January 29, 2010

Tell Me What to Read: Round 8

It is, once again, the time of the month where I humiliate myself by admitting how few books I've truly read (or, perhaps, the problem is that not enough of you are suggesting fluffy teen romances. Yes, clearly you are the troubling part of this equation). 

Anyway, suggest away. Same as usual.

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. You can DEFINITELY suggest the same book you suggested last month.

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. I'll select one comment at random and announce it on the blog later next week.
  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 February.
  5. I'll write a review of it here. Even if I hate the book, I will not hate you.
And. . .go!

45 comments:

  1. I have to go with 1000 White Women again, you will LOVE it!

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  2. Cutting for Stone. When you first look at this book it seems like a tome, but the story was so enthralling that I breezed through it in a handful of days.

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  3. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
    I've been reading her blog for awhile now and she has a book!

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  4. I think I'm going to do a repeat again (unless, did you read it without telling??)...

    Regardless: The Dark Hills Divide by Patrick Carmen.

    There's a new one out and I want to read it. Only my local library is lame. Good thing I'm going home in May and my mom always has the latest books (or can be easily enticed to purchase them). I can wait.

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  5. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller.

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  6. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte :)

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  7. Gregor the Overlander, by Suzanne Collins

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  8. Since I desperately want to see Janssen read some epic fantasy, I'm going to suggest The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson again(!).

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  9. Tell me what to read, already? And round 8, already? Man, this month went by fast!

    I'm nominating The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz because I loved it, even after I had to write a paper on it. It's a rare book that's still fun after being subjected to general academic-ness.

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  10. A Fine Balance by Rohinton
    Mistry

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  11. I haven't read any weird books for school to inflict upon you yet this semester.

    So I'll go with Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. You've probably already read it, but if not, you should and prepare to fear for your life.

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  12. Ooh, Melinda already recommended The Happiness Project! I will throw in a second vote for that one. I think you'll like it!

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  13. I'm currently reading
    Kira-Kira
    by Cynthia Kadohata.
    Methinks you may have already read this one.

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  14. I remember reading this in middle school and liking it a lot. Dealing with Dragons, by Patricia C. Wrede

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  15. I'm going to suggest Olive Kitteridge again!

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  16. I'll ditto Melanie and request Cutting for Stone, again.

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  17. In honor of JD Salinger's passing I'm going to suggest Catcher in the Rye- it's as far from fluffy teen romances probably as you can get but it was a revolutionary book that shaped literature and people forever

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  18. you know...

    Daughter of Time, Josephine Tey.

    There's more Suzanne Collins out there, Bart? Yippee!

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  19. East of Eden by John Steinbeck

    Seriously, it's long, and the beginning is a little hard to get into. But after that, it's a beautiful book. I wish I could read it again for the first time.

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  20. I am going to say Fablehaven again. I just think it's magical!

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  21. I suggest Zeitoun by Dave Eggers. Disclaimer: I just checked this book out of the library, and haven't yet read it myself. So it could suck. But if it does, at least we'll endure the misery together!

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  22. I know I've recommended Fablehaven (I've read books one through three so far) before, but I'll do it again. I think you'd find them fun and fast reading.

    Also, I'm not through with it yet, but am liking Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. I know you recently read Outliers and I'm betting you would like this too.

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  23. I've not recommended here before, but I am feeling adventurous. I enjoyed Black Angels very much, so hopefully you will have a chance to pick it up sometime (if you haven't already).

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  24. I'm going to repeat the book that I suggested last month, just because it IS fluffy teen romance(but very clever and funny fluffy teen romance). So my suggestion for you, again, is The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman by Lousie Plummer.

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  25. I'm going out on a limb and suggesting Death with Interruptions by Jose Saramago.

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  26. Gonna switch it up this month and go with THE ROAD HOME by Ellen Emerson White.

    *waits*

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  27. The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb. I have a fascination about the shootings at Columbine High School. Perhaps fascination is a bad way to put it. It interests me. Not in a sick, twisted way....in a "how do we get this to not ever happen again" sort of way. And this book contains a lot of truth about that event but it's still fiction. Very cool.

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  28. It wouldn't be "Tell Me What to Read" if I didn't say, The Rag and Bone Shop, Robert Cormier! PLEEEEASE, random number generator...pick ME!

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  29. I nominated you for the Kreative Blogger Award!! Come check it out! Oh, and I still think you need to read Jitterbug Perfume.

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  30. I'm reading East of Eden at the suggestion of a close friend. So, I'll 2nd the suggestion to read it from Merry. This also "ups" my chance of having my book chosen :)

    I've started a new list of Books I Want to Read before I Die. Don't want to waste all of my reading time on things of the moment and never get to the important stuff. And this book is on that list.

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  31. I can't recall if you've read this one, but I'll suggest "Skin Deep" by E.M. Crane. I enjoyed it!

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  32. I'm going to suggest something I haven't read:

    Bloodroot by Amy Greene

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  33. the great starvation experiment

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  34. Zen and the Art of Faking it by Jordan Sonnenblick.

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  35. When I read "a book that changed your life" I thought...I have to suggest this one again, even though the way it changed my life isn't the usual that-book-changed-my-life experience. At any rate:

    Cat's Eye by m. Atwood.

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  36. I'll also nominate a book that I haven't read. Hopefully you will pick it and then I will know if it is worth my time :) My Life in France by Julia Child. I've been kind of obsessed with her ever since I saw Julie and Julia.

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  37. Conspiracy 365 by Gabrielle Lord.

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  38. You maybe read it as a child, but my favorite book from childhood is The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. So, that's my nomination. Everytime I read it, I'm amazed at how she brought everything together.

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  39. Man, so many good suggestions! But I'm going to repeat with Bloody Jack: the curious adventures etc. etc. by LA Mayer. I just really think it'll be right up your alley...

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  40. Oh my stars, the possibilities are endless! I'm going with Storm Front by Jim Butcher because the Dresden Files series is addictive and 99.9% of people I've talked to love it.

    But if not, I would second Gregor the Overlander - I thought it wouldn't be my style, but loved it.

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