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Annette 1. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch


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Annette 2. Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri


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Annette 3. Are You There, Vodka? It's Me Chelsea by Chelsea Handler


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Annette 4. I Know this Much is True by Wally Lamb


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Molly | 330 comments Annette wrote: "4. I Know this Much is True by Wally Lamb"

I loved that book. I also loved your current read - The Glass Castle - I finished that one in a day while on vacation. Hope you enjoy it as well!



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Annette Molly wrote: I loved that book. I also loved your current read - The Glass Castle - I finished that one in a day while on vacation. Hope you enjoy..."

I found it a little unnecessarily long. I did really like how realistic and honest it felt.

I've only read a few pages of The Glass Castle so far and I didn't want to put it down! Unfortunately, sleep was calling me :)


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Annette 5. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls


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Annette 6. The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley


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Annette 7. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig


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Annette 8. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


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Annette 9. The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar


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Annette 10. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah


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Mary Todd (marytodd) | 924 comments Hooray for 10~~~` nice work!


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Aryll (things_change) | 89 comments i loved hunger games, i really cant wait for the other 2 books that r suppose to follow it.


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Annette Aryll wrote: "i loved hunger games, i really cant wait for the other 2 books that r suppose to follow it. "

When I started reading it, I didn't realize there would be others, so when I got to the end, I was so shocked that it was over. Shocked in a good way, of course, and now I can't wait either!


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Annette 11. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield


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Annette 12. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card


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Aryll (things_change) | 89 comments the ending shocked me too


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Annette 13. The Usual Suspects by Michael Buckley


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Annette 14. The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin


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Lisa Annette wrote: "10. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah"

I found this fascinating--while he was running from the soldiers and rebels, it was so terrible and I kept thinking "I know this is going to get worse before it gets better."


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Annette Lisa wrote: I found this fascinating--while he was running from the soldiers and rebels, it was so terrible and I kept thinking..."

I agree! It was such a terrifying and fascinating read.


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Annette 15. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri


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Annette 16. Animal Farm by George Orwell


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Annette 17. Killing Floor by Lee Child


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Annette 18. The Problem Child by Michael Buckley


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Annette 19. The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs


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Annette 20. Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance by Atul Gawande


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Annette 21. Once Upon a Crime by Michael Buckley


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Melanie | 487 comments Hi Annette-
What did you think of The Year of Living Biblically? I read that last year in my book club.


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Annette Melanie wrote: "Hi Annette-
What did you think of The Year of Living Biblically? I read that last year in my book club."


I thought it was a really interesting read. I'm not religious, like the author, so I feel like I learned a lot. It also made me want to read the Bible just to learn more about it. What did you think?



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Annette 22. The Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly


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Melanie | 487 comments Hi Annette,
Same here - I found it funny in parts, but then felt it kinda bogged down in the middle. On a whole I like it.


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Annette 23. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows


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Annette 24. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides


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Annette 25. State of Fear by Michael Crichton


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Sue | 27 comments Halfway there!

Which books would you say you've enjoyed the most out of your 25?


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Annette Sue wrote: "Halfway there!

Which books would you say you've enjoyed the most out of your 25? "


I think The Glass Castle and Hunger Games were among the best books I've read in a while. Have you read either of those? I highly recommend them!


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Mary Todd (marytodd) | 924 comments Half-way!! whoohoo!


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Sue | 27 comments I read The Glass Castle, but not Hunger Games. I see Hunger Games mentioned on this site often. I share common reading material with you, so I am inclined to take you up on your recommendation!


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Annette 26. Hidden Riches by Nora Roberts


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Annette 27. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd


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Annette 28. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides


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Aprile (aprileb) Annette wrote: "28. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides"

Is this good? I think I saw the movie.


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Annette 29. The Private Patient by P.D. James


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Annette Aprile wrote: "Annette wrote: "28. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides"

Is this good? I think I saw the movie."


Not bad, it was certainly an interesting book. It was kind of weird and I wouldn't necessarily recommend it. Not that I would say don't read it though. I liked Middlesex (same author) much more. If you were to read one book by Eugenides, I would recommend Middlesex.




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Aprile (aprileb) I own Middlesex LOL. Tried to get into it one time, and it was too slow for me. I guess I can give it another try :)


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Annette 30. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury


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Mary Todd (marytodd) | 924 comments EXCELLENT Read!!!!


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Annette 31. Sweet Liar by Jude Deveraux


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