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The 101 Books Christmas Giveaway!

Hey, would you like a chance to win a book?

What about two chances to win a book?

If so, today’s your lucky day. This is the third 101 Books giveaway in the last year. Since the other two seemed fairly successful, I thought we’d try it again–the Christmas edition!

Previous winners, Corey and Beth, (selected randomly) were given the chance to pick any novel that I had read from the list up to that point. Corey went with my personal favorite, To Kill A Mockingbird. Beth chose The Blind Assassin, another great novel.

Today, I’m giving away a novel to TWO randomly selected winners.

To be eligible to win, all you have to do is answer this question in the comments:  What book are you currently reading?  Give a mini-review if you want to.

Not reading a book? That’s okay, just answer why you’re taking a break. Not reading or taking a break from reading? Well, just answer with one book you would like to read. The point is…you’re eligible if you make a comment!

From all of the comments, I’ll randomly select two winners who will be able to pick any novel from the first 34 novels I’ve read from the Time list. Any one. Shipping is on me, as well. You’ll just need to shoot me an email with your shipping address.

I’ll announce the winners in tomorrow’s post. You have until midnight (U.S. Central Time) tonight to get your answers in.

Now, answer the question: What book are you currently reading?

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  1. bba #

    The Devil’s Company by David Liss. It’s his 3rd book with the protagonist Benjamin Weaver. Set in London in the early/mid 1700’s. Great, fun historical fiction. I’d recommend any of Liss’ historical fiction, he’s my favorite of that genre.

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    December 22, 2011
  2. Just finished 11.22.63 by Stephen King (great book!!)… and just started The Blind Assassin. It was your review that got me interested in the book, and so far so good.

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    December 22, 2011
  3. jonstolpe #

    I’m currently reading Rumors of God by Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson

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    December 22, 2011
  4. Kathy #

    Still Alice by Lisa Genova – I’m just starting it, so no review yet, but it was recommended to me by a friend because my dad is showing signs of dementia …

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    December 22, 2011
  5. kmesa #

    Just finished The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe – first time reading historical fiction and it intrigued me. Don’t know if historical fiction is my genre though. Generally liked it, good first novel for Howe. Now reading After You by Julie Buxbaum. So far, so good.

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    December 22, 2011
  6. I have a stack of books I should be reading (many of them on your list), but at this time of the year, every year, I re-read Rosamunde Pilcher’s “Winter Solstice,” a touching story of deserving misfits who become a family (in time for Christmas).

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    December 22, 2011
  7. I’ve just started The Collected Works of Langston Hughes, Volume 7, The Early Simple Stories. It’s great insight into mid-twentieth century America.

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    December 22, 2011
  8. Kathryn Frances #

    I’m reading Never Let Me Go thanks to your blog.

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    December 22, 2011
  9. I’m reading “In the Sanctuary of Outcasts” by Neil White. The author is an old acquaintance of mine, and the book details his prison sentence at Carville (a federal prison which also houses America’s last remaining leprosy patients). When some of my other friends have written/published, I’ve had to feign enthusiasm and pretend that what they wrote was really REALLY good. (“No really, man, I read the whole thing. It was good shit.”) This is the first time I’m not faking it. It’s an easy, yet endearing memoir.

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    December 22, 2011
  10. I’m currently reading a book that I received over 19 years ago…I stored it in a box and forgot about it until I recently found it again. It’s an autographed copy of James Earl Jones’s autobiography entitled ‘Voices and Silences’. I received it at a company kick-off meeting when James Earl Jones, who was the spokesperson for Verizon Wireless at that time, was the keynote speaker at the event. I’m just about finished reading it and I’m glad I found it…Great man, great story, and great career.

    Best,

    Kevin

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    December 22, 2011
  11. Amy #

    I’m in between books right now because I just finished reading One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (loved it) and now have a big stack of paperwork to read for work.

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    December 22, 2011
  12. I am reading (again) Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. Every time I pick it up I get more from it. Superbly written!

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    December 22, 2011
  13. juneautumn #

    Having been inspired by your blog, I started a similar project, but with a lot more books, 1001 books you must read before you die. Right now I am in my second month with my third book, which is Annie Proulx* “The shipping news”. It is the perfect book to read right now, because in the dark season you get pretty much involved in the atmosphere Annie Proulx creates.
    Merry Christmas and keep on with your great work!

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    December 22, 2011
  14. I’ve been working on a Transcendentalist reading project with other bloggers, so right now I’m reading The Days of Henry Thoreau: A Biography by Walter Harding. Thoreau is one of my favorite writers and I’m really enjoying reading about his life.

