I am kind of ludicrously excited that The Magician’s Assistant by Ann Patchett won. Kelly has been pushing this book for MONTHS, people, and I keep meaning to read it and then forget about it (story of my life).
Can I just say how much I appreciate all your suggestions? I have totally loved doing this thing and it would be so incredibly lame if only two or three people made suggestions.
Ahem, in less cheesy-group-hug news, the other nominations:
- Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson (Saskia)
- Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell (Melinda)
- City of Thieves by David Benioff (Doug)
- The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner (Jenny)
- Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey by Alison Weir (Diana Banana)
- Schuyler’s Monster: A Father’s Journey with His Wordless Daughter by Robert Rummel-Hudson (Jess)
- What Dreams May Come by Richard Matheson (Kayla)
- A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson (RA)
- Bloody Jack: Being An Account Of The Curious Adventures Of Mary Jacky Faber, Ship’s Boy by L.A. Meyer (Chelsea)
- The Dark Hills Divide by Patrick Carman (Carly Jane)
- The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley (Smalldog)
- Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (Heidikins)
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Tina)
- Fablehaven by Brandon Mull (Norby Family & Em and Trev)
- Amy’s Eyes by Richard Kennedy (Janelle)
- The Last Summer (of You and Me) by Ann Brashares (Jamie Onken)
- One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus (Jle122)
- Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles (Jessica)
- Grace by Richard Paul Evans (P)
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel (Sherry)
- The Invisible Wall: A Love Story That Broke Barriers by Harry Bernstein (Lexiloo)
- One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Melanie)
- The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey (Megan)
- Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Murrillier (Angiegirl)
- The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (Mary)
- East of Eden by John Steinbeck (Merry)
- When I Was Joe by Keren David (Becky)
- The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (Peaceful Reader)
- The Gerbil Farmer’s Daughter by Holly Robinson (Mad Hadder)
- The Magicians by Lev Grossman (Christy)
- We Were Not Alone: How an Lds Family Survived World War II Berlin by Karola Hilbert Reece (Holly)
- Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (Poodle)
- The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb (Ari)
- Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (Shelah)
- My Own Country by Abraham Verghese (Becca)
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (Jenn)
- Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (Shelly)
- Impossible Things by Connie Willis (Yankee Girl)
- The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (Miri)
- The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman by Louise Plummer (Mary)
- The Rag and Bone Shop by Robert Cormier (Angela Noelle)
Horrifingly, I have read exactly ONE book on this list. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, which is one of my favorite books. Oh, I love this book. But, really? ONE?!?! Must step it up. Perhaps I’ll secretly read every book on this list this month and than laugh like a loon when I have read over half the recommendations next month.
Or perhaps I won’t.
I love when you do this because it's fun to read all the suggestions! I'm always looking for good books.
I totally want to steal this idea for my blog. People of the internet! Decide what the librarians read!
I love it when you laugh like a loon!
(I'm secretly kind of relieved–you have as much reading potential ahead of you as most of the rest of us)
Alison Stewart says
I have this on my to read list…..can't wait to see what you think!
GREAT list this month! Lots of good suggestions.
yay!! i'm so glad you loved Ender's Game. i really wanted to hear what you thought of it, because i've loved every single book you've recommended. now i'm not even upset that mine didn't get picked!
How cool! Hope you enjoy the winning book.
Science Teacher Mommy says
In an unrelated comment–I posted that list.
Peaceful Reader says
Laughing like a loon…love it!! Making me laugh on a Friday afternoon!
I personally am going to save this list for the next time (read: never) I don't have a stack of books lined up to read. Seriously, though, I **always** need new recommendations, because let's face it, I hate when I read something and am not so enthused about it!
If you get the chance to listen to audiobooks, Bloody Jack is a great recording! Katherine Kellgren narrates and she is AWESOME!
You've never read Life of Pi? That book creeped me out for days! And get reading girl! 🙂
Kelly J. says
Obviously, I was too busy to BE RIDICULOUSLY EXCITED YOU GET TO READ THIS ONE!!!
I love being a winner. And I see you next weekend. And you're reading my book!
It looks like I've read nine of those … but I'm going to make sure the rest are on my to-read list. Happy reading!
Have you read any Patchett before, Janssen? I absolutely adore BEL CANTO.