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Gone Girl
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (2000s)
Great read! I couldn't put the book down! -- Added by capinto on 01/15/2014

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I read this last year. I agree....great book. -- philena62 on 01/17/2014  
Can't wait for the movie! It comes out this year with Ben Affleck as Nick. -- savfaire7 on 01/20/2014  
I read this book a while ago. Loved it all the way but for the end. Did not care too much about the way it ended. -- Joy on 01/28/2014  
I am rarely taken off guard on plot twists, but this one had be baffled and HOOKED! -- ReadyMcBookerson on 02/14/2014  
Gladys Aylward
Gladys Aylward by Janet Benge (1990s)
it is about gladys aylward an emglish maid who goes to china to be a missionary even though the missionary socity said she was not quilfied for the job. i love the book becuse of her devotion and love for god and her bravey. -- Added by kels1819 on 01/31/2014

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I just checked this one out. Loved the movie version called "The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (although Ingrid Bergman was too tall for a woman called "Small Woman" by her adopted country's people & did not have an Irish scent!) I'm anxious to find out how close the movie was to the true story. jkot43 -- jkot43 on 02/05/2014  
A Discovery of Witches
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (2000s)
On the fantastical realm, which is fairly new to my reading style, and a bit long in parts. At times, I didn't know if it would be worth finishing, but i did. A bit disappointed in the ending, as the story just stopped....should be a second book or I would say that I am very disappointed indeed. -- Added by Spetzie on 02/10/2014

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Yes - the second book in the "All Souls Trilogy" came out in 2013. It is entitled "Shadow of Night". I thought it was even better than "A Discovery of Witches" because Dianna and Matthew travel back in time to Elizabethan London - I won't say anymore. I am looking forward to the 3rd book in the trilogy due out in July of this year! -- nkennedy on 02/15/2014  
A Very Long Engagement
A Very Long Engagement by S'Bastien Japrisot (1920s)
This was a very engaging book about war world I. It really captured the feeling of the war and all of the people effected by it. -- Added by l3bond on 02/03/2014

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I listened to this as an audiobook a while back and really enjoyed it. The movie is good, too. Not long before I read this book, I had read a novel called "The Welsh Girl" by Peter Ho Davies set in World War II, and I thought fans of one book might enjoy the other, too. -- ChristyAV on 02/04/2014  
Allegiant (Divergent Trilogy, Book 3)
Allegiant (Divergent Trilogy, Book 3) by Veronica Roth (2000s)
I'm not sure I would recommend this book to others. It was the third book in the trilogy, so I felt compelled to finish it out. But, it was by far the worst book in the series and left more questions than answers. By all means, finish out the series, and then join me in hoping they do a better job with the movie. -- Added by lewiscm on 02/18/2014

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I absolutely agree. I loved the first book which was great and the second was fairly good as well. I was so looking forward to the last one and it was terrible - finished it just to complete the trilogy. And the ending was so unexpected and unnecessary, in my opinion. Difficult to believe that the same author wrote all three books. -- Joy on 02/18/2014  
Dark Triumph
Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers (Other)
This is the second book in a trilogy, His Fair Assaissins, set in 15th century France. The heroine are young women in the service of an ancient god, Death. It is light and entertaining to listen to. It has been classified as Young Adult and would be appropriate reading for this age group. -- Added by thebooklistener on 02/04/2014

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Have you listened to Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo? It reminded me of Grave Mercy. I loved them both. -- Nimble Novice on 02/06/2014  
Empty Mansions
Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman (2000s)
A biography of Huguette Clark, an eccentric heiress to a multimillion dollar family estate. This biography spans more than one hundred years and details the earning and spending of a family fortune, and the empty mansions that stood uninhabited for over half a century. -- Added by cmcard on 01/20/2014

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I enjoyed this book as well. I had followed the Huguette Clark story bit by bit over the years as information became available, the book is a great summary of the story. One fact I found fascinating was that since her father was born in 1839 and was 67 when Huguette was born, the combined lifespan of the father and daughter was an astonishing 172 years! -- Peter on 01/21/2014  
His Majesty's Hope
His Majesty's Hope by Susan Elia MacNeal (1940s)
This is the 3rd book in a series about Maggie Hope, a young woman who is British but grew up in the U.S., cared for by her aunt after her parents are killed in an auto accident. In this installment, Maggie begins the next phase of her career with MI5, the British secret service organization. She completes her training and is sent into Germany undercover to gather information to aid the British efforts in the war against Nazi Germany. This series seems to be getting a bit more serious & dark, but the plot & subplots are fascinating. I learned a bit more about what Britain & Germany were like in 1941--the author has done a wealth of period research. I look forward to the next episode, due out in July, 2014. -- Added by ElizabethR on 02/23/2014

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This title has been my favorite in the series so far. -- nanwise on 02/24/2014  
Life After Life
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (2000s)
One of the best books I have read in a long time. Inventive format, compelling characters, many themes. Highly recommended. -- Added by Grier on 02/11/2014

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I agree! I listened to the audiobook and was mesmerized. When we, the adult readers' advisory staff at the library, chose our favorite books of 2013, all of us included this book on our lists. -- nkennedy on 02/15/2014  
Longbourn by Jo Baker (2000s)
It's what's happening downstairs while "Pride and Prejudice" is happening upstairs. Very engaging and well-written story, especially for (although not limited to) Jane Austen fans. -- Added by wyperson on 01/16/2014

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I agree! This was my favorite book of 2013. -- ChristyAV on 01/17/2014