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    December 22, 2011
  15. Harlot’s Ghost by Norman Mailer. I’m on page 1214….almost done. Very good book although long. It’s one of the books on the CIA reading list (maybe the only fiction book?) It’s about a guy’s career in the 60’s era CIA (Bay of Pigs etc).

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    December 22, 2011
  16. Carol Wong #

    I am reading ‘Unorthodox The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots’ by Deborah Feldman. It is a n ARC and will be coming out in Februray 2012. I am halfway through and knew by the first page that it will be a five star review. Going to recommend this to everyone who loves memoirs and autobiographies. With my love for reading, I would have had to leave to. She was forbidden to go to the library when she was growing up! She did sneak in and get a library card eventually and hid the books like ‘Little Women’ under her mattress. That is all that I am revealing but can you imagine being forbidden to go to the library?????????????????????

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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    December 22, 2011
  17. Gayle #

    I’m reading “Crime of the Century” voted one of the best non-fiction books of 2011. It tells the story of a gruesome murder during the Guilded Age and the feud between Hearst and Pulitzer and their respective publications, and the fight to get the best coverage in their papers, quicker than the other.

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    December 22, 2011
  18. Dominick Sabalos #

    Rereading David Wong’s John Dies at the End, both because it’s a brilliant book and because I just bought it for a friend and want to refresh my memory for when she – hopefully – wants to talk about it.

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    December 22, 2011
  19. Christina #

    I’m currently reading A Dance with Dragons, the fifth book in George R. R. Martin’s epic fantasy saga A Song of Fire and Ice. The first three were a-maz-ing. The fourth and fifth seem like he killed his editor.

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    December 22, 2011
  20. Sheila K. #

    I’m currently reading Flashback, by Dan Simmons.

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    December 22, 2011
  21. I’m currently reading three books:

    The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner

    The Lost Art of Compassion by Lorne Ladner

    In Defence of Food An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan

    As you can see, I’m in need of some fiction. 😀

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    December 22, 2011
  22. I’m reading Plain Heathen Mischief, by Martin Clark. and I agree with famousj525 about Sanctuary of Outcasts. It’s a great read.

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    December 22, 2011
  23. I just finished reading The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest and haven’t picked what to read next yet. Such a big stack to pick from!

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    December 22, 2011
  24. I’m currently reading A View From A Height by J. E. Murphy. I should finish it tonight then start reading The Monkey Toy by Robert M. Roberts, which I was given a free copy in exchange for a review. I’d love a bestseller to read after that one because come January I’ll be starting into a long list of non-fiction that are on my tbr list, a little fiction would be a nice break. 🙂

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    December 22, 2011
  25. jen. #

    I recently finished reading The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth, written by Norton Juster, illustrated by Jules Feiffer, and annotated by Leonard Marcus. If you loved The Phantom Tollbooth, this 50th anniversary edition is a fantastic and absolute must-read. (=

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    December 22, 2011
  26. Annie Smith #

    I’m reading Codebreaker: The History of Secret Communication by Stephen Pincock because of my interest in the codemakers’ craft. It’s an intriguing history.

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    December 22, 2011
  27. Currently reading Lit by Mary Karr

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    December 22, 2011
  28. Laura Dallas #

    I’m reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and it is awesome! It is a nostalgic trip to the 1980’s through a future world where a virtual reality video game is where most people spend their time. It is highly creative, suspenseful, and loads of fun. A must-read for every gamer, especially those who started in the ’80s. A must-read for old school tech geeks. And even though I am neither one of those (except casually), I am thoroughly enjoying this book.

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    December 22, 2011
  29. Tim #

    Reading The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss.

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    December 22, 2011
  30. i am reading Paris wife.

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    December 22, 2011
  31. Lisa #

    I just started reading “The Lacuna” by Barbara Kingslover. I loved her novel “The Poisonwood Bible” and my sister recommended this one to me. I’ve also been re-reading “The Golden Compass” because my husband just read the Dark Materials series for the first time so I’m refreshing my memory so we can discuss.

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    December 22, 2011
  32. Evan #

    Currently reading Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen. I’ve had it on my shelf for over two months now. I loved “The Corrections” so much, that I knew I’d feel the same about Freedom, and have been saving it for a time when I needed a sure-thing book I would love. Half way through right now, and it’s certainly living up to the hype.

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    December 22, 2011
  33. I am rereading The Lord of the Rings for the second time. I had hoped you might choose it next so we could be reading it at the same time…but I look forward to your review whenever you get to it.

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    December 22, 2011
  34. Becky #

    I’ve just started The Brother Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky. ‘Cause that’s what normal high school kids read over break. So far I love it.

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    December 22, 2011
  35. I took my last final today, so it’s been all law books for me for the last few months – but I’m planning to read Sloane Crosley’s “How Did You Get This Number?” over my break!

