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Library Books > Gas Prices

I’m having a Monday. All day I’ve been racing around and feeling rather like a chicken with my head cut off. You feel me? I’m trying to get everything organized because I’m headed up to Wisconsin on Thursday for the weekend and then I’m moving next Friday. It’s a whirlwind!

You know how it is when you’re in that stage of moving all your stuff but you haven’t really packed it yet so everything is just sitting in little piles all over the floor and you can’t seem to find the one thing you are looking for? Check check check.

However, I did get to go to an absolutely awesome power yoga class this morning. It was hot, sweaty and….well, powerful. My new apartment is only about four miles from the studio and I can’t wait to go more often when I don’t have to worry about putting 30 miles on my car for every trip.

(Gas prices in California = not cool)

For lunch I had a big salad with salmon salad (1 T canola oil mayo, 1 squirt spicy mustard, curry powder) with hummus, babybell cheese, carrots, gigantic strawberries and a defrosted vegan applesauce oat bran muffin that I made awhile ago.

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I think three of these strawberries equaled about seven normal sized strawberries. Strawberries make me homesick. However, I just received word of the Strawberry Festival at Yosemite and I must go. Yes, I must.

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This lunch was crazy filling. I’m still so stuffed! I think canned salmon has magical powers that way.
After running to the post office, I stopped at the library for some summer reading to take to my grandparent’s house this weekend

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And you know what?? I totally sat at one of the little catalog computers in the library with my iphone out and this post pulled up.
I read through your comments and searched for some of the books that y’all recommended. THANK YOU! What a fabulous resource. I’m working on a full on “book section” to the blog and also another fun reading post that will be completed in the near future.
Book nerds for life!

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87 Comments

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    Katie
    May 3, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    I’m so incredibly excited for a “book section”. I loved reading everyone’s suggestions, and once I work through my current stack will definitely be looking some of those up.

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    kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com
    May 3, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    gas prices in general not cool.. but yea.. wow!

    uve got quite the busy schedule coming up. moving isnt for the faint of heart. heres hoping it goes as smoothly and effortlessly as possible <3

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    Caryn
    May 3, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    ditto, katie. book section on ELR = best idea ever 🙂

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    Lauren
    May 3, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    I love the book section idea. Im trying to give the tivo a break, and the kindle a workout.

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    Claire
    May 3, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Love the book section idea as well…I feel ya on the gas prices and long drives to great yoga classes. Doing it at home is never the same and I am so used to living in a city.

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    Caitlin
    May 3, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Life of Pi is an excellent book. I had to read it for a Sociology of Animals class and it was great. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
    Btw, a book section sounds great. Have you read The Alchemist? It is one of my all-time favorites and I think you would like it!

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    Caitlin
    May 3, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE Jacquelyn Mitchard. The Most Wanted is one of my favorite books of all time. Lisa Carey is also an amazing author, as is Anita Shreve. Definitely do a book section!

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    Mireya
    May 3, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Yay for the gym being so close to home!

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    kathleen
    May 3, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    i hope you love life of pi. it is one of my all time favourite books.
    also, great idea on a book section.

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    Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    May 3, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    LOVE the idea of a book section 🙂

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    Cyclist Kate
    May 3, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    EEEEEEE!!!!! Book section!!! Yes!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    May 3, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    A book section on the blog is an excellent idea!!

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    Mama Pea
    May 3, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    I have so many books that I want to read right now but no time to read them. A Homemade Life, Eating Animals and 90 Minutes in Heaven are all on my nightstand…and yes, I know how eclectic that mix is.

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    Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks
    May 3, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Ahh, getting ready to move is so stressful! Hang in there!

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    Diana
    May 3, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Yay, books! I love books. I have so many at home 🙂 Like… around 1200 I think. 😀

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    Sana
    May 3, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    I am so jealous that you get to read for fun! Once the semester ends I am going to head over to the library and read all day!

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    Evan Thomas
    May 3, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    I feel like I’ve read Life Of Pi but cant remember it. You’ll have to do reviews!

