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What Are You Reading?

I'm a big reader and I love to know what everyone is reading.  I'll update my list occasionally and I hope you keep my updated in the comments.

Here is the latest post about books I'm reading.

Here is a post about reader's recommended children's books.

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Don't forget to read my books:

I Just Want to Pee Alone (Mar 2013)
I Just Want to Be Alone (Mar 2014)
People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Daycare Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges (Sept 2014) - It's coming!!!! It's available for pre-order on Amazon. After a year in the making, I'm finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and it's my newest book. As you can probably tell from the title, I'm taking on some of my favorite subjects: school drama, PTO politics, neighbors that drive you crazy, and the place I love to hate: suburbia. It is a hilarious collection of stories that are guaranteed to make you laugh and nod along.

91 comments:

  1. What Your SON Isn't Telling You (Unlocking the Secret World of Teen Boys) by Michael Ross and Susie Shellenberger

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  2. I'm a HUGE reader. Check out my blog if you get a moment. :) http://www.smashattackreads.com/

    Your Jay-Z / Beyonce rant earned you a new fan. Thanks for sharing your words. I couldn't have uttered them more perfectly.

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  3. Not on your list of authors but it is a easy read and inspirational - Heaven is for Real ...

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    1. Great book. Not exactly what I'd call"well written" but a great story and a quick read.

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  4. House of Night Series.. currently on book 7.

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  5. You can trade books at www.paperbackswap.com It's an awesome sight and where I get most of my books from these days., Four are waiting for me... Lynne Hinton, Kathleen Givens and "In the Bleak Midwinter"

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    1. i LOVE paperbackswap!

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  6. "Oryx and Crake" and "The Year of The Flood" by Margaret Atwood.

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  7. I am totally addicted to the Anita Blake Series by Laurell Hamilton! Their are like 20 books in the series and I am on 14 I think! Love them they are like Vampire Porn! HA! A total escape from work and motherhood!!!

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    1. I love-love-love these up until Obsidian Butterfly. I still read the new ones but then I get mad, LOL. The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris and Queen Betsy books by MaryJanice Davidson are my new reads. The Hollows books are pretty good, too. Author is Harrison, I think.

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  8. I really enjoyed The Forest of Hands and Teeth (series) by Carrie Ryan. I couldn't put these books down, and ignored my family for days until they were completed!

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    1. Awesome Trilogy!! My husband even read those and loved them and he doesn't EVER read ANYTHING!! You are the first person I have seen recommend these books.

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    2. Just got the first one from the lib today. Looking forward to reading it this wknd.

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  9. The Kommandants Girl

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  10. I've been reading the classics (through last year). A Tale of Two Cities, an anthology of Poe, some Nathaniel Hawthorne. My favorites so far were The Count of Monte Cristo (unabridged), Harry Potter, and the adventures of Sherlock Holmes (the grandfather of episodic stories like The Closer, CSI, etc.)

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  11. I recently read Stephen King's latest, '11/22/63'. I loved it!

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    1. That was a REALLY good book!!! Extremely great after such a disappointing work with "The Dome". UGH! I had to FORCE myself to finish Dome.

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  12. Lady of the rivers by philippa Gregory

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    1. Anonymous20:40

      reading this right now! Love it! I love all her stuff! It's fiction, but it is as close to factual as it can be so I feel like it makes me smarter while I'm entertained! She says in the back she plans to write 3 more for this time period, so that will be 7 surrounding the war of the roses!

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  13. Wacky Chicks by Simon Doonan. Hilarious.

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  14. I just finished Legend by Marie Lu. It's a dystopian love story/action novel set in L.A. It got decent reviews and I thought I'd check it out. It was a very fast read. It kept my attention, but it wasn't as good as The Hunger Games (my favorite dystopian love story/action novel). I got it from the library and I was happy to read it, but it's not one I would spend money on.

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  15. I just read the 3rd Darynda Jones Charley Davidson series it's really good. I just started Die For Me by Amy Plum I admit it was the cover that got me its so pretty but so far sounds good.

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  16. Julia Spencer-Fleming series. REAL good!! And I got a kindle last week, so I have a TON waiting to be read.

