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Cecilia (cissygold) I stopped keeping track of my books when I hit 50 last August. In total I believe I read a total of 68 books.

Here is my 2009 List....

January
1. Testimony by Anita Shreve
2. Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson
3. New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Book 2) by Stephenie Meyer
4. Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3) by Stephenie Meyer
5. Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4) by Stephenie Meyer
6. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
7. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
8. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

February
9. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
10. People of the Book: A Novel by Geraldine Brooks
11. Mistress Shakespeare by Karen Harper
12. The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory

March
13. Sundays at Tiffany's by James Patterson, Gabrielle Charbonnet
14. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
15. American Wife: A Novel by Curtis Sittenfeld
16. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
17. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
18. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
19. The Piano Teacher by Janice Y.K. Lee

April
20. The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister
21. Nefertiti: A Novel by Michelle Moran
22. Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
23. Tara Road by Maeve Binchy

May
24. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
25. Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas
26. Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
27. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
28. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

June
29. The Sweet By and By by Todd Johnson
30. The Forest of Hands and Teethe Carrie Ryan

July
31. Stone's Fall: A Novel by Iain Pears
32. The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
33. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen
34. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson (Translator)
35. Lust, Loathing and a Little Lip Gloss (Sophie Katz, Book 4) by Kyra Davis]
36. Olive Kitteridge: A Novel in Stories by Elizabeth Strout
37. While I Was Gone by Sue Miller
38. My Life in France by Julia Child, Alex Prud'Homme
39. Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell
40. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)by J.K. Rowling
41. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) J.K. Rowling

August
42. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3) by J.K. Rowling
43. The Pull of the Moon by Elizabeth Berg
44. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)by J.K. Rowling
45. Jane Austen Ruined My Life by Beth Pattillo
46. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) by J.K. Rowling
47. Thanks for the Memories by Cecelia Ahern

September
48. The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
49. The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
50. Everything Matters!: A Novel by Ron Currie Jr.
51. Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
52. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
53. Still Alice by Lisa Genova

October
54. All Souls by Christine Schutt
55. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
56. Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo
57. Gourmet Rhapsody by Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson
58. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
59. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

November
60. A Long Long Way: A Novel by Sebastian Barry

December
61. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
62. In the Company of the Courtesan: A Novel by Sarah Dunant
63. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
64. The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore
65. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
66. The Brothers Torres by Coert Voorhees


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#5 Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4)by Stephenie Meyer

Currently Reading:

#6 The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman


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#6. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
#7. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
#8. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Currently Reading:

#9. American Gods by Neil Gaiman


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#9. American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Currently Reading:

#10 People of the Book: A Novel by Geraldine Brooks
#11 Mistress Shakespeare by Karen Harper
#12 Sundays at Tiffany's by James Patterson, Gabrielle Charbonnet


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#10 People of the Book: A Novel by Geraldine Brooks
Loved it... a beautiful story of a books history.

Currently Reading:

#11 Mistress Shakespeare by Karen Harper
#12 Sundays at Tiffany's by James Patterson, Gabrielle Charbonnet



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Mary Todd (marytodd) | 924 comments L'chiam on your first ten! (in rehearsal for Fiddler!)


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Mary Todd (marytodd) | 924 comments oops...mazeltov


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#11 Mistress Shakespeare by Karen Harper

Currently Reading:

#12 Sundays at Tiffany's by James Patterson, Gabrielle Charbonnet

This will be my first James Patterson book.


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#12 The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory

Just had to finish the series. Loved Ms. Gregory's Katherine Howard.

#13 Sundays at Tiffany's by James Patterson, Gabrielle Charbonnet

Silly little book. Good way to spend a rainy day, but now on to something more substantial...

Currently Reading:

#14 The Reader by Bernhard Schlink



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#14 The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

Lovely book. Loved the language and cadence of the story.

Currently Reading:

#15 American Wife: A Novel by Curtis Sittenfeld

A fictional portrayal of Laura Bush. Very intrigued.


