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What I’m Going to Read: Round 12

The big winner this month was Life of a Doctor’s Wife who suggested The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I’d read the book at the end of last year when Shelly kindly sent me a copy (which I read on the way home to two weeks of an empty house and was pretty sure I’d never sleep again because, wow, was that book intense). Since I’ve already read that book (I feel AWESOME when I get to email the winner saying, “I’ve actually already read this”), she suggested Little Bee by Chris Cleve as a replacement. I’ve heard lots of good things about this book, so I’m excited.

Other suggestions (check out the rabid support for Cutting for Stone. Holy cow!):

  • When Everything Changed by Gail Collins (Sherry)
  • Little Bee by Chris Cleave (Kate)
  • Fablehaven by Brandon Mull (Chelsea and Miri)
  • Spoken from the Heart by Laura Bush (Mary)
  • Amy’s Eyes by Richard Kennedy (Janelle)
  • The Hollow Kingdom by Clare Dunkle (Kathleen)
  • Cutting for Stone (Shelah and Queen Elizabeth and Becca and Jenn)
  • Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman (Jess)
  • Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weisbluth (Carly Jane)
  • I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb (Saskia)
  • If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You by Kelly Cutrone (S)
  • Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs (Carole)
  • The Conscious Cook by Tal Ronnen (Jenny)
  • The Happiest Baby on the Block (Kristi)
  • Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (Kayla)
  • Little Giant of Aberdeen County (Norby Family)
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck (Merry)
  • Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind by Suzanne Fisher Staples (RA)
  • Half of a Yellow Sun by ChimmanadaNgozi Adichie (GeogJen)
  • Death with Interruptions by Jose Saramago (Yankee Girl)
  • The Magicians by Lev Grossman (NGS)
  • Lost by Jacqueline Davies (The Petersons)
  • Mary by Janis Cooke Newman (Julia)
  • Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (Em and Trev)
  • Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns (Gretchen and Mary)
  • A Rather Lovely Inheritance by C.A. Belmond (Emily)
  • Hidden Talents by David Lubar (Lisa)
  • The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman (ACQ)
  • Look Again by Lisa Scottoline (Burton the Cool)
  • The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (Jodi)
  • Eva by Peter Dickinson (Jessica)
  • Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (Shelly)
  • Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture by Ellen Shell (Lisa)
  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (Katie Rich)
  • Precious Bane by Mary Webb (Melissa)
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (Parkers)
  • Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey (Megan)
  • Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven by Susan Jane Gilman (Katie)
  • Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson (Megan)

Of these, I’ve read (the following pathetic number):

  • Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  • The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
  • Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

Incidentally, all four of those are books I loved. A lot.

Anyway, this was a great month for recommendations. Maybe with school out I can get through more than just Little Bee? We shall see. . .

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  • Reply Life of a Doctor's Wife June 4, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Yay! It was a fantastic book (though hard to read – emotionally – at times).

    I am so glad that you picked this instead of Little Face. I almost emailed you saying "don't read Little Face until your baby is ten years old!" but then I figured you could handle it, if you read Girl with a Dragon Tattoo. 🙂 But am still relieved.

    Looking forward to your review!

  • Reply Becca June 4, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Haha, the support is that rabid for a reason!! 🙂 It's far and away one of the best books I've ever read.

  • Reply Melanie June 4, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Yay for so many votes for Cutting for Stone! That's the one I've been voting for for months; I'm glad that others put a vote in since I skipped this month. Seriously, pick it up now; down wait for it to win the Tell Me What to Read contest.

    We're halfway through the year and it's still one of my favorite – if THE favorite – book I've read this year.

  • Reply NGS June 4, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    I love these lists! It's so great to be able to add to my library list!

  • Reply Amy Sorensen June 5, 2010 at 12:46 am

    Little Bee is a great book. Like the doctor's wife said…emotionally difficult, but so beautifully written. I can't wait to hear what you think about it!

  • Reply Jenna June 5, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    I just finished The Tennis Partner by Verghese and… honestly I wouldn't have finished it (or just would have skipped to the end to find out what happens) if it wasn't for book club. Too many long and detailed descriptions of tennis for my liking. Maybe I'll give Cutting for Stone a try though? Verghese certainly is a brilliant man though. Doctor AND accomplished author. I'd be happy to be one or the other.

  • Reply Miri June 7, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    What did you think about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? I wanted to read it when it first came out, but didn't get around to it, and now that I've seen it's a "The Girl Who…" type series, I find my interest diminished for some reason. Part of me would still like to read at least the first one though.

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