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Book Bags Bag-o-Meters' Ratings
BookTalk: The "Book Bags" book club of Bemidji rate the books they read on a scale of 1-10. Using their Bag-o-Meter -- each Bag (that is, member) gives the book a rating, which is averaged for the final score.

2010-2011
7.6 Little Bee by Chris Cleave
8.7 The Help by Kathryn Stockett
7.0 Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
6.4 Ahab's Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund
6.9 Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier
7.6 Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah
8.6 Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
n/a House Rules by Jodi Picoult
n/a Romancing Miss Bronte by Juliet Gael
n/a Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

2009-2010
8.7 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
8.0 Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
8.0 The Gurnsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Ann Barrows
8.7 Sarah's Key by Tatiane de Rosnay
8.0 When Broken Glass Floats by Jan Chanrithy Him
7.5 The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister
5.9 Queen of the Road by Doreen Orien
8.2 The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
8.6 Still Alice by Lisa Genova

2008-2009
7.6 The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
6.7 Animal, Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
6.0 Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle
6.5 Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
5.5 A Soldier's Heart by Elizabeth Samet
6.1 Triangle: The Fire that Changed America by David VonDrehle
7.4 Three Weeks with My Brother by Nicholas Sparks
7.2 One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus
6.5 First Mothers by Bonnie Andelo
5.3 Ladies of Liberty by Cokie Roberts

2007-2008
8.9 Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
8.3 A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
6.3 The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
6.6 I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron
6.4 Running with the Bulls by Valerie Hemingway
8.9 Angry Housewives Eating Bonbons by Lorna Landvik
7.2 Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
7.1 Princess by Jean Sasson
7.8 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

2006-2007
6.0 Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich
10.0? The Great Silent Grandmother Gathering by Sharon Mendi
7.4 Afloat again, Adrift by Andrew Keith
8.0 Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
5.4 Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
Extra The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
8.5 Snowblind by P.J. Tracy
6.5 Boundary Waters by William Kent Krueger
6.8 Songs in Ordinary Time by Mary McGarry Morris
n/a Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
9.6 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
7.9 A Time to Kill by John Grisham

2005-2006
7.0 Plainsong by Kent Haruf
8.6 The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
7.2 Empire Falls by Richard Russo
5.2 Brick Lane by Monica Ali
8.7 My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
6.5 Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
4.6 Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
7.3 The Art of Mending by Elizabeth Berg
6.5 A Year by the Sea by Joan Anderson
6.5 A Walk on the Beach by Joan Anderson

2004-2005
7.7 The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
5.0 Buffalo for the Broken Heart by Dan O'Brien
6.7 The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
5.0 Skinny Dip by Carl Hiassen
9.0 Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson
4.0 The Elegant Gathering of White Snows by Kris Radish
7.0 Life of Pi by Yann Martel
6.8 The Tarnished Eye by Judith Guest
8.5 The Master Butcher's Singing Club by Louise Erdrich
6.7 Three Junes by Julia Glass
4.8 Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

2003-2004
7.7 I Know this Much is True by Wally Lamb
6.0 Things in Ditches by Jimmy Olsen
7.0 Blessings by Anna Quindlen
8.5 The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
8.0 Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
6.2 My Losing Season by Pat Conroy
n/a Rabbit Proof Fences by Doris Pilkington Garimara
8.5 The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
8.6 East of Eden by John Steinbeck

2002-2003
4.9 The Bingo Palace by Louise Erdrich
6.8 Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner
6.4 Me Talk Pretty Some Day by David Sedaris
6.5 Fortune's Rock by Anita Shreve
7.6 All Over but the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg
7.5 The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
4.1 The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc by Loraine Despres
4.6 I Know this Much is True by Wally Lamb
7.0 About Schmidt by Louis Begley
n/a The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo by Paula Huntley
n/a The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

2001-2002
8.3 The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan
8.7 Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
5.0 The Dress Lodger by Sherry Holman
6.0 A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby
7.9 Ice Bound by Jeri Nielson
7.7 Expecting Adam by Martha Beck
6.9 The Rich Part of Life by Jim Kokoras
n/a Back When We Were Grownups by Anne Tyler
7.5 Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
n/a The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammet


2000-2001
Daughters of Fortune by Isabel Allende
The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw
While I was Gone by Sue Miller
North to the Night by Alvah Simon
Hannah's Daughters by Marianne Fredricksson
In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
Off Keck Road by Mona Simpson
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
Emma by Jane Austen

1999-2000
Patchwork Planet by Anne Tyler
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve
All True Travel Adventures of Lydia Newton by Jane Smiley
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
Saving Graces by Patricia Gafney
Midwives by Chris Bohjalian
Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier
Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

1998-1999
Give Sorrow Words by Tom Crider
Weight of Water by Anita Shreve
Wild Swans by Jung Chang
Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Object Lessons by Anna Quindlen
God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
A Virtuous Woman by Kaye Gibbons

1997-1998
Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
1000 Acres by Jane Smiley
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans
Your Oasis on Flame Lake by Lorna Landvik
My Antonia by Willa Cather

1996-1997
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
Journal of a Solitude by May Sarton
Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver
Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi
Gawdy Night by Dorothy Sayer
The Rector's Wife by Joanna Trollope


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