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The Books You Told Me To Read

I’m a huge reader, and my goal to read 150 books a year is well on its way to being successful again in 2013. (I’m at 83, if you’re counting.)

Last week, though, I wrote about why I don’t read more novels, and why I wish I did. In response, a number of readers sent in recommendations of great novels they loved, and I went to check them all out (and order them!) at Amazon.

Here are the five that most intrigued me, and that I can’t wait to read. Have you read any of them?

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  • Crash Diet: Stories — Jill McCorkle 1 of 5
    Crash Diet: Stories — Jill McCorkle
    I'm not always passionate about short stories, and can count on my hand the number of short story books I've consumed (and enjoyed) over the years. That said, this collection looks to be a promising way to get my feet wet again. And so what if it's not Fitzgerald? It's close.

    Get it here, $9.99
  • Shadow of the Wind — Carlos Ruiz Zafon 2 of 5
    Shadow of the Wind — Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    Perhaps I'm silly for never have heard of this book -- Shadow of the Wind. Written by superstar author Carlos Ruiz Zafon, this book has been a worldwide bestseller, and for good reason it appears! With over 1,000 reviews on Amazon, and with the author being described as a cross between Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Umberto Eco -- well, it looks we've got a winner. Plus, any book set at a magic show in Barcelona in 1945 is bound to be interesting.

    Get it here, $12.99
  • The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy — Douglas Adams 3 of 5
    The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy — Douglas Adams
    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is no newbie on the Amazon bestseller list. I first read this some 15 years ago, and from what I remember, I laughed most of the way. The fact that it consistently shows up on lists of novels that folks recommend is testament to its timeless ability to engage, enlighten and, yes, humor us. I can't wait to read it again.

    Get it here, $7.99
  • The Bridge Across Forever — Richard Bach 4 of 5
    The Bridge Across Forever — Richard Bach
    The Bridge Across Forever is written by bestselling author Richard Bach, writer of the eternally awesome novella -- Jonathan Livingston Seagull. This book proves to be something right up my alley. A book of hope, love, and soulmate finding. But is it really a novel? I'll let you know.

    Get it here, $12.33
  • My uncle Oswald — Roald Dahl 5 of 5
    My uncle Oswald — Roald Dahl
    It's hard to reset your brain to realize that Roald Dahl was not just an author of brilliant children's stories. Instead, he's a fierce author who has written a number of adult novels as well. This one -- My Uncle Oswald -- features a character that appeared in two of his other adult novels -- The Visitor and Bitch. Considered "speculative fiction", this 1979 book looks like a winsome winner.

    Get it here, $4.99
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