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  17. Nick Pirog..."Unforseen" and "Gray Matter"...thrillers with a huge dose of humor....

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  18. Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, and Lamb by Christopher Moore

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    1. And the Night Circus - a very well written book.

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    2. loved the night circus!

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  19. Anonymous14:14

    I love the Dark Hunter Series from Sherrilyn Kenyon. Her books are always a great read.

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  20. Inheritance by Christopher Paolini. It's the fourth and final book in the Eragon series. It's a pretty decent Lord of the Rings knock off, and the author started writing it when he was 15 or something. The only problem is that the books are overly long. If he can learn a more succinct writing style, he'll be a much better writer.

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  21. I'm reading The Sun Also Rises and the first volume of Ernest Hemingway's letters, just published last year. Got inspired by Paula McClain's The Paris Wife. That book, combined with Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, sparked an interest in the expats like Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, etc.
    Two of the best books I've read this past year are Elegance of the Hedgehog (set in Paris) and Olive Kitteridge.

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    1. I did the same thing after The Paris Wife! Then I read Steinbeck's East of Eden...but my all time fave is The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.
      Tell me if you cracked up in Sun Also Rises during the taxidermy conversation. :)

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  22. Anonymous16:26

    I read another blog besides your:

    http://www.imbringingbloggingback.com/

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  23. Kardashian Konfidential....HAHA just kidding!!! I know, lame joke...punch me! I'm currently reading Colleen Coble. She has a couple of series out and they're great!

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  24. The Fortunate Mistress, or Roxana, by Daniel Defoe. Talk about motherhood problems.. damn.

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  25. Anonymous10:17

    A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. Historical fiction crossed with an adult version of Twilight. An easy read and occasionally steamy....

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  26. I just read "Bossypants" by Tina Fey. Hilarious and witty.

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  27. currently reading The Book Thief by Markus Zuszak

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    1. Julia15:41

      I love The Book Thief! I would definitely recommend it.

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    2. The Book Thief is in my top 5 books I love. I have two mini student book circles reading it now and im curious if they'll like it the way I did.

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  28. Anonymous14:43

    I want to call B.S. on your book list. You say you read ROOM a week before Jaycee Dugard was found. She was found in April, 2009 and ROOM wasn't published until September, 2010. Maybe you read it before that interview with her last year. Also, is it bad that I hated the kid in ROOM and wanted him to die?

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  29. Hey I'm reading a great self published author. R.L. Mathewson. Her books are funny and fresh. Best part is they're totally affordable. Try her Jen you'll love her!

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  30. Just got done reading Scarpetta. Love that series.

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    1. I have read almost all of the books in this series. They are very good. I still have the last two in the series to read. If you like this series, you will like the Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs. This series is what the tv show "Bones" is based on.

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  31. I just stared reading The Passage...so far it is really good. Listening to Abraham Lincoln Vampire Slayer during my commute...I think the movie will be good; the book is very entertaining.

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  32. Just finished "Fifty Shades of Grey: Book 1" (yes, I have become that person) and "MWF Seeks BFF". I blogged a bit about both in my last post and would be curious to get your thoughts on them if you'd read it.

    (http://hilarywithonel.blogspot.com/2012/04/recipe-friday.html)

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    1. Just started "Fifty Shades of Grey" and love it! ha! Soooo embarrassing, but I totally love this book. Easy and fun to read.

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  33. I'm reading a bunch of different things. Online (besides this here blog)www.nerdfitness.com as well as Monster and Careerbuilder. In that old fashioned paper form: housing ads (Craigslist cannot be trusted), "The Family" by Mario Puzo (source material for "The Borgias"), "Sudden Wealth" (preparation for lottery win) and the edits on MY novel.
    http://50tonormal.blogspot.com/

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  34. Just finished the Hunger Games and the Blindside. Both FANTASTIC books!

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  35. We are reading "Fifty Shades of Grey" at our online bookclub (love it!).

    Just finished "Life of Pi" by Yann Martel and "State of Wonder" by Ann Patchett

    I had to switch it up from serious to fun for now.

    Also, totally loved ALL of The Hunger Games books. Wish there was a 4th.