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#15 American Wife: A Novel by Curtis Sittenfeld

Spoiler--A fictional portrayal of Laura Bush. I really liked this book. The struggle to maintain one's self in marriage is hard under any circumstances, but in the family and situation the main character found herself in, it seems impossible. I have that she figured it out.

Currently Reading:

#16 The Help by Kathryn Stockett

This is our Book Club Selection (my pick). It got such great reviews, I am very excited about it.


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#16 The Help by Kathryn Stockett

LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book! Another book where I will miss these characters for a long time.

Currently Reading:

The Secret of Lost Things: A Novel by Sheridan Hay




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#17 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows

Spent another Saturday happily reading a sappy little book.

I really did enjoy it, but some of correspondence seemed to be more like email. I do not know enough about the postal system in London after WW2-- did a page run back and forth for a two line message? Someone had to have a telephone. Maybe I am just over thinking it

Anyway... I loved the members of the GL&PPS. I can see the attraction that took Juliet to the island and the decisions she made once she was there.

I would recommend it to anyone who has a free day to read a sappy little book.

Currently Reading:

#18 Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese


Putting "The Secret of Lost Things: A Novel by Sheridan Hay" back on the To Read Shelf for now.




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#18 Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Very good story, but it took a while and a lot of patients to read. No pun intended.

Currently Reading:

#19 The Piano Teacher by Janice Y.K. Lee


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#19 The Piano Teacher by Janice Y.K. Lee

It was okay, but I think the Piano Teacher really did not need to be part of the book. It would have made a better story without that distraction.

Currently Reading:

#20 The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister

Loving this book so far.



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#20 The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister

Very good book! Really enjoyed it. Joanne Harris' influence is very noticeable, but I like the fact that the "magic" comes from within and through friendships.

Currently Reading:

#21 Nefertiti: A Novel by Michelle Moran

Reading for a GoodReads book group.


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#21 Nefertiti: A Novel by Michelle Moran

It was okay!

Currently Reading:


#22 Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

Been putting off reading... But now I am ready to take it on.


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#22 Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

Currently Reading:

#23 Tara Road by Maeve Binchy. (ignoring the Oprah thing)



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Aprile (aprileb) How'd you feel about Angels and Demons?


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Cecilia (cissygold) I liked it. I thought it was a good action adventure novel.

I found some of the imagery hard to deal with. I am Catholic, and I consider myself pretty Catholic, so reading about the treatment of the 4 Cardinals really hit me in my gut.

As for any controversy, about the Church vs. Science, I just took that as part of the story. I know enough about the Church and the history of science to see that Mr. Brown took creative license with both. So no uproar here. I am pretty secure in faith--a fiction novel isn't real going to rock my world.

I did have some OMG! moments about some cheesy or over done parts, but not about anything to do with the Church or Church revelations.

And truth be told, I had some suspicions about who Janus really was, but I did not guess the motives behind Janus' action.

What I really got out of the book: I need to go back to Rome sooner than later. ;)

And you? How did you feel about it?




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Aprile (aprileb) I liked it. I've been to Rome and the Vatican, so it was really cool to know exactly where he was talking about. It was a normal Dan Brown book for me: interesting topic, well researched, poor character development, too jumpy.

I hated the ending though. So silly and not realistic at all.


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#23 Tara Road by Maeve Binchy

Found it hard to get through. Don't know if that is because it was tedious, or if it was because it drudged up old feelings in me. If the latter, it was an okay book, if the former... well either way 3 stars.

Currently Reading:

#24 Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore

Half way through, and I have been LMAO!


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#24 Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore

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#25 Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas


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#25 Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas

I really liked this book. It was a good Mother/Daughter story even though the main characters were not related.

Currently Reading:

#26 Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah




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#26 Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

Currently Reading:

#27 The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton


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Cecilia (cissygold) Addition to my Currently Reading

#28 The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley (I am going to read this first so it is really my #27)


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Aprile (aprileb) Over 1/2 way!!! :D


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#27 The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

Currently Reading:

#28 The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton


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#28 The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton


Currently Reading:

#29 The Sweet By and By by Todd Johnson


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Kristine (tanteteenie) | 217 comments Cecilia - If you liked The Forgotten Garden, then I recommend Kate Morton's first Novel, The House at Riverton. I found the end more of a surprise than in The Forgotten Garden.


