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Tell Me What to Read: Round 12

Wow, has May flown by or is it just me? Time to tell me what to read.

This is the book I will read when school is out, and I’m enjoying my glorious summer break. Not that I’m excited or anything. . .

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 June.
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 Sherry May 25, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    When Everything Changed by Gail Collins. I bet you are not a huge fan of her NYT columns, but this books is really fantastic and interesting. Not like her columns. 🙂

  • Reply kate May 25, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Little Bee, by Chris Cleave. My book club recently read it, to mixed reviews. I enjoyed it for what it was….gee, that's a ringing endorsement!

  • Reply Chelsea May 25, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    I recently read "Fablehaven" by Branden Mull. I was really cute. I actually just got the 2nd book yesterday to read from the library.

  • Reply Mary May 25, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    How about Laura Bush's new book, Spoken From the Heart? I always like learning about past and present First Lady's and their stories.

  • Reply Janelle May 25, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Amy's Eyes, by Richard Kennedy.

  • Reply Kathleen May 25, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    The Hollow Kingdom by Clare Dunkle

  • Reply Queen Elizabeth May 25, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Belong To Me by Marisa de los Santos. Fun, thought provoking and very engaging. I adore her writing style.

  • Reply Shelah May 25, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    I'm going to keep recommending Cutting for Stone until you read it. 🙂

  • Reply Jess May 25, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Orange Is the New Black, by Piper Kerman.

  • Reply Carly Jane May 25, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Seriously? Has it been a month? Could have fooled me.

    Have your read 'Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child' by Marc Weissbluth yet? Because it really will change your life as a parent.

    Warning though: somewhat research intensive and boring. But useful, I promise.

  • Reply Saskia May 25, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Hmm, what to recommend, what to recommend..I'll go for I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb.

    And, by the way, my bookclub was having trouble picking next month's read, so we turned to your blog and let you guide us. Now we're going for Birthmarked 🙂

  • Reply S May 25, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    If you have to cry, go outside: and other things your mother never told you by Kelly Cutrone.

  • Reply Carole May 25, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It's better than you'd guess.

    I was also pleased to see that QE2 is reading your blog.

  • Reply Jenny May 25, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    the conscious cook
    by Tal Ronnen

  • Reply Kristi May 25, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    The Happiest Baby on the Block…by…uh…someone. I never read it, just skimmed it and it all was very helpful. I got that swaddling down to a T. And people with crankier babies than mine have sworn by it. So, there you go.

  • Reply TheMoncurs May 25, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. I'm 200 pages in and so in love with this book.

  • Reply Norby Family May 25, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    LIttle Giant of Aberdeen County but you have to listen to it. I love the narrator, it's beautiful.

  • Reply Merry May 25, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    East of Eden, by John Steinbeck

  • Reply RA May 25, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind, by Suzanne Fisher Staples.

    I recently remembered how much I loved this book in middle school, and when I looked it up, I found that it was the first of a trilogy! So now I must read all three books.

  • Reply Life of a Doctor's Wife May 25, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    How about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? (Full review here:

    However, my husband is currently reading it, and last night he asked me with deep concern whether this was "just a normal mystery."

    And, I suppose, in the broadest sense of the term, it IS "just a normal mystery." But it's one of the most engaging and complex mysteries I've ever read, and the main character is AMAZING.

  • Reply GeogJen May 25, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Half of a Yellow Sun by ChimamanadaNgozi Adichie. An interesting tale set amidst the backdrop of the Biafran War in Nigeria.

  • Reply Yankee Girl May 25, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Death With Interruptions by Jose Saramago

  • Reply NGS May 25, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    I'm going to recycle my suggestion from last month – "The Magicians" by Lev Grossman. I love it!!

  • Reply The Petersons May 25, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Lost by Jacqueline Davies

  • Reply Julia May 25, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    "Mary" by Janis Cooke Newman. awesome book

  • Reply emandtrev May 25, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    I think I saw that you had read this, but just in case…I enjoyed "Uglies" by Scott Westerfeld.

  • Reply Gretchen May 25, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    I enjoyed Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns

  • Reply Emily May 25, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    A Rather Lovely Inheritance by C.A. Belmond

  • Reply Queen Elizabeth May 25, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    I take back my comment and am also going with Cutting for Stone. LOVED that book and I recommend it to everyone. What a story.

  • Reply Lisa May 25, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Hidden Talents, by David Lubar. It's a great book for junior high-aged kids, and boys generally like it a lot too.

  • Reply Lisa May 25, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Uh, adding to my previous comment–meaning that junior-high-aged boys like it.

  • Reply ACQ May 25, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Trying again this month for The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman.

  • Reply Burton the cool May 26, 2010 at 12:35 am

    Look Again by Lisa Scottoline. A little slow in the beginning, but it picks up and is interesting.

  • Reply Becca May 26, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Cutting for Stone – Abraham Verghese

  • Reply Jodi May 26, 2010 at 4:28 am

    The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. And you make such a cute pregnant girl.

  • Reply Jessica May 26, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    I wish to subject someone else to the weirdness that is my class reading. I "recommend" Eva by Peter Dickinson.

  • Reply Shelly May 26, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    I remember that you read The Magician's Assistant by Ann Patchett, but have you read Bel Canto? Because it's the only one of her books that I think is truly extraordinary. Although Run is really good, too.

  • Reply Lisa May 26, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    how about Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture by Ellen Shell? I haven't read it, but have it checked out of the library and it looks interesting. And you know I'm not gonna find time to read it anytime soon!

  • Reply jenn May 26, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Cutting for Stone- Abraham Verghese…epic story.

  • Reply Katie Rich May 26, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Edith Wharton's The Age Of Innocence

  • Reply melissa @ 1lbr May 26, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    I'm going to recommend a book that really affected me Precious Bane by Mary Webb. Not the easiest reading, but so worth it.

  • Reply Parkers May 27, 2010 at 12:59 am

    The Poisonwood Bible- Barbara Kingsolver

  • Reply megan May 27, 2010 at 4:44 am

    Ok, I was a little tempted to say a book that you would hate, just to see if rule 5 really is true, but… I won't.

    I'm trying again.

    Daughter of Time, Josephine Tey

  • Reply Katie May 27, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    I'm in the middle of one right now, which I am thoroughly enjoying. It's called Undress Me In the Temple of Heaven. It's by Susan Jane Gilman author of Hypocrite in a Puffy White Dress. This one is a memoir of her backpacking trip through China just after it was opened to tourism in the 80s.

  • Reply Mary May 27, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns

  • Reply Miri May 27, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    I'm going to support Fablehaven this time, because my whole family loves that series. They're really well-written for kids, and the characters are very personable. I think you'd like them.

  • Reply Megan June 1, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. The audio version, read by Jim Dale, is fantastic.

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