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A Year of Interesting Books

I've read a lot of excellent books this past year. Most of them were for book club, but some were books of my own choosing. And I have to say that the majority of the books I read over the year were very enjoyable. There were only a few that I didn't connect with and want to finish as soon as possible.

I'd like to share a list of the books I've read within the last year or so, and I'll include a very basic rating on a 5-point scale. I intend to take the time over the coming months to write reviews of some of these books, as well as those that I read in the future. It will take me a while, so if you see a book on the list that you'd like to hear about soon, please let me know and I'll work on those first.

*****Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

*****Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins

*****Moloka'i by Alan Brennert

*****Still Alice by Lisa Genova

*****The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, with Jeffrey Zaslow

*****The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust by Susan Dworkin

****A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

****Sarah's Key: A Novel by Tatiana de Rosnay

****The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew--Three Women Search for Understanding by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver and Priscilla Warner

****The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

****The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

****The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

****The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

****The Space Between Us: A Novel by Thrity Umrigar

****The Story of Forgetting: A Novel by Stefan Merrill Block

***Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress: A Novel by Dai Sijie

***Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why by Laurence Gonzales

***Riding Lessons: A Novel by Sara Gruen

***The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel by Dianne Setterfield

***The Tree-Sitter: A Novel by Suzanne Matson

I don't generally finish a book that I'm not enjoying, so you won't see any 1-2 star books here. Going forward, I'll include these types of books even if I start them and don't finish. But my previously read list just includes the books I enjoyed enough to get through.

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  1. cool my bookworms book nook is slowly becoming a mommy blog: menu plans, book reviews, and books we are reading! :) I'm following so i can hear about what your reading

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  2. Thanks for mentioning your book nook. I hadn't noticed it before. I'll have to start following too. :)

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  3. Wow, what a great list of books. I've read about 1/3 of them and I'll look forward to reading your reviews on the others. A really fun book that I'm currently reading is "Mystic in a Minivan" by Kristen White. It's a modern day parable designed to teach women about the spiritual nature inside us all. I'm really enjoying!

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