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Tell Me What to Read: Round 11

Once again, the end of the month draws nigh. And tomorrow is when the MLA conference begins, so I’ll be enjoying it on the Cape, so of course, I have no complaints about the end of the month.

As predicted, I was not nearly so awesome in April. Frankly, it wasn’t my best month of reading, except for that week in Mexico, which really helped me out. I’m just getting sidetracked by other projects (um, like Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution on Hulu. You know, important things).

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 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 May.
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 NGS April 27, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    You should read The Magicians by Lev Grossman. I'm in love with it.

  • Reply Lexilooo April 27, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    I still want you to read The Invisible Wall by Harry Bernstein. I found it to be fascinating- I loved it!

  • Reply Anne April 27, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    I am new here, so I don't know if you already read that one… But a "summer book" I enjoyed a couple years ago is "Summer Crossing" by Truman Capote.

  • Reply Life of a Doctor's Wife April 27, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    I may have already recommended this to you… But you should read Little Bee by Chris Cleave.

    (Review on my site if you are interested:

  • Reply Jessica April 27, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    I would have you read Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty… because I just went to go see her and I want to reread all her books but I don't have time because it's Finals Week and I have to read Picturebooks instead.

  • Reply S April 27, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Saving Ceecee Honeycut. I'd be interested in reading your review!

  • Reply G April 27, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

  • Reply Jenn April 27, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    'The Unlikely Disciple' by Kevin Roose (tagline: a sinner's semester at America's holiest university) –I read this last summer and it was so so good, kind of an undercover memoir. fascinating!

  • Reply Meg April 27, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    The Hour I First Believed- Wally Lamb

  • Reply Suey April 27, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    How about Just One Wish by Janette Rallison….

  • Reply Melanie April 27, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    I'm still pushing for Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. I heard him speak yesterday and it was amazing.

  • Reply Saskia Tielens April 27, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day – Winifred Watson.

  • Reply Carly Jane April 27, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Hmmm…So far nothing I've suggested has been picked (it's ok, there're a lot of us throwing out ideas)… so I feel like I should do a repeat. How about Housekeeping by Marilyn Robinson.

    I probably love this book so much because I read it in college and we had the best class discussions on it. Maybe it's dry and boring otherwise, I don't know. But it's one of those books I frequently give away.

  • Reply smalldog April 27, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    The Grand Sophy – Georgette Heyer. Funny book, great character.

  • Reply Norby Family April 27, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    LIttle Giant of Aberdeen County, but I have a stipulation, you have to listen to it. I think the person who reads this book completely makes it! So that is my suggestion.

  • Reply Jenny April 27, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Because I loved Girl With A Pearl Earring, I recommend

    The Virgin Blue
    by Tracy Chevalier

    I'm going to read it too.

  • Reply Elena April 27, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    I think I've left this before but – The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. The last book of the trilogy comes out in the UK on Monday!

  • Reply RA April 27, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Hm. I'm going to go supernerd on this one and suggest Fermat's Enigma, by Simon Singh. I promise that it's not nearly as intimidating as it may appear.

  • Reply Angiegirl April 27, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    THE ROAD HOME by Ellen Emerson White

  • Reply craftyashley April 27, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    I Love Everybody (and other atrocious lies) by Laurie Notaro

  • Reply Merry April 27, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    I'm going for East of Eden again, by Steinbeck.

    Have you really been doing this for over a year? Crazy.

  • Reply Chrissie April 27, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Not sure if you've read it or not, but my pick is "The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd. I just loved this book – read it about a year ago and am already craving a reread. Great writing!

  • Reply Amy Sorensen April 27, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    I am changing my usual Atwood recommendation to Oryx and Crake, because you mentioned you are a dystopia fan!

  • Reply Sherry April 27, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    As usual, Life of Pi by Yann Martel.

  • Reply poodle April 27, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    the great starvation experiment.

    as always.

  • Reply Chelsea April 27, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Elantris by Brandon Sanderson. I loved it!

  • Reply Chelsea April 27, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Or "The Experiment" by John Darnton

  • Reply Glen Oaks April 27, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    The School Story by Andrew Clements

  • Reply Yankee Girl April 27, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson (Just for the title)

  • Reply melissa @ 1lbr April 27, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    I'm going to suggest Precious Bane by Mary Webb. I don't talk about this one as much as I should. Loved it.

  • Reply Mia April 27, 2010 at 11:27 pm

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

  • Reply Megan B. April 28, 2010 at 12:13 am

    The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer

  • Reply Kelly J. April 28, 2010 at 12:42 am

    The Big Sort by Bill Bishop 🙂

  • Reply Bart April 28, 2010 at 1:05 am

    Gregor the Overlander.

  • Reply Deanna H. April 28, 2010 at 1:22 am

    The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester.

  • Reply Kay April 28, 2010 at 5:40 am

    I just finished The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein… OHHHHH sooooo adorable! Laugh out loud funny, touching, and in first-person DOG! A quick read – so for you… couple of hours! xoxo

  • Reply Miri April 28, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver. (I was going to put something else this time but then I thought how ironic it would be if this were the time mine did get picked…)

  • Reply Jenna April 28, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Gilead by Marilyn Robinson. It is a little slow, but beautiful.

  • Reply Mary April 28, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns. I don't know anyone who has read this and doesn't like it.

  • Reply Emily April 28, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart, because it's one of my favorites and I recommend it to everyone.

    By the way, Hi, I'm Emily and I found your blog through…I don't even remember now. I've just been lurking for a few weeks and couldn't resist putting my two cents in. 🙂

  • Reply Meredith Shatzer April 28, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Stargirl by Jerri Spinelli – I was unpacking books in our new place and had to skim through this again from several years ago. Just love it!

  • Reply ACQ April 29, 2010 at 2:40 am

    The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman. It's a real book set in contemporary times but still carries an element of a fairy tale with magic. The girls are totally spellbinding.

  • Reply BrittWilk May 2, 2010 at 4:05 am

    The Year of Living Biblically – A.J. Jacobs. An agnostic guy lives the Bible – even the Mosaic Law nuances for a year. He comes out a better person, a better dad, a better neighbor. Reminds me of how I feel about the temple as well – you can't go without leaving a better person. Scripture works the same way, even for someone who doesn't entirely embrace what they are reading on a spiritual level.

  • Reply Katie May 3, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Prince of Foxes

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