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Spring Cleaning Challenge

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Welcome to our newest reading challenge! Are you like us with a TBR shelf that just keeps growing? Time to clean up that TBR. And what better motivation to clean up that shelf, than cool prizes?

In order to participate you must have either a goodreads or shelfari account & you must be willing to give us access to your shelf (send us your GR profile link or shelfari shelf link).

This challenge will start March 20th (first official day of spring) and will end June 21st (first day of summer).

SpringΒ Cleaning Challenge

Step 1: Sign up to participate. You do this simply by stating in the comments section that you want to participate and which account you’ll be using (shelfari or goodreads). There’s no downside or obligation to actually do anything after you sign up.

Step 2: Clean up your TBR. What does this mean? It means, that it’s time to go through your pile of TBR (to be read) books and delete the ones you’re no longer interested in reading or cross off any you have accidentally forgotten to mark as “read.” For some of you, this number will be zero.

Step 3: Let us know when you are done cleaning your shelf.

Step 4: Wait for us to give you a book. How will we do this? We will scan your TBR shelf and we will select a book we want you to read.

Step 5: You must read the book and provide a minimum of a 3 sentence review once you have completed the book. Β Email your review to jenlane3@yahoo.com. No exchanges — Once we assign you a book, that’s the book you have to read to move on.Β This is why cleaning up your TBR (step 2) is so important!

Step 6: Repeat steps 4 & 5 as many times as you like until the end of the challenge.

For each book that you complete, you will be assigned 1 point. We will keep a running tally of standings and this will be posted in our “challenges” page — found in our menu bar.

At the end of the challenge, all the points that you accrue will be used as entries into our raffle to win some cool prizes including Amazon gift card, books, and book-related stuff. So if you read 1 book, you get one entry, if you read 10, you get 10 entries, and so on. All winners will be selected randomly through random.org.

One final rule — Books added to your TBR after today (March 20, 2015) will NOT be included in the challenge. So no sneaky adding of books last minute to try and get a better draw. You can keep adding books during those months, we just won’t count them in our selection when we assign you a book.

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NOTE: We recommend you try to get your books from the library if possible. But, if you plan to buy your books from Amazon, please go through our store to purchase your books.

The link to the store is http://astore.amazon.com/therearoo020-20.

If you access the books through our link, we get a small (and we’re talking cents here) portion back that we use to then give back out to you in better prizes.

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So, who’s in? Sign up in the comments section.

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  1. Lynsey #

    Count me in and you know how to find me on shelfari! I love this challenge!

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    March 20, 2015
    • Lynsey #

      I am also done cleaning my tbr. I am a little burnt out on 1001 books so feel free to randomly assign me a non – 1001 book. πŸ™‚ lol

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      March 20, 2015
      • Hi Lynsey, next book is The Thirteenth Tale Diane Setterfield, I am hoping that like me you need a break from competitive reading of 1001 books and I also have this on my TBR and want to know what you think πŸ™‚

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        April 30, 2015
      • Lynsey #

        Thanks Bookworm! Another awesome choice! This one has been on my tbr for awhile!

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        May 1, 2015
    • Okay. Book 2 you have me picking for you since in all likelihood BW is asleep πŸ™‚

      I’ve picked A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Marra. I added it to our store (link below) in case you need to buy it. But it should hopefully be available from your library. I picked it mainly for selfish reasons because it’s on my physical bookshelf and i’m trying to decide what to read in the next few months. But, in a less selfish motivation, it’s supposed to be very good and gets high ratings across the board so I am hopeful that it is a book you will enjoy.

      http://astore.amazon.com/therearoo020-20

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      April 5, 2015
      • Lynsey #

        Great Choice! It’s already on my plan to read for the month!

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        April 5, 2015
    • I was indeed in bed lol time difference is such a pain πŸ™‚

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      April 6, 2015
      • lol, I’ve been getting lots of the reviews at a time when you are asleep. The next one we get during the day, you can assign :). I think we have at least one person participating from Europe so maybe you will sync up with her!

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        April 6, 2015
    • Next one: Americanah by Adichie. I just bought this. I hope you like it. We added it to our store so if you need to buy it, you can find it at our link:

      http://astore.amazon.com/therearoo020-20

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      May 14, 2015
      • Lynsey #

        Thanks Jen! I try to get most of my books from the library but that’s one I want to own so I used your link!

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        May 15, 2015
      • yay! I always put the link when I can remember (which is about half the time). Any cash we make goes directly into the prizes, so the more people buy anything from our Amazon link, the better prizes we can give out.

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        May 15, 2015
  2. Problem is, my TBR is largely in my mind… I have no idea what’s on my Shelfari shelf. Will go check it out.

