What I’m Going to Read: Round 20

And now, the moment you all no one has been waiting for. . .

The winning book for Round 20 is The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl, recommended by Katie. My library had it sitting on the shelf, which makes it a complete win already in my book.

Other excellent suggestions:

  • A Friend at Midnight by Caroline B. Cooney (Carrie Jo)
  • Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel (Katie)
  • The Selection by Kiera Cass (Melbh4284)
  • Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert K. Massie (Meridith)
  • Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings (Erica)
  • The Night Circus by Eri Morgenstern (Bethany, Allerkins, Melanie, and Shannon)
  • Mudbound by Hilary Jordan (Peaceful Reader)
  • Evertaster by Adam Glennon Sidwell (Katie)
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (Lisa)
  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (Mom)
  • Bringing Up Geeks by MaryBeth Hicks (Amy)
  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin (Debbie)
  • The Paris Wife by Paula McLain (Jenn)
  • The Leftovers by Tom Perotta (Life of a Doctor’s Wife)
  • The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (Amanda)
  • Outside the Lines by Amy Havtany (Kayris)
  • My Cousin Rachel by Daphne DuMaurier (Jules)
  • What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty (Ally)
  • Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman (Saskia)
  • Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch by Sally Bedell Smith (Megan)
  • The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex (Smalldog)
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (NGS)
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth (Mary and Lucy)
  • In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez (Anna)
  • Precious Bane by Mary Webb (Melissa)
  • The Last Shot by Darcy Frey (Emma)
  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (Caitlin)
  • For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund (Jen)
  • Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks (Jen B)
  • Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls (Rachel)
  • Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage (Vickie)
  • Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry (Song)
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (Jen)
  • Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson (CCR in MA and Shelly)
  • Samurai’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama (Diane)
  • Fall of Giants by Ken Follett (Laura)
  • Blackout by Connie Willis (JoLee)
  • Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin (Shante)
  • The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye (Hannah)
  • …And Ladies of the Club by Helen Hooven Santmyer (Mandy)
  • A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller (Michelle)
  • I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Treviño (The Morris Family)
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard (Kathie)
  • Wonder by R. J. Palacio (Deanna H)
  • I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (Tasha)
  • Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein (Sherry)
  • Modoc by Ralph Helfler (Jenae)
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (Stacy)
  • Goodnight, Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian (Emily)
  • A Work in Progress by Brad Cotton (Feezle)
  • Complications by Atal Gawande (Andrew)
  • The Sparrow (Shelly)
  • Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf (Alison K)
  • Swept Off Her Feet by Hester Browne (Emily)
  • Two-Part Invention by Madeleine L’Engle (RA)
  • Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (Merry)
  • The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai (Aleks)
  • Jumper by Stephen Gould (Audrey)
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (Trish)

Of these, I’ve read:

  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
  • What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
  • The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye
  • I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

I cannot tell you how happy I am to be doing this again. Thank YOU all for participating!

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  1. I can't wait to hear what you think. It's sitting on my shelf at home half-read from many years ago. If you give it a thumbs up, that might be the push I need to pick it up again.

  2. You haven't read Goodnight, Mr. Tom? Oh, it's so good! It's a great book for 9-to-11-year-olds, a category I think usually has sub-par books. Just me? Also, glad I'm not the only one that hasn't read the Poisonwood Bible. I know it's good, and my mom has had it for years, but I've just never been interested.

  3. I loved Wonder by RJ Palancio. I am way too cheap to buy book but I had to have this one. It should be required reading for children (and adults)

  4. I just finished the selection, it was good. I am sad it is the first book in the series, so I have to wait forever for the second one.

  5. I'm glad you picked my book suggestion! I actually haven't read it, and it has been sitting on my shelf for years. I keep thinking that I need to read it because I bought the book. I'll be reading it too! I'm excited to see what you think of it.

  6. i like staying organized by using my phone calendar for appointments, sticky notes (paper ones and digital ones!), writing stuff into my planner…and constantly thinking about or reminding myself of things that need to be done.

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