Books To Add To Your Reading List Right Now

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It’s been awhile since I updated you guys on the books I’ve been reading this year! My New Years Resolution was to read 1 book and listen to 1 audiobook every month. Some months I’ve crushed this goal and finished several, other months I’ve struggled and had to roll the books over. Either way, it’s been great to pay more attention to how much I’m reading vs. just staring at social media on my phone/laptop. If you’re also looking for a break from your electronics, here are several books to put on your reading list right now. And if you stick around until the bottom of this post, you’ll find a surprise giveaway!

Books to Add to Your Reading List, Right Now

The Martian –  Audiobook

The Martian is also known as the most expensive (non textbook) book I’ve ever bought. I loved this book. It changed my mind on listening to fiction in the car. In the past when I’ve listened to fiction it was hard to follow and get into the story. But The Martian was so good that I kept my app on when I would get home and listen while cooking dinner, cleaning the house, or waiting for someone to come over (instead of turning on the TV).

It was pretty long, but the story was so good that I didn’t want it to end. The characters felt like friends and I wanted to know how they would end up in life. I laughed, a lot. I cried, a few times.

And I got so wrapped up in the story that I accidentally sped through a school zone with a speed camera. I have driven through this school zone for a year and a half. I always thought it was for the crosswalk, not for speed, because there’s a sign that looks like people crossing the street next to it. So I think the fact that this was my first ticket there shows how dedicated I am to not speeding through school zones. I hit the breaks almost immediately upon entering, but it was too late. About $130.00 later, this is definitely the most expensive book I’ve ever read. And you know what, I still think The Martian is a must-read or must-listen.

All the Light We Cannot See – Physical Book

I LOOOOVED this book. I think about it often since finishing it a few months ago. It was beautifully written and is a tragically lovely story about family, pain, and how people coped with the reality of living through war. All the Light We Cannot See follows a young girl and a young boy through World War II. Marie-Laure and her dad have an incredible bond. Her curiosity and bravery after going blind at age 6 are so inspiring. Her trust in her father is heartwarming. And her survival through the occupation of France is incredible. Author Doerr paints a picture of the home and neighborhood they live in that is lively, exciting and absolutely imaginable as you read through her life.

Werner and his little sister live in an orphanage in Germany after losing their father to a mine accident. Eventually, his genius skills in electronic building and repair catch the eye of a high ranking Nazi military personnel and he ends up following a path you’d never imagine for a young, sweet and intelligent boy. Waiting for their stories to crash together was a major part of the suspense of this book. It’s never clearly stated if it will or not, but you can just feel it as you read! The ending was all around surprising, but getting there still took me hours to digest. I had never considered what the children during WWII must have experienced so to see life from the eyes of two, in two vastly different countries, was incredibly enlightening.

Plus, a portion of it takes place in Brittany, so I figured it was fate that I read it!

All the Light We Cannot See has won several awards and I would venture a guess that it will be a book that people read and talk about for a loooong time.

Maybe in Another Life – Audiobook

I would not recommend this audiobook. However, I would definitely give it another shot in paperback. I’ve written a little about this generally in other posts, but not in detail. I really liked the story line, but the writing leaves a little bit to be desired. The author leaves nothing to the imagination and walks the readers through every step of every interaction discussed. It’s tedious to listen to, but would be easy to skim over in hard copy. Additionally, the narrator only has one male voice, which makes it hard to picture any of the characters in any way except a laid back skater with messy hair.

I couldn’t get past any of these things. I was a couple of hours into the audiobook when I finally quit listening. The story was getting REALLY good, and I want to find out what happens to Hannah and her BFF Gabby. So I’m not willing to give up on the story line, even though I’m considering this a lost audible credit.

Taylor Jenkins Reid has written several books and I plan to check out the others after I grab a copy of the paperback of Maybe in Another Life and give it another shot.

After You – Physical Book

I had a hard time getting into this book. I’m still not over what happened in Me Before You. Thank God I read that book before it came out in theaters. I ugly cried in my own room instead of in a room full of people. I almost never go see movies, but I really wanted to see how they reinvented Me Before You. I had already finished After You by then, but it took me a few tries to really dive in here.

