dog-eared pages and coffee stains: a book club of sorts

This post led to many a marvelous suggestion about books that I should read. And this list is lighting a fire under my oh-so-lovely-behind to get crackin'...a book club to form and books, books, books to read (25 before the big birthday). So... all this got me thinking. I'm adding this little collage above to my sidebar. One click on it will lead you here to this post (this ever-evolving, constantly in need of edits post). The idea is that this is a place where you (yes, you!) can leave suggestions or book reviews. It's (in a sense) a little online book club. I'll let you know what I'm reading and publish reviews as I check off those 25 books. And I'll pass on my all time favorites. So, here we go...

25 books before
25th Birthday:

1. Happens Every Day by Isabel Gillies
2. The Emporer's Children by Claire Messud
3. Dancing on Thorns by Rebecca Horsfall
4. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
5. The Namesake
6. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
7. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers


The Hero and the Crown
by Robin Mckinley

suggested by Sarah-Lucy

The Heartbreaking Work of a Staggering Genius
by David Eggers

suggested by Red

The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life

suggested by Sarah-Lucy

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
by Betty Smith

suggested by Megan

The Poison Wood Bible
by Barbara Kingslover

suggested by Katie

Suite Francaise
by Irene Nemirovsky

suggested by Katie

Water for Elephants
by Sara Gruen

suggested by Katie and by Red

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
by Haruki Maurakami

suggested by Katie

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
by Junot Diaz

suggested by Katie

The Sex Lives of Cannibals
by Maarten Troust

suggested by Christie (she said it was quite possibly the funniest book she's ever read)

The Unwanted
by Kien Nguyen

suggested by Christie

Observatory Mansions
by Edward Carey

suggested by Christie

The Shadow of the Wind
by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

suggested by Mariah

The Historian
by Elizabeth Lostova

suggested by Mariah 

The Bone Man of Benares 

by Terry Tarnoff

suggested by Tina Tarnoff

The Feast of Love
by Charles Baxter

suggested by Thao

The Time Traveler's Wife   (NOW READING)

by Audrey Niffengger

suggested by Micaela 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Mark Haddon

suggested by Krysta

The Dud Avocado 
by Elaine Dundy

suggested by iheartkiwi

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
by Jonathan Safran Foer

suggested by Krysta

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
by Barbara Kingsolver

suggested by MMW

The God of Animals
by Aryn Kyle

suggested by Lauren

The History of Love
by Nicole Krauss

suggested by JulieD

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows

suggested by Tina Tarnoff

On Beauty
by Zadie Smith

suggested by hay

The Blind Assassin
by Margaret Atwood

suggested by Gabby

photo credits (clockwise): 
kate spade ad, yellowbird on flickr, 
(need your help on this one),