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    March 20, 2015
    • Interesting – on Shelfari, once you’ve tagged a book “plan to read”, it seems to stay that way even if you have marked that you have already read it. You actually have to remove the tick in the “plan to read” box. Never noticed that before.

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      March 20, 2015
      • yeah, that’s a pain. that’s why we are giving people time to clean them up. let us know when you’re done and one of us will give you a book

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        March 20, 2015
      • I’m not sure if you have finished cleaning up your TBR but here’s hoping i’m not sending this too early. Why don’t you read Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier for your first read.

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        March 26, 2015
  3. As Jen is on holiday I will be assigning the books to start with

    Lynsey I will have your choice in a few minutes

    Annapi that’s the joy of cleaning up your shelf πŸ™‚ add the books you haven’t got on there let us know you are ready and we will chose a book for you or if you have a Goodreads account that is more up to date I can use that

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    March 20, 2015
  4. Wow Lynsey you have so many books I want to read on your TBR lol for your first book I have chosen The Golden Compass Philip Pullman hope you love it as much as I do πŸ™‚

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    March 20, 2015
    • Lynsey #

      Thanks Bookworm! That has been on my tbr forever and all my kids keep telling me that I have to read it! I couldn’t have asked for a better book selection!

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      March 20, 2015
      • Great, I like the pick! we’ll keep the Mitchell books in mind for the future. I liked the Golden Compass series – a quick and easy read

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        March 20, 2015
  5. Count me in! Jen have me in Goodreads, do I have to sent anyway the GR link?

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    March 20, 2015
    • nope. Since we’re friends on GR, I can find your shelf easily. is your TBR ready? If so, I can give you your first book tonight or tomorrow am

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      March 20, 2015
      • um, too many good books on your TBR for me to easily pick. But will start you off with a quick read but good one…. The Book Thief by Zusak. Hopefully you have a copy or can borrow one. If you do buy your copy from amazon, please go through our store link (so we can give bigger prizes) — http://astore.amazon.com/therearoo020-20

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        March 20, 2015
      • Book 3: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Because everybody really should read this book and a second book is coming out soon.

        I added it to our store if you need to buy it. Amazon link is below

        http://astore.amazon.com/therearoo020-20

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        April 2, 2015
      • Book 3: Anne of Green Gables by Montgomery. I was obsessed with this series when I was a child. I hope you like it too. I added it to our store below.

        http://astore.amazon.com/therearoo020-20

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        April 12, 2015
    • Book 4. Chocolat by Harris. I added it to our store so you can find it at the following link:

      http://astore.amazon.com/therearoo020-20

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      May 1, 2015
    • Next one: The Stranger by Camus.

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      May 19, 2015
      • Done with The Stranger!

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        May 27, 2015
      • Okay, Jane Eyre next because everyone has to read that book. I loved it. I know a few who have hated it. I guess we’ll see where you fall. you’re in contention for 3rd.

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        May 27, 2015
    • Finished Jane Eyre, and loved it!

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      June 7, 2015
    • Next one: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Last day to submit is June 20th by midnight. I think you should have enough time to finish this last one. Also don’t forget to send me your review for Jane Eyre. I’m glad you loved it. I did too

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      June 8, 2015
  6. Jamie (aka Sleekfeline) #

    Count me in! I’m sleekfeline on Shelfari. Off to review my tbr and clean it up.

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    March 20, 2015
    • great, let us know when it’s done and one of us will assign you a book.

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      March 20, 2015
    • Jamie (aka Sleekfeline) #

      Well, that was a fun little excursion. I culled over 100 books. That’s nuts!

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      March 20, 2015
      • wow, so you ready for you first book?

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        March 20, 2015
      • you and I have pretty different books on our shelves so I pretty much picked at random, but hopefully since it’s on your shelf you will like it. Next time I’ll let BW pick your book since I think she might have more overlap with you.

        Anyway, for your first book you can read… Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison (and surprisingly, I’ve actually read this series πŸ™‚ )

        Try getting it from the library or borrowing it, but if you do buy it, here’s the link to our store. I added the book to the store I think it’s only $3-4 for the kindle version

        http://astore.amazon.com/therearoo020-20

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        March 20, 2015
  7. Becky #

    Hi, I’ll play! I’m Becky from Shelfari. I actually haven’t been keeping my tbr on Shelfari, so I just went ahead and added the list that I’d been keeping in hard-copy form. So with that, I think it’s as “cleaned-up” as it’s going to get.

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    March 20, 2015
    • wow, you have some intense books on your TBR. How about Caleb’s Crossing by Brooks to start? I’ve added it to our amazonstore. Try borrowing it or finding it from the library but if you do buy it, please access it through our store so we can use any extra toward prizes πŸ™‚

      http://astore.amazon.com/therearoo020-20

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      March 21, 2015
    • okay. For book number 2 — The Underground Girls of Kabul by Nordberg. I added it to our amazon store link at

      http://astore.amazon.com/therearoo020-20

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      March 26, 2015
    • ok . book three = The Physics of the future by Kaku.

