Tell Me What to Read

Tell Me What To Read

You lovely readers were all very enthusiastic about the “Tell Me What To Read” idea (for which I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You all are great).

So here we go, Round 1! Tell me what book I should read in July. 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.

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. On the last day of the month (that’s 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 July.
  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 Shelly June 29, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. My favorite book of 2008.

  • Reply Julie M. Smith June 29, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down.

  • Reply Jessica June 29, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    The Professor's House by Willa Cather

  • Reply Anne B. June 29, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

  • Reply Jenny June 29, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    The Queen's Fool
    by Phillippa Gregory
    (LOVED Anne B's pick)

  • Reply Emily June 29, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    These Is My Words by Nancy Turner. Oh I loved this book sooo much.

  • Reply mellenthinclan June 29, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    All the ones suggested are so great it is hard to recommend another but I would say

    Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir

  • Reply Julie Anne June 29, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    uh oh I feel lost, you are the one who gives me all the suggestions. (I seriously get all my book ideas from you!) I just finished the Hunger Games (after being on the LONG Provo Library waiting list, like you posted about, for like 6 mo!) And yes, it is now one of my favorite books. I COULD NOT put it down so I stayed up into the night reading it (something I rarely do because I am such an early to bed, early to rise kind of girl) only to find out it was part of a trilogy!!! (I had no idea!)Great news because I get to read more but when I looked at the clock and realized I just HAD TO stay up to find out what happened I just laughed!!!

    So because it's all too backwards for me, I have no suggestions. hahahah

  • Reply heidikins June 29, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.


  • Reply Norby Family June 29, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy.

  • Reply Karina June 29, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    I'm with Anne B., read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. And it's not because I've read it but because I've ordered it from Amazon to read right now for my own book group. Heard it's great!

  • Reply Kimberly F. June 29, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood (Atwood is a goddess of literature, and this is my favorite of hers, even though the NYT disliked it (pompous fools they are))!

  • Reply Jess June 29, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Only because I loved his first book and this one is now waiting on my Kindle for me to read. I have high expectations.

  • Reply craftyashley June 29, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart.

  • Reply Lady Susan June 29, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    The beekeeper's apprentice by Laurie R. King.

    I love her Russel and Sherlock mysteries and this is the first one. Besides, it's July, and I believe that one shouldn't read anything too serious during the summer.

  • Reply Science Teacher Mommy June 29, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Grapes of Wrath. John Steinbeck. The BEST American novel.

  • Reply Melanie June 29, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    This is kind of tough because many of the books I read are your suggestions. I'm going to go with something nonfiction for my suggestion: Long Walk to Freedom – Nelson Mandela's autobiography.

  • Reply Liz June 29, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Night World by L.J. Smith

  • Reply Packrat June 29, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Repeat suggestion 🙂 Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns

  • Reply hollyhs June 29, 2009 at 7:56 pm



  • Reply poodle June 29, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    The Great Starvation Experiment. Trust me, you will love it!

  • Reply Miri June 29, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver. My favorite book so far this year.

    However, if you choose Tess, Cold Sassy Tree, or Rebecca I will also be thrilled. Oh how I love Tess.

  • Reply Erin June 29, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Dave Barry Slept Here. (and I'm going to steal the comment list to add to my to-read list!)

  • Reply Rhiannon Hart June 29, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Z for Zachariah, by Robert C. O'Brien.

  • Reply Kelly J. June 29, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    The Magician's Assistant by ann patchett 🙂 This book is so beautiful I cry with every read.

    I LOVE the Atlas Shrugged suggestion, but you'll be shocked to know you likely will be on a wait list for it at the library. It's in high demand right now. Every library in my system [~10] has a wait list.

  • Reply Mad Hadder June 29, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    Hi Janssen–Drop everything and go get Extremely Loud, Incredibly Close. I am not responsible if you don't! 9-11 story.

  • Reply Mary June 29, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    There is no me without you by Melissa Greene. What a wake up call!

  • Reply Alison Stewart June 30, 2009 at 1:01 am

    OK-I'm going throw an odd one in the mix…..

    The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott

    How exactly are you going to pick? I think you should post the list of everyone's suggestions (will make it easier for me to copy-tee hee)

  • Reply Angela Noelle June 30, 2009 at 1:37 am

    The Rag and Bone Shop, Robert Cormier…because I can't believe you haven't read this already…being such a YA lit-fic chic.

  • Reply Lenore June 30, 2009 at 8:47 am

    My Dirty Little Book of Stolen Time by Liz Jensen. It just seems like something that's made for you.

  • Reply Angiegirl June 30, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Where to start? 🙂

    Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

  • Reply Science Teacher Mommy July 1, 2009 at 3:12 am

    Daughter of the Forest AND its two sequels. I have read this one about five times. Superb.

    And Miri, you are a girl after my own heart. Your dittos were mine too.

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