Monday, December 12, 2011

Recent Reads + A Giveaway!

Since moving to Amsterdam I've been reading a lot more. I feel totally guilty sitting on the train on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, so instead, I read. And I've come across some amazing books that I just had to share with you! Here's a brief synopsis of each of my most recent reads - all so amazing!! I highly, highly recommend each one!
The Happiness Project: This New York Times best seller is the memoir of the year author Gretchen Rubin spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific studies, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. An inspiring read for even the happiest person.


The Paris Wife: This unforgettable (dare I say haunting) novel tells the story of Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley: How they met and fell in love, and then about their remarkable time spent in Paris among literary greats like Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. This is an amazing, heart wrenching love story. Weeks after I've finished it I can't stop thinking about it!


What Alice Forgot: Straight from Amazon: Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce. A knock on the head has misplaced ten years of her life, and Alice isn't sure she likes who she's become. It turns out, though, that forgetting might be the most memorable thing that has ever happened to Alice.

Bossy Pants: Tina Fey's hilarious tell-all about how she got to Weekend Update and 30 Rock, motherhood, marriage and so much more. If you like Tina Fey, you'll love her book!


And since it's the season of giving, and I loved these books so much, I decided that I'd host a little giveaway! Whoever wins can pick whichever one of these books sounds the best and I'll ship it to them - my little Christmas gift to you! If you'd like to win you just have to:


+Follow Explore.Dream.Discover.
+Leave a comment and tell me which book you'd like to win & make sure to include your email!
+You can tweet about the giveaway for an extra entry (separate comment with a link to the tweet, please!)


I'll close the giveaway and choose a winner at random (using random.org) this Friday, December 16, 2011!

Good luck!

115 comments:

  1. I'd love to read the paris wife!

    {christin@therealmeangirl.com}

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  2. I'd love to read Bossy Pants.

    (klandis628@gmail.com)

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  3. I think The Paris Wife sounds absolutely incredible! It sounds similar to this book I read this past spring called American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld. You should definitely check it out!

    kelsey.e.cook@gmail.com

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  4. I'd love to read What Alica Forgot..

    and isn't The Happiness Project WONDERFUL? It's def one of the best books I've read in awhile

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  5. Hey Liz! I'd love to read The Paris Wife!!

    M1meister@gmail.com

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  6. I'd love to read Bossy Pants!

    https://twitter.com/#!/kristenlandis

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  7. I would <3 to read "what alice forgot". Adding it to my amazon wishlist right now :)

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  8. I would love to read Bossy Pants!

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  9. i would love to read bosst pants. I don't know much about Tina Fey -but I have heard lots about the book on American blogs. think it would be very funny!

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  10. oh-email is robynpurdie@hotmail.co.uk

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  11. i haven't heard of what alice forgot but i really really really want to read it! sounds so good! paris wife is still sitting on my bedside table. i just can't get into it for some reason

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  12. you are the sweetest!! this is an awesome giveaway and all the books sound so wonderful...its hard to pick one! but i think if i won i would choose The Paris Wife :)

    amberlcastro (at) gmail.com

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  13. Oh! I forgot my e-mail! laneshe@nesheaholic.com

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  14. Your description of the Paris Wife sounds perfect for my 3 week Christmas vacation!

    Thank you!!!

    k.pantoja7@gmail.com

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  15. I've definitely been meaning to check out Tina Fey's book! I so wish I had public transportation in Houston... it's the perfect excuse for reading instead of getting angry at traffic!

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  16. Oh! Fun with book recommendations!
    I'd love to read The Paris Wife.

    (jennimedi@gmail.com)

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  17. I'm dying to read Tina Fey's book. I imagine it would be hilarious.

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  18. I'd love 'The Paris Wife'. Sounds incredibly interesting and I've been looking for a good book for a long time now :)

    (gabriella.vince at gmail.com)

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  19. I just started The Happiness Project! Glad to hear that you liked it. I do want to read all the rest, but The Paris Wife sounds especially good. :)

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  20. What a fun giveaway! One of my new year's resolutions (yes, I'm already making them!) is to read more so I'd love to win a book! I would pick 'The Paris Wife' because it's one that I've been wanting to read for awhile now...thanks! :)

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  21. This is such a great giveaway! I would pick either the Happiness Project or Bossy Pants - I have heard great things about both!