But once I was about 4-5 chapters in, I was hooked on the story again. I felt like JoJo Moyes stayed really true to her characters, which is really impressive. They followed through with the first book and their emotions and responses felt very real. If you’re looking for an identical story line to Me Before You, After You isn’t going to fit the bill. But if you want to follow along with the characters we fell in love with from book 1, and watch them grow and mature in different life situations, definitely check it out!

Books Currently in Progress:

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – I would probably be done with this one by now if I hadn’t forgotten it in San Diego. ugh!

The Best Yes – physical book

Crash the Chatterbox – audiobook

Books to Add to Your To-Read List, Right Now

Books I’m not allowed to start until I finish the ones above:

Wild and Free – This one is sitting on my dining room table, taunting me. I want to start it so bad!

The Year of Yes – audiobook

My Brilliant Friend – audiobook

Smarter Faster Better – audiobook

First Comes Love – physical book

The Story: NIV – audiobook – I don’t intend to rush through this. I figure I will listen from time to time.

As you can tell, I have a shortage of fiction books on my list. If you have any recommendations, I’d love to hear them!

Here’s the good news for you if you also have a book addiction, or just an Amazon addiction: I wanted to give you guys a little surprise and am giving away a $40 Amazon gift card! Simply use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter! Congratulations to Meredith for winning the $40 Amazon gift card!! Make sure to subscribe to or follow WMSB so that you don’t miss out on future giveaways!

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    September 22, 2016 at 7:54 am

    What a great review! I love that you added audio books too! These are going on my list now… thanks!

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      September 22, 2016 at 8:07 am

      You’re welcome! I hope you enjoy them! Audiobooks are one of my favorite ways to “read” books when I’m super busy!

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    Erin Cusack
    September 22, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Ah, I love reading book reviews! Thanks for the recommendations!

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    September 22, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Oh my god, I LOVED “All the light we can not see”. Until this day one of my favorites. And since we obviously have a similar taste in books, I am intrigued ti read the other books you recommended (although by now I am becoming more of an audiobook person). The Martian is going on the reading list ;)

    Thanks for the recommendations Brittany :)

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    September 22, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Hi! I’d love to buy a book by an Italian author called Elena Ferrante. Thank you!

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    Heather with WELLFITandFED
    September 22, 2016 at 9:48 am

    These are some excellent suggestions. Thank you for these! I have only read one of them.
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    September 22, 2016 at 10:29 am

    I don’t even want to pick up and read After You! I ugly cried for so long because of Me Before You, and to be honest, thinking about it still makes me tear up. Great list, I’ll have to check out The Martian audiobook!

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    September 22, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Year of Yes is SO food! I loved it!
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    Ashley Perez
    September 22, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    I would buy my hubby a tool kit.

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    September 22, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    I didn’t realize After You was out there! I legit hiccuped and loud cried in the theater and that was after reading it and crying a few years back!!! All The Light We Cannot See surprised me with how much I loved that book! So beautifully written and such an interesting time in history. Great list!

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    September 22, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    enter to the giveaway :)

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    Ivanna | Provocative Joy
    September 23, 2016 at 12:20 am

    After You is sitting on my coffee table waiting to be read! I’m self-banned until I finish the 3 other books I’m reading. Thanks for giving me a peek into what it’ll be like.

    What did you think of Crash the Chatterbox? I didn’t really like it. I felt like it dragged on and on. Very good message though.

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    September 23, 2016 at 5:33 am

    I’d put it towards amber bracelets.

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    September 23, 2016 at 7:41 am

    I would use this towards buying a new handbag

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    September 23, 2016 at 8:45 am

    After You is on my list! I can;t wait to read the new Harry Potter book!

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    Niki Gordon
    September 23, 2016 at 9:21 am

    I wish I had more time to read for fun!

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    September 23, 2016 at 11:37 am

    I just finished Modern Lovers and I thought it was really good. I am currently reading The Nest and it is AMAZING so far. It has really sucked me in! I also love non-fiction too and loved You are a Badass :)

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    September 23, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    I would buy the book The Life We Bury and a few more too! :D Thanks!

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    Bailey Dexter
    September 23, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    I have been dreaming of the YOUKEE 7PCS Most Complete New Arrival Unique Sphere Ball Design Small Russian Icing Piping Nozzles Cake Decoration Decor Tips Tool! Omg I love to bake. Tie between that and more books! Great post. Thanks!

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    September 23, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    I would put it towards a Kindle purchase.