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  36. Forest of Hands and Teeth Trilogy was wonderful. Now reading the 2nd book in the series of Fifty Shades of Grey. . . and OMG, it's fantastic. I'm 40 something married for 22 years, and yummy is all I can say.

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  37. Come on Jen, blog about "Fifty Shades," I am anxiously awaiting your punch.

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    1. Anonymous11:32

      The SNL Amazon.com commercial spoof last Saturday was hilarious.

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  38. South of Bixby Bridge by Ryan Whitfield. His first book and the first chapter completely pulled me in.

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  39. Dreaming the Eagle by Manda Scott. First in a four book series about Boudica.

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  40. Anonymous14:50

    The Serpent's Shadow (Kane Chronicles #3) "Deadlocked" by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackouse series...lost count of which #)

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  41. Anonymous12:01

    I really enjoy your blogs and doubt I know you but I graduated from SM East in mid 80s. The Time Mag cover rant was spot on.
    Here's a book suggestion my book club just finished - The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson - a professor at Sewanee (Unv.of the South).

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  42. Anonymous13:57

    The Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin - great book (the first of four) with historical fiction.......picture Kay Scarpetta in the 12th century.

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  43. I'm sure you know about it already, but you should read the Bloggess's book, Let's Pretend this Never Happened. Honestly this is the one and only book I actually had to put down because I was laughing so hard.Hands down the best and funniest thing I've ever read!

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  44. Anonymous12:12

    I just read 50 Shades of Grey. Honestly I wanted to slap the crap out of the main female character myself for all her whining but it was an easy read. BTW it is porn. I don't usually like romance-y type books but after the first sweaty sex scene in the book I became inspired. I went and made out so hard with the hubs I had to ice my tenders. Never done that before...

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  45. Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow. George Washington's life beginning in early childhood,

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  46. Have you tried the books about Anita Blake, vampire hunter by Laurell K Hamilton yet? Or the Belgariad (5 books) and Mallorean (5 books) by David Eddings? Or the Valdemar-series by Mercedes Lackey (25 books and counting)?

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  47. Anonymous14:47

    Reading Augusten Burroughs "This is How" and "Gone Girl" Gilian Flynn

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  48. Just picked up Gone Girl. Haven't started it yet. I did just finish The Little Giant of Aberdeen County and it was good.

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  49. Just finished The first two Ministry of Peculiar Occurences serises "Pheonix Rising" and "The Janus Affair" by Pip Ballentine and Tee Morris. Fantastic!

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  50. Im currently reading The Liars Club my Mary Karr. As a recovering alcoholic, I really enjoyed, Lit too

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  51. Shannon18:12

    Gone Girl is excellent. I also enjoyed Shadow of Night, which is the sequel to A Discovery of Witches.

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  52. "Wool Omnibus" by Hugh Howey. Just do it. Trust me. Science Fiction, self-published, totally worth it. Read it on my Kindle, then bought a hard copy.

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  53. Ok, so I went back and re-read your original post about what kind of books you like. You did NOT mention "The Host" also by Stephenie Meyer. If you have not read this book, you should. It is one of the very few books that I was so attached to the characters I was truly sad when I was done. It is what made me read the Twilight series in the first place.

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  54. I just read....Gone Girl, Summerland and the light between oceans. ALL AWESOME READS!

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  55. the glass castle is also great!

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  56. Anonymous16:39

    Almost done with Gone Girl and can't wait to pick up my next Gillian Flynn novel! Gone Girl is crazy good!

    And you can't forget 50 Shames of Earl Grey - so stupid, so funny, and utterly ridiculous - much how I imagine the 50 Shades series to be.

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  57. I am reading the "Seven Storey Mountain" by Thomas Merton.

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  58. There is this book I just got done reading as a matter of fact. I found out about through a page I like on FB, The HUbs. Any way it was really good made me laugh and nod the whole time. Spending the Holidays with People I want to punch in the throat....Congrats on the book. Now I have to check out your blog more often something else to be addicted to thanks so much.

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  59. I read too many books at once, but at least they last longer that way. Currently reading Justin Cronin's The Twelve, Sandi Patty's Falling Forward, Max Lucado's Celebrating Christmas with Jesus, ML's study of 1&2 Timothy and Titus, and the Quilter's Son (author name forgotten for the moment). Recently finished the Divergent series and that was a great read.