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      March 29, 2015
    • Okay, so you don’t have too many “light” reads on your shelf so I picked a shorter one for you after giving you a long and pretty dense read for the prior book. Your next book is

      The Death of Ivan Illych by Tolstoy. I added it to our amazon store. It’s only 99c if you want to buy it but also should be available at pretty much every library.

      http://astore.amazon.com/therearoo020-20

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      April 8, 2015
      • Next book Decline and Fall Evelyn Waugh I am hoping its a less heavy book for you πŸ™‚

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        April 15, 2015
  8. Sally Schwartz #

    I’m in

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    March 21, 2015
    • great. your TBR ready?

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      March 21, 2015
    • Ok Sally your book is the Little Friend Donna Tartt hope you enjoy, this is on my TBR so want to see how you find it πŸ™‚

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      March 21, 2015
    • Sally -I added the book BW selected for you to our store. Hopefully you can actually get easily throughout library but you need to buy it, it’s on amazon and you can access it through our link

      http://astore.amazon.com/therearoo020-20

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      March 21, 2015
      • Sally Schwartz #

        I cleaned my Shelfari shelf. Can I have a choice from there instead. I actually removed My Little Friend. Sorry.

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        March 22, 2015
    • Hi Sally ok your book selection will be The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins another that is also on my TBR πŸ™‚

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      March 22, 2015
      • Sally Schwartz #

        Great! Thanks!

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        March 22, 2015
      • And, if you don’t find it at the library, I added it to our amazon store under the spring cleaning challenge tab:

        http://astore.amazon.com/therearoo020-20

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        March 22, 2015
      • Next book The Shipping News Annie Proulx as it looks like the oldest one on your TBR and me and Jen had different views on this

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        May 31, 2015
      • Sally Schwartz #

        Great!. Been wanting to get to it!

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        May 31, 2015
  9. I’m in! Kate on Shelfari. TBR cleaned up, everything either already in my possession or on hold with the library. One request though, I’ve got about 15 Pratchett titles on there representing 5 different story arcs. Please don’t ask me to read out of sequence 😦 I’m a little OCD about that. If you tell me to read the last book in the City Watch arc I’m going to have to read three others first. That’s just the way I am.

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    March 21, 2015
    • lol, we most likely won’t be picking any series for that reason. No one wants to read out of order. Give me bit and i’ll get back to you

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      March 21, 2015
    • Okay, i’m assuming I have the right Kate b/c I saw all the Pratchett books on your shelf. You get to start with Night Circus by Morgenstern. If you end up buying it, please use our amazon link so we can give back even better prizes! However, hopefully you can borrow or find easily in the library. http://astore.amazon.com/therearoo020-20

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      March 21, 2015
    • Kate I am the same I cannot read a series out of order πŸ™‚ I am just reading a stand alone Pratchett Nation as my tribute to the great man its a great read and reminded me why I loved his writing soo much

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      March 21, 2015
    • OKay, for your next book I”m going to give you…

      The Round House by Eldrich. You can hopefully also use this for the April tag at PBT too. I read this book for a face-to-face book club and we all really liked it. Hopefully, you like it too.

      I added it to our store if you need to buy it.

      http://astore.amazon.com/therearoo020-20

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      March 27, 2015
      • Great! I already own it and I needed a book about an indigenous culture for the Read Harder Book Riot challenge.

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        March 27, 2015
      • Okay, book three: The God of Small Things by Roy. I really liked this book and hopefully you will too. If you keep going, I’ll give you a lighter read for your next one.

        I added it to our store but this is another you should be able to find easily in the library. http://astore.amazon.com/therearoo020-20

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        March 29, 2015
      • Next book — Lamb by Christopher Moore.

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        April 1, 2015
    • Okay next book…One Thousand White Women by Fergus. I picked it b/c it will also count for PBT monthly tag and it’s one of the earlier books on your TBR shelf.

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      April 5, 2015
    • wow, book 5. I picked Birdsong by Faulks. I liked the book, hopefully you will like it better than the last one. Hmm, by the end of the challenge you may have cleaned up your entire TBR shelf. I see Infinite Jest in your future if you keep up at this rate πŸ™‚

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      April 8, 2015
      • I’ll consider that a warning to slow down! On the other hand that may be what I need to bite the bullet and read it. I’ve started it before and enjoyed it but it required a level of commitment I wasn’t ready to give at the time. I think I actually have it in paperback and ebook πŸ™‚

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        April 9, 2015
      • Ha ha, I’m kidding. I won’t do that to you unless you pull ahead by 10+ books. The further people get into their TBR shelf, the more likely they will get longer or harder reads from us although we will always try to mix things between lighter and harder reads.

