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Tell Me What to Read: Round 14

You may not have noticed, but I skipped Tell Me What to Read in August because I was TWO books behind (no longer!).

Fortunately (fortunately, right?!), I am now settled in with a new library card (who am I kidding? I totally had the old library card – I just updated my address and also got Ella added on which means I can now check out FORTY-FIVE books at a time, instead of my previous piddly 15 and can also request 9 books at a time, which is a lifesaver. I have, to no one’s surprise, already maxed out my requests.

I. . . .just wrote a whole paragraph about my library card. I am a sad soul. 

Pretend not to notice how pathetic I am, and instead busy yourself with suggesting something for me to read in September:

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 September.

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 Saskia August 27, 2010 at 9:47 am

    The Code of the Woosters by PG Wodehouse. You know Frankie wants you to..

  • Reply Bart August 27, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Gregor the Overlander on audio CD, as narrated by Paul Boehmer. And yes, I'm turning it into "Tell Me What to Listen To".

  • Reply Melanie August 27, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    The Price of Motherhood by Ann Crittenden

  • Reply Miri August 27, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver! Although I'm starting to worry that all the hype will ruin your experience when you do eventually read it…

  • Reply Lexilooo August 27, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Lost, by Jacqueline Davies.

    YA about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts, it was very different…but good!

  • Reply Mary August 27, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    I'm going to suggest that you read Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins because I would really like to read your review of it. I'm sure that you were already planning on reading this (if you haven't already).

  • Reply G August 27, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    You know my standby for this: Cold Sassy Tree

  • Reply Life of a Doctor's Wife August 27, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    "The Cradle" by Patrick Somerville

    P.S. I love your library card joy! My husband is exactly like that. 🙂

  • Reply Holly August 27, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    The House at Riverton by Kate Morton. I haven't actually read it but it is up next in the queue and I think it looks fun.

  • Reply Lotte August 27, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    The Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett 🙂 it's an amazing book!

  • Reply Señora H-B August 27, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    The Likeness by Tana French. Sorry if I posted twice.

  • Reply Lisa August 27, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    How could anyone be expected to only have 15 books?? I don't know what my limit is, but I have yet to hit it. I have, however, hit the "you have too high a fine to check out more" limit. Darn movies with a one week limit get me every time!

    For a book I suggest: Hmm. I got nothing. How about Amy & Roger's Epic Detour? I have not read it, but maybe just seeing your review would be enough.

  • Reply Angiegirl August 27, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    The Road Home by Ellen Emerson White

  • Reply Carly August 27, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    The Dark Hills Divide by Patrick Carmen

    I just reread the whole series in order to read the newest book. Love em 🙂

  • Reply Merry August 27, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    East of Eden, by Steinbeck.

  • Reply craftyashley August 27, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Unwitting Wisdom by Helen Ward.
    You should read it, and then buy it to read to Enna as she grows older. The illustrations are gorgeous.

    (yes, I recommended a children's book- it seems appropriate now!)

  • Reply Sherry August 27, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    You still haven't read Life of Pi, right? That's my pick for you.

  • Reply heidikins August 27, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    The Glass Castle by Jeannette Wall


  • Reply Katie August 27, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Empire Falls by Richard Russo (I picked it out for a book club discussion and am really enjoying it!)

  • Reply Anna August 27, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Love Walked in by Marisa De Los Santos. Just read it and really enjoyed it.

    I think this is my favorite time of the month, because then I fill up my queue at the library with all the books that people suggest for you!

  • Reply Janelle August 27, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    I'm going to go with Amy's Eyes, by Richard Kennedy . . . again.

  • Reply emandtrev August 27, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    I love that you wrote a paragraph about your library card!

    I think I may have suggested this before, but I think you would like it if you enjoyed Outliers. My suggestion is Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. Interesting stuff.

  • Reply Elizabeth August 27, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    I feel inordinately happy for you that you can now check out 45 books, but you can only request 9 at a time? So cruel!
    Anyway, I am going to suggest It's All But the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg.

