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Tell Me What to Read: Round 17

And, here we are facing December. I am plowing through Cutting for Stone, but I must admit it’s rather slow going. Also, I’ve allowed myself to get caught up in the glory of the Harry Potter books again, so there is that.

Let’s not focus on my shortcomings, numerous as they may be, though. Instead, suggest a book for me to read. 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 December (ish).
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 Anonymous November 30, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Juliet by Anne Fortier. I haven't read it myself, but plan to and would love to hear your review before diving in. Because I'm your dear mama, I know you will choose mine. . . 🙂

  • Reply Shanon November 30, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    I agree with Bart. Gregor the Overlander is a great book. You should read it and then plan on doing nothing in December except read the rest of the series.

  • Reply Miri November 30, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver

  • Reply RA November 30, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Two-Part Invention, by Madeleine L'Engle!

  • Reply Merry November 30, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    East of Eden, by John Steinbeck. And yes, I have other books that I want you to read, and we'll never get to them if you don't choose this one! 😀

  • Reply Lisa November 30, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    I'll suggest it again, just in case:
    Wish You Well by David Baldacchi

  • Reply Chrissie November 30, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Going with "I Am the Messenger" by Marcus Zusak again, because I just loved it!

  • Reply Melissa November 30, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    The Forgotten Garden–again because a mystery romance set in England is always best.

  • Reply mainhoonemily November 30, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart – I'm dying to see someone besides me review this!

  • Reply Mary November 30, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Austenland…because yes, I am just that evil. I remember you saying you only got about 10 pages into that book and hated it and couldn't read anymore. Well that's how I am feeling about The Actor and the Housewife but I'm still trudging through it because you said it was good. So, go ahead and give all of Austenland a try.

  • Reply craftyashley November 30, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Dr. Marc Weissbluth. Because seriously, scheduling is the BEE'S KNEES with a baby! (sorry, I am low on book ideas as of late… the kids are driving me too batty to let me read for more than five seconds!) I think if you read it, follow the system, you'll thank me later. 🙂 How is Ella sleeping, anyway? Are you dying yet?

  • Reply Jenn November 30, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, by Mark Haddon.

  • Reply Jenn November 30, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Sarah's Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay, because I just really liked it.

  • Reply LatteLove November 30, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Pastures of Heaven by John Steinbeck

  • Reply G November 30, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns

  • Reply melissa @ 1lbr November 30, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Precious Bane by Mary Webb

  • Reply NGS November 30, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    The Magicians by Lev Grossman. (Yes, again!)

  • Reply Jenny November 30, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    In the spirit of the season, I suggest:
    In the Dark Streets Shineth: A 1941 Christmas Eve Story
    by David McCullough
    (which I am buying at Amazon right now, for $10.99)

  • Reply heidikins November 30, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    East of Eden, Steinbeck!


  • Reply Saskia November 30, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet. By Reif Larsen.

  • Reply Caitlin November 30, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. 🙂

  • Reply The well rounded mom November 30, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    The Undaunted- Gerald Lund

  • Reply Mrs. Doolittle November 30, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    I recommend Michael Creighton's Timeliner.

  • Reply Braden December 1, 2010 at 1:46 am

    The Wee Free Men, Terry Pratchett

    (If you've read it, you can skip to someone else.)

  • Reply Yankee Girl December 1, 2010 at 2:05 am

    Countdown by Deborah Wiles

  • Reply ccr in MA December 1, 2010 at 2:15 am

    Nightshade, by Andrea Cremer. I got it from the library because I read a good review, but was sure I wouldn't be able to get into "another YA-werewolf book". Yeah, couldn't put it down!

  • Reply Mia December 1, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    You know it:

    The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

  • Reply ACQ December 1, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    I will keep suggesting The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman but I'd also like to throw my weight behind Melissa's suggestion of The Forgotten Garden.

  • Reply Bart December 1, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Gregor the Overlander series.

  • Reply Carly December 2, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Since you clearly like poetry (I wasn't sure last month), I am again going to suggest A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson.

    Only please make SPECIAL EFFORT to find an edition with illustrations by Gyo Fugikawa. And then proceed to find all the many many other books she has illustrated. Beginning with her ABC book and "Babies". We read these books daily at our house and I love them more every time.

  • Reply Sherry December 3, 2010 at 2:18 am

    Life of Pi by Yann Martel

  • Reply megan December 3, 2010 at 4:00 am

    Daughter of Time, Josephine Tey

  • Reply Kayla December 6, 2010 at 5:25 am

    I Was Told There Would be Cake by Sloane Crosley. Quick, easy, and really funny. Reads like a blog. Finished it on the airplane today and very much enjoyed it.

  • Reply Merry December 7, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    So, what book did you choose?

    Also, as a former school librarian, you are who I'm turning to with a very important question. There is a book from my childhood that I'm trying to find. I don't remember the title. But it was about magic, and people used these tokens to get wishes, but the wishes didn't turn out like they thought they would. This is NOT Half Magic, because I've read that one too. Do you know the book I'm talking about?

  • Reply Merry December 7, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    No, it's not Well Witched. That was published in 2007 and I read this book before 1996.

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