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        April 9, 2015
      • okay, so you can have a Pratchett book next. Your pick of any on your TBR shelf so I don’t pick one out of order. But, be forewarned that one of us will probably give you a longer book for your next selection after this — although not Infinite Jest (yet).

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        April 11, 2015
      • Next book: Possession by Byatt. This gets really mixed reviews (maybe a good Love it or Hate it post in the future). I’ll be curious to see which side you fall into.

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        April 14, 2015
      • Next book: Case Histories by Kate Atkinson

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        April 18, 2015
    • okay how about — If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Calvino. If you don’t like it, I don’t want your review — ha ha, kidding. I hesitate to assign books I loved b/c I don’t like them to get bad reviews. Calvino always draws mixed reviews from my friends but I loved this book and hope you like it too. It’s relatively short too so since you’re busy catching up on other books, it may work well for you when you are ready to get to it.

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      April 21, 2015
      • That’s works well for me. I was half expecting The Trial as I saw you just finished it πŸ™‚ I’m half way through Open City now. It’s alright, but best book of the decade? I’m underwhelmed.

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        April 22, 2015
      • Yeah, that list was terrible. I do plan to read Open City soon although your commentates me want to push it back. Lol Kafka is not for everyone so while I liked it, I wouldn’t assign it unless I knew your tastes very well (although I am getting to know your tastes better).

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        April 22, 2015
    • Next book: Sea of Poppies by Ghosh. I selected this because it’s the oldest book on your TBR (first added) and this week we will be posting on India for our Read around the World section – so maybe you can add your thoughts to this section if you have finished reading the book πŸ™‚

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      May 4, 2015
    • Next one: The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared. I don’t know anything about it so really just selected at random

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      May 11, 2015
      • I have read this one it is very amusing gotta love the characters

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        May 12, 2015
    • Okay, I think it’s time…. Next book: Infinite Jest by Wallace. I will give you 3 points/entries for this book if you complete it because it is the size of 3 medium size books. I will also allow you the option of dropping out if you start and feel like you can’t finish it. If you do, just let me know and I’ll reassign one.

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      May 17, 2015
      • Hmmm, I’ll have to clean out a few library books but I agree it is time. I am resolute.

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        May 17, 2015
      • I hope you make it further than I did. Good luck!

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        May 17, 2015
    • Okay. next one: Everything is illuminated by Foer. I haven’t read it yet. Hope it’s good

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      May 30, 2015
      • Still waiting for my next book please πŸ™‚

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        June 3, 2015
      • argh, sorry. I forgot. Will get back to you in 2 minutes. Still jet lagged

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        June 3, 2015
      • Okay, how about Memoirs of a Geisha by Golden? It’s one of your older books and it’s tagged Romance so technically it would fit the PBT tag

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        June 3, 2015
    • Okay. Next: The Tower, the Zoo, and the tortoise.

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      June 8, 2015
    • The Likeness by French for your next one.

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      June 10, 2015
    • Next one: housekeeping by Robinson

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      June 13, 2015
    • Honolulu for you next (probably last one). You have a lot of long books left on your TBR from when we started so I tried to pick one that wasn’t over 400 pages so you have time to finish it.

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      June 15, 2015
  10. Me please! I will use Shelfari. Jen, we are friends so please let me know if you need more than that.

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    March 21, 2015
    • The is as good as it is going to get.

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      March 21, 2015
      • Um, meant to say my TBR is as good as it is going to get.

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        March 21, 2015
      • I had a hard time picking from your shelf b/c too many good options. But, for your first selection I picked The Housekeeper and the Professor by Ogawa (mainly b/c I want to see if I should read it)!

        I added it to our store at:
        http://astore.amazon.com/therearoo020-20

        but, hopefully you have a copy or can find it at the library

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        March 21, 2015
    • nope, I have your info. i’ll get back to you soon with your first book and will pass along your shelfari link to BW since we’ll be trading back and forth to pick books πŸ™‚

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      March 21, 2015
      • I haven’t finished my book yet, but you should DEFINITELY read it. I can say that for sure.

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        March 24, 2015
      • Okay, how about Her Privates we for your next book? I really liked it and I think you will too.

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        March 25, 2015
      • Thanks, Jen!

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        March 25, 2015
      • Finished Her Privates We!