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    Lauren
    May 3, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    People of the Book – great read! Enjoy it… wouldn’t be surprised if you finish on the plane!

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    Kelly
    May 3, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    bought, opened, read and finished “Sarah’s Key” all in 2 days….FAB-ulous….you need to read “have a little faith” by Mitch Albom…it’s a one day-er read and soooo insightful…now onto a brainless but entertaining one…secrets of a shoe addict…

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    Julie
    May 3, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    You should change the name of your blog to Eat, Live, Read. : ) You’re going to to love Life Of Pi. It’s really good but the end is creepy.

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    Ameena
    May 3, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    I love the library…I wish I didn’t have to work so I could just spend my days reading everything I have on my lengthy list!

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    Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)
    May 3, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Ooh, a book section! I can’t wait!!

    xo
    K

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    Tara
    May 3, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    OMG OMG OMG I love life of Pi. I don’t usually comment on blogs, but when I saw that you rented it I just had to say something.

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    Laura @ youngDCliving
    May 3, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Have you read the Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair, or any of the “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” series? So good.

    Random bunch of some of my favorite books 🙂

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    Jennifer
    May 3, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    What part of Wisconsin are you visiting?

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      jenna
      May 3, 2010 at 4:02 pm

      I’ll be in Milwaukee 🙂

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    Lorelyn
    May 3, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Hi Jenna!
    I am so excited for you book section. I also read American Wife in two days. Just wondering, since I live in Wisconsin, where are you going to be at?

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    Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    May 3, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Book section is a great idea, I can’t wait to see that!

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    Jennifer
    May 3, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    What part of Wisconsin are you visiting?

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    Beth @ fatbustermack
    May 3, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    I just finished reading people of the book, it was excellent! Really sad, but a fast and good read.

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    Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/
    May 3, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    I love canned salmon and it’s so delicious. Great way to get those omega 3’s.

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    Therese
    May 3, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Oh my God! You’re going to LOVE Life of Pi. It gave me the chills. Not sure if I find it great or disturbing but either way it’s an amazing read!

    And I hear ya on the moving. I moved five times in two years. Oye. Glad to be in a place I plan to stay at until I OWN a house!

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    theemptynutjar
    May 3, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Just moved. But only here for like 30 days. Then have to move again. Where, no idea…cause have no secured job yet. So stressed…wish I could relax and read a little and rest my mind…but i am so crazy worried.
    You seem to ground yourself to be able to concentrate and let things flow. I am so crazy strung out and that isn;t cool.
    And yeah, gas prices are crazy!

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    Julie @savvyeats
    May 3, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Oooh, I’m excited about the book section!

    Number one on the list will have to be your book, of course 😉

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    Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    May 3, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Ahhh super excited about a special post on books! Yay!! Book nerds UNITE!
    Your salad looks totally amazing..!

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    Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    May 3, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    I got so many book suggestions from that post–I’ve read all the ones you have out now and will be curious to hear your thoughts. Great summer reads, especially that Geraldine Brooks book.

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    Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    May 3, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Also, I love that this has kinda become a reading blog–totally awesome. :mrgreen:

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    Nora@LiveLifeEatRight
    May 3, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    This must why they call it Manic Monday…right? Ugh I’m right there with you, and I hate days when I just feel like I’m going crazy and constantly rushed. At least lunch look fantastic! Hope the rest of the day SLOWS and you can relax a little with those books! UGH I’m dying to read some good books as soon as school as over. I spent my day at Barnes and Noble…studying for exams…such a tease.

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    Allison R.
    May 3, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Wisconsin? Yay! Are you going to have time for a bloggy meet up? 🙂

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    Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    May 3, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    book nerds for life, indeed! can’t wait for the new section!

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    Jenny
    May 3, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Life of pi is fantastic!

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    Mom
    May 3, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    The Pilots Wife by Anita Shreeve ~~ Amazing portrayal of emotion

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    Nicole
    May 3, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Hey Jenna
    I’m a complete book nerd and so proud of it. Have you ever heard of goodreads.com It’s a great way to track all the books you’ve read and want to read.
    I added the ingredients for the Salmon Salad to my grocery list for tomorrow, it sounds really good.

