Gee Whiz, These Novels are Awfully Good

A Listmania! list by K. J. Hackett (Huntington Beach, California)
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The list author says: "I read a lot. I canít help it, itís like an addiction, but a good one. I like to think it makes me smarter, if not smarter, at least more attuned to whatís going on all around me, what people are all about.

Fiction is what I read. Mostly suspense, but I read a lot of mainstream novels, too. I own more books that you can shake a stick at. I haunt thrift shops and brick and mortar book stores, especially used bookstores. Hardly a day goes by when I donít pick up a couple/three books to add to my TBR (to be read) shelves.

Also, Iím one of those persons who sometimes, not all the time, but sometimes, buys a book even before it comes out. There is nothing like coming home from work and finding a new book by someone you love to read on your doorstep.

Here is a list of some of my finds and some books I paid full price for, because I just couldnít wait to find them in a thrift shop."
Caramba!: A Tale Told in Turns of the Card
1.  Caramba!: A Tale Told in Turns of the Card by Nina Marie Martinez
Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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The Shadow of the Wind
2.  The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafůn
$18.93   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,678 customer reviews) | 7 customer discussions

Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier
3.  Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier by Alexandra Fuller
Used & New from: $0.01
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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The Shifting Tide
4.  The Shifting Tide by Anne Perry
Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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Bleachers
5.  Bleachers by John Grisham
Used & New from: $0.01
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (670 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination
6.  Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination by Helen Fielding
Used & New from: $0.01
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
7.  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
$9.23   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,731 customer reviews) | 16 customer discussions

The Secret Life of Bees
8.  The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
$9.04   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,567 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

The Probable Future (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
9.  The Probable Future (Ballantine Reader's Circle) by Alice Hoffman
$11.98   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

A Conspiracy of Paper: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
10.  A Conspiracy of Paper: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle) by David Liss
$11.98   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (279 customer reviews)

The Coffee Trader: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
11.  The Coffee Trader: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle) by David Liss
$12.34   Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)

A Spectacle of Corruption: A Novel
12.  A Spectacle of Corruption: A Novel by David Liss
Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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The Judgment of Caesar: A Novel of Ancient Rome (Novels of Ancient Rome)
13.  The Judgment of Caesar: A Novel of Ancient Rome (Novels of Ancient Rome) by Steven Saylor
Used & New from: $0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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Waiting for Teddy Williams
14.  Waiting for Teddy Williams by Howard Frank Mosher
Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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The Pillars of the Earth
15.  The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
$9.98   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,987 customer reviews) | 11 customer discussions

The Name of the Rose: including the Author's Postscript
16.  The Name of the Rose: including the Author's Postscript by Umberto Eco
Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (386 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Shoot the Moon
17.  Shoot the Moon by Billie Letts
Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (Book 1)
18.  The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (Book 1) by Alexander McCall Smith
$8.44   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,325 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Full Cupboard of Life (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 5)
19.  The Full Cupboard of Life (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 5) by Alexander McCall Smith
Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (368 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Tears of the Giraffe (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Book 2)
20.  Tears of the Giraffe (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Book 2) by Alexander McCall Smith
$13.06   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,325 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Morality for Beautiful Girls (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency)
21.  Morality for Beautiful Girls (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency) by Alexander McCall Smith
$13.13   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,325 customer reviews)

The Kalahari Typing School for Men: More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
22.  The Kalahari Typing School for Men: More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
$18.16   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)

The Time Traveler's Wife
23.  The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,625 customer reviews) | 65 customer discussions

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A Good Year
24.  A Good Year by Peter Mayle
Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)

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Safe Haven
25.  Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7,016 customer reviews)

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The Confession: A Novel
26.  The Confession: A Novel by John Grisham
$19.00   Used & New from: $0.01
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,934 customer reviews) | 8 customer discussions

Freedom
27.  Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
Used & New from: $0.01
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,315 customer reviews) | 21 customer discussions

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Cutting for Stone
28.  Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
$10.28   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,019 customer reviews)

The Help
29.  The Help by Kathryn Stockett
$20.20   Used & New from: $0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8,803 customer reviews) | 128 customer discussions

Water for Elephants: A Novel
30.  Water for Elephants: A Novel by Sara Gruen
$9.60   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6,815 customer reviews) | 47 customer discussions

Ape House: A Novel
31.  Ape House: A Novel by Sara Gruen
Used & New from: $0.01
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (325 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

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The Widower's Tale: A Novel
32.  The Widower's Tale: A Novel by Julia Glass
$21.56   Used & New from: $0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)

The Good Daughters: A Novel
33.  The Good Daughters: A Novel by Joyce Maynard
Used & New from: $0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)

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Juliet
34.  Juliet by Anne Fortier
Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (304 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Russian Winter: A Novel
35.  Russian Winter: A Novel by Daphne Kalotay
$23.39   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (317 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Faithful Place: A Novel
36.  Faithful Place: A Novel by Tana French
$20.65   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (666 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

The Dead Lie Down: A Zailer and Waterhouse Mystery (A Zailer & Waterhouse Mystery)
37.  The Dead Lie Down: A Zailer and Waterhouse Mystery (A Zailer & Waterhouse Mystery) by Sophie Hannah
$10.78   Used & New from: $0.01
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Little Face: A Zailer and Waterhouse Mystery (A Zailer & Waterhouse Mystery)
38.  Little Face: A Zailer and Waterhouse Mystery (A Zailer & Waterhouse Mystery) by Sophie Hannah
$11.26   Used & New from: $0.01
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

The Kindness of Strangers
39.  The Kindness of Strangers by Katrina Kittle
$13.44   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)

The Girls: A Novel
40.  The Girls: A Novel by Lori Lansens
$12.70   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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