Whoa, July. That’s. . .the month I’m having a baby.
Also, I have not even started Little Bee yet because, this may come as a shock, but it’s a hugely popular book and I’m still waiting for a copy to come in to my library. I have put in a request for the hardcover, the paperback, the audio, and the downloadable audio version and none of them have yet appeared. Seriously, though, I will read it as soon as it comes in. Scout’s honor.
In the meantime, tell me what to read in July. You know the drill:
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 July.
5. I’ll write a review of it here. Even if I hate the book, I will not hate you.
What can I suggest that you haven't already read? How about A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink.
Once again, I'll say Cutting for Stone. Read it quick, though, because it's super fat and it will be hard to hold one-handed while you're nursing.
Lady Susan says
I am going with my original suggestion:
The Beekeepers Apprentice by Laurie R.King.
I don't think you have ever reviewed a good ol' fashioned mystery. Am I wrong?
I'm going to vary from my routine this month, because I just read a book that was really interesting. Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture, by Ariel Levy.
Hm. I will go with Secret Ingredients: The New Yorker Book of Food and Drink, edited by David Remnick, this time around.
I really liked the majority of the articles in this book (most of the short stories were just bizarre), but I skipped a few out of boredom or inability to stand the pretentiousness. As would be expected, though, everything is really well-written and researched. It's kind of a hefty book, but you can dip in and out of this one at your leisure … if you don't have to return it somewhere right away, I guess.
One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus. I really enjoyed it.
How about That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo? Have you ever read anything by him?
General Winston's Daughter by Sharon Shinn.
I feel like I should tell you to read "Goodnight Moon" or something like unto, but I have confidence your ability to read while feeding a baby or pacing the floor.
So how about "House on Mango Street" by Sandra Cisneros. Short and sweet and oh so good. I'm sure you've read it though. Alas.
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Radical Homemakers by Shannon Hayes. Super interesting look at how the view of Domesticity has changed and is changing right now.
Kelly J. says
the big sort, bill bishop.
Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived by Ralph Helfer. At least a dozen times through this book I thought "I can't BELIEVE that this story is TRUE!"
plus, we like elephants.
I'm still voting for The Magicians by Lev Grossman.
Amy's Eyes, by Richard Kennedy. One of these months…
Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
Prince of Foxes
melissa @ 1lbr says
Precious Bane by Mary Webb
East of Eden, by John Steinbeck! Although this one might be a bit long and involving during your birthing month! Congratulations!
Cutting for Stone 🙂
I had to really think about it this month! I have to recommend The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. It is non-fiction that reads like fiction and it will get you thinking about so many things!
by Megan Whalen Turner
Ruined by Paula Morris
Yankee Girl says
I'm thinking something light and fluffy for summer: My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison
I'll just be a broken record and say "Cold Sassy Tree" again.
The Eight by Katherine Neville
Queen Elizabeth says
Going with Cutting for Stone. You won't regret it.
Alison Stewart says
Can I still put my vote in?
Finnikin of the Rock
Hmm, I'm going to go with the light and easy selections what with the baby and all. How about Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day by Winifred Watson? (yes, again.)
Letter To My Daughter by Maya Angelou.
And just in the event your daughter arrives before I have a chance to comment again, I would like to wish you a peaceful delivery. I hope all goes well for you.
Remembering Isaac by Ben Behunin. Amazing book, but probably not in your library in Boston because he self-published it. It changed my life (and it's a really good book to read while breastfeeding!).
have you picked a book yet? if not, i am still voting for The Great Starvation Experiment. Non-fiction, but still interesting. (I usually hate non-fiction)