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Tell Me What to Read: Round 3 (and a Giveaway!)

It’s the first day of school for me! I probably could not be more excited.

In the meantime, while I’m off teaching about the Caldecott award, how to use the Dewey Decimal System, and reading aloud until my voice disappears, please leave me your suggestions for Tell Me What to Read, Round 3!

It can be any genre, any age level, and have been published last week or three hundred years ago. You can pick it because it’s a book that everyone should read or because it changed your life or because it is great literature or just because it entertained you. You can DEFINITELY suggest the same book you suggested last month.

Here’s how it goes:

  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. Tomorrow, I’ll select one comment at random.
  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.

And. . .go!

But wait, before you go, yesterday, I reviewed A Season of Gifts, and I have an extra advance reader copy of it that I’m giving away. Go comment on this post if you want to throw your name in the ring.

Happy Tuesday!

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  • Reply Lisa September 1, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Time Traveler's Wife!

  • Reply Lady Susan September 1, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer. I lover Heyer's books–the next best thing to Jane Austen. They are fun, hilarious, and wonderfully entertaining. If by chance, you have read The Grand Sophy, you could read another title. She was prolific as well. 😉

  • Reply KarenDV September 1, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate.

    (I hope I'm not recommending a book I picked up b/c it was recommended here!)

  • Reply diana banana September 1, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    these is my words by nancy e. turner

  • Reply Kelly J. September 1, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    magicians assistant, ann patchett.

    third time's a charm.

  • Reply Jenn September 1, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    The Book of Salt by Monique Truong

  • Reply RA September 1, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Ellen Foster, by Kaye Gibbons

    It's a quick read, but OH SO GOOD.

  • Reply Lexilooo September 1, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    My favorite childrens book of all time is Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney. Her illustrations are gorgeous and I have a signed copy!

  • Reply Lauren September 1, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Graceling by Kristin Cashore because it's an awesome book!

  • Reply Carly Jane September 1, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    I was hoping you would do this again because I've been thinking you should read A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith. It's one of my ALL TIME favorites. Sort of a YA but then not. I think you'd love it.

  • Reply Katie September 1, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    "Impossible" by Nancy Werlin. A great YA read.

  • Reply Gretchen September 1, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns

  • Reply Miri September 1, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver. I really might just keep doing it until it gets picked!

  • Reply Packrat September 1, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Amen, Gretchen. Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns

  • Reply Packrat September 1, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    PS Your day has already started. Hope it goes well.

  • Reply Sherry September 1, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.

  • Reply Mary September 1, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    The Enchanted Chocolate Pot

  • Reply Miss L September 1, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Remembering the Good Times, Richard Peck. Hope you have a great first day of school! 🙂

  • Reply Kath September 1, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

  • Reply Anonymous September 1, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Parallel Jouneys by Eleanor Ayers. A fascinating book that follows two young adults through Nazi Germany. One is a Jewish woman who flees Germany, but is eventually captured and sent to a concentration camp. The second story line follows a young German boy who joins Hitler's Youth and worships his country and its military strength. Fascinating and true stories. These two individuals eventually meet in the USA and now lecture together.

  • Reply Janelle September 1, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    I'm going for a repeat of last month: Amy's Eyes, by Richard Kennedy. I first read it in 2nd grade and it has been a favorite ever since.

  • Reply Sara September 1, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    The Sunflower by Richard Paul Evans

  • Reply heidikins September 1, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Have you read Cry the Beloved Country? (Author: Alan Paton)


  • Reply Ang September 1, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    The Kite Runner.

  • Reply Heather September 1, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Til We Have Faces – C.S. Lewis

  • Reply Shelly September 1, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Yes, I will suggest it a third time: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.

  • Reply J. September 1, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein.

  • Reply Monica September 1, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    The Green Mile.

    Just finished it–loved it.

  • Reply Kathleen September 1, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    East by Edith Pattou OR Sun & Moon, Ice & Snow by Jessica Day George. (Both are retellings of the same fairy tale and I really liked both of them.)

  • Reply Kathleen September 1, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Oh and I LOVE Miss Rumphius. That's one that I remember my mom reading to me and when I have a big yard I'm going to plant lupines.

  • Reply Mad Hadder September 1, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    The Memory of Running Awesome awesome book.

  • Reply Jenny September 1, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Love Carly Jane's book. That was one of my all time favorites as well…
    My suggestion this month is
    The Hiding Place
    by Corrie Ten Boom

  • Reply nancypearlwannabe September 1, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    The Road, by Cormac McCarthy. Oh, and I hope you had a fabulous first day at school!

  • Reply The Food Librarian September 2, 2009 at 12:25 am

    The Informant by Kurt Eichenwald. True story…is a movie starring Matt Damon. Excellent true (white collar) crime non-fiction.

  • Reply Saskia September 2, 2009 at 7:10 am

    Izzy Willy-Nilly by Cynthia Voigt. I have read this book so many times over the years and I love it.

  • Reply Kimberly F. September 2, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    I don't know if I'm too late, but I'll throw out Oryx and Crake again.

  • Reply Douglas Carl September 2, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Master and Commander by Patrick Obrian. According to the NYTimes, the best historical fiction ever written. Tough but rewarding. This is the first of a long series and you might recall they made a movie of this first book with Russell Crowe.

  • Reply Jess September 2, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    I suggest Summer Sisters by Judy Blume. Mostly because I'm leading a discussion of it over at Very Bookish and I want people to read along!

  • Reply megan September 2, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    If you haven't already picked today… I was slow in thinking.
    The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, Joan Aiken (Juv. Fiction)

  • Reply emandtrev September 2, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    I'm late to the party, but I just finished the first book in the Fablehaven series (called Fablehaven itself!) and loved it. Maybe you've already read it or the others in the series, but it was really a quick and fun read.

  • Reply ellen September 2, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    A Homemade Life

  • Reply Yankee Girl September 2, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    The Help by Kathryn Stockett

  • Reply Angiegirl September 2, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    DAUGHTER OF THE FOREST by Juliet Marillier

  • Reply Angela Noelle September 3, 2009 at 12:30 am

    The Rag and Bone Shop by Robert Cormier

  • Reply Peaceful Reader September 3, 2009 at 1:38 am

    Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins-it's about beets, aroma and love…and some time travel thrown in as well!

  • Reply housewife September 3, 2009 at 7:08 am

    I agree – Cold Sassy Tree. Such a good book.

  • Reply Taren September 3, 2009 at 8:00 am

    ooh, i think i like you. because i definitely LIKE books 😉

  • Reply Kelly September 7, 2009 at 12:05 am

    Looks like you got enough suggestions 🙂 but I love that you do this!

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