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Tell Me What to Read: Round 7

January 5, 2010

And here we are in 2010 – time for a new year of Tell Me What To Read. You all know the drill, I think. Recommend a book that you think I ought to read, and I’ll pick one at random from the list.

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. I’ll select one comment at random and announce it on the blog later this 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 January.
  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 Saskia January 5, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    I was just thinking today, 'oh, it's almost time again for tell me what to read! can't wait to see which great books get nominated this month!' And then I checked my google reader and voila, my wish was granted.

    My suggestion for this month is Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson (and then, if you can get your hands on it, the Persephone Classics paperback edition because it's so pretty).

  • Reply Melinda January 5, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    I was scraping ice off the car windshield this morning in TX and thinking about how it was going up there in Boston. Glad to see this posting!

    I'd like to nominate Blink by Malcolm Gladwell.

    P.S. Stay warm.

  • Reply Douglas Carl January 5, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    I think you'd love "The City of Thieves" by David Benioff. Excellent, kind of modern Historical Fiction. And it's a coming of age story.

  • Reply Jenny January 5, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Eric Weiner’s The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World.

  • Reply diana banana January 5, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey
    by Alison Weir

  • Reply Jess January 5, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    OK, I can't remember if I've suggested this one before or not, but Schuyler's Monster by Robert Rummel-Hudson. Apologies if this is a duplicate.

  • Reply TheMoncurs January 5, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    What Dreams May Come

  • Reply RA January 5, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    How about A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson? It's very amusing nonfiction. I didn't see it in your Goodreads page, so I hope you haven't read it yet.

  • Reply Chelsea January 5, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy, by LA Meyer. I just finished the 7 books written so far and couldn't get enough of them. Historical YA fiction. I know you said only 1 title, but in case the first book doesn't grab you enough, the series only gets better and better as you go along!

  • Reply Carly Jane January 5, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    I'm going to go with The Dark Hills Divide by Patrick Carman this time. It's the first in the series (The Land of Elyon books)–I've read three of the four (or four of the five?) and enjoyed them all. Sort of Chronicals of Narnia, Prydain Chronicals genre. Enjoy!

  • Reply smalldog January 5, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie," by Alan Bradley. Even if you don't pick it for Tell Me What to Read, you MUST read it sometime. I think you'd like the heroine (11 year old amateur chemist + murder + English countryside = pretty darn good).

  • Reply heidikins January 5, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.

    I will suggest this every month until it gets picked. :o)


  • Reply Tina's Blog January 5, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    I'm not giving up…still recommending The Help by Katherine Stockett.

  • Reply Norby Family January 5, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Fablehave by Brandon Mull. I really enjoyed this one and thought it was quite unique and interesting.

  • Reply Kelly J. January 5, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    magicians assistant.
    again 🙂

  • Reply Janelle January 5, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Since repetition appears to be the name of the game, I'm going for Amy's Eyes by Richard Kennedy.

  • Reply Jamie Onken January 5, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    The Last Summer (of you and me) by Ann Brashares.
    It is her first novel for "grown-ups" and I really enjoyed it.

  • Reply jle122 January 5, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    1000 White Women- very similar to These Is My Words. I loved them both

  • Reply Jessica January 5, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    I would have you read Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles. I need another opinion!

  • Reply P January 5, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Grace by Richard Paul Evans. So excited to hear which one you pick!!

  • Reply Sherry January 5, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Life of Pi by Yann Martel.

  • Reply emandtrev January 5, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    I think my nomination is a duplicate, but if you haven't read them (can't remember?), the Fablehaven books are fun, fast reads.

  • Reply Lexilooo January 5, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    "The Invisible Wall" by Harry Bernstein.

    He is 99 years old and wrote this one a few years ago when his wife of 67 years passed away. Since then, he's written two more and is working on a fourth! He lives in NJ and all three books were so, so lovely.

    This first one is the story of his family growing up in a mill town in England during WWI.

  • Reply Melanie January 5, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I keep hearing about this book and this author.

  • Reply megan January 5, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    just pick me already! 🙂

    Daughter of Time, Josephine Tey

  • Reply Angiegirl January 5, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier *ninja*

  • Reply Mary January 5, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. I'm reading it right now and can't put it down!

  • Reply Merry January 5, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    East of Eden by John Steinbeck.

  • Reply Becky January 5, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    When I Wasw Joe by Keren David. You have to read this book. I'll describe it for you in one word: life-changing.

  • Reply Nate and Cami January 5, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Sorry, this isn't telling you what to read…

    I for sure would love to contact your friend. I haven't lived in Vegas in 8 years, and I don't know ANYone.

  • Reply Peaceful Reader January 5, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly!

  • Reply Mad Hadder January 5, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Gerbil Farmer's Daughter–superb memoir.

  • Reply Christy January 5, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    "The Magicians" by Lev Grossman.
    I read this a few months ago and it is one of the better Harry Potter-esque novel I've read.

    This is the first time I've suggested a book, even though I've been reading your blog for several months, but I just wanted to say I always love when you do this contest because I get so many great book recommendations1

  • Reply hollyhs January 6, 2010 at 2:00 am

    We Were Not Alone
    by Karola Hilbert Reece
    It's the true story of an LDS family living in Germany during WWII. I read it a while back, but it's short and very good. 🙂

  • Reply poodle January 6, 2010 at 3:29 am

    ender's game. i was surprised by how much i like it. i wasn't expecting much, to be honest…

  • Reply Ari January 6, 2010 at 3:30 am

    My choice: The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb

    The first book I savored instead of speeding thru because I wanted it to last.

  • Reply Shelah January 6, 2010 at 3:31 am

    Have you read Cutting for Stone by Abraham Vergese? Probably the best book I read in 2009.

  • Reply Becca January 6, 2010 at 4:25 am

    Wow, the Cutting for Stone mentioned above was written by Ty's boss. He's such a nice man and oh my, he writes beautifully.

    So, to spare you the monthly POISONWOOD FREAKING BIBLE! from me, how about My Own Country by Abraham Verghese (there's an H in it). You'd love either that or Cutting for Stone.

  • Reply Jenn January 6, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

  • Reply Shelly January 6, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    The Handmaid's Tale is good; I just read it. But I'm going to suggest Olive Kitteridge, which changed my life over the holidays.

  • Reply Yankee Girl January 6, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Impossible Things by Connie Willis

  • Reply Miri January 6, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    I'm sticking with The Poisonwood Bible this month. 🙂

  • Reply Mary January 7, 2010 at 3:54 am

    Hey I'm a blog lurker who loves to read your blog (I found it through your sister). Anyway, if I'm not too late, I am going to suggest The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman by Lousie Plummer. It is feel good YA lit (nothing deep but it puts a smile on my face).

  • Reply Angela Noelle January 7, 2010 at 6:37 am

    The Rag and Bone Shop, Robert Cormier.

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