So I have a (maybe) great idea.

Yesterday, on my post about YA books, RA commented saying:

You know I am all about YA fiction, and that question to Sherman Alexie is horribly ignorant. But… sometimes I wish I could share my adult fiction (although I call it modern fiction so as to take away the squick feel) with you and see what you think! Would you be game?

I said, yes, I would be game. I told her to give me one title and I would read it by the end of the month and tell her what I thought. Her pick was Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.

Cool, right? I think so.

So here’s what I’m suggesting. Every month, I’ll ask you to offer up one book title that I absolutely must read (old, new, adult, YA, romance, mystery, sci-fi, you name it) and I’ll draw one at random. Then I’ll read it that month and review it.

Is that completely lame or would you participate?

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  • Reply RA June 4, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Woo hoo! I can't wait to see what you think of Never Let Me Go. I will try not to hype it up too much here, but just know that I am internally and externally squealing.

    I can't wait to see what everyone else suggests! I plan to steal the recommendations, of course.

  • Reply Bean June 4, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    I would totally participate!!

  • Reply nancypearlwannabe June 4, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Oh, I would definitely do that!

  • Reply Shelly June 4, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    I'd totally participate!

  • Reply smarteze June 4, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    I thought that book was really good. Looking forward to your review.

  • Reply craftyashley June 4, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Ooooh! That sounds like tons of fun!

  • Reply diana banana June 4, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    fantastic idea. I would totally participate but (much like my husband…at this point we can use his name right? right…its Ben.) I get all my suggestions of what to read from you. I'm excited to get a new variety of books to read though….

  • Reply Science Teacher Mommy June 4, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Peace Like A River

  • Reply Lady Susan June 4, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Oh, I totally second STM's suggestion of Peace Like A River. I adored that book. I am game! However, the problem might be coming up with a book that you haven't read before. 😉

  • Reply Slick June 4, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Seems like a good idea, but mostly I'm hear to tell you that you should definitely read Never Let Me Go, and as other comments have said Peace Like a River is an incredible read.

  • Reply Kimberly F. June 4, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    I'd participate! I love telling (ahem – "suggesting") people what to read. Never Let Me Go is a fantastic choice.

  • Reply Miriam June 4, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    So many books, so little time – there better be books in the next life with lots of reading time!!! That would be heaven, right?

  • Reply emily kate June 4, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    I think it's a great idea. I'll be interested to hear what you think of Never Let Me Go. My bookclub read that one a couple of months ago.

  • Reply Jeff, Vicky and Kira June 4, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Sounds like a great idea to me! do my comments/suggestions count even if I am a lurker who is just finally commenting? =)

  • Reply Yankee Girl June 4, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Fantastic idea!

  • Reply Sarah June 4, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    We totally need to talk about that book! Let me know when you are done!

  • Reply Merrick June 4, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Um, I'm going to participate on the back end of this. Books you like, you pass on to me. Deal?

  • Reply heidikins June 4, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    I'm totally in.


    I just typed in a giant list of "Janssen to Read's" but decided I'd wait until you at least called for favorites. :o)


  • Reply Angiegirl June 4, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    It's a great idea! I'm in.

  • Reply Kelly J June 4, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    As long as "the magician's assistant" is on it. My favorite book. Such an incredible read.

  • Reply Gretchen June 4, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Sounds like a great idea! Not because I will have anything to suggest to you (I think I only read things these days that you have recommended), but because I will probably reap the benefits. 😉

  • Reply Kelly June 5, 2009 at 3:01 am

    What a fun idea! I love the "I'll read adult if you'll read YA" deal with RA too. 🙂

  • Reply Amy Sorensen June 5, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    I would participate!

    Hope you like Never Let Me Go. It is one of my favorites! (It is set in a boarding school, sorta, after all! 🙂 )

  • Reply tootie June 5, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    I think it's a great idea! It's always interesting to see what books people love.

  • Reply KT June 5, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    This sounds like fun. I'm interested in seeing what people come up with!

  • Reply Saskia June 7, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Oh that sounds like a lot of fun! I can see a lot of bloggity interaction in the following months..

  • Reply Lisa June 7, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Great idea, Janssen. I'd love to see your thoughts on some "adult" novels.

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