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    Nicole
    May 3, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Hey Jenna
    I’m a complete book nerd and so proud of it. Have you ever heard of goodreads.com It’s a great way to track all the books you’ve read and want to read.
    I added the ingredients for the Salmon Salad to my grocery list for tomorrow, it sounds really good.

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    Wendi
    May 3, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Life of Pi is my all-time favorite book. Can’t wait to hear your opinion on it. It’s a GREAT book for a book club – two sides to discuss. Enjoy it.

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    Camille
    May 3, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Yay for a book section!

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    Katherine
    May 3, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    I just returned the life of pi to my library!!!!!

    I could only make it through the first half though. The beginning was good but I lost interest. I hate that I couldn’t finish it. but when there is studying to be done, there is little time for pi reading.
    Katherine

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    Sara @ myfancytuna.blogspot.com
    May 3, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    I’m so glad you’re doing a book section! I always need a good place to go to for good book recommendations. Have fun reading!

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    rgknr
    May 3, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    did you really lose the pictures from dinner on saturday or you don’t want to post them because you went out with derek and meghann and adam doesn’t want to come out on those pictures??

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    Emma
    May 3, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    I read a book recently that I am adding to my ‘all time favorites’ collection (translation: I won’t lend this book out unless I KNOW I’ll get it back for my future rereading enjoyment!) – Sotah.

    Other well-loved favorites: My Antonia, Girl of the Limberlost, and I could probably go on for quite a while, which I won’t!

    Have fun with all of your upcoming adventures….

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    Melissa @ For the Love of Health
    May 3, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    I thoroughly dislike moving. With a passion. So I feel your pain totally. I moved like 9 months ago and I can remember the horrible pain like it was yesterday. haha
    Amazing looking salad!!
    The day after I finished my last exam, I went to the bookstore and got 5 books! I love reading like you! 🙂

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    Lorin
    May 3, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    How do you know how much to eat in the food groups when you follow the harvard health pyramid because it doesn’t tell you certain measurements to consume each day?

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    ashley
    May 3, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Oooh! I would love it if you added a book section to your blog!

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    Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries
    May 3, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Pretty pretty salad! And I can’t wait to get a bunch of summer reading books. The Life of Pi is on my list!

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    Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    May 3, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Fun new reads!! And that is so exciting that you’ll soon be only 4 miles away from the yoga studio. You could practically just bike there and bike back. I would love, love, love that! 😀

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    Cali
    May 3, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Life of Pi = so good. Enjoy!

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    Annie@stronghealthyfit
    May 3, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    A book section is a wonderful idea!
    Ps the Life of Pi is awesome.

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    Ashley
    May 3, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Book nerds for life!!!!!!!

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    Kait
    May 3, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Your salad looks great, and I totally agree strawberries have been HUGE this season…one equals at least 3 regular ones!

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    Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle
    May 3, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    GOod luck with the move! you def have a ton going on!!

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    Tracy
    May 3, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    I looooved Life of Pi – I bet you’ll love it!

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    eatmovelove
    May 3, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    I’ve always wondered what Life of Pi is about…hmmm.
    Can’t wait for a book section!
    And, yes – I HATE DRIVING. Especially in traffic 🙁

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    jenna
    May 3, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    congrats on moving soon!

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    jenna
    May 3, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    congrats on moving jenna!

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    Deva (Voracious Vorilee)
    May 3, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    I am so psyched for a book section – I need some new reading material recommendations!

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    Liz
    May 3, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Not sure if you were serious about the Strawberry MUSIC Festival, but the only Strawberries will be the ones that you take (and lots of logos and pictures) –but it is fantastic music and a beautiful location. Its name comes from its original site….

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    Jessica
    May 3, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Life of Pi is soooo good! If you like it you may want to try Water for Elephants too!

    ps. still addicted to the peanut butter oats… even ate it out of a peanut butter jar this morning!