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#29 The Sweet By and By by Todd Johnson
#30 The Forest of Hands and Teethe Carrie Ryan

Currently Reading:

#31 Stone's Fall: A Novel by Iain Pears

Got a little busy with the last couple of days of the school year. Now that I have time, I should start stepping up my reading.


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#31 Stone's Fall: A Novel by Iain Pears

This book is amazing! I wish it was structured differently, the first part was hard to get through, the second part was captivating, the third part was wonderful and the finish.... OMG! Wonderful. I was going to give this book 3 stars, but the ending earned the story one more.

Currently Reading:

#32 The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
#33 The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson (Translator)

Took awhile to get through the last book. Summer Reading and the new Pulitzer to read, I better get busy!


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#32 The House at Riverton by Kate Morton

What a great story of secrets! I wish I could say more, but giving away any part of this would only take away from the beauty of book.

Currently Reading:

#33 The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson (Translator)


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Kristine (tanteteenie) | 217 comments Cecilia - I am so glad you liked The House at Riverton! My book club is reading it for August. I can't want to hear how every one like it.


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Cecilia (cissygold) Forgot to add: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
by Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen (#33)

Still reading: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson (Translator) (#34)


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Cecilia (cissygold) Kristine wrote: "Cecilia - I am so glad you liked The House at Riverton! My book club is reading it for August. I can't want to hear how every one like it."

"The House at Riverton" reminded me very much of "A Season in Purgatory" by Dominick Dunne, one of my favorite books of all time. The only difference between the two was that the family of Riverton had my sympathies.


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#34 The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson (Translator)

I am giving this book 3 1/2 stars.

It some moments were I wondered if I could get through it, but in the end the over all message was wonderful. I cried.

Currently Reading:

#35 Olive Kitteridge: A Novel in Stories by Elizabeth Strout


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#35 Lust, Loathing and a Little Lip Gloss (Sophie Katz, Book 4) by Kyra Davis

Marisa was away all day yesterday so I took the day off and read my fun book. I love Sophie Katz, and in this book we learn a little bit more about her.

This book was not as much as a mystery thrill as the past 3, but it was still full of mystery, comedy and silly twist. Laughed out loud many many times!

Currently Reading:

#36 Olive Kitteridge: A Novel in Stories by Elizabeth Strout


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#36 Olive Kitteridge: A Novel in Stories by Elizabeth Strout

Olive Kiteridge is a book written from the heart. It is made up of several short stories about the lives of different people living in a small town in Maine. All of the stories stir up the muck of these peoples lives, it tells of their insecurities, their fears, losses and disappointments. It seems so very sad at times, but like life in general it is peppered with moments that have you laughing in spite of yourself.

I truly enjoyed this book, and loved Olive most of all.

Currently Reading:

#37 While I Was Gone by Sue Miller


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#37 While I Was Gone by Sue Miller
#38 My Life in France by Julia Child, Alex Prud'Homme
#39 Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell
#40 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)by J.K. Rowling
#41 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) J.K. Rowling
#42 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3) by J.K. Rowling

Currently Reading:

#43 The Pull of the Moon by Elizabeth Berg
#44 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)by J.K. Rowling


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#43 The Pull of the Moon by Elizabeth Berg

About 4 years ago I sort of ran away from home just like Nan. It was such a wonder time of self discovery for me, so this book just hit so many cords in me.

It was absolutely wonderful, and has inspired me to run away again... I think every woman needs to. If you don't believe me, read this book, and then pass it along to your Mother!

Currently Reading:

#44 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)by J.K. Rowling


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#44 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)by J.K. Rowling

#45 Jane Austen Ruined My Life by Beth Pattillo

A quick fun read for a lover of everything Austen. Nice book to spend a Saturday afternoon with. I love the idea of making your own happy beginnings and to stop hoping for endings.

