Sunday, August 03, 2008

Your Recommendations

I got quite a number of wonderful book recommendations in response to my recent drawing, the Hachette Book Group USA Summer Reads Giveaway. I did not want to keep all the recommendations to myself and thought I would make a list to share with you all.

A
The Avengers: A Jewish War Story by Rich Cohen (recommended by Heather J of Age 30 - A Year of Books)

B
Back Home Michelle Magorian (recommended by Stephanie of Open Mind, Insert Book)
Birdman by Mo Hayder (recommended by Nicola of Back to Books)
Black and White by Dani Shapiro (recommended by Megan of Leafing Through Life)
The Blood of Flowers by by Anita Amirrezvani (recommended by Nyssaneala of Book Haven)
The Blue Cheer by Ed Lynskey (recommended by Jen of Jen's Book Thoughts)
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (recommended by Trish of Trish's Reading Nook)

C
Cane River by Lalita Tademy (recommended by Heather J of Age 30 - A Year of Books)
Change of Heart by Jody Picoult (recommended by Julie of Julie's Jewels)
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (recommended by Lenore of Presenting Lenore)
Cold Plague by Daniel Kalla (recommended by Lori of She Treads Softly)

D
Deception by Christopher Reich (recommended by Donura)
Deerskin by Robin McKinley (recommended by Jena of Muse Books Reviews)
Devil's Footprints (recommended by Amy of Park-Avenue Princess

E
Eleanor Rushing by Patty Friedmann (recommended by Florinda of The 3 R's: Reading, 'Riting, and Randomness)
Emergency Sex and Other Desperate Measures by Kenneth Cain, Heidi Postlewait, Andrew Thomson (recommended by Heather J of Age 30 - A Year of Books)
The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Arctic Expedition by Caroline Alexander, Michael Tezla, and Marin Rubin (recommended by Heather J of Age 30 - A Year of Books)

F
The Fourth Watcher by Timothy Hallinan (recommended by Jen of Jen's Book Thoughts)

G
Ghostwritten by David Mitchell (recommended by Lenore of Presenting Lenore)
gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson (recommended by Lisa of Books. Life. Lists.)
Gracy Valley Trilogy by Robyn Carr (recommended by Susan from Bloggin' 'Bout Books)

H
Hotel Du Lac by Anita Brookner (recommended by Wendy of Caribousmom)

I
In the Woods by Tana French (recommended by Iliana of Bookgirl's Nightstand and Lori C.)
Infected by Scott Sigler (recommended by Lori of She Treads Softly)
Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (recommended by Evelyn)

J
Jia: A Novel of North Korea by Hyejin Kim (recommended by Princesshoney of Princesshoney's Weblog)

L
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (recommended by Princesshoney of Princesshoney's Weblog)

M
Malgudi Days by R.K.Narayan (recommended by aBookworm of A Bookworm Reads)
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (recommended by Princesshoney of Princesshoney's Weblog)
The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff (recommended by Jennifer of Literate Housewife Review and Julie of Julie's Jewels)
Mr. Thundermug by cornelius Medvei (recommended by Princesshoney of Princesshoney's Weblog)
Mrs. Lieutenant: A Sharon Gold Novel by Phyllis Zimbler Miller (recommended by Barbara of My Own Space)
Mutant Message Down Under by Margo Morgan (recommended by KP)
My Sisters Call Me by Megan Crane (recommended by Christine B.)

N
Nim Chimpsky: The Chimp That Would Be Human by Elizabeth Hess (recommended by Framboise)
No One You Know by Michelle Richmond (recommended by Christine B.)