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  22. I read The Happiness Project last month and thought it was very inspiring. The Paris Wife sounds really interesting.

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  23. wasn't The Paris Wife incredible? i remember bawling through the last few chapters while on a ferry from Rhodes to Kos in the Greek Islands. Nick was all "what is the matter with you?" and i was all giving him the cold shoulder because men are pigs. ha! the memories.

    anyway, i'd like to read Bossypants. i hear it's fantastic. and those hands on the cover are just phenomenally disturbing.

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  24. All of these books sound really good!

    I think "what alice forgot" is my number one choice, then "the paris wife" which sounds really interesting!

    Thanks for hosting a great giveaway! I love to read!

    Lauren

    http://laurensweetnothings.blogspot.com/

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  25. These books all sound like great reads! If I had to choose, I would want to read The Paris Wife most! Great giveaway!!! xox
    (donnajross26@sbcglobal.net)

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  26. And just tweeted your giveaway :)
    https://twitter.com/#!/RunningOnHeart

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  27. I would like to read The Paris Wife or What Alice Forgot.

    The Happiness Project was amazing, I loved it!

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  28. I'd love to read The Paris Wife. Although they all sound SOO good!

    rmandich@gmail.com

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  29. i'm working on my own happiness project so it has to be The Paris Wife.

    poustunka@gmail.com

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  30. Wow! A book giveaway! Paris Wife sounds perfect :) Hopefully I´ll be lucky!

    ingajons@hotmail.com

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  31. geez, they all sound amazing! if i *had* to pick, i would pick 'the paris wife' because i love hemmingway!

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  32. Thanks for the recommendations! With school demanding so much of my reading time I tend to generate a huge list of fun books to read. These are now all on there!

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  33. The Paris Wife and Bossy Pants have both been on my to-read list for ages! although What Alice Forgot sounds really interesting as well.

    lafilleamericaine@gmail.com

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  34. I read The Paris Wife and Bossy Pants, too :) They were so great! I would love to win The Happiness Project. I could definitely use a little inspiration in that area! So cool that you're doing this giveaway.

    leightonrowell@gmail.com
    leightlyleigh@gmail.com

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  35. Link to my tweet! http://twitter.com/#!/lmrow

    leightonrowell@gmail.com

    -Leighton

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  36. I follow your blog :)

    'What Alice Forgot' sounds like a great read!

    Email: ourbeautifullittlejourney@yahoo.com

    xoxo,
    Noelani

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  37. What a great giveaway! I would love Bossypants. :)


    (gardnertalia@gmail.com)

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  38. I'd love to read The Paris Wife!

    little.miss.holls@gmail.com

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  39. any of this first 3 (i've read tina's...love it), but i think i'd have to choose The Paris Wife. reminds me of Midnight in Paris, which i loved.

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  40. just sent out a little tweet about it. :)

    jlaw1407 at hotmail dot com (or my other email address, which you have).

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  41. I would love to read The Paris Wife! It sounds so good!

    Happy Holidays!

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  42. I would LOVE to read Bossypants! (Already started The Paris Wife per your recommendation!)

    phannah7[at]gmail[dot]com

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  43. I'd love to read all of them! I'll start with The Happiness Project though!

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  44. the paris wife sounds fab! great that you have decided to read rather than technical stuff on the train

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  45. Bossy Pants is hysterical. I'd like to try The Happiness Project next!

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  46. I read the first portion of the Happiness Project and then misplaced the book in my ever growing pile of boxes. I need to find it and finish it. I'd love to read the Paris Wife, that seems like a fantastic read!

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  47. I would love to read The Happiness Project. I'm hoping it will give me some positive insight to start the new year with. An I already follow you. :)

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  48. You made The Paris Wife sound amazing. Sign me up :)

    (daniellemia2@gmail.com)

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  49. Just tweeted about this wonderful giveaway: http://twitter.com/natalieborton

    The Happiness Project is still at the top of my list. Crossing my fingers :)

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  50. Oh so much fun, reading is my secret addiction. Not so secret actually.
    I would love to read "The Paris wife"
    I am following you, my email is ricitosdeoro_diux@yahoo.com.mx

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  51. I think I would most like the Paris wife or what Alice forgot.

    victoriarenee10@gmail.com

    Great idea for a giveaway:)

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  52. Would love to win either The Happiness Project or What Alice Forgot. I own and have read bossy pants already! =) What a fun little giveaway!

