Books I've Read Since Easter 2008 Part 1 (5/10 = 'average')

A Listmania! list by Ms. A. Rowse "arowsel" (Nottingham, UK)
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Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About
1.  Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About by Mil Millington
The list author says:
  "7/10 Although the plot got a bit too far-fetched at times,  I literally laughed out loud on numerous occasions and it reminded me of my own parents."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

Dare, Truth or Promise (Livewire)
2.  Dare, Truth or Promise (Livewire) by Paula Boock
The list author says:
  "8/10 This is aimed at LGBT teenagers, but I reread it recently as it was a lifesaver when I needed it (I remember that I read it over & over). 3D help craft a novel excellent for its target audience."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Kiss the Girls
3.  Kiss the Girls by James Patterson
The list author says:
  "9/10 I read Along Came a Spider (the first novel in this series) a while back and enjoyed it so gave this thriller a go. Absolutely adored it and could not put it down."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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Wife in the Fast Lane
4.  Wife in the Fast Lane by Karen Quinn
The list author says:
  "4/10 Readable but I found it difficult to like the characters and it was a bit too far fetched. Much preferred Quinn's first novel, The Ivy Chronicles."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

Jack and Jill
5.  Jack and Jill by James Patterson
The list author says:
  "9/10 The third in the Alex Cross series and I loved this one too. James Patterson is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

Manhattan Transfer (Penguin Modern Classics)
6.  Manhattan Transfer (Penguin Modern Classics) by John Dos Passos
The list author says:
  "7/10 Read this for my American Lit module, and I enjoyed its social commentary of the beginning decades of the 20th century. Difficult to keep up with at times but worth perservering with."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

Cathedral
7.  Cathedral by Raymond Carver
The list author says:
  "9/10 Absolutely adored this, really makes me want to read more short stories. "A Small, Good Thing" achieved more in a few pages than many novels do."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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The Bluest Eye
8.  The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
The list author says:
  "9/10 Another book that made me go WOW. I know this will stay with me for a long time and has made me crave more of Morrison's writing, although was a difficult read."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

As I Lay Dying
9.  As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
The list author says:
  "5/10 This rating is a balanced one. I really appreciated his experimentation with a new way of writing but I found it difficult to get through."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

Cat and Mouse (Alex Cross)
10.  Cat and Mouse (Alex Cross) by James Patterson
The list author says:
  "7/10 Not quite as good as the first three books, still an excellent read with a cliffhanger leaving me begging for more! Did pick up in the second half."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)

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Notes from an Exhibition
11.  Notes from an Exhibition by Patrick Gale
The list author says:
  "6.5/10 Interesting insight on bipolar disorder and Quakers, and beautifully written. However, once some of the pieces had been put together I felt it was too predictable and left questions unanswered."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)

Digging to America
12.  Digging to America by Anne Tyler
The list author says:
  "8.5/10 Amusing, heartwarming and lots of nice characterisation. Explores how immigrants "become American"."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Rubyfruit Jungle
13.  Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown
The list author says:
  "9/10 Uplifting, funny and inspirational story. Very quick to read, highly recommended."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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The Woods
14.  The Woods by Harlan Coben
The list author says:
  "7.5/10 Very good thriller - lots of twists that I didn't expect (although 1 or 2 I did). Would have got higher but the characters were hard to like."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)

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Educating Rita (Modern Classics)
15.  Educating Rita (Modern Classics) by Willy Russell
The list author says:
  "7/10 Amusing and sweet play. Explores the themes of class and education in a fun, compact manner."
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

Middlesex
16.  Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
The list author says:
  "10/10 Interesting and absorbing premise, beautifully written, detailed description on the American backdrop. Amazing."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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The Shadow Of The Wind
17.  The Shadow Of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The list author says:
  "9.5/10 Very well written, I enjoyed this very much. It seemed to cross several genres and was extremely absorbing."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (767 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Hey Nostradamus!
18.  Hey Nostradamus! by Douglas Coupland
The list author says:
  "7/10 Very interesting topic to explore, and Coupland puts his characteristic unusual spin on relationships."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

Calendar Girl (Five Star Title)
19.  Calendar Girl (Five Star Title) by Stella Duffy
The list author says:
  "6/10 Lesbian detective story with unique characters. Somewhat predictable (as a detective story) but a great story."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Giovanni's Room (Penguin Modern Classics)
20.  Giovanni's Room (Penguin Modern Classics) by James Baldwin
The list author says:
  "8/10 Love Baldwin's style and found his portrayal of Giovanni utterly heartbreaking. Interesting commentary about the differences between the US and Europe too."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

The Mermaid Chair
21.  The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd
The list author says:
  "5/10 Much preferred The Secret Life of Bees and I found this very slow, however there were a few twists that saved it and the imagery was beautiful."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

Sleep With Me
22.  Sleep With Me by Joanna Briscoe
The list author says:
  "6/10 Draws you in and an interesting study of obsession. However, the last third dragged as it was easy to guess any plot twists left."
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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

Never Let Me Go
23.  Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
The list author says:
  "10/10 Without a doubt one of the best books I've ever read. Moving, well written and really makes you think."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (574 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Mr Starlight
24.  Mr Starlight by Laurie Graham
The list author says:
  "7.5/10 This book is funny and endearing. It's a sweet little book with a big casts of characters you can't help caring about."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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No Time For Goodbye
25.  No Time For Goodbye by Linwood Barclay
The list author says:
  "6/10 The first half really gripped me, but towards the end it fizzled out. Difficult to put down though!"
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (426 customer reviews)

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