Outstanding titles (and ones that are just hard to miss)

A Listmania! list by Bridge (USA)
 
Freedom
1.  Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
The list author says:
  "Over-long but entertaining study of a fractured American family."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

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Full Dark, No Stars
2.  Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "Quartet of disturbing stories from the king of chills. A bit OTT for some, but a must for King fans."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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The Einstein Girl
3.  The Einstein Girl by Philip Sington
The list author says:
  "Subtle, mind-bending and beautifully written mystery about the dark side of genius, set in Berlin as the Nazis close in on power."
£7.19   Used & New from: £0.01
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

The Lovely Bones
4.  The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The list author says:
  "Rather drawn out story narrated by a murdered adolescent about her family as they cope with the trauma of her death. For some, the mawkish view of the afterlife smacks too much of the Prozac Nation."
£6.79   Used & New from: £0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (885 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Germania: A Personal History of Germans Ancient and Modern
5.  Germania: A Personal History of Germans Ancient and Modern by Simon Winder
The list author says:
  "Enjoyable and surprising journey through the history and culture of Germany."
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3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)

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One Day
6.  One Day by David Nicholls
The list author says:
  "Easy read that visits its two main characters once a year on the same day. Perceptive and funny, if not hugely insightful."
£2.00   Used & New from: £0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,848 customer reviews) | 7 customer discussions

The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite
7.  The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite by Beatrice Colin
The list author says:
  "Wonderful period, colourful story, but over-lush writing. Still worth it, though, in spite of the fashionable but pointless illustrations."
£6.39   Used & New from: £0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

The Gargoyle
8.  The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
The list author says:
  "Somewhat over-written mish-mash of genres and themes, with some startlingly good sections."
£7.51   Used & New from: £0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (338 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Secret Scripture
9.  The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
The list author says:
  "Irish novels are usually described as 'lyrical' and with reason. This one is better than most, but don't expect concision or grit."
£5.99   Used & New from: £0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (231 customer reviews)

The Little Stranger
10.  The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
The list author says:
  "Interesting story about a haunted house that plays with the literary device of the 'unreliable narrator'."
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (379 customer reviews) | 5 customer discussions

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The Confession
11.  The Confession by John Grisham
The list author says:
  "Grisham in back in legal thriller territory after some very lacklustre forays into other genres. This is not his best ever effort, but still pretty good."
£15.19   Used & New from: £0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (314 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest (Millennium Trilogy Book 3)
12.  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest (Millennium Trilogy Book 3) by Stieg Larsson
The list author says:
  "The Millenium Trilogy concludes. Stylish, sassy, voyeuristic and troubling."
£3.86   Used & New from: £0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,731 customer reviews) | 9 customer discussions

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet
13.  The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell
The list author says:
  "Mitchell turns to history and saga in this strange story of East-meets-West, set 300 years ago."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (264 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

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Her Fearful Symmetry
14.  Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
The list author says:
  "From the author of 'The Time Traveler's Wife' a supernatural tale about a pair of twins, set in London."
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3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (376 customer reviews)

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Wolf Hall
15.  Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
The list author says:
  "Long but enjoyable Booker winner in affordable paperback."
£7.99   Used & New from: £0.01
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,817 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Bad Science
16.  Bad Science by Ben Goldacre
The list author says:
  "Easily the best popular science book in years; shows why bloggers, journalists and amateur scientific experts cannot be trusted to tell it straight."
£6.29   Used & New from: £0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (633 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

Alex's Adventures in Numberland: Dispatches from the Wonderful World of Mathematics
17.  Alex's Adventures in Numberland: Dispatches from the Wonderful World of Mathematics by Alex Bellos
The list author says:
  "Surprisingly accessible journey into the significance and beauty of numbers."
Used & New from: £6.24
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Child 44
18.  Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
The list author says:
  "Decent Stalin-era thriller based on a real serial killer case. The writing is better than in most thrillers, which is a bonus."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (412 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

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Sister
19.  Sister by Rosamund Lupton
The list author says:
  "Rather cloying semi-thriller about sisterly love and death, beset  with endless plot devices and flat prose."
£6.74   Used & New from: £0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (666 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
20.  The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
The list author says:
  "Charming picture of 1940s Channel Islands, although the epistolary form can start to pall after a while."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (833 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

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City of Thieves
21.  City of Thieves by David Benioff
The list author says:
  "Much-praised wartime thriller set in Leningrad."
£6.29   Used & New from: £0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

Alone in Berlin (Penguin Modern Classics)
22.  Alone in Berlin (Penguin Modern Classics) by Geoff Wilkes
The list author says:
  "Classic story of futile resistance to Nazi tyranny during World War 2, based on a true story."
£6.99   Used & New from: £0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (384 customer reviews)

The White Tiger
23.  The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
The list author says:
  "Somewhat unlikely confession of a supposedly uneducated Indian, who kills his boss. Has its moments, but otherwise a bit of a pose."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (346 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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The Host
24.  The Host by Stephenie Meyer
The list author says:
  "Most Meyer fans have enjoyed this departure into sci-fi, even if it takes some getting into."
£6.79   Used & New from: £0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (993 customer reviews) | 8 customer discussions

The Very Thought of You
25.  The Very Thought of You by Rosie Alison
The list author says:
  "Affecting tale of the pre-war evacuation of London."
£7.99   Used & New from: £0.01
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)

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