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  53. What Alice Forgot sounds amazing! I love books that keep you guessing throughout the whole story line. It sounds like a great read.

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  54. I've been wanting to read Bossy Pants, looks hilarious!
    alexandra_danae@hotmail.com

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  55. I'm a follower! And I'd love to win bossypants! My email is ayol1988@ymail.com

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  56. I would love to read BossyPants!!! emilyfette@gmail.com

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  57. I tweeted too. https://twitter.com/#!/Fettbot

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  58. I'm a follower of your blog! :) Wld love to win "The Paris Wife"

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  59. Just tweeted, my email is littlexoflapper@yahoo.com

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  60. The Happiness project sounds fascinating, but I'd love to read all 4! Love Tina Fey too! :D

    smilinred(at)gmail(dot)com

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  61. I would love to read The Happiness Project (and of course I follow this blog!). I have been exceptionally crumpy lately so I'm sure my boyfriend would appreciate me reading it! lol

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  62. What a great idea for a giveaway. I would love to read the Happiness Project and the Paris Wife. Happy with either!

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  63. Mary Ann in Vermont,Monday, December 12, 2011

    I love to have a book stay with me for weeks as you have with the Paris Wife. I adore your blog...each new post is as gift!

    mad1955@hotmail.com

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  64. I've already read a couple of your picks, but Bossy Pants is on my Christmas list - so I'd love to win!

    latteloveblog (at) gmail com

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  65. I would love to read What Alice Forgot! I am in the midst of my 2nd yr of grad. school finals and just dying to dive into a good novel over Christmas break! :)
    -Dani
    {drose.white@gmail.com}

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  66. at first, i would hands down chosen The Happiness Project, since it is already on my reading list. But, I definitely am intrigued by The Paris Wife & I LOVE discovering new books, so that would be my choice if I won. :)

    and i totally agree - i read so much more now that i have moved to Amsterdam...probably has something to do with the fact that i do not yet have a smartphone to consume my idle time, but that's a minor detail...

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  67. i tweeted the giveaway, and included your twitter handle :)

    I WANT TO WIN

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  68. Paris Wife is next on my list!! Bossypants is a favorite and now I'm dying to read What Alice Forgot. Thanks!

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  69. Im the same way, especially this time of year when its so cold, I love just curling up on the couch with a good book! I would love to read the Paris Wife :)

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  70. I forgot my email! Sorry....its lalalaura888@gmail.com

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  71. I'd have a hard time choosing between The Happiness Project and Tina Fey's book. Thanks so much for having this great giveaway!!

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  72. Hmmm....I'm not sure how to post a link to the exact twitter post, but here is one to my profile...I tweeted about this giveaway :)

    https://twitter.com/#!/capoupas

    Also, my email is capoupas@gmail.com

    Keeping my fingers crossed!

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  73. Pick me! Pick me! I want to read bossy pants :)

    amandalj04@gmail.com

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  74. I must admit, Tina Fey's book looks so funny! I love her.

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  75. I'm kicking myself for putting The Paris Wife back on the shelf! I would love a second chance at reading it (: Have you read the hunger games series? It's addicting!

    jacqlyn.ucinski@gmail.com

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  76. I would love to win The Happiness Project!

    everythinghappensforareason.09@gmail.com

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  77. I would love to ready Bossypants!

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  78. they all sound so great! but i guess i will go with the happiness project

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  79. tweeted https://twitter.com/#!/oshkoshbgosh123/status/146433904226742273

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  80. I would love to read Bossypants!

    maneet.jassal@gmail.com

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  81. The Paris Wife sounds incredible! I read Bossypants over the summer and died laughing the whole time :)

    jordan.archer82@gmail.com

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  82. i think i would have to go with 'the paris wife' that looks really wondeful. i love biographical and era pieces :)

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  83. Hi out there! :)
    Well, first of all, let me introduce myself. My name is Ana and I'm a Spanish girl who's been following your blog for a long time but never left a comment, I honestly don't know why hehe. Why am I writing one now? because I LOVE books and i think this giveaway is very interesting. I'm having a hard time choosing one of these books since all of them seem amazing but I guess my pick would be the Happiness Project. In times like this, anybody could use a little more happiness :)
    Adiós :)

    aneixon18@hotmail.com

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  84. Oh btw, since you usually read books and I'm looking for new ones to devour, any recommendations? Thanks a lot.
    Ana
    aneixon18@hotmail.com

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  85. I've been eyeing the Paris Wife as a good next read! Thanks for the great give a way.

