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Help! Must Reads vs. Don't Bothers

I am almost through my last few review books and will finally have time to tackle all of the books I've been accumulating over the years. So I'd like some help. Which of these books do you consider "Must Reads" and which would you recommend I just put on Paperback Swap and not waste my time?

Creep by Jennifer Hillier
Happy Accidents by Jane Lynch
Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens
Julie & Julia by Julie Powell
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Thieves of Darkness by Richard Doetsch
Picking Bones from Ash by Marie Mutsuki Mockett
All Over But the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg
The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker
Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Fathermucker by Greg Olear
Godmother by Carolyn Turgeon
Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Sweet Dates in Basra by Jessica Jiji
A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
Fantasy in Death by J.D. Robb
Captivity by Deborah Noyes
The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd
Honolulu by Alan Brennert
The Unincorporated Man by Dani Kollin and Eytan Kollin
The Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs
The Secret Lives of the Four Wives by Lola Shoneyin
The Probable Future by Alice Hoffman
The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler
The Last Child by John Hart
Summer House by Nancy Thayer

So what do you think? Which are must reads and which should I just not bother with?

Comments

  1. Have you seen the movie of Julie & Julia? It's better than the book is, Julie Powell is really self involved in the novel and I'd probably pass on it because the movie was surprisingly more likable.
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

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    1. I have not seen the movie but I'm thinking of watching that rather than reading the book. I haven't heard many people who consider it a must read.

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  2. There are a few books that I really enjoyed on your list: Never Knowing, The Art of Racing in the Rain, The Little Giant of Aberdeen County, The Mermaid Chair, and The Hypnotist. Love, love the "In Death" series.

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    1. Thank you! I haven't read any of the other "In Death" series, but this one ended up on my shelf a couple years ago so I think I'll try it out.

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  3. Oh fun! I would recommend keeping Eat Pray Love, The Mermaid Chair, The Year of Living Biblically, and The Probable Future. I've also read Godmother before, but it might not be worth keeping.

    Good luck sorting through your books!

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  4. I read Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens. I wouldn't call it a must read, but I did enjoy it. I would consider it a thriller/suspense, which isn't my preferred genre. But, I was on the edge of my seat throughout.

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    1. I really enjoy thrillers, so I'll definitely add it to my To Read pile. Thanks!

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