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Joanie | 335 comments Wow, it's so exciting to be starting a whole new list! I made it to 80 books in 2008 and I'd love to do the same or better in 2009 but I don't want to overwhelm myself right from the start. I'm going to shoot for 50 and then go from there.

#1 Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O'Nan

This was a book club book and it was really short so I was able to read the whole thing yesterday. It felt good to start the first day of the new year completing a whole book!

The book itself was really good. It's all about the staff at a Red Lobster who are working their last shift before they shut down forever. O'Nan takes a simple story and manages to make you really feel for the characters.


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Joanie | 335 comments #2 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Read for book club-I totally loved it.


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Joanie | 335 comments # 3 Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I felt like it took me forever to get through this book. I don't think I had ever read the whole thing before-only the first half or so. I'm glad to have finally read it but some parts definitely dragged.

#4 The Godmother by Carrie Adams

This was a chick lit book with a bit more substance. A single woman in her 30's assumes that all her married friends have it made and then she realizes that things are not always what they appear.



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Joanie | 335 comments #5 True Grit by Charles Portis.
Really liked this at first but then it it got a little old.


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Joanie | 335 comments # 6 The Shining by Stephen King

I re-read this for the Stephen King book club and it was just as scary the second time around!

I read 6 books in January which puts me ahead of my total at this point last year so maybe I'll pass my 2008 total but it's still too early to tell.


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Joanie | 335 comments Finally finished up a few books this weekend.

#7 How Stella Got Her Groove Back by Terry McMillan

This was a re-read and even though I didn't like it as much as I did 10+ years ago, it's still an enjoyable read.

#8 Stardust by Neil Gaiman

This was a December bookclub pick but it took me forever to read it. After seeing the movie (which I liked more) I felt a bit more interested in finishing the book.

#9 Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling.

Fast read, fun to see where Rowling takes things next.


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Joanie | 335 comments #10 Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Had to read this after hearing so much hype. Quick and entertaining.


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Aprile (aprileb) Are you planning on reading the other books in the Twilight series?


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Joanie | 335 comments I'm sure I will eventually, I'm totally sucked in!


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Mary Todd (marytodd) | 924 comments a tip of the hat for your first ten!


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Joanie | 335 comments Hey thanks! I didn't even realize I was at 10!


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Joanie | 335 comments # 11 Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

I don't think I've ever been so happy to finish a book in my whole life! Parts were were good but it was so long and dragged out it was not an enjoyable read.


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Joanie | 335 comments #12 Club Dead by Charlaine Harris

This is book #3 in the Sookie Stackhouse series and the books are still as good as ever. Sookie is definitely getting tougher and more self sufficient as the books go on. Lots of fun.


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Joanie | 335 comments #13 Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner

This book picks up with Cannie and Joy 12 years after Good in Bed left off. Funny, sad, and touching all at once.

#14 Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult

Another page turner by Picoult. I didn't want to put this one down.


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Joanie | 335 comments #15 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

Loved this book, so quick and sweet.


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Joanie | 335 comments #16 Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert O'Brien

I saw this movie a bunch of times as a kid but never read the book. The story is definitely well written.


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Joanie | 335 comments #17 Basket Case by Carl Hiaasen

Another fun read by Hiaasen. The characters are just as crazy as in his other books, totally entertaining.


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Joanie | 335 comments #18 Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris

Book #4 in the Sookie Stackhouse series and Sookie is still going strong.


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Joanie | 335 comments #19 Clementina by Eileen Dunlop

I read this for the spring challenge for the Next Best Book Club. The task was to read a book where the main character has the same first name as your mother. My mom goes by Tina but her real name is Clementina. The book was okay-a YA book I would have thought was creepy when I was younger.


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Joanie | 335 comments #20 Case Histories by Kate Atkinson

This book was so brutal at the beginning that I didn't think I would be able to finish but then it got a bit easier to take and I wound up getting really into the story.


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Joanie | 335 comments #21 Watership Down by Richard Adams

Just finished this one at lunch. I had never read this one when I was younger and I'm really glad I finally got around to it.


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Joanie | 335 comments #22 The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

Fast paced and darkly funny.


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Joanie | 335 comments #23 1984 by George Orwell

This was my first time reading this one. Glad I finally read it.