  • Reply Brianna Soloski August 27, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne. I'm reading it right now. It's a quick read, simply written, but the man can tell a story like no other.

  • Reply Brianna Soloski August 27, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    You should come to Vegas. We can check out 50 items at a time and request 21 items at a time.

  • Reply Ralphie August 27, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    B just read in our monthly newsletter that the library is now CHARGING you if you do not pick up a book that is on hold. A buck per book!

    Tread lightly my friend.

  • Reply NGS August 27, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    The Magicians by Lev Grossman (yes, this is like the sixth time in a row I've said it – I'm going to keep saying it until you read it!).

  • Reply Grace Marie August 27, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    I recommend A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken

    Happy Reading!

  • Reply melissa @ 1lbr August 27, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Precious Bane by Mary Webb

  • Reply Katie Rich August 27, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl

  • Reply Jenny August 28, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Half the Sky
    by Nicholas D Kristof
    and Sheryl WuDunn

  • Reply Mad Hadder August 28, 2010 at 12:33 am

    Talent Code. Quick before you defile Enna's future!!!!!

  • Reply ACQ August 28, 2010 at 1:35 am

    The Postmistress, by Sarah Blake. Stunning.

  • Reply Leslie August 28, 2010 at 2:47 am

    Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

  • Reply Peaceful Reader August 28, 2010 at 3:27 am

    I love that you can write a paragraph about library card love. I second Lisa in that I often go over my fine amount but not over my book amount. I love this time of year just to read everyone's suggestions for you and I will re-suggest Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins. p.s. a library card is the first order of business when i move…

  • Reply Kristine August 28, 2010 at 4:22 am

    Weisenheimer: A Childhood Subject to Debate by Mark Oppenheimer. Written by a former high school debater…recommended to a former high school debater by a former high school debater.

  • Reply Mia August 28, 2010 at 4:50 am

    The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

  • Reply Packrat August 28, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    No new suggestions; haven't had much time to read.

    You are pathetic (just kidding!). With my first, I would read as many as 4 books a day so I could just sit and hold him. (No, it didn't spoil him.) So, hold and cuddle that baby and read, read, read.

  • Reply Jenn August 28, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

  • Reply RA August 29, 2010 at 12:34 am

    Okay, this one took me a while because you have already read the books I have liked most recently. However, this time, I recommend This Book is Overdue!, by Marilyn Johnson. It's kind of a rah-rah librarian book that I'm sure will cause some fist-pumping.

    What is with the limit in requested books? I get limiting the number of books checked out, but why not have yourself on the list for as many books as you darn like? That rule seems rather mean-spirited to me. And now I just read Ralphie's comment about the dollar fee when you don't pick up a book you have on hold. WHAT. I am shocked and appalled.

  • Reply Trish August 29, 2010 at 5:15 am

    You should see me and my 2 girls come home from the library! We each have our own library card so we bring home stacks of books that we can hardly carry. My husband is not a reader and does not understand our love of books, our love of the smell of books, nor our love for the feel of the paper under our fingers as we turn the pages. He just sits and shakes his head as we stagger under the weight of our treasures. And then we dump them right in front of him to enjoy the pure immenseness of it all! 😉

    To end my ramble: my pick for you (I'm hoping you haven't read it) is Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech.

  • Reply Liz August 29, 2010 at 5:32 am

    The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines

    Fairy-tale retelling, but done pretty well.

  • Reply Parkers August 29, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    I'm sure I'm not the only one dying to hear your opinion of Mockingjay. Stop holding out on us!

  • Reply Sarah August 30, 2010 at 4:01 am

    Gift From The Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. I thought it was quick and refreshing, and had some wonderful advice and wisdom on being a woman, wife, and mother.

  • Reply sam August 31, 2010 at 1:32 am

    Dr. Laura's The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands 🙂

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