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Tell Me What to Read: Round 2

July 29, 2009

Was it just me or did July race by? (Whoa, just sounded like an old person there, accidentally).

Anyway, Round 2! Time to tell me what to read in August.

A few people asked last time how I picked the winner; I put the number of comments in a random integer generator and then whatever number between 1 and 32 (that’s how many suggestions there were last time) came up, I counted down to that comment and, ta-da! Winner! Ding ding ding!

It can be any genre, any age level, and have been published last week or three hundred years ago. You can pick it because it’s a book that everyone should read or because it changed your life or because it is great literature or just because it entertained you. You can DEFINITELY suggest the same book you suggested last month.

Here’s how it goes:

  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. On the last day of the month, I’ll select one comment at random.
  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 August.
  5. I’ll write a review of it here. Even if I hate the book, I will not hate you.

And. . .go!

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  • Reply poodle July 29, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    i still think you should read The Great Starvation Experiment. I might keep suggesting this every month until it gets picked!!

  • Reply Janelle July 29, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    My favorite book growing up was Amy's Eyes, by Richard Kennedy. I believe it is out of print, but can hopefully be found at your library.

  • Reply Lexilooo July 29, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    I recently blogged about this book, and you commented, hehe, but read it!

    My Enemy's Cradle, by Sara Young.

    So, so good!

  • Reply Zillah July 29, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    brideshead revisited, evelyn waugh.

  • Reply megan July 29, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    On the off chance you didn't read it… The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde. I actually hated this book for the first few pages, but once I accepted the fact that it is rather strange, I loved it.

  • Reply heidikins July 29, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    I'm repeating my suggestion from last month: Atlas Shrugged.


  • Reply diana banana July 29, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    these is my words by nancy e. turner

  • Reply Elizabeth July 29, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Sloppy Firsts!

  • Reply ellen July 29, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Marley & Me by John Grogan

  • Reply Carly Jane July 29, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Yesterday I finished reading Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt… and I loved it. You've probably read already… but if not, you should!

  • Reply RA July 29, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan

  • Reply Noelle July 29, 2009 at 3:29 pm


  • Reply Packrat July 29, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    A Thousand Pieces of Gold. The book, not the movie.

  • Reply Jodi July 29, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    I love that you say "on the off chance…". You've read more books than anyone I know in real life who isn't over 50.

    Anyway, I'm recommending Left to Tell by Immaculée Ilibagiza.

  • Reply TheMoncurs July 29, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    I think I'm going to start picking ridiculously difficult novels and suggesting them every month under the rationalization that you need some culture and grown up books in your life. But really, it's because I know you'll spend forever slogging through it while my book count slowly rises.

  • Reply Linda July 29, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Life of Pi, because I still find myself contemplating it occasionally.

  • Reply Sherry July 29, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    War and Peace because I hate you. 🙂 And I agree with Kayla. (Actually, I loved that novel, but it make me laugh if you had to read the whole thing in one month).

    But I wouldn't be sad if RA or Linda one.

  • Reply Emily July 29, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    I think last time I recommended "These Is My Words" which I do think you should read, but this time I'm recommending, "Love Walked In" by Marisa de los Santos.

  • Reply Picture Taker July 29, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

  • Reply Kate July 29, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    I think you need to read Unwind. It is amazing.

  • Reply Angiegirl July 29, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Gonna stick with my vote from last time. DAUGHTER OF THE FOREST by Juliet Marillier.

  • Reply Norby Family July 29, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackery… I really enjoyed this one in high school. You've probably already read it though… You are tough to pick a book for, just so you know.

  • Reply Mary July 29, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer.

  • Reply Melanie July 29, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

  • Reply Shelly July 29, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Glad I'm not the only one repeating my suggestion from last time! The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. The sequel just came out yesterday!

  • Reply Corbett Family July 29, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky. My pick for book club last year and I loved it. I don't think anyone else did. 🙂

  • Reply Kath July 29, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Fun idea! My suggestion is: Losers Guide to Life and Love by A.E. Cannon

  • Reply Kimberly F. July 29, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    I was going to just recommend Oryx and Crake again, because it is my life's work to get everyone I know to read that book (along with the Book Thief, but you have already read that one), but I think I'll put that off for next month and recommend Dealing With Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede instead. (And if you like that one – and haven't already read it, of course – there are sequels! Hooray!)

  • Reply Katherine July 29, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Disclaimer: It's long, and I don't particularly care for anything else I've read by Steinbeck.


    East of Eden is beautiful and epic and potentially life-changing, and I think everyone should read it.

  • Reply Yankee Girl July 29, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    The Help by Kathryn Stockett

  • Reply Alison Stewart July 29, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    Sticking with my 1st suggestion:

    The Alchemyst (Nicholas Flamel #1) by Michael Scott

  • Reply tootie July 29, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    One of my favorite books is a cute memoir called "Funny in Farsi" by Firoozeh Dumas. It's a quick, fun read.

  • Reply Jenny July 30, 2009 at 1:07 am

    Three Cups of Tea
    by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

  • Reply Kelly J. July 30, 2009 at 2:13 am


    I finally got someone ive been bugging 2 years to read it who thought it was one of her favorite books ever now. Pressure, Janssen, pressure.

  • Reply lifeisdreaming July 30, 2009 at 7:52 am

    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, by Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith

    (Not world changing lit, but I thought it was very funny. Also available on audiobook, which is how I came across it)

  • Reply J. July 30, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. I loved it!

  • Reply Jenn July 30, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

  • Reply Lexilooo July 30, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Another suggestion- On the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford. It alternates between the 1940's and 1980's in Seattle and talks about the Chinese and Japanese immigrants in the city. I had never read anything like this, and I really enjoyed the story!

  • Reply Suey July 30, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski. So good!

  • Reply Lisa July 30, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Me & Emma by Elizabeth Flock.

  • Reply smalldog July 30, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Cold Comfort Farm, by Stella Gibbons

  • Reply Liz July 30, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    I'm currently reading the Sword of Truth series, and I like it, so try
    Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind. Fantasy, definitely not YA, and rather hefty, but I am on book 5 and still going strong!

  • Reply Amy Sorensen August 1, 2009 at 1:57 am

    I think you should read Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig. It sorta/kinda changed my life when I read it at 19…(sorta/kinda because a lot of other things happened that changed my life that year, but that book was one!)

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