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Tell Me What to Read: Round 10

Last month, when I’d read two extra books suggested by you fine folks, I said, “Never expect such awesomeness from me again.”

Oh, but you should have. Because this month I have basically outdone myself. Not only did I read (before the month was even half over) Jackaroo, but I also read Tuck Everlasting, suggested by Chrissie, The Help recommended by, well, everyone (RA, Em and Trev, Yankee Girl, and Mom), There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom suggested by Jessica, The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman suggested by Mary, and The Rag and Bone Shop suggested, every month without fail, by Angela Noelle.

AND, as if that wasn’t enough, I read Zen And The Art Of Faking It which Katie recommended in January and Conspiracy 365 January which Mary recommended in January. AND What Dreams May Come which Kayla has suggested several times.


Instead, tell me what to read in April. You know, that month when I’ll be on spring break for a week, lounging in Mexico. You hold the power.

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 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 March.
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 jle122 March 29, 2010 at 11:47 am

    1,000 White Women

  • Reply diana banana March 29, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Still Life With Rice
    by Helie Lee

  • Reply Carly Jane March 29, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    It's a little dry… but you really should read Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weisbluth. You won't regret it when your baby is a few weeks old and you haven't slept in what feels like years.

  • Reply Zillah March 29, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    angle of repose.

  • Reply Jenny March 29, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Waiting for Normal
    by Leslie Conner

  • Reply Landen March 29, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Persuasion by Jane Austen:)

  • Reply Life of a Doctor's Wife March 29, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Little Face by Sophie Hannah

    (FYI – the subject matter got a little disturbing at times, but overall it was a fast-paced, engrossing book.)

  • Reply janet March 29, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    I don't usually comment on these but since you did a post recently on healthy eating, how about the Omnivore's Dilemma or In Defense of Food or something like that? Sorry if you have already read these or if they've been recommended a million times 🙂

  • Reply Mary March 29, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Why don't I just stick with my current theme and go with Conspiracy 365 February. 🙂

  • Reply smalldog March 29, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie – Alan Bradley

  • Reply Mary March 29, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    How about a fun read for the beach – Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns

  • Reply Angella March 29, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Have you ever read Neverwhere? If not, you must.

  • Reply RA March 29, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    A Ring of Endless Light, by Madeleine L'Engle. It's not one of her more famous ones, but it is so lovely. And, YA!

  • Reply Lisa March 29, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I'm reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot right now and really enjoying it. It's a little different from your normal fare, but still I suggest it.

  • Reply Angiegirl March 29, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    The Road Home by Ellen Emerson White

  • Reply Katie March 29, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Prince of Foxes

  • Reply Becca March 29, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Still holding strong with Poisonwood Bible 😉

  • Reply TheMoncurs March 29, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Snowflower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

  • Reply P March 29, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    House Rules by Jodi Picoult

  • Reply Shannon March 29, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Poison Study by Maria V Snyder

  • Reply Merry March 29, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    East of Eden, by John Steinbeck. It's really, really good, even though it's really, really, really, really long!

  • Reply Saskia Tielens March 29, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. I read it for my bookclub last month and was kind of surprised in that it was much better than I expected. I would love to hear your take on it! Besides, it's easy reading for on the beach, which is a nice coincidence.

  • Reply Amy Sorensen March 29, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    I think that, since you're going to be lounging in Mexico, you should read what I read while I was lounging in Mexico:

    His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik.

    It's the first in a series. An alternative history, set during the Napoleanic wars. Only with dragons that fight, too. I wasn't sure I would like it but I LOVED it. A great beach read!

    Happy lounging.

  • Reply Kayla March 29, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Bright Shiny Morning.

  • Reply Janelle March 29, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    I know I've suggested this one before, but we'll try again! Amy's Eyes, by Richard Kennedy. Last I looked, it's out of print, but hopefully your local library has a copy or two. If not, it's nice and cheap on amazon.

  • Reply poodle March 29, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    the great starvation experiment.


    the teaching gap, since you are in education.

  • Reply Melinda March 30, 2010 at 1:40 am

    Congrats on the upcoming freakin' awesome trip!!!

    May I suggest: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

    It is a super fast read, and I always cry, but I love it and read it every year.

  • Reply Sherry March 30, 2010 at 2:26 am

    The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. And if you've already read that one The Life of Pi by Yann Martel.

  • Reply Mia March 30, 2010 at 3:17 am

    The Thief (The Queen's Thief #1) by Megan Whalen Turner.

    Its slow starting, but still keeping you interested, and then all of a sudden you can't put it down.

  • Reply jessica March 30, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    way to knock last month out of the park! to you, i suggest, Babycatcher by Peggy Vincent, because… well.. you know

  • Reply Bethany March 30, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    I think you've read every book I want to suggest! 😀 But I'm with Carly Jane… Weisbluth's sleep book is great. You could honestly stick with Chapters 1-5 until baby is 5 or 6 months. Or even just Chapter 5 alone! (which I read over and over throughout those first few months). It isn't full of it like most sleep books. Also, I haven't read this yet, but I'm going to pick up "Yearning for the Living God: Reflections from the Life of F. Enzio Busche." All about his conversion after being a prisoner of war during WW2. I've heard amazing things.

  • Reply Katie March 30, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    How about Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman.

  • Reply Peaceful Reader March 30, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins. Great book for Mexico and the beach!

  • Reply Miri March 30, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Sticking with Barbara and Becca…

    The Poisonwood Bible.

  • Reply heidikins March 31, 2010 at 4:10 am

    I am worried to recommend "Atlas Shrugged", because I'm afraid you just won't love it as much as I want you to love it.

    However, I LOVED "The Jungle" (Upton Sinclair) and if you have not read it yet I highly recommend it. Amazing book.


  • Reply Julia March 31, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond

  • Reply Julia March 31, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. I must repeat this recommendation until you read it 🙂

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