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    September 23, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    I would use it toward a journaling Bible and a few art supplies :) Thank you!

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    Amber y
    September 23, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    I’d buy a book called Will Write for food. It’s been on my wishlist for a few months now.

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    Esther of Local Adventurer
    September 23, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    I keep hearing about the Martian. Everyone says it’s so much better / funnier than the movie. :) I need to get back into a good reading groove, but I’ll have to keep these in mind. All the light we cannot see – so sad but so good!

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    September 24, 2016 at 1:24 am

    I have a ton of books Ive been really wanting to get lately! But I think I would definitely get Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and The Beauty of Darkness

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    Dia All The Things I Do
    September 24, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    My old coworker gave me his copy of the Martian because I was raving about the film. I also have Year of yes on my to read shelf. Thanks for the suggestions.
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    Rachel Lynn
    September 24, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    I read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child last month and it was SO GOOD!!! I like cried when I finished it. :) I really want to read All the Light We Cannot See. Right now I’m working on Bartimaeus–The Ring of Solomon. I just finished The Bartimaeus trilogy and it was SOOO GOOD!!!

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    September 25, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Girl, what book WOULDN’T I buy?! I have 300+ books on my Amazon wishlist!
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    Kim Pincombe-Cole
    September 25, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child & Aimee Song’s Capture Your Style on are my Amazon book wishlist…

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    September 25, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Love your list! I have an endless Amazon wishlist too, would love to chip away at it with this giftcard!

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    September 25, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Some books for my children and I for the plane ride to and from CA.

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    September 25, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    I would buy some kids books for xmas

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    September 25, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    The only book on this list that I’ve read is After You and while I felt it was a good book, it still drove me crazy because I consider Me Before You to be a book that didn’t need a sequel. It’s one of my absolute favorite books and even though it broke my heart, the ending was a perfect finish to the book.

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    September 26, 2016 at 2:58 am

    I have so, so many books to read! I’d either save the Amazon gift certificate for Christmas or use it for some art supplies.

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    September 26, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    I love to read! I would use the amazon gift card to buy my Dad some bluetooth headphones for his birthday.

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    September 26, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    I would totally use the gift card to buy the rest of the Game of Thrones series I’m working on!

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    September 27, 2016 at 5:38 am

    I would put it toward buying a new kindle

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    September 27, 2016 at 7:46 am

    Oh I could buy a few books! All The Light we Cannot See is definitely on my to read list as is The Light Between Oceans!

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    Mary Beth Elderton
    September 27, 2016 at 9:05 am

    I have been reading cookbooks lately. Hahaha–cooking, too, but actually reading cookbooks. I have my eye on ‘The Complete Cooking for Two’ right now.

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    Amanda lea
    September 27, 2016 at 10:01 am

    I would grab this pair of crochet boots ive had my eye on!

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    September 27, 2016 at 10:05 am

    I would get a hardcover version of THE READER.

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    Kristin McCall
    September 27, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    I would buy a the book me before you. I love that movie.

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    chris z
    September 27, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    i would like girl on the train

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    Stephanie LaPlante
    September 27, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    I would buy the All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) – Black + ecobee3 Smart Thermostat

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    September 27, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    I would put get a Kindle Paperwhite

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    Kenya F
    September 27, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    I recently lost one of my favorite book “48 Laws of Power”. I would buy another copy if I’m the lucky winner!

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    Sheila K.
    September 27, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    I would buy a couple of Lee Child books!

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    September 27, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    I would put it toward new luggage.

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    Debbie F
    September 27, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    I have too many books I want to list here but I do have some new running shoes on the wishlist. :)

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    September 27, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    I would like to get a tapestry for my wall :)

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    September 27, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    I’ve had my eye on the Mistborn trilogy.

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    September 28, 2016 at 5:18 am

    I would buy the new Jodi Picoult book when it comes out next month, and I also need a new pair of sneakers! :)

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    Lisa Brown
    September 28, 2016 at 8:46 am

    I would buy hardcovers of Pushing Up Daisies and Dishing the Dirt by MC Beaton: one of my favorite cozy mystery authors.

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    Marlene V
    September 28, 2016 at 9:04 am

    I would love to buy some new decor for my bedroom. I am redecorating it!

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    Marlene V
    September 28, 2016 at 9:07 am

    I would like to buy some new decor for my bedroom. I am redecorating it!!