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        April 19, 2015
      • How about Station Eleven for your next book? Very different than you previous read. Lots of people love this book. I thought it was okay, didn’t love it (will review it soon on here) but it is a quick and fairly entertaining read. I added it to our store. It’s only $6 on Amazon so I think it’s on sale currently

        http://astore.amazon.com/therearoo020-20

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        April 19, 2015
  11. Ellen Regnier #

    Ok, can’t resist this challenge! I’m in. Jen, we are friends on Shelfari and that’s the shelf I will be using. I cleaned up the shelf a few months ago so it’s ready.
    Ellen R

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    March 21, 2015
    • awesome. let me go over there and check. I will be back soon with your book selection

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      March 21, 2015
    • sorry, that took me a while. So for your first book, I selected… The Knitting Circle by Hood. I added it to our store link if you want to buy it there but hopefully you can find it easily through your library.

      http://astore.amazon.com/therearoo020-20

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      March 21, 2015
      • Ellen Regnier #

        Good choice! And it fits in with another challenge I have going. Thanks!

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        March 22, 2015
      • Okay for book 2. Before I go to Sleep by Watson. I added it to our amazon store if you need to buy a copy

        http://astore.amazon.com/therearoo020-20

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        April 1, 2015
      • you beat me to it Jen lol well I have book 3 lined up when Ellen is ready πŸ™‚

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        April 2, 2015
      • Next Book Doctor Sleep Stephen King I really want to read this so keen to find out what you make of it

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        April 15, 2015
    • okay, next book: A Man Called Ove by Sackman. I added it to our amazon store (under spring challenge tab)

      http://astore.amazon.com/therearoo020-20

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      April 26, 2015
    • Next book: The Rosie Project by Simsion

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      May 3, 2015
    • Next one: The Rhino with Glue-On Shoes. I added it to our store if you need it you can find it under spring cleaning challenge:

      http://astore.amazon.com/therearoo020-20

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      May 14, 2015
    • Next Book: Bad Girl Creek by Mapson. Picked because it’s the oldest on your TBR shelf πŸ™‚

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      May 25, 2015
      • Ellen R #

        Yeah, it definitely has been on the TBR for a while!

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        May 25, 2015
      • Ellen R #

        Ok, I truly hated “Bad Girl Creek” and could not finish it. After 150 pages I wanted to kick all 4 women in the knees. Sorry. I totally understand if my not finishing the chosen book puts a halt to my challenge. It was great fun, though!

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        May 31, 2015
      • Oh no! we can just give you another one. I’m on a plane right now so I won’t be able to get you a new one until I get home tonight or tomorrow am. BW – if you see this, can you give her another book?

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        May 31, 2015
      • OK lets hope you enjoy this one more Jurassic Park Michael Crichton chosen because the next film Jurassic World is out soon

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        May 31, 2015
      • Ellen R #

        Thanks for being so understanding! Yes, Jurassic Park will be just fine.

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        May 31, 2015
  12. Nicole D #

    OK, I’m in. Be gentle. Using Shelfari

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    March 22, 2015
    • BW- I’m at the airport so if you get to this first, can you give her a good book? Nicole D from PBT group- should’ve easy to find her shelf. Otherwise I will get to it later.

      @Nicole – you’ll probably be safe with us picking bc BW and I have similar tastes and you and I often like/dislike the same books

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      March 22, 2015
      • Hi Nicole, I am assigning you The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett as I really loved this story

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        March 22, 2015
      • okay, How about A Wrinkle in Time by L’Engle? I think it is a PBT 100, one of the older books (in terms of date added to your TBR), and a relatively quick read.

        Also, can you make sure your TBR is updated with regards to books you own? This is related to one of the prizes at the end. If you win, I want to make sure you don’t get a book you already own or have read. You have probably already done this but if not, it’s easy on Shelfari if you go to list view then check the own box for books you already have.

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        April 11, 2015
    • If you don’t find it at the library (which is unlikely since I imagine all libraries much carry it), I added it to our amazon store under the spring cleaning challenge tab. kindle version is only 99c

      http://astore.amazon.com/therearoo020-20

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      March 22, 2015
      • Nicole D #

        Everything on my TBR I actually have. Great choice!

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        March 22, 2015
      • Oh, The Secret Garden is one of my favorites.

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        March 24, 2015
    • Nicole D #

      I have started my book. Fear me πŸ™‚

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      March 29, 2015
      • Lol, you have some catching up to do but your first book at least should give you a chance to catch up.

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        March 29, 2015
      • Nicole D #

        Finished!

        The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
        5/5

        This is one of those books that you think you’ve read but maybe you haven’t. Have you? That’s how I was. Even when I started it, I felt sure that I’d read it before, but that soon passed.
        What a fun story! I absolutely adored the characters. There was the moors, and a house with a hundred rooms, surly servants, a crabby rich old father, a sour-faced orphan-girl, a boy who thinks he’s dying, and a boy who all the creatures love.

