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The Kite Runner
1.  The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The list author says:
  "One of my top 5. Look forward to more from Hosseini."
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Harry Potter Hard Cover Boxed Set: Books #1-7
2.  Harry Potter Hard Cover Boxed Set: Books #1-7 by J. K. Rowling
The list author says:
  "Book one--my favorite because it drew me into the series. Book 3, probably the best, the darkest of the bunch. Book 7, ok ending, wraps it all up. The only books I've ever wanted to buy the night they came out. As a group in my top 5."
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The Stand: Expanded Edition: For the First Time Complete and Uncut (Signet)
3.  The Stand: Expanded Edition: For the First Time Complete and Uncut (Signet) by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "Stephen King's best."
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The Road
4.  The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The list author says:
  "In my top 5. Scary apocolyptic futuristic. Thought he was trying to make a statement with the deliberate absence of quotation marks, but it's just his style of writing. Too bad. His other books fall far short."
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A Thousand Splendid Suns
5.  A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
The list author says:
  "Another terrific book by Hosseini! What's next?"
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Einstein's Dreams
6.  Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman
The list author says:
  "Different. Lyrical/poetic thoughts on the nature of time. Not for everyone."
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Middlesex: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club)
7.  Middlesex: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club) by Jeffrey Eugenides
The list author says:
  "Loved the story of the Greek people. Didn't so much love the story of the current day problems of the protagonist. Liked his story from when he was a young teen though."
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The Virgin Suicides
8.  The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
The list author says:
  "Another great book by Eugenides. Decent movie, possibly better than the book. Have been waiting for another book by this author, nothing coming?"
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Memoirs of a Geisha
9.  Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
The list author says:
  "Loved the story of how she became a geisha. It gave me a window to a culture I've known nothing about."
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One Hundred Years of Solitude (P.S.)
10.  One Hundred Years of Solitude (P.S.) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The list author says:
  "Takes your full concentration. Terrific translation. The translator should have gotten a prize for it."
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Watchers
11.  Watchers by Dean Koontz
The list author says:
  "My favorite by Koontz. Loved the dog--named my Einstein after him."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,191 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Historian
12.  The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
The list author says:
  "OK. Has gotten some bad reviews. I liked it."
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The Da Vinci Code
13.  The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
The list author says:
  "Loved the mix of fact, fiction, and speculation. If you cant' tell the difference, you will be overly critical of this book. The factual part was fascinating. The speculation interesting. The fiction was mediocre."
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Lolita
14.  Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
The list author says:
  "Lyrical writing style. The first paragraph is one of my favorites ever."
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The Thornbirds
15.  The Thornbirds by colleen McCullough
The list author says:
  "Have read this at least 5 times. Loved the descriptives of Australia. Like how she focused each chapter on a different major character. I always say it's my favorite book."
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The Red Tent: A Novel
16.  The Red Tent: A Novel by Anita Diamant
The list author says:
  "A little slow getting into it with all the unusual names and such, but well worth it. Set in Biblical times."
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Love in the Time of Cholera (Oprah's Book Club)
17.  Love in the Time of Cholera (Oprah's Book Club) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The list author says:
  "Very colorful story of a love that spans the years. Marquez paints a terrific picture with words."
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The Mummy or Ramses the Damned
18.  The Mummy or Ramses the Damned by Anne Rice
The list author says:
  "My favorite Anne Rice book."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (280 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Fountainhead
19.  The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
The list author says:
  "Long and somewhat dry, but somehow I still liked the love story."
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Girl With a Pearl Earring: A Novel
20.  Girl With a Pearl Earring: A Novel by Tracy Chevalier
The list author says:
  "Simple story. Wish the ending would have been different. Though my ending wouldn't have been appropriate for the time period it was set in."
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Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague
21.  Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks
The list author says:
  "Tells the story of how a small village deals with the plague. Interesting what they thought would control it. Very sad."
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Water for Elephants: A Novel
22.  Water for Elephants: A Novel by Sara Gruen
The list author says:
  "Liked the story of the main character joining the circus train. Loved the story of him as an elderly man in a nursing home. Loved the ending."
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Interpreter of Maladies
23.  Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
The list author says:
  "Wow! My favorite newly discovered author. Can't wait for another book. This is a book of short stories. Mostly Indian-American characters. She plays to all the senses. You can see, taste, smell,feel the whole scene."
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The Namesake: A Novel
24.  The Namesake: A Novel by Jhumpa Lahiri
The list author says:
  "Another great book by Lahiri. Single story this time."
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Unaccustomed Earth
25.  Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
The list author says:
  "More short stories. Well done again."
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People of the Book: A Novel
26.  People of the Book: A Novel by Geraldine Brooks
The list author says:
  "Another good book by Brooks. Some may think it not exciting enough. I liked the descriptions of taking care of old books...Did not like March by G. Brooks, funny that's the one that won the prize."
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The Hunger Games (Book 1)
27.  The Hunger Games (Book 1) by Suzanne Collins
The list author says:
  "Written for teens. Liked it anyway. Quick read. The second book is also good. Didn't like Mockingjay, the final book in the series or what the author does with the main character in it--WHY!!? Don't worry, this isn't a spoiler."
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Watermark: A Novel of the Middle Ages
28.  Watermark: A Novel of the Middle Ages by Vanitha Sankaran
The list author says:
  "Enjoy reading books from this time period, like Year of Wonders. The main character is suspected of witchcraft."
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Angela's Ashes: A Memoir
29.  Angela's Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt
The list author says:
  "What a great story. Sad. Could do without the frequent song references. Who cares?"
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The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel
30.  The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel by Garth Stein
The list author says:
  "Loved it. From the "dog's" point of view."
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Good Earth
31.  Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
The list author says:
  "Well written. Loved it's simple story of a man during good times and bad throughout his adult life."
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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
32.  The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
The list author says:
  "Not for everyone. Well written. I could have done without all the footnotes that assume the reader is an idiot. Maybe Diaz could have somehow incorporated some of the footnote info into the story?"
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Pride and Prejudice
33.  Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The list author says:
  "Jane's best. Sad how the amount of money your family had back then determined whether you might live or die. It was such a fine line. It seemed you were either rich or destitute, no in betweens."
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Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles)
34.  Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles) by Anne Rice
The list author says:
  "Read it before seeing the movie. A 200 year old vampire."
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Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War
35.  Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick
The list author says:
  "Non fiction. Liked the story of the Pilgrims, how they got here, the early times. Way too much on the problems with the Indians, though. I wish he had stuck to the story of the Pilgrims, the English people and did not carry it forward so far from the Mayflower."
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Olive Kitteridge
36.  Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
The list author says:
  "Multiple short stories all having something to do with Olive Kitteridge, a sad, aging character who does not see herself the way others do."
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Life of Pi
37.  Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The list author says:
  "Still thinking about this one. What really happened? I can't comment without giving the story away. Not for everyone."
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The Bridges of Madison County
38.  The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller
The list author says:
  "Some people didn't like this. I like his lyrical style of writing. It wrung my heart out. Read it in 2 sittings. Kind of a nothing story, but when she watched that truck pull away, ohhh..."
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My Sister's Keeper: A Novel (Wsp Readers Club)
39.  My Sister's Keeper: A Novel (Wsp Readers Club) by Jodi Picoult
The list author says:
  "Good writer, but you can't keep using the same tricky techniques in every book. The movie trashes the book by changing a great ending."
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Charlotte's Web
40.  Charlotte's Web by Garth Williams
The list author says:
  "Had to include a favorite from my childhood here. Who didn't cry when Charlotte died???"
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