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      Marlene V
      September 28, 2016 at 9:09 am

      sorry it’s a duplicate

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    September 28, 2016 at 9:52 am

    I would buy the girl on the train.

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    Betsy Barnes
    September 28, 2016 at 10:28 am

    If I won, I would buy a few autobiography books for my mother. These are her favorites and she loves audiobooks too! :)

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    September 28, 2016 at 10:49 am

    As much as I like to read, I’d probably buy champagne flutes for my wedding next year. There are SO many little odds and ends that need to be purchased and very little time to relax with a book. :)

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    Janet W.
    September 28, 2016 at 11:24 am

    I would use this gift card to buy some early reader level 1 and 2 books for my grandsons.

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    Yvonne Delgado
    September 29, 2016 at 11:45 am

    something from francine rivers and filters for my air purifier

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    September 29, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    I would love the gift card to put towards a better baby carrier. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Elizabeth H.
    September 29, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    I would get personal hygiene items.

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    September 29, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    I enjoy making homemade cards so would love to get the Darice sheet music Embossing Folder.

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    Wanda Perrier
    September 30, 2016 at 5:08 am

    I would most likely buy some scented candles or oil and diffusers, maybe some Maybe some bubble bath producta

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    September 30, 2016 at 7:06 am

    The Light Between Oceans

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    Michelle Coles
    September 30, 2016 at 7:48 am

    There are soo many good books to choose from. I am not sure which one I’d pick. I would also use it towards some Christmas presents!

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    natasha lamoreux
    September 30, 2016 at 7:49 am

    I would love to buy The girl on the train or forks over knives.

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    Sarah Mayer
    September 30, 2016 at 9:05 am

    I would love to buy a new waffle maker with the gift card.

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    Sarah De Diego
    September 30, 2016 at 10:44 am

    My son has asked for this lego set for his birthday –>

    Thanks for giving.

    Besos, Sarah
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    September 30, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Oh gosh, I love to read. I loved Me Before You and I really need to read After You – so I might grab that if I won. I have read Year of Yes and loved it too. I hope you enjoy the audio when you get to it. I review a lot of books on my blog if you are looking for new things to read!

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    John H.
    September 30, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Boxed Set

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    Jennifer H.
    September 30, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Boston Warehouse Kup Keepers 2-Tier Scroll Design Holder for Coffee and Espresso Pod Storage

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    Christy Maurer
    September 30, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    I’d buy The Lady and The Lionheart by Joanne Bischoff.
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    September 30, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    I would put it towards new rain boots.

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    Sarah Cool
    September 30, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    I would buy the THE MARTIAN AUDIOBOOK because I loved the movie

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    jenna tomaszewski
    September 30, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    I’m looking to add to my Pete the cat collection for my kindergarten classroom.

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    Betty S
    September 30, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    I would love to buy a gift for my new granddaughter

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    September 30, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    If won, I might like to get this book: The Mediterranean Diet Plan: Heart-Healthy Recipes & Meal Plans for Every Type of Eater.

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    tiffany dayton
    September 30, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    I would like the Pum Pedi.

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    Tammy Woodall
    September 30, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    If I won, I would like to purchase the book “All the Light We Cannot See.” It looks really good.

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    Cheryl B
    September 30, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    If I win, I would purchase another Outlander novel, and some essential oils.

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    holly lawson
    September 30, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    I would probably buy a new tote for my books. I am going to the mountains to relax and need to put some books and materials in it.

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    Robyn Bellefleur
    September 30, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    I would get a book lamp so I can read in bed without disturbing my husband.

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    Gina H.
    September 30, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    I’d buy the HCSB Illustrator’s Notetaking Bible, Purple Linen.

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    Colette S
    September 30, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    I want to get the Boys body book for my son

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    Thomas Murphy
    September 30, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    I would buy a kindle.

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    Sarah Tiemeyer
    September 30, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    Wow.. what a great blog! If I won I would buy a couple things for my pup – she is a spoiled shih tzu named Kloe. Her birthday is October 5th, so I know she would definitely enjoy a couple new toys.

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    September 30, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    I’d like to buy some Molly’s Suds.

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    Tosha H
    September 30, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    I’d like to buy Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown for its yummy food descriptions and also some dental products I need, thank you

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