Currently Reading:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) by J.K. Rowling


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#46 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) by J.K. Rowling

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#47 Thanks for the Memories by Cecelia Ahern


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#47 Thanks for the Memories by Cecelia Ahern

This was such a sweet story. I loved how this impossible premise was brought to life and made believable by the beautiful character, Joyce. Her relationships with friends and her most lovable father will prove that she is the one who actually saves lives in the end. Be prepared to cry both from some very sad moments and moments of hysterical laughter. I will add this book to my list of favorites.

Currently Reading:

#48 The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón


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#48 The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

An amazing story filled with adventure, mystery and great imagination.

Believable, no, which is why it is not quite as wonderful as Shadow of the Wind, but it one that I would just as readily recommend to everyone who loves a great story from start to finish.

Currently Reading:

#49 The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

So excited to start this book!


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#49 The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

I love this series, I cannot wait for October to read the final book. The story is very well written and continues to accelerate and tangle you up right to the cliffhanger ending.

#50 Everything Matters!: A Novel by Ron Currie Jr.

So sad that it is this book I reached my goal with. I hated almost all of the characters except the father and the brother. The story line was choppy and and strange. For a book that was suppose to make you live your life to the fullest and take nothing for granted no matter what, it just made me feel YUCKY from start to finish.

Currently Reading:

# 51 Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay


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#51 Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

The first part of this book was very compelling, but then it just started to lose momentum for me and though the author tried to get it back, she got too caught up in the character of Julia, and she was not as compelling as Sarah. I would love to give this one more star for the story content, but that too was not maintained through to the end.

#52 The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

I really liked the style of the story, simple and compelling. The main character naivete was so refreshing, even though he tried so hard to hide it in his storytelling to Wen Jiabao, that even though he describe horrible situations I found it hard to suppress more than a few giggles.

Currently Reading:

# 53 Still Alice by Lisa Genova


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# 53 Still Alice by Lisa Genova

This was a very sad story. It is hard to imagine that your life can be robbed from you by your own mind. I now forever am thinking I have EOAD. This book haunts my everyday.

# 54 All Souls by Christine Schutt

FINISHED FINALLY!

Took forever and only my own stubbornness forced me to finish this book at all.

It seemed to me that the author had a story in her head and just could not get it down on paper. The characters were not fully developed, I wanted to know so much more. I wanted to understand the relationships better. I wanted to understand motivations. Not one of the characters touched me, made me think, or even made me have an approving or disapproving opinion about them.

#55 The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

I saw the movie first and was so upset I threw up. I really hate to admit this, but what really had me most upset was my reaction. The Holocaust is history. I knew before opened the book what was going to happen to The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. I accepted it. I did not expect anything to happen to Bruno. I cried not for both children but for one. I felt the pain of the wrong family. I was disgusted with myself for it. I ordered the book from the library the next day, and glad I did.

...more I saw the movie first and was so upset I threw up. I really hate to admit this, but what really had me most upset was my reaction. The Holocaust is history. I knew before opened the book what was going to happen to The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. I accepted it. I did not expect anything to happen to Bruno. I cried not for both children but for one. I felt the pain of the wrong family. I was disgusted with myself for it. I ordered the book from the library the next day, and glad I did.

The book focused on the Bruno, and not his family. His naive view of the fence and Schumel's life beyond was due to his family's ability to simply ignore what they knew was wrong. So much that they ignored the obvious when Bruno himself disappeared.

The book did not spark the same emotions as I had from the movie, who knows maybe I was braced for it. The book did make me open my eyes wider and not just accept history, but to constantly remind myself that what happened was horrible and it can never happen again. Sadly it does.

Currently Reading:

# 56 Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo



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October
56. Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo
57. Gourmet Rhapsody by Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson
58. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
59. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

November
60. A Long Long Way: A Novel by Sebastian Barry

December
61. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
62. In the Company of the Courtesan: A Novel by Sarah Dunant
63. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe

Currently Reading:

64. The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore

LMAO so far


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