        It was a perfect book. I totally loved it.

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        April 4, 2015
      • Nicole D #

        OMG I can follow instructions, really i can.

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        April 4, 2015
      • Lol! No worries. The email is mainly so I can keep track then I’ll also be posting an update in a few days with our first reviews and the scoreboard. I’ll assign your next book in a few hours (I’m still half asleep)

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        April 4, 2015
      • Ok. Book 2- the history of love by Krauss. I picked this book for you because I loved it but also because it will fill a PBT challenge since I think it is one of the100 books to read

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        April 4, 2015
    • Book 4: Cellist of Sarajevo. Mainly because it’s on my TBR and I want you to let me know if I should bump it up πŸ™‚

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      April 22, 2015
      • Nicole Del Sesto #

        Good choice! I almost started it last week, but picked The Interestings instead.

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        April 23, 2015
    • next book: California. I kind of feel like I’m using you for my guinea pig b/c I just bought this book and want to see whether I should read it sooner rather than later. I have been wanting to read it every since the whole Colbert showdown with amazon. I thought I had ordered it off of his website but when it never arrived I forgot about it then just bought it today.

      Anyway, I hope you like it!

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      May 10, 2015
      • Nicole D #

        good choice, (again) I haven’t been inspired to pick it up yet

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        May 11, 2015
    • Nicole Del Sesto #

      I finished California, (fairly painful …) Ready for a new choice.

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      May 26, 2015
      • Yeah, I just finished it too. I really liked the first part but then it all went downhill after that. How about And The Mountains Echoed for the next one?

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        May 26, 2015
    • Nicole Del Sesto #

      I thought you were in Prague? Are you going to the Church of Bones?

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      May 26, 2015
      • Ha ha! I am but severely jet lagged and lying awake until 3am every night. I will probably go to see it since we have 7 full days here. Do you recommend? Tomorrow mount I’m doing the Kafka walk if my allergies don’t kill me but Friday we have a free day.

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        May 26, 2015
    • Nicole Del Sesto #

      I don’t believe in Jet Lag anymore. I made a decision to not have it anymore and ever since then I’ve ROCKED it. πŸ™‚ I only had a few days in Prague, and I didn’t have time to go to Church of Bones, but if I had, I would have gone. I found Prague beautiful, but a little boring, so always good to have stuff to do. I’m not sure how far it is from the city and how you get there. If I ever go back, I’m totally doing that.

      I’m having a horrible allergy day in Cali as well.

      When you get home, we should be Facebook friends. πŸ™‚

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      May 26, 2015
      • I’ll look into how far away it is. I don’t usually have a hard time with jet lag but I think it is the combination of time change and horrendous allergies. I finally doubled up on my meds and fell asleep. Yes, to Facebook. This site has a Facebook page (you can find it on the sidebar) then you should be able to find me easily under one of the people who like the page — I’m the only Jen

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        May 27, 2015
    • okay. How about Just Kids by Smith for your next one. Deadline for end of competition coming on June 20th at midnight πŸ™‚

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      June 1, 2015
  13. Sushicat #

    I’m in as well – Sushicat over at Shelfari. The TBR is fine – but not the books on the wishlist. Is that ok?

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    March 22, 2015
    • Hi Sushicat you get The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot I loved this book and think it is one everyone should read

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      March 22, 2015
    • Great choice BW! Love that book! Sushicat – If you don’t find it at the library, I added it to our amazon store under the spring cleaning challenge tab:

      http://astore.amazon.com/therearoo020-20

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      March 22, 2015
      • Sushicat #

        Good choice! I’ve been thinking that I really need to read some non-fiction.

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        March 23, 2015
    • ok book 2 from your Kindle choice of books will be Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, a good adventure story that I enjoyed

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      April 6, 2015
      • Loved The Night Circus. I think it’s one of the books of the new age, that can become a classic in the future.

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        April 6, 2015
      • Sushicat #

        That’s been on my shelf since I don’t know when.

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        April 7, 2015
    • Hi, I emailed you too but for your next book you can try the Night Circus. This was the one BW assigned you before we realized you were away from your books.

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      April 19, 2015
    • Okay, next book: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Riggs. I picked it b/c it’s a quick read and the movie is coming out early next year.

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      May 9, 2015
      • Sushicat #

        Great – I need to read this for another challenge πŸ™‚

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        May 9, 2015
  14. Brandy #

    Count me in. I’m RomansGirl from PBT on Shelfari. I’ll let you know when I get my shelf cleaned up!

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    March 22, 2015
    • Brandy H #

      My TBR has been all cleaned up!

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      March 23, 2015
      • Great, will pick one when I get home later today. Stay tuned!

