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A 20- Something Woman's Favorite Recent Reads

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The list author says: "Being 26 years old, it's difficult to find a type of fiction that really 'fits' me. The murder-mystery series of Agatha Christie, Sue Grafton, etc. are just a little old for my tastes, but the ever-popular bubblegum chick lit is really getting old for me as well. So, for those of you out there like me, I've compiled this list of books I've recently read that I've really enjoyed. They're not traditional chick lit and they're not simply murder-mysteries, either. They're all just examples of fiction at its best!"
Gods in Alabama
Gods in Alabama
"I always picked this up when I saw it displayed at my local book store, but I never purchased it.  I didn't know what I was missing!  I spent all day reading it.  The author mixes humor and mystery to make this a very interesting read.  4.5 out of 5 stars!"
Whistling In the Dark
Whistling In the Dark
"I purchased this through a book club and forgot about it as it sat on my shelf for months.  When I finally got around to reading it, I couldn't put it down!  It's a simple story, but it's incredibly powerful.  The story of the young O'Malley sisters is humorous and touching, but the author also throws a serial murderer into the mix to make the story absolutely amazing. 5 out of 5 stars!"
One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd
One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd
"I'm not a big history buff at all. I was regretting my decision to buy this book, but I forgot all about that once I started reading.  It was absolutely wonderful!  I love the journal format and the solid development of all the characters. 5 out of 5 stars!"
The Virgin of Small Plains: A Novel
The Virgin of Small Plains: A Novel
"This was a wonderful read!  It's all set around the discovery of a young woman's frozen and bloodied body in the middle of a field during a blizzard.  The mystery of who she was and what happened to her unfolds beautifully through non-confusing flashbacks.  There's even a little bit of romance mixed in there!  5 out of 5 stars!"
Land of a Hundred Wonders
Land of a Hundred Wonders
"Fun, quirky characters make this mystery a must.  I'm starting to believe that Leslie Kagen can do no wrong."
The Book of Bright Ideas
The Book of Bright Ideas
"After reading this book, it immediately got put on my permanent bookshelf at home, which is reserved for only the best of the very best.  It's a simple story about a couple of young girls and an unforgettable summer.  It's an easy read, but it stays with you for a long time.  I was so sad to see it end! 5 out of 5 stars!"
The Wild Girl: The Notebooks of Ned Giles, 1932
The Wild Girl: The Notebooks of Ned Giles, 1932
"This is another novel by Jim Fergus that I couldn't put down!  It's historical fiction. The story is intriguing and the writing really makes you feel as if you're there.  This is Fergus's second novel and so far, he's 2 for 2 with me!  If I absolutely had to choose, I would say that 'White Women' was a little better than this one, but not by much.  4.5 out of 5 stars."
Where the Heart Is (Oprah's Book Club)
Where the Heart Is (Oprah's Book Club)
"This story is heartfelt and touching.  If you don't know what it's about, don't be skeptical.  I admit that when I first found out it was about a pregnant teen that gives birth in a Wal-Mart, I scoffed and refused to waste my time.  I'm so glad I finally gave it a chance!  5 out of 5 stars!"
The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club: True Tales from a Magnificent and Clumsy Life
The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club: True Tales from a Magnificent and Clumsy Life
"This book was HILARIOUS! Laurie Notaro writes about her life experiences in a way that makes you cringe, relate, and bust out laughing all at the same time.  It's a light, easy read.  If you've had your fair share of embarrassing and clumsy moments, you'll feel a little better after reading this book. 4.5 out of 5 stars!"
Dark Places
Dark Places
"I couldn't believe how good this book was!  It's not as light-hearted as some of the other books on the list and is more reminiscent of Dean Koontz or Stephen King.  I couldn't put this thriller down!"
Life of Pi: A Novel. Signed.
Life of Pi: A Novel. Signed.
"I realize this is a different selection from most of the other books on this list, but it cannot be overlooked.  If you find yourself struggling throughout part I, keep at it!  Part II is about his being shipwrecked at sea in a life boat with a tiger and an orangutan.  From there on, it's very interesting! 4.5 out of 5 stars!"
Serena: A Novel
Serena: A Novel
"Not the usual book I read, but it was amazing nonetheless.  You won't find a more evil villainess than Serena!"
Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel
Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel
"I sometimes refuse to watch movies that get "too much publicity" in my opinion.  This was one such movie.  Eventually, I decided to try out the book and I ended up LOVING it!  Glad I waited to watch the film version until after reading the book."
Half Broken Things
Half Broken Things
"Wasn't sure about this one at first, but it's one of my all-time favorites.  Very haunting and intriguing in a way that's different from any other book I've ever read.  The story really stayed with me after reading it."
Speaks the Nightbird
Speaks the Nightbird
"This is a beast of a book at over 700 pages, but well worth the effort.  It's a story about a young, amateur detective set in colonial America who is desperately trying to save a woman accused of witchcraft.  Very interesting and enjoyable!"
The Road of Lost Innocence: The Story of a Cambodian Heroine (Random House Reader's Circle)
The Road of Lost Innocence: The Story of a Cambodian Heroine (Random House Reader's Circle)
"Amazing memoir.  Both heartbreaking and inspiring.  It's not a light read if you know anything about the author's life, but it's a great read for those interested in human rights and women's issues."