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  60. Jen I read CONSTANTLY!!! But I have to say my favorite books are the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett he is an amazing author who unfortunately has alzheimers and can only right when he is lucid. His books are hysterical and I find myself yearning for the next before I've even finished the one I'm on! Feel free to ask me about all the books I read, I read atleast two a week (my kids do as well!) on anohter note, how the hell do I get my husband to read? LOL I worry that he is totally illiterate!

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  61. If you liked Confederacy of Dunces, I recommend, with my whole heart, "A Fraction of the Whole." It's my favorite book ever, I pretty much carry it with me everywhere and just read passages from it when people irritate me (it's well used, sadly.)

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  62. I saw you mentioned you don't read much non-fiction. So in case you've never come across Mary Roach, her books are awesome. She writes with so much humor and delves into the strange, historical, and sometimes gross stuff (depending on your definition of gross, that is). My favorites are "Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers," and "Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife." She's also written "Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex," and "Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void." I highly recommend at least taking a look - it's not only nerdtastic, it's fascinating/funny and written from the perspective of the average human with a curious mind.

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  63. You must read Hopeless by Colleen Hoover. It is amazing and you might want to "punch" someone in it....

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  64. I read the synopsis for the book Death by Bees by Lisa O'Donnell.

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  65. I recently read the Odd Thomas books by Dean Koontz. Right now I am reading Merry Christmas Alex Cross by James Patterson.

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  66. Currently I am completely absorbed by CALL THE MIDWIFE by Jennifer Worth. The author relays her experiences as a midwife in the 1950s slums of postwar London .

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  67. Brain on Fire, by Susannah Cahalan. It's about her bout with encephalitis. I read the entire book in one day. Wow.

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  68. "The Weird Sisters" by Eleanor Brown, "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn, and if you are a Duran Duran fa as I am, John Taylor's autobiography "The Pleasure Groove".

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  69. Seating Arrangements by Maggie Steamship; Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klausmann

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  70. Just got done with When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
    Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford was good
    and if you havent read Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King it was a good read too. I enjoyed it. I also just started Girl Gone by Gillian Flynn, but haven't read enough to form an opinion. Oh and 11/22/63 by Stephen King was an awesome book!! Can't believe I almost left that one out!!

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  71. The Outlander Series - can't think of the author, I got it on Amazon for my kindle in a 7 book bundle and there are still more coming in the series. Is there anything better than settling in to a great series? Its Historical fantasy fiction - I was recommended it by a friend who said it was twilight for adults, but without the vampires and I was thinking after I started it, huh, not really anything like twilight other than the fact that it is a really compelling love story that does really travel through the ages.
    I also just finished Life of Pi, great book, wasn't sure what to expect & was pleasantly surprised. I love anything in a trilogy or series and could go on for pages, but my kindle is charging and I'm too fucking lazy to go the 6 steps to get it.
    Thanks for the recommendations above, I have a nice list of books to take a look at next time I need to dl one.
    Keep up the good work Jeneral!

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  72. I'm reading mamaesq.com. Duh!

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  73. "Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences" is my current nonfiction. I recently finished the "Shadowmarch" series by Tad Williams. I'm waiting anxiously on the new book in the "Divergent" series by Veronica Roth, and also for the new book in the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire. I also love The Dresden Files. I used to love Laurel K. Hamilton, but I got a bit tired of Anita Blake after "Blood Noir". I do love Hamilton's Fae series, though.

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  74. Anything by David Sedaris. Last book I can remember that made me laugh out loud every other page. Try Me Talk Pretty One Day. I guarantee you'l be hooked!

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  75. "The Art of Fielding" by Chad Harbach was wonderful. Just about to download "The Circle" by David Eggers, read an excerpt in the Times magazine on Sunday and it sounds interesting. HATED "Fifty Shades of Grey," such drivel! I haven't read your posting on it yet, but intend to later tonight.

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  76. 3 Men in a Boat (to say nothing of the dog) is laugh out loud delightful. It's by Jerome K. Jerome ( yes that's really his name) and was published in 1890. You can find it on openlibrary.org (another great find) and read it for free.

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