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Tell Me What to Read: Round 1

So I've been wanting to start this for awhile now and just haven't gotten around to it. My lovely friend Janssen over at Everyday Reading runs an awesome monthly feature entitled Tell Me What to Read, in which she lets her readers suggest books and then she randomly selects one to read and review that month. I love the whole idea and I faithfully suggest a title every month. She hasn't picked mine yet, but I just know she will soon...

So, Janssen, I hope you don't mind my stealing your idea, but I'm gonna start running the same feature here and even though it's a few days into the month, today is the day you all get to suggest titles for the first round! Here are the rules (shamelessly lifted from Janssen's site, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?--Geez, I hope so...):

Tell me what book I should read in April. 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.

Here's how it goes:
  1. Comment with the title and author 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.
  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 the month.
  5. I'll write a review of it here. Even if I hate the book, I will not hate you.
And. . .go!


  1. BLEEDING VIOLET, Dia Reeves!

  2. You know my suggestion - The Devil Inside by Jenna Black. Hell yeah baby!

  3. Sounds like a cool idea so here's my suggestion, a book that I just read and loved and that will be officially released tomorrow:
    Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch.

  4. I second Bleeding Violet!!!

  5. Oh I have so many to suggest! But if I had to pick one it'd be...
    Beautiful Creatures.

  6. At Grave's End - Jeaniene Frost - Third book in NH series. You've already read the first two. I could overflow this box with how much I love this series. There were many happy tears in OFITG. Get your tissues ready, just the opposite in AGE. I am rereading it right now. Won't share how many times I've done that! You won't be sorry!

  7. AMERICAN GODS by Neil Gaiman

  8. What a fun idea! I'm glad it's monthly I have LOTS of suggestions :) I'll start with one of my favourites that no one has heard of!

    The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford

  9. Midnight Masters

    By Cynthia Eden

  10. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

  11. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

  12. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, by Alan Bradley.

    Great idea - I'm thinking of stealing it as well...and I'm enjoying reading all of the suggestions.

  13. Storm Born by Richelle Mead

  14. LION OF IRELAND by Morgan Llywelyn

  15. The Fiddler's Gun by A.S. Peterson.

    I know you wrote just title but I thought perhaps it was good to mention the author as well.

  16. The Enthusiast by Charlie Haas. I mean, actually reading the book would surely be more interesting than listening to me read you quotes from it in bed.

    Also, your husband says "hi".

  17. You've heard this before, but THE PERILOUS GARD by Elizabeth Marie Pope. :)

  18. *rubs hands together with glee* ;)


    Mary Doria Russell

  19. Anonymous2:02 PM

    My top 2 choices were taken (Bleeding Violet and Incarceron), so I'll go with a book I love to pieces: Velocity by Kristin McCloy. I think it's out-of-print, but it's worth searching for. She has a new book out in July after many many years of silence. Velocity is simply gorgeous.


  20. I'm going to suggest:

    The Demon King (Seven Realms, #1)
    by Cinda Williams Chima

    I think you'd like it. :)

  21. Anonymous2:50 PM

    Whistling In the Dark by Lesley Kagen is a great story and one I often recommend.

  22. I seriously don't think I know of more than two books that I have read and you haven't. It's the ONLY downside to our relationship. Unless you've read this since we last talked about it, my vote is

    The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay

    However, take into consideration, I read (and really enjoyed) this book about 13 years ago before having my eyes opened to some great literature. So...maybe my memory is bad..

  23. Elizabeth Peters' CROCODILE ON THE SANDBANK, Book 1 of her Amelia Peabody series.

    Because I am madly excited about the latest one in the series coming out this month.

  24. Amarah3:48 PM

    Ooh,how about The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud, starting with The Amulet of Samarkand?

    It's a different take on wizardry, hilarious, intriguing, and delightfully quirky.

  25. THE SPARROW is great! I'm with Karen.

    Also, you should TOTALLY read ASCENDANT, by this chick... can't remember her name...

  26. Oh please, Miss, read mine, read mine! You will love it, and the sequel comes out in a couple of weeks--Northlander, by Meg Burden. It was on the Cybils shortlist the year it came out, so lots of other people thought it was really good too!

  27. The Red-Headed Stepchild by Jaye Wells! An amazing, must-read UF novel! Seriously. MUST. READ!

  28. If you haven't read it then I recommend The Sunbird by Elizabeth E. Wein. It's been recommended to fans of Megan Whalen Turner. :)

  29. Anonymous6:39 PM

    I really liked 'The Book of Lost Things' by John Connolly...


  30. Because my top favorite book is too long, I'll choose my second favorite: "A Girl Named Disaster", by Nancy Farmer.

    I've been wanting to get someone to read this book because I know that anyone who picks it up will love it just like I did. >_<

  31. I'm currently reading this book and it rivals the Attolia books in court/political intrigue, not to mention the fact that there's a possible thief in it that reminds me of Eugenides (=

    THE POISON THRONE by Celine Kiernan

  32. Cast in Shadow, by Michelle Sagara.

  33. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith is one of my all time favorites.

  34. Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb.

  35. I think you would enjoy the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. (City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass) :0)

  36. I kept trying to decide among all the fantastic books I've read this year...and I couldn't. So, I went with one of my favorite classics of all time: Precious Bane by Mary Webb.

  37. Completely flattered! :)

    One of my all-time favorite books, oddly, is "It's Not About the Bike" by Lance Armstrong.

  38. Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

  39. Hmmm.. this is hard since most of my book ideas actually come from you of course, but let's see? Someone already chose "The Power of One" which is fab.. so, let's go with Kelley Armstrong's The Darkest Powers series book one "The Awakening"

  40. Life as we knew it by Susan Beth Pfeffer

  41. I really love this idea. Thanks so much for posting it. I figured I should post this comment seperately. I hope that I get at least one or two suggestions for mine!

  42. "To Say Nothing of The Dog" by Connie Willis.

    A bit of a tome, it's the second in the Oxford series, but it's a lot more light-hearted than the first, "The Doomsday Book". The third in the series was just released and I can't wait to start it.

  43. Oops, too late. I came here via Literary Escapism. Maybe save it for next month? :)


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