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Tell Me What to Read: Round 13

July 1, 2010

Whoa, July. That’s. . .the month I’m having a baby.

Also, I have not even started Little Bee yet because, this may come as a shock, but it’s a hugely popular book and I’m still waiting for a copy to come in to my library. I have put in a request for the hardcover, the paperback, the audio, and the downloadable audio version and none of them have yet appeared. Seriously, though, I will read it as soon as it comes in. Scout’s honor.

In the meantime, tell me what to read in July. You know the drill:

1. Comment with the title of one book you think I should read (any book you want). One title only, please, lest my brain explode.

2. I’ll select one comment at random and announce it on the blog within the next week.

3. On the off-chance that I’ve already read the book you select, I’ll contact you and ask for a follow-up suggestion (make sure there is a way to contact you either by blog or email).

4. I’ll get a copy of the book and read it by the end of July.

5. I’ll write a review of it here. Even if I hate the book, I will not hate you.

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  • Reply Melanie July 1, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    What can I suggest that you haven't already read? How about A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink.

  • Reply Shelah July 1, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Once again, I'll say Cutting for Stone. Read it quick, though, because it's super fat and it will be hard to hold one-handed while you're nursing.

  • Reply Lady Susan July 1, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    I am going with my original suggestion:

    The Beekeepers Apprentice by Laurie R.King.

    I don't think you have ever reviewed a good ol' fashioned mystery. Am I wrong?

  • Reply Miri July 1, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    I'm going to vary from my routine this month, because I just read a book that was really interesting. Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture, by Ariel Levy.

  • Reply RA July 1, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Hm. I will go with Secret Ingredients: The New Yorker Book of Food and Drink, edited by David Remnick, this time around.

    I really liked the majority of the articles in this book (most of the short stories were just bizarre), but I skipped a few out of boredom or inability to stand the pretentiousness. As would be expected, though, everything is really well-written and researched. It's kind of a hefty book, but you can dip in and out of this one at your leisure … if you don't have to return it somewhere right away, I guess.

  • Reply TheMoncurs July 1, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus. I really enjoyed it.

  • Reply Shelly July 1, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    How about That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo? Have you ever read anything by him?

  • Reply Nicole July 1, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    General Winston's Daughter by Sharon Shinn.

  • Reply Carly July 1, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    I feel like I should tell you to read "Goodnight Moon" or something like unto, but I have confidence your ability to read while feeding a baby or pacing the floor.

    So how about "House on Mango Street" by Sandra Cisneros. Short and sweet and oh so good. I'm sure you've read it though. Alas.

  • Reply Kate July 1, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

  • Reply Holly July 1, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Radical Homemakers by Shannon Hayes. Super interesting look at how the view of Domesticity has changed and is changing right now.

  • Reply Kelly J. July 1, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    yess baby!!

    the big sort, bill bishop.

  • Reply Jenae July 1, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived by Ralph Helfer. At least a dozen times through this book I thought "I can't BELIEVE that this story is TRUE!"

    plus, we like elephants.


  • Reply NGS July 1, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    I'm still voting for The Magicians by Lev Grossman.

  • Reply Janelle July 1, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Amy's Eyes, by Richard Kennedy. One of these months…

  • Reply Angiegirl July 1, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

  • Reply Katie July 1, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Prince of Foxes

  • Reply melissa @ 1lbr July 1, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Precious Bane by Mary Webb

  • Reply Merry July 1, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    East of Eden, by John Steinbeck! Although this one might be a bit long and involving during your birthing month! Congratulations!

  • Reply Becca July 1, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Cutting for Stone 🙂

  • Reply ACQ July 2, 2010 at 12:32 am

    I had to really think about it this month! I have to recommend The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. It is non-fiction that reads like fiction and it will get you thinking about so many things!

  • Reply Mia July 2, 2010 at 12:49 am

    The Thief
    by Megan Whalen Turner

  • Reply Jenny July 2, 2010 at 1:36 am

    Ruined by Paula Morris

  • Reply Yankee Girl July 2, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    I'm thinking something light and fluffy for summer: My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison

  • Reply G July 3, 2010 at 6:09 am

    I'll just be a broken record and say "Cold Sassy Tree" again.

  • Reply Chris July 3, 2010 at 7:02 am

    The Eight by Katherine Neville

  • Reply Queen Elizabeth July 3, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Going with Cutting for Stone. You won't regret it.

  • Reply Alison Stewart July 4, 2010 at 1:25 am

    Can I still put my vote in?

    Finnikin of the Rock
    Melina Marchetta

  • Reply Saskia July 4, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Hmm, I'm going to go with the light and easy selections what with the baby and all. How about Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day by Winifred Watson? (yes, again.)

  • Reply Katie July 4, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Letter To My Daughter by Maya Angelou.

    And just in the event your daughter arrives before I have a chance to comment again, I would like to wish you a peaceful delivery. I hope all goes well for you.

  • Reply Megan July 5, 2010 at 1:20 am

    Remembering Isaac by Ben Behunin. Amazing book, but probably not in your library in Boston because he self-published it. It changed my life (and it's a really good book to read while breastfeeding!).

  • Reply poodle July 7, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    have you picked a book yet? if not, i am still voting for The Great Starvation Experiment. Non-fiction, but still interesting. (I usually hate non-fiction)

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