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Tell Me What to Read: Round 19

I’m among friends here, right? Good, let me admit something very embarrassing.

You may remember that the winner of Tell Me What To Read for March was Maisie Dobbs, suggested by Alison K. I went to get it the other day out of my library basket so I could begin reading it and. . . couldn’t find it. I searched everywhere. Nothing.

I went online and looked at my library account. I apparently had never checked it out. I am completely flummoxed by this as I was SURE I had brought it home with me on my last library trip. But, the fact that the library has no record of me doing so and my apartment, which is not that hard to search from top to bottom, has not revealed it, makes me think that I am, in fact, losing my mind. This is unfortunate.

What is even more unfortunate is that someone ELSE in my town had the audacity to check it out so I now have to wait another two weeks for it to be returned so I can start reading it.

So, I’ll be doing that book AND another one this month. If I’m not busy trying to remember how to brush my teeth or something, since it appears I’ve lost a good many brain cells in recent days.

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 by the end of the 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 April.
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 Mad Hadder March 30, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Little Heathens

  • Reply RA March 30, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Two-Part Invention!

    I also love that you used the word "flummoxed" in this post.

  • Reply Mia March 30, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

  • Reply G March 30, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Cold Sassy Tree

  • Reply NGS March 30, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    The Magicians by Lev Grossman

  • Reply Stefanie Hathaway March 30, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

  • Reply Carole March 30, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Russian Winter

  • Reply Amy Sorensen March 30, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    The Handmaid's Tale.

  • Reply Kimberly March 30, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I've been thinking a lot about The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner recently (strange to randomly think about a book a read a year ago), so I echo Mia's vote! I actually liked The King of Attolia best, but you really do need to start with the first book in the series.

  • Reply Lexilooo March 30, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    I'm currently reading The Kitchen House and really enjoying it.

  • Reply Lisa March 30, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Cinderella Ate My Daughter, so I know if I need to read it.

  • Reply Kimberly March 30, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    The Unlikely Disciple- Kevin Roose

  • Reply Ang March 30, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Room, a novel by Emma Donoghue

  • Reply Jenae March 30, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Did you ever read Water for Elephants? Love that book deeply. I am currently in mourning that the movie is coming out. Not that I am against book to movies but rather I am against Robert Patinson playing beloved characters.

    How depressing.


  • Reply Lis March 30, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

  • Reply heidikins March 30, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    East of Eden, Steinbeck.

    (After suggesting this almost every month I have developed a bit of a complex. What if you pick it, and what if you hate it? I mean, it's lengthy to start with, and what if you just can't get through it!? Yes, these are the things that keep me up at night.)


  • Reply Shannon March 30, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Committed by Liz Gilbert.

  • Reply Katie March 30, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Prince of Foxes

  • Reply Jenny March 30, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    The Company She Keeps
    by Georgia Durante

  • Reply ssm March 30, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

  • Reply Carly March 30, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Ho Hum. How about Emily of New Moon by L. M. Montgomery. (Much like Anne of Green Gables, but a different heroine. She has dark hair!)

  • Reply Mary March 30, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Austenland! Ok, ok, I'll stop bugging you about that one. 🙂

    My real book suggestion is A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn which seems to be one of those ever popular modern reworkings of a fairy tale, this time Sleeping Beauty.

  • Reply Lauren March 30, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex.
    I've been reading your blog for a while (I found your blog through Jenna Cole, who I had a class with at BYU, and I work at a library myself and love some of your book picks!) but never commented before. I just discovered True Meaning of Smekday and can't stop telling people about it!

  • Reply melissa @ 1lbr March 30, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Precious Bane by Mary Webb

  • Reply Becca March 30, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    I still think you oughta read Poisonwood Bible 🙂

  • Reply blaine and michelle March 30, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    Into the Wind by Jean Ferris (parts 1-3) — a teenage-hood favorite of mine which I recently read again and loved as much as an adult. Fluffy, light, romantic, YA gold.

  • Reply Lisa March 31, 2011 at 4:08 am

    Wish You Well by David Baldacchi

    I loved all the Maisie Dobbs books and I can't wait to read your impressions of the first!

  • Reply Alisha Stamper March 31, 2011 at 6:14 am

    the shadow of the wind by carlos ruiz zafon

  • Reply Mary March 31, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Words In the Dust by Trent Reedy.

    I won a free copy of this and thought that it was an intriguing book, loosely based on a real situation. Not the best book I've read by any means, but good. I just thought that I should spread the word about it, as the publisher was kind enough to give me a free copy. It is worth reading.

  • Reply Melissa March 31, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    One Child by Torey Hayden

  • Reply Holly Hoffman Spears March 31, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    365 Thank Yous by John Kralik.

  • Reply Saskia March 31, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    The Selected Works of TS Spivet, by Reif Larsson.

  • Reply Parkers March 31, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Ella Minnow Pea! By Mark Dunn.

  • Reply JB April 2, 2011 at 9:38 am

    'At Home' by Bill Bryson

  • Reply ACQ April 2, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    I might be too late for this month, but I will recommend The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett. It's the first of four books starring Tiffany Aching, who is one of my favorite characters in literature!

  • Reply Kimberly April 4, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Ohh I just noticed that you already did the book I suggested. So if it's not too late, I change my suggestion to Letters from the Inside- John Marsden.

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