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        March 23, 2015
      • Hi Brandy, well spring is a great time for some light reading so you have Tell Me Lies Jennifer Crusie

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        March 23, 2015
      • Okay, next book — Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. I think it’s free on kindle.

        Lol, I have to admit that our reading tastes are so different that I hadn’t heard of most of the books you have on your shelf so rather than pick at random, I picked one of the few that I had read. I think I remember you saying that you’re not a huge Austen fan, but this is unlike all her other novels so perhaps you will like it better. Plus, if you don’t love it, at least it’s short πŸ™‚

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        April 13, 2015
  15. Tracy Stanford #

    I’m in! I am tstan on Shelfari, and my TBR is cleaned up.

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    March 23, 2015
    • um, I don’t see any books on your TBR. I went over there to pick out a book for you and your shelf has 0 “plans to read books.” Why don’t you go back and add a bunch of books you want to read so we can pick one out for you?

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      March 23, 2015
      • Tracy Stanford #

        Ok. I added some of the gazillion.

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        March 23, 2015
      • Great, Bw will pick one for you when she gets home from work today. Stay tuned

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        March 23, 2015
      • And, I forgot to mention. I added the book to our store in case you end up buying it through Amazon – you can find it through the following link.

        http://astore.amazon.com/therearoo020-20

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        March 25, 2015
    • Hi Tracy, one book leaped out at me as its one of my favourites of all time East of Eden John Steinbeck I hope you love it too

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      March 23, 2015
      • Tracy #

        Thanks, BW!

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        March 23, 2015
      • For your next book… Foundation by Asimov. I picked this one to mix it up a bit from your last read. Also, BW, Kristel, and I all gave it 4 stars. Hopefully you like it too!

        I also added it to our amazon store if you need to buy it. This one should be easy to find at the library though. Our link is http://astore.amazon.com/therearoo020-20

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        March 28, 2015
    • Your next book will be We are all Completely Beside Ourselves Karen Joy Fowler

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      March 30, 2015
    • Next book: Home by Robinson

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      April 4, 2015
    • Okay how about “The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Adams. Have you read book 1 already? If not, you can start with book 1 instead. I didn’t see book 1 on your TBR so I assume you’ve already read it.

      I added it to the store

      http://astore.amazon.com/therearoo020-20

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      April 8, 2015
      • Ok your next book and back to non fiction is Home Bill Bryson never read it so hope you enjoy it

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        April 12, 2015
    • Okay, next book: The Man in the High Castle by Dick. Also, you’re starting to run a little low on books on your TBR shelf. So breaking with the rules slightly, we’ll let you add a few more books to your TBR from your unofficial list in your head :). Otherwise, you’ll be left with all relatively heavy and long books and it will be hard for us to give you broad mix. Of course, you’re welcome to keep the TBR as is.

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      April 20, 2015
    • How about Democracy for your next book? It’s on your book bingo card (I think) and on mine so I am curious what you will think of it

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      April 23, 2015
      • Next book Shame Salman Rushdie its on both our bingo cards so interested to see what you make of it πŸ™‚

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        April 26, 2015
    • Okay, next book: Vertigo since it fills your book bingo challenge. You can let us know if you’d prefer non-1001 books

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      May 2, 2015
    • Okay next book: Open City by Cole. I figure I’d give you a break from 1001 books

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      May 3, 2015
      • Next book Flight Behaviour Barbara Kingsolver

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        May 10, 2015
      • Next Book Jim Henson the Biography trying to find something not too heavy for you πŸ™‚

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        May 17, 2015
    • Next book: The English Patient.

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      May 19, 2015
    • OKay. Banville’s the Sea next. I loved it and I’m pretty sure BW hated it. That never happens and since you generally have similar tastes to us, you will be the official tiebreaker

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      May 27, 2015
      • Tracy Stanford #

        Done with The Sea. I really liked it.

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        May 30, 2015
      • Next book The Accidental Ali Smith

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        May 30, 2015
      • Tracy Stanford #

        Done with The Accidental. I’m curious to hear what others have to say. I liked it a lot, but can see where some may disagree.

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        May 31, 2015
      • Next book Inside Mr Enderby Anthony Burgess

        Have not read this or The Accidental lol

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        May 31, 2015
    • Jacob the Liar for your next one. I really liked this book. I hope you do too

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      June 4, 2015
    • Okay. Redeployment for your next one. You are tied with Kate currently

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      June 7, 2015
  16. I’m in, and the shelf is cleaned. It is as good as it’s gonna get πŸ™‚

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    March 25, 2015
    • forgot to subscribe to replies πŸ™‚

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      March 25, 2015
      • great. we’ll get back to you some time today with your book!