O
On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan (recommended by Jessica of The Bluestocking Society)
The Other Side of You by Salley Vickers (recommended by Megan of Leafing Through Life)
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (recommended by Carrie K. of Mommy Brain)

P
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks (recommended by Heather Munro Prescott of Knitting Clio)
Pop Larkin Chronicles by H.E. Bates (recommended by Merri from Merrily We Roll Along

R
Ringside 1925: Views From the Scopes Trial by Jen Bryant (recommended by Teddy Rose of So Many Precious Books, So Little Time)
A Rose for the Crown by Anne Easter Smith (recommended by Meghan of Medieval Bookworm)
The Ruins of California by Martha Sherrill (recommended by Florinda of The 3 R's: Reading, 'Riting, and Randomness)

S
Schooled by Anisha Lakhani (recommended by Amy of Park-Avenue Princess
The Secret River by Kate Grenville (recommended by Teddy Rose of So Many Precious Books, So Little Time)
Shadow Family by Miyuki Miyabe (recommended by Elizabeth of Adventures in Reading)
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson (recommended by Trish of Trish's Reading Nook)
The Spies of Warsaw by by Alan Furst (recommended by Jeanne)
Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky (recommended by She is too Fond of Books)
Summer Sisters by Judy Blume (recommended by Shana of Literarily)
The Sword of Truth Series by Terry Goodkind (recommended by Monica of Monniblog)

T
Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman (recommended by Lallybroch of SHHH I'm Reading . . .)
These Is My Words Nancy Turner (recommended by Suey of It's All About Books)
3 Aces by Richard Ide (recommended by Ruth of Diabetes Treatments)
The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy (recommended by Megan of Leafing Through Life)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (recommended by Laura of Reading Reflections)
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer (recommended by JMom of Found Not Lost)

U
Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri (recommended by Heather Munro Prescott of Knitting Clio)

W
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver (recommended by Heather from Book Addiction)
When he Heart Cries by Cindy Woodsmall (recommended by Theresa N.)
Where is the Mango Princess? by Cathy Crimmins (recommended by Jena of Muse Books Reviews)
Word Origins ... and How We Know Them: Etymology for Everyone by Anatoly Liberman (recommended by Jeanne)
The World According to Garp by John Irving (recommended by JMom of Found Not Lost)

I linked the reviews of those who recommended the books where I could. Some of you were kind enough to provide me with direct links to your reviews and others I found by searching your blogs. If I didn't link your review and you would like me to, please let me know by leaving me the link to the review in the comment section.

Thank you all for your recommendations and for taking the time to participate in my little giveaway. I have plenty of good reading ahead of me! I will be announcing the five winners later today. Stay tuned!

12 comments:

  1. Wow! What a fantastic list! Where do you think you'll start?? Snow Crash? Ha ha...just kidding. :)

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  2. Fabulous list! If you do read Birdman, realize that the main character is supposed to be rather unlikable. My review isn't glowing for the book, as it wasn't until the second in the series that I came to terms with liking a rather unlikable character. kwim?

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  3. I may just have to bookmark this list for myself :-)! Some of these books are already in my TBR collection anyway, but it's always good to know someone vouches for them. Thanks for sharing the recommendations, Wendy!

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  4. Trish - I am really pleased with it! Where to start is a very good question. :-)

    Nicola - Thank you for the head's up! Sometimes it does take a while before I warm up to a character and then I end up loving the book, so I know what you mean.

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  5. Florinda - Some are in my TBR collection already too. Even more reason to read them now! There are four on the above list that I've already read, and so I have a bit of a head start. :-)

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  6. What a clever idea! I may have to steal it!

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  7. What a lot of work but what a great list of books to look for!

    Slight mix-up, that doesn't really matter, but I recommended Shadow Family by Miyabe, not The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Arctic Expedition by Caroline Alexander, Michael Tezla, and Marin Rubin.

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  8. Debnance - I got so many good recommendations that I just had to share. :-)

    Elizabeth - Oops! There was bound to be something! At least I linked the right review. :-) I corrected the mistake. Thank you for pointing it out.

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  9. WOW! How long did that take you to find all the links???

    I'm going to have to mark this list for future reference.

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  10. Lisa - It did take awhile, but I did it in pieces, trying to find the links as the books were recommended. It saved me from having to do too much work all at once last night. It'll sure come in handy for me to have the list and reviews right here.

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  11. Thanks for making up this great list of recommendations - I'll definitely be referring back to it.

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  12. Tara - It's a great list. I have a lot of good reading ahead of me. :-)

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