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  86. I have been wanting to read the Happiness Project - have heard many good things!

    If you liked the Paris Wife, you might like Loving Frank - about the affair between Mamah Cheney and architect Frank Lloyd Wright. So good!
    Thanks! Merry Christmas!

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  87. I would LOVE to win "The Happiness Project"! I've been meaning to read this one!

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  88. I'd LOVE to read The Paris Wife. I'm always looking for something new to read. What a great giveaway!
    -Kerry
    (kerrycomiskey@me.com)

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  89. I just sent a tweet to you too :)

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  90. Ooooh, I just finished reading Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and have been itching for a new book! What Alice Forgot sounds great - and less heavy than Dragon Tattoo :)

    Thanks!
    Jenna
    jtuttle42@gmail.com

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  91. I'm graduating from college this semester and cannot think of anything better than getting to sit down and enjoy Tina Fey's "Bossypants" having no more text books to read and feeling guilt free!

    xo,
    Mariel
    mariel.aramburu@gmail.com

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  92. eeek! What Alice Forgot sounds fascinating!

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  93. I've been dying to read Bossypants.

    pflaum@uoregon.edu

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  94. I've been dying to read bossypants since it came out, but the happiness project sounds oh so great as well!

    -Amy K
    akolb14@comcast.net

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  95. I follow you, and bonus I live in Portland!

    I'd like The Paris Wife please!!

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  96. I'd like to win The Happiness Project Book as I tend to be over realistic and aware of all the nasty things going on in the World so that might help me find a bit more of balance :-)

    Happy days!
    XoXo

    allexiaa at yahoo.com (blogloving follower)

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  97. Hi! I am just now stumbling across your blog and quickly became a follower!!

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  98. I would love to win any of these books, but since I have to choose: I would say "The Paris Wife." I have never been to Paris and I absolutely love a book that makes me think after I have finished reading it.

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  99. My email address is cassandralynn23@gmail.com and I just started following you on twitter.

    My tweet name is @inthebasketcass and I don't know how to link tweets yet, but I wrote: "Bored and need a book to read or WIN? Go to www.exploredreamdiscoverblog.com. Hurry, giveaway ends the 16th!"

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  100. I am now following your blog. Thank you so much for this giveaway, you have awesome taste in books! :)

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  101. I would love to win The Paris Wife!

    vandango33 at gmail dot com

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  102. I also tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/egood33/status/147042435044872192

    vandango33 at gmail dot com

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  103. The Paris Wife was so AMAZING!!! You're right, it has definitely stuck with me. I also thought Bossypants was very funny! Now I would love to win What Alice Forgot, sounds really interesting!

    albuss26@gmail.com

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  104. so fun! i LOVE the happiness project - and have been dying to read bossypants! i'd pick that one for sure. :)

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  105. i would love a copy of the happiness project! xo

    kelsey.evelyn@hotmail.com

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  106. I've read Bossypants and LOVED it, so I'd really like to win The Paris Wife. I've heard nothing but amazing things about it!

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  107. id love to read the paris wife and then lend it to my mother in law when im done!

    zuccherozuccheroblog@gmail.com

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  108. Have wanted to read the Happiness Project for a while now, but the Paris Wife sounds intriguing as well!

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  109. I've been meaning to read The Paris Wife, it would be such a treat after finishing finals.
    -Lauren from Vancouver

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  110. I'd love to read What Alice Forgot.

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  111. I would love to read What Alice Forgot! sounds like a great book.

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  112. What Alice Forgot sounds amazing! SDsunshiine@yahoo.com

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  113. Am 10 years late on this post, but have read and loved 3 of 4 of these books. Are you on Good Reads yet? I'd love to follow your bookshelf!

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