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        March 25, 2015
      • Hey Charisma, sorry for delay in replying you get The Time Travellers Wife Audrey Niffenegger loved this one hope you do to

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        March 25, 2015
      • that’s pretty funny b/c I was just about to give her that same book.

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        March 25, 2015
      • LOL… Girls, are you, possibly, long lost twins or something? πŸ˜‰

        Thanks for the selection. Love the movie, wanted to read the story for a long, long time πŸ™‚

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        March 25, 2015
      • We are indeed book twins although I may have to disown my twin for giving Stardust only 3 stars πŸ™‚

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        March 26, 2015
      • LOL, haven’t read the book yet. But liked a movie very much πŸ™‚

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        March 26, 2015
      • I also added it to our amazon “store” so if you do buy from Amazon you can go through our link at

        http://astore.amazon.com/therearoo020-20

        but, this one should be available at most libraries (hopefully)

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        March 25, 2015
      • I think maybe the movie spoilt the book for me possibly, don’t disown me lol

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        March 26, 2015
    • Okay, how about Book Thief for your next book? It already should be in our store if you need to buy it.

      http://astore.amazon.com/therearoo020-20

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      May 6, 2015
      • LOL Great choice. I might include my son on this reading πŸ™‚ I wanted him to read it for a while now… I may entertain the idea of buying it too. We’ll see.

        Thanks again πŸ™‚

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        May 6, 2015
  17. I’m in! I’m Tricia in PBT on Shelfari – do you need my link?

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    March 26, 2015
    • nope. You can start with Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I picked it b/c it is a wonderful book and I want everyone to read it :).

      I added it to our Amazon store (under spring challenge list). You can probably find in the library, but if you buy the kindle version you can find it in our link below.

      http://astore.amazon.com/therearoo020-20

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      March 26, 2015
      • Bought it! Should be able to start in a few days. πŸ™‚

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        March 28, 2015
      • Great! I hope you love it as much as I did. I think you will like it.

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        March 28, 2015
      • Well, sorry your first one was a bust for you. It’s hard to pick a book for you b/c you have a ton of books on your TBR and lots of good options. So, for book 2 I picked The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. I picked this because a) it’s a great book and b) it will also work for the PBT monthly book tag.

        I hope you like this one more. I added it to our book store (link below) but this should be one that you can find easily at a library. If you can’t find it at the library, the kindle version is pretty affordable at $4.99

        http://astore.amazon.com/therearoo020-20

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        April 5, 2015
  18. Tessa #

    Would have liked to participate, but I don’t keep my tbr on either Shelfari or Goodreads. I keep it in an excel spreadsheet. Oh well … maybe next time.

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    April 7, 2015
    • If you email me you excel sheet, you can participate that way.

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      April 7, 2015
      • Tessa B C #

        Thank you, Jen! I’ve sent you an email with the excel file spreadsheet.

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        April 7, 2015
    • Hi Tessa, you get Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day WATSON, Winifred

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      April 7, 2015
      • Everyone I know who has read this found it an entertaining read its a very feel good book

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        April 7, 2015
      • BW – you beat me to it. And, Tessa, I wrote a wine pairing to this book recently. So if you like wine, you can pair the two and tell us if it worked πŸ™‚

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        April 7, 2015
      • Tessa B C #

        Well, some book club must be reading this because all 7 copies in my library system are currently OUT! Not to worry some are due as soon as this weekend, and I’ve put in a hold request. It’ll give me time to finish some other books before I start this one.

        Thanks!

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        April 8, 2015
    • Okay, next book will be “And the Mountains Echoed.” Hope you like it

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      April 25, 2015
      • Tessa #

        Book And the Mountains Echoed finished 28May15 … 4****

        Where do I post my review?

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        June 1, 2015
      • You can email it to me and I will post them all during the final update. I’ll give you the next one later tonight

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        June 1, 2015
      • how about plainsong for the next one? Is that still on your TBR?

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        June 1, 2015
  19. Tracy Stanford #

    Hi, BW! I’ve finished The English Patient. Ready for my next one!

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    May 24, 2015
    • I beat her to it! I have wifi in my room in Prague so your next book is… Everything I never told you.

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      May 24, 2015
      • Tracy Stanford #

        That’s funny! I started it last night, thinking it was time to take a break from 1001. Hope you and your mom are having a wonderful time!

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        May 24, 2015
      • Lol I was out enjoying the sun

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        May 24, 2015
      • Tracy Stanford #

        Wow, that was a fast read! Done with Everything I Never Told You.

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        May 24, 2015
      • Next book The Orphan Master’s Son beat Jen this time πŸ™‚

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        May 24, 2015
      • Lol! That was fast for both of you!

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        May 24, 2015
      • Tracy Stanford #

        Finished The Orphan Master’s Son. Ready for the next one!

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        May 27, 2015

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