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Aprile (aprileb) Joanie wrote: "#23 1984 by George Orwell

This was my first time reading this one. Glad I finally read it."


That's fantastic that you decided to read it!


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Joanie | 335 comments #24 Surviving Demon Island by Jaci Burton

I read this for the pick a shelf challenge because it fell under the "erotic romance" category. It's not something I ever would have read otherwise but it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be.


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Joanie | 335 comments #25 Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris

Book #5 in the Sookie Stackhouse series is every bit as good as the first 4.

#26 Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris

Listened to the audio book-hilarious.


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Aprile (aprileb) Woo hoo! 1/2 way!


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Joanie | 335 comments #27 I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

I had started this book a few years ago and just finally finished it when it was picked for my bookclub. I'm so glad I finally finshed it-I loved it!

#28 Come Closer by Sara Gran

This was a really creepy, fast read. I read it in a few hours yesterday.


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Joanie | 335 comments #29 The Heroines by Eileen Favorite

Great idea, poor execution. I really thought this one would be much better.


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Joanie | 335 comments #30 People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

Liked this one a lot, interesting to see how the author wove the whole thing together.


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Joanie | 335 comments #31 Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned From Judy Blume edited by Jennifer O'Connell

This book was a lot of fun and definitely brought back a lot of memories.


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Lisa (lbhick) Joanie, I like your list. I see many books I've read and many from my TBR list. I may have to bump up People of the Book. I recently added #31....looks like fun.


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Joanie | 335 comments Thanks Lisa, I've enjoyed most of them so far. #31 is definitely worth checking out!


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Joanie | 335 comments #32 The Beach House by Jane Green.

Great summer beach read. Quick and easy.

#33 The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

Took me a little bit to get this all sorted out but I liked it.


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Joanie | 335 comments #34 I Hate Myself and I Want to Die:The 52 Most Depressing Songs You've Ever Heard by Tom Reynolds

This book was a blast but I did walk around with some really bad songs stuck in my head for days!


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Joanie | 335 comments #35 Anyone But You by Lara Zeises

Quick YA book about a step brother and sister (sort of) who start to have feelings for one another one summer.


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Joanie | 335 comments #36 Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

This is a companion book to The Giver but paints a much darker picture of the society than the one presented in The Giver.


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Joanie | 335 comments #37 One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnell

This was bad-not worth it.


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Joanie | 335 comments #38 The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler

I liked this but actually liked the movie better.


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Joanie | 335 comments #39 Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

I saw the movie years ago but still totally enjoyed the book.


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Susanna (jb_slasher) #39 Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

I saw the movie years ago but still totally enjoyed the book.


Which first meeting did you enjoy more, the one in the airplane or the one on the beach? ;)


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Joanie | 335 comments Lol..I guess the beach one. I wish they had put that in the movie-a nude beach scene with Brad Pitt would have been awesome!


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Joanie | 335 comments #40 What It Is by Lynda Barry

Interesting combination of memoir and instructional book on writing.


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Joanie | 335 comments #41 Definitley Dead by Charlaine Harris.

Book #6 in the Sookie Stackhouse series. This book was kind of disjointed as part of the back story was told in a separate book-weird. Still fun but not the greatest.


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Joanie | 335 comments #42 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

This was my first time ever reading this-I'm really glad I finally got around to reading this one.


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Joanie | 335 comments #43 Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl

Not nearly as good as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I found this one pretty annoying.


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Joanie | 335 comments #44 The Postman Always Rings Twice by James Cain

Fast paced, tense read.


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Joanie | 335 comments #45 The River Between by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

I liked this but didn't love it. Story about two tribes of people in Africa-one trying to hold on to the old customs and traditions and one who had adopted Christianity.

#46 The Freddie Stories by Lynda Barry-Graphic novel that was pretty disturbing. Definitely creative but sad.

# 47 The Potty Training Answer Book by Karen Deerwester-I forgot about this one, I should have added it earlier. Not bad but how exciting can a potty book be?


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Mary Todd (marytodd) | 924 comments count down to 50!

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Joanie | 335 comments I know-it's crazy! I've been trying to plough through a huge pile of library books and it's definitely helped to increase my total.


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