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    December 22, 2011
  36. Stu Kirkpatrick #

    I’m currently reading World War Z by Max Brooks.

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    December 22, 2011
  37. I usually end up working through several books at once, so I’m currently reading The Merchant of Venice and The Grapes of Wrath–both for the first time. As usual, Shakespeare is great. GoW is my first experience reading Steinbeck, and at this point, he’s liable to become one of my favorite authors.

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    December 22, 2011
    • Don Heath #

      Excellent choices! Shakespeare is (to my mind) the greatest writer of the English language. Steinbeck is simply wonderful. Please do read East Of Eden. It will stay with you forever.

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      December 22, 2011
  38. Patrice #

    I’m about 1/3 of the way through Cutting for Stone. So far, it’s VERY enjoyable. Christmas events have stalled my reading, but I can’t wait to finish it.

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    December 22, 2011
  39. Tyler Prendergast #

    I had been reading “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” but more recently I have been reading “The Year of Magical Thinking” by Joan Didion, which is about her dealing with her grief in the year following her husband’s death. This was a book which had been sitting on my shelf for years but which I never quite found myself in the right state of mind to pick up, until this past week, when my grandpa passed away, and the book took on a sudden relevance which has made the pages turn wildly. It is a rather difficult book to get through, but fantastically written.

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    December 22, 2011
  40. I’m currently reading “All Her Father’s Guns” by James Warner. It’s about a gun-loving businessman who is trying to ruin his ex-wife’s congressional campaign. It’s a bit different from the kind of books I normally read, but since I live in DC, somewhat amusing as well.

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    December 22, 2011
  41. Teresa #

    I’m reading A Question of Upbringing — the first book in A Dance to the Music of Time. It’s Typical British humor with a combination of dry wit and slapstick. It’s going fast. I just finished Zafon’s the Shadow in the Wind – a suspense book with a lot going on. A good book for in between the hard stuff. I’ll start Roth’s American Pastoral next.

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    December 22, 2011
  42. I’m currently reading your FAVORITE book of all time, Lolita. The dude is creepy. Not just because of the pedophile thing but just overall creepy. I’m flying through it though. Like you, I’m not sure if it’s because I just want to get over it or because I’m hooked into the story, or because it flows so freaking well, or a combination of all of it.

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    December 22, 2011
  43. I’m currently finishing up Rabbit, Run by John Updike. And yeah, wow, great book. I don’t want to give anything away but this book is home to one of the most haunting and heartbreaking scenes I’ve ever read in my life. It follows you.

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    December 22, 2011
  44. I am working on Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. Strangely enough, I started it the day our troops left Iraq.

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    December 22, 2011
  45. Right now, i’m reading “six wives: the queens of henry viii” by david starkey. I’m pretty obsessed with the tudor era, but starkey isn’t my favorite historian. I’m more of an alison weir girl, i guess. The book itself isn’t too bad, but starkey inserts his own biases way too often.

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    December 22, 2011
  46. I always read several books at a time. Right now its Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde and The Candlelight Murders by Gyles Brandreth, The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami, and House and Philosophy edited by Henry Jacoby. I guess I always try to have a classic, modern fiction, short story collection, and a nonfiction work going at once to match my ever-changing mood.

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    December 22, 2011
  47. I’m reading Defoe’s Moll Flanders and Mythologies by Roland Barthes!

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    December 22, 2011
  48. Megan #

    Currently reading The Corrections, based on your review!

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    December 22, 2011
  49. I am reading Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl and The Stories of John Cheever.

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    December 22, 2011
  50. I’m rereading The Count of Monte Cristo, as well as starting Cry the Beloved Country. Both excellent.

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    December 22, 2011
  51. Jillian ♣ #

    I’m reading Middlemarch and Walden. Both excellent. 🙂

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    December 22, 2011
  52. Clara #

    Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell – it’s 6 different stories from different times written in different genre styles all link together in fascinating ways, I highly recommend it (I think it is currently being made into a movie)
    Merry Christmas!

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    December 22, 2011
  53. Carly #

    I’ve been working through a few book lists of my own for the past several years. Currently tackling Proust’s In Search of Lost Time – it puts beasts like War and Peace or Infinite Jest to shame

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    December 22, 2011
  54. I’m rereading In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez. It’s based on the lives of three women in the Dominican Republic who resisted Trujillo’s regime. I love it every time.

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    December 22, 2011
  55. christinejellybean #

    The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin & Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut 🙂

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    December 22, 2011
  56. Come on late birthday present!!!! 😀

    I finished reading Little Men a couple of days ago and plan on picking up Jo’s Boys in the next couple of days once my family starts driving me bonkers during the holidays.

