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Tell Me What to Read: Round 8

It is, once again, the time of the month where I humiliate myself by admitting how few books I’ve truly read (or, perhaps, the problem is that not enough of you are suggesting fluffy teen romances. Yes, clearly you are the troubling part of this equation). 

Anyway, suggest away. Same as usual.

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. I’ll select one comment at random and announce it on the blog later 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 February.
  5. I’ll write a review of it here. Even if I hate the book, I will not hate you.

And. . .go!

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  • Reply jle122 January 29, 2010 at 11:52 am

    I have to go with 1000 White Women again, you will LOVE it!

  • Reply Melanie January 29, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Cutting for Stone. When you first look at this book it seems like a tome, but the story was so enthralling that I breezed through it in a handful of days.

  • Reply Melinda January 29, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
    I've been reading her blog for awhile now and she has a book!

  • Reply Carly Jane January 29, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    I think I'm going to do a repeat again (unless, did you read it without telling??)…

    Regardless: The Dark Hills Divide by Patrick Carmen.

    There's a new one out and I want to read it. Only my local library is lame. Good thing I'm going home in May and my mom always has the latest books (or can be easily enticed to purchase them). I can wait.

  • Reply Karina January 29, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller.

  • Reply P January 29, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte 🙂

  • Reply Bart January 29, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Gregor the Overlander, by Suzanne Collins

  • Reply Stacy January 29, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Since I desperately want to see Janssen read some epic fantasy, I'm going to suggest The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson again(!).

  • Reply Saskia January 29, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Tell me what to read, already? And round 8, already? Man, this month went by fast!

    I'm nominating The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz because I loved it, even after I had to write a paper on it. It's a rare book that's still fun after being subjected to general academic-ness.

  • Reply Megan B. January 29, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    A Fine Balance by Rohinton

  • Reply Jessica January 29, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    I haven't read any weird books for school to inflict upon you yet this semester.

    So I'll go with Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. You've probably already read it, but if not, you should and prepare to fear for your life.

  • Reply RA January 29, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Ooh, Melinda already recommended The Happiness Project! I will throw in a second vote for that one. I think you'll like it!

  • Reply Jenny January 29, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    I'm currently reading
    by Cynthia Kadohata.
    Methinks you may have already read this one.

  • Reply smalldog January 29, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    I remember reading this in middle school and liking it a lot. Dealing with Dragons, by Patricia C. Wrede

  • Reply Shelly January 29, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    I'm going to suggest Olive Kitteridge again!

  • Reply Shelah January 29, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    I'll ditto Melanie and request Cutting for Stone, again.

  • Reply lacie tidwell January 29, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    In honor of JD Salinger's passing I'm going to suggest Catcher in the Rye- it's as far from fluffy teen romances probably as you can get but it was a revolutionary book that shaped literature and people forever

  • Reply megan January 29, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    you know…

    Daughter of Time, Josephine Tey.

    There's more Suzanne Collins out there, Bart? Yippee!

  • Reply Merry January 29, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    East of Eden by John Steinbeck

    Seriously, it's long, and the beginning is a little hard to get into. But after that, it's a beautiful book. I wish I could read it again for the first time.

  • Reply Norby Family January 29, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    I am going to say Fablehaven again. I just think it's magical!

  • Reply Jess January 29, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    I suggest Zeitoun by Dave Eggers. Disclaimer: I just checked this book out of the library, and haven't yet read it myself. So it could suck. But if it does, at least we'll endure the misery together!

  • Reply Sherry January 29, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Life of Pi by Yann Martel

  • Reply emandtrev January 29, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    I know I've recommended Fablehaven (I've read books one through three so far) before, but I'll do it again. I think you'd find them fun and fast reading.

    Also, I'm not through with it yet, but am liking Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. I know you recently read Outliers and I'm betting you would like this too.

  • Reply Rachel January 29, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Water for Elephants

  • Reply melissa @ 1lbr January 29, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    I've not recommended here before, but I am feeling adventurous. I enjoyed Black Angels very much, so hopefully you will have a chance to pick it up sometime (if you haven't already).

  • Reply Zillah January 29, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    stegner, angle of repose.

  • Reply Mary January 29, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    I'm going to repeat the book that I suggested last month, just because it IS fluffy teen romance(but very clever and funny fluffy teen romance). So my suggestion for you, again, is The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman by Lousie Plummer.

  • Reply TheMoncurs January 29, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    What Dreams May Coooooome!!

  • Reply Yankee Girl January 29, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    I'm going out on a limb and suggesting Death with Interruptions by Jose Saramago.

  • Reply Angiegirl January 29, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Gonna switch it up this month and go with THE ROAD HOME by Ellen Emerson White.


  • Reply Bean January 30, 2010 at 1:44 am

    The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb. I have a fascination about the shootings at Columbine High School. Perhaps fascination is a bad way to put it. It interests me. Not in a sick, twisted way….in a "how do we get this to not ever happen again" sort of way. And this book contains a lot of truth about that event but it's still fiction. Very cool.

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  • Reply Angela Noelle January 30, 2010 at 4:08 am

    It wouldn't be "Tell Me What to Read" if I didn't say, The Rag and Bone Shop, Robert Cormier! PLEEEEASE, random number generator…pick ME!

  • Reply Peaceful Reader January 30, 2010 at 5:29 am

    I nominated you for the Kreative Blogger Award!! Come check it out! Oh, and I still think you need to read Jitterbug Perfume.

  • Reply Carole January 30, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    I'm reading East of Eden at the suggestion of a close friend. So, I'll 2nd the suggestion to read it from Merry. This also "ups" my chance of having my book chosen 🙂

    I've started a new list of Books I Want to Read before I Die. Don't want to waste all of my reading time on things of the moment and never get to the important stuff. And this book is on that list.

  • Reply Chrissie January 30, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    I can't recall if you've read this one, but I'll suggest "Skin Deep" by E.M. Crane. I enjoyed it!

  • Reply Alison Stewart January 30, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    I'm going to suggest something I haven't read:

    Bloodroot by Amy Greene

  • Reply poodle January 30, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    the great starvation experiment

  • Reply Katie January 30, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Zen and the Art of Faking it by Jordan Sonnenblick.

  • Reply Amy Sorensen January 30, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    When I read "a book that changed your life" I thought…I have to suggest this one again, even though the way it changed my life isn't the usual that-book-changed-my-life experience. At any rate:

    Cat's Eye by m. Atwood.

  • Reply Parkers January 30, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    I'll also nominate a book that I haven't read. Hopefully you will pick it and then I will know if it is worth my time 🙂 My Life in France by Julia Child. I've been kind of obsessed with her ever since I saw Julie and Julia.

  • Reply Mary January 31, 2010 at 2:03 am

    Conspiracy 365 by Gabrielle Lord.

  • Reply Kristin January 31, 2010 at 2:48 am

    You maybe read it as a child, but my favorite book from childhood is The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. So, that's my nomination. Everytime I read it, I'm amazed at how she brought everything together.

  • Reply Chelsea January 31, 2010 at 5:13 am

    Man, so many good suggestions! But I'm going to repeat with Bloody Jack: the curious adventures etc. etc. by LA Mayer. I just really think it'll be right up your alley…

  • Reply tinylittlelibrarian January 31, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Oh my stars, the possibilities are endless! I'm going with Storm Front by Jim Butcher because the Dresden Files series is addictive and 99.9% of people I've talked to love it.

    But if not, I would second Gregor the Overlander – I thought it wouldn't be my style, but loved it.

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