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    Mallory
    May 3, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    ahh, WISCONSIN? is it weird that i’m excited for you to be in WI (where i live) even though i don’t personally know you?
    enjoy your trip 🙂

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    Kellie
    May 3, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    I just started American Wife and so far am enjoying it. I already read Prep and like her style of writing. You are right about CA gas prices. They are very high!

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    Kalli@fitandfortysomething
    May 3, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Yes gas prices are awful here. How fun that you are moving closer to the things you love- Santa Rosa right?

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    Kara
    May 3, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    I would die for a book section! Great idea, Jenna! I bought American Wife over the weekend and am pretty psyched to get started on it!

    If I could recommend one book to you it would be Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller. It’s a must-read if you haven’t checked it out already.

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    Gabriela
    May 3, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    YUUUM – I´ve had hummus today, too!
    😀
    Wish you a great week, Jenna!
    Brazilian XOXO´s,
    Gabriela

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    Rachel @ Shedding It
    May 3, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    LOVE life of pi!!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish)
    May 3, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    i’m really glad you’re moving closer to everything…i can’t imagine driving for that long to go anywhere anymore!

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    Lissa@thebellissimaexperience.com
    May 3, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Life of Pi is one of my favorite books–but you have to hang in there. It’s one of those stories that becomes absolutely worthwhile in the final 5 pages.

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    Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness
    May 3, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Ah, Wisconsin! Milwaukee, no less! If you have any time for a blogger meet up – I think I speak for all of my fellow Milwaukee readers, we’d love to meet you!
    There are so many great places to feast in our fine city 🙂
    And I love the book section idea, it will be a great addition to your site.

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    Joanie
    May 3, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Jenna-
    Life of Pi is great!! Seeing you have that book makes me want to read it again. I think it’s a great idea to include a Books section on your blog… I may do the same thing!!

    What are you going to be doing in Wisconsin? I live in Minnesota so WI is just a hop, skip and a jump away from me…weather is NOT going to be good.

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    SallyH @ acountablelife.wordpress.com
    May 3, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    I see you were reading Cather over the weekend. O Pioneers should be on your list if you haven’t read it. Also? Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (no, it doesn’t count if you watched the movie.) You know when you love a movie so much that you can quote a bunch of the most clever lines? That is Edith Wharton. You’ll want to get your highlighter out, she is so wise.

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    Paige
    May 4, 2010 at 4:46 am

    I went to the library on Thursday and picked up American Wife. Thanks for recommending it! I haven’t had much time to read, so I’m only on CH 2….Love it so far!

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    Carolyn @ lovinlosing
    May 4, 2010 at 6:08 am

    I moved 8 times in 7 years (college and right after). When we moved into our new house I determined that I am never moving again. The end.

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    anne
    May 4, 2010 at 6:48 am

    Thanks to your recommendation I recently read (and finished within one day) ‘Bread Alone.’ I loved it! A book section sounds great!!

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    Shelley @ Green Eggs & Hamlet
    May 4, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Yay for “People of the Book”! Can’t wait to hear what you think of it. I LOVED it.

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    Kathleen
    May 4, 2010 at 10:12 am

    The Life of Pi is really good!

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    Kathleen
    May 4, 2010 at 10:12 am

    The Life of Pi is really good!

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    Megan
    May 4, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Are you coming to Milwaukee (aka Mil-town) to visit your grandparents? I live/go to school in Milwaukee!

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    SallyH @ acountablelife.wordpress.com
    May 4, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    I’m in Milwaukee too! Enjoy your visit!

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    Natalie
    May 4, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    I am in Madison, Wisconsin! Any chance you’ll be here and available to do a lunch or something with you’re readers? Just hoping : )

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    Scott
    May 5, 2010 at 7:24 am

    I’m so glad you picked Life of Pi! To what Katherine said earlier about getting through half the book and losing interest…don’t give up on the book if you feel the same way.

    I struggled through the first third of the book, it is almost ALL character develop of the main character. But then, the book just TAKES OFF! I couldn’t put it down once I got into the second half of the book. Enjoy and I’d love to compare notes with you.

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