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    December 22, 2011
  57. I’m currently reading Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie and All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren. The former is funny and intelligent book, although there should be more effort expended to keep your focus while reading. It also sounds a lot like One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Perhaps it’s the Indian version?

    The latter is just as good, but I think there is less politics in it than I have suspected. I am even more interested in the narrator’s story, who is much like Nick Carraway of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

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    December 22, 2011
  58. Rula Mazigi #

    I just finished reading Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach – one of the most beautiful books I have ever read, and reread, and will no doubt read whenever I feel the pull of negativity or depression.

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    December 22, 2011
  59. Don Heath #

    Currently, I am reading The Confession by John Grisham. I don’t normally read Grisham’s books as I have an aversion to courtroom dramas. However, this book was given to me by my brother and i am a cheapskate, so I am reading it. Actually, Grisham is pretty good (I especially liked his book, The Appeal, which I can wholeheartedly recommend).
    I am only 92 pages into The Confession so i can’t give a thorough review. The blurb says that it is about the fight to save a wrongfully convicted man from the death penalty. The case takes on extra urgency when another man, just released from prison and suffering from recently diagnosed brain cancer, confesses to a Lutheran minister that he is the actual killer.
    I can’t detail much more but i can say that I am looking forward to reading the rest of the story.

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    December 22, 2011
  60. I’m currently reading The Lost Symbol for fun, and King Lear for school. I love Dan Brown but King Lear is ehh

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    December 22, 2011
  61. Someone already gave this answer but I’m 2/3 through “11/22/63” by Stephen King. I couldn’t imagine how he could write such a long book about a single event but I love the main character. Jake leaves 2011 and goes back to 1958 to try to stop several events from happening including of course Kennedy’s assassination. Next will either be “Never Let Me Go” or “Of Mice and Men”. I will read them both but not sure in which order. I really want to begin moving through some classics that I either never read or barely read in high school.

    I’ll ALWAYS sign up to win a free book. That’s even better than free food.

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    December 22, 2011
  62. ecg #

    Remains of the Day – excellent and intriguing writing

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    December 22, 2011
  63. LHK #

    Nothing to Envy. Just getting started with it as my interest in North Korea has piqued with Kim Jong-il’s death.

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    December 22, 2011
  64. LOTS of magazines, including 4 in my field (SF and Fantasy) but no books, alas.

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    December 22, 2011
  65. I am reading “Don Quixote.”

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    December 22, 2011
  66. I’m currently reading “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson. I have to say that it’s a very well-researched and well-written biography that paints Jobs as passionate, creative and stubborn as I imagined him to be. Despite being more than 500 pages, it reads very quickly and I’m already halfway through.

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    December 22, 2011
  67. Audrey #

    I finished The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer just moments ago. It is an achingly beautiful book set in my current hometown: Budapest, Hungary.

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    December 23, 2011
  68. Siuonc #

    I am reading A Storm of Swords, the third novel of A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. It is a very addictive book as is the first two books of the series. Highly recommend it to people who love books, whether they are fans of fantasy novels or not.

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    December 23, 2011
  69. Someone at work gave me a copy of Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett for Christma. I read the first 4 pages tentatively. I am reading the rest with gusto! It’s fanatstically witty and wonderfully written. I must stop blogging and get back to it.

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    December 23, 2011
  70. The Virgin Suicides. And loving it completely. They say that Eugenides’ new book, The Marriage Plot, is completely different, more traditional and intellectual and somehow colder. But I think I will give it a chance anyway.

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    December 23, 2011
  71. Reading the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. They’re addictive!

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    December 23, 2011
  72. Reading Count to a Trillion by John C Wright, about a Texan duelist-for-hire in the year 2235. Also reading The Complete Sherlock Holmes – the new movie sparked my interest in the books.

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    December 23, 2011
  73. Justin #

    I am reading Rabbit, Run by John Updike. I am only about 75 pages in but am really enjoying Updike’s writing style and the character of Rabbit Angstrom. I am sort of doing what you are doing but also putting the Modern Library list in there as well.

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    December 24, 2011
  74. Madame Starbeam #

    I’m reading the Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It’s great so far but I’m only about 2 chapters in.

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    December 25, 2011
  75. cookiejarprincess #

    I have nominated you for a Liebster Blog Award. I haven’t been reading your blog very long but I’m enjoying its so much! http://bookwormsreadmorebooks.com/2011/12/25/andthenomineesare

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    December 25, 2011
  76. Emperor – The Gates of Rome. Conn Iggulden / purely because I need a break from reading….???? If you know what I mean….?

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    December 27, 2011

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