easy read.

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Sherri (sherrij2003) Tiffani wrote: "Sherri wrote: "How'd you like the Heather Wells mystery? I personally loved those books! Have you read the other 2 books in the series?"

I have read the other two, and I enjoyed them very much. I ..."

On her website it says she plans to write more about Heather Wells and they will be released in 2010 or 2011 but I have yet to hear anything else...hopefully she will follow through!

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Tiffani (gocartgrl) Sherri wrote:"On her website it says she plans to write more about Heather Wells and they will be released in 2010 or 2011 but I have yet to hear anything else...hopefully she will follow through!"

I hope so!

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Tiffani (gocartgrl) 28. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
This book made me want to move to Italy. Great scenery, but a little slow to plod through. I didn't realize it was non-fiction when I picked it up, but apparently it's a memoir. I have to admit, though, I liked the movie better.

29. Knit Two by Kate Jacobs
I loved this book. It is just as good as the first one. It made me cry and laugh and fall in love with the Friday night knitting crew all over again. If you like chic lit, you definitely need to read this series.

30. Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
Vampires, werewolves, and a kickass heroine, who could ask for more?!

31. The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #2) by Laurell K. Hamilton

32. Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #3) by Laurell K. Hamilton

33. The Lunatic Cafe (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #4) by Laurell K. Hamilton

34. Bloody Bones (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #5) by Laurell K. Hamilton

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Tiffani (gocartgrl) 35. The Secret Between Us by Barbara Delinsky
I enjoyed this book. I don't know that I would recommend it (I didn't LOVE it), but I believed the characters were really. I could see this book being made into a lifetime movie - characters grow/awaken to some truth by the end and there is lots of drama.

36. The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber
This was a feel good book, where everything comes out alright in the end. It reminded me a lot of "The Friday Night Knitting Club." Similar themes.

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Tiffani (gocartgrl) 37. The Killing Dance by Laurell K. Hamilton

38. Burnt Offerings (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #7) by Laurall K. Hamilton

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Tiffani (gocartgrl) Wow. It has been a while since I updated this list. Hopefully, I can remember all the books I need to add.

39. If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern
This book was so cute! I loved it. I want an imaginary friend.

40. Obsidian Butterfly by Laurell K. Hamilton

41. BurnedBurned by P.C. Cast

42. Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris

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Tiffani (gocartgrl) 43. Away by Amy Bloom
This is the story of a Jewish woman's life after her family is murdered and she is forced to leave her home in Russia and come to America. It was quite depressing.

44. City of Thieves by David Benioff
I enjoyed this book about the siege on Leningrad. It was kinda morbid in places and downright disturbing in others, yet is was also funny and heartwarming. I would definitely recommend giving this a read.

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Tiffani (gocartgrl) 45. Practical Demonkeeping by Christopher Moore
I love this author! I can't say much more than that. I you have never read his books, you are in for a treat (and it doesn't matter which one you start with. They are all wonderful!!)

46. Standing Still by Kelly Simmons
I was not a big fan of this book. The story line had potential, but the writing style really put me off. The timeline of the book jumped around at the weirdest places, and I think the author spent too much time building the suspense and just blurted out the whole conclusion in a few pages. I was left unsatisfied with the out come.

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Tiffani (gocartgrl) 47. A Good Yarn by Debbie Macomber
This is the sequel to A shop on blossom street. It introduces the same theme of women from different walks of life finding common ground and friendship through a knitting class.

48. Le Divorce by Diane Johnson
I felt the story moved a little slow and I am not a fan of the writing style. However, I loved learning all the french customs and basic "very french" way of life.

49. Babyville by Jane Green
I am in love with her books! The characters are amazing (I want to be BBFs with all of them!).

50. Deep Dish by Mary Kay Andrews
I got this book from the library and liked it so much I had to go out and buy it.

51. The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf
Good book. Some parts were very sad and you def. want to give the little girls a hug. 2 little girls are missing in the woods, we learn about their families while the search for them occurs.

52. Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings by Christopher Moore
I am slowly making through all his books. This one was not one of my favs, but it was very amusing.

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Connie (conniebury) | 197 comments Congrats on surpassing your goal Tiffani!

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Tiffani (gocartgrl) Connie wrote: "Congrats on surpassing your goal Tiffani!"

Thanks a bunch!

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Tiffani (gocartgrl) 53. Calling Romeo by Alexandra Potter
Cute romantic comedy. I could see this being a movie.

54. Second Chance by Jane Green
I love Jane Green. This was not my fav, but it definitely had me crying in a few places.

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Tiffani (gocartgrl) 55. I Do (But I Don't) by Cara Lockwood

56. I Did by Cara Lockwood
I liked both of these books. The first was very similar to "The Wedding Planner" movie. Very cute. The second was about the wedding planner's sister (who was introduced in the first book) and her divorce from her rock star (douchbag) husband.

57. Dating Dead Men by Harley Jane Kozak
This book was definitely out there concept wise, but surprisingly it worked. Kind of a mystery/chic book. It was engaging. I listened to some of it on cd in my car and found myself sitting in the parking lot waiting to see what happened next.

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Tiffani (gocartgrl) 58. The A-List by Zoey Dean
This book was very Gossip Girl (or at least how I envision Gossip Girl, having never seen it). Amusing, but not something I would recommend unless you like teen drama sagas.

59. Make Him Look Good by Alisa Valdes-Rodriquez
At first I wasn't a big fan of this book, but I loved the ending. Very cute story.

60. Lost & Found by Jacqueline Sheehan
This book had me crying after the first two chapters. The ending took a turn I wasn't expecting, but I enjoyed it.

61. The Guy Not Taken: Stories by Jennifer Weiner
Not my favorite of hers, but good. This is a collection of short stories. I liked some better than others (there were a couple I wish were full novels because I would love to get to know the characters in more depth). Definitely worth reading if you like her novels.

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Tiffani (gocartgrl) 62. Drop Dead Beautiful by Jackie Collins
This book was entertaining, with all its various plot twists, but it was a bit predictable. I didn't fall in love with any of the characters (though I did really dislike some of them).

63. Best Friends: A Novel by Thomas Berger
I really didn't like this book, thankfully it was short. The style and content bored me and I really didn't understand the relationships. It was depressing.

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Tiffani (gocartgrl) Time for the year end wrap up on this list.

64. The Goddesses of Kitchen Avenue: A Novel by Barbara Samuel

65. The Great Indoors by Sabine Durrant

Both of these books were okay, but not great. They were a little slow and I never really connected with the characters.

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