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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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  • Reply Kimberly July 10, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    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.

  • Reply Erica July 10, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    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.

  • Reply Laura H July 10, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    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)

  • Reply Amber July 10, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    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.

  • Reply Katie July 10, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    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.

  • Reply Mia July 12, 2012 at 3:55 am

    So glad its back! I missed it this month, but i'll be posting my old standby next time.

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