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Help Me Pick My Next Book!

I finished The Hunger Games Trilogy yesterday, after what was a pretty crazy month of reading. I finished 14 books in August, which amounted to just over 4,500 pages. I don’t think I’ve ever had a reading month that productive.

But it was also exhausting! Especially reading the Hunger Games books straight through, three days in a row because, because those books are dark. When I finished Mockingjay, the only word I could think to describe the book was “bleak.”

So I’m on a little bit of a reading vacation, catching up on some DVDs of Sports Night and trying to read blogs. And while I’m taking a break, I want you to help me pick my next book.

Leave your vote, plus any additional comments, in the comments, and I’ll choose my next book sometime this weekend. Here are your choices:

Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives by Thomas French, a journalist who goes behind the scenes at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo.

Proust and the Squid: They Story and Science of the Reading Brain by Maryanne Wolf, which is about exactly what the subtitle suggests.

Emerging Adulthood: The Winding Road from the Late Teens through the Twenties by Jeffrey Jensen Arnett. I got this one after reading a NYT article about the phenomenon and got really interested.

The Woman Who Fell from the Sky: An American Journalist in Yemen by Jennifer Steil, because Jill at Fizzy Thoughts mailed it to me and I’m excited about it.

Let me know what book you think I should grab next! And look for some thoughts on my Hunger Games series re-read this Sunday after I’ve had time to sort everything out.

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  • softdrink September 3, 2010, 7:11 am

    It should be obvious which one gets my vote!

  • Amy September 3, 2010, 7:40 am

    The Woman Who Fell From The Sky looks and sounds awesome… but I have Proust and the Squid on my tbr and am interested to hear how it is 😉

  • Leeswammes (Judith) September 3, 2010, 7:44 am

    Well, there’s only one book that you are “excited” about, so I’ll choose that one for you! 🙂

    • Kim September 6, 2010, 10:03 am

      Judith: Well, I’m excited about all of them, just happened to mention it for that one – I’m happy with any choice 🙂

  • bermudaonion (Kathy) September 3, 2010, 7:50 am

    I vote for The Woman Who Fell From the Sky – it sounds great and the cover’s fabulous!

  • Anastasia September 3, 2010, 8:09 am

    Proust and the Squid! Because I like that title the bestest.

  • Amanda September 3, 2010, 8:10 am

    I haven’t read any of those, but I’m rooting for the Yemen one. That’s one I want to read myself. 🙂

  • Jenny September 3, 2010, 8:18 am

    I vote for Proust and the Squid, but any of them sounds interesting. I like knowing how brains work.

  • Trisha September 3, 2010, 8:30 am

    I have to say that the Zoo Story one captured my fancy; although it also has me wondering how sad it is going to be. You may want to choose the “happiest” one to recover from the dark of Hunger Games.

  • Jen - Devourer of Books September 3, 2010, 10:03 am

    Woman Who Fell From the Sky, please, because it is on my radar, and I want to know if I should make time for it!

  • Jeanne September 3, 2010, 10:06 am

    I’m interested in what someone younger, like you, thinks of Emerging Adulthood.

  • Caitie F September 3, 2010, 11:53 am

    I will go with Emerging Adulthood. It sounds really interesting!

  • Vasilly September 3, 2010, 12:49 pm

    Proust and the Squid!

  • Esme September 3, 2010, 1:33 pm

    Grab the woman who fell from the sky. Sounds intriguing.

    PS I have a giveaway that may interest you.

  • Valerie September 3, 2010, 2:20 pm

    I vote for “The Woman Who Fell from the Sky”. Second place would be the emerging adulthood one, because it won’t be that long before my oldest is in that age group!

  • Natalie September 3, 2010, 2:35 pm

    Wow, 14 books in August! That does sound exhausting LOL!
    The Girl Who Fell From The Sky sounds very interesting, I think you should go for that one!
    Natalie :0)

  • Care September 3, 2010, 3:42 pm

    Wow, what a terrific reading month for you!
    My vote is for Proust.

  • Marie September 3, 2010, 6:33 pm

    All of them sound really good! However, my pick is “The Woman Who Fell From The Sky.” I also have some exciting news! My book blog is now up and running, complete with a first review! The URL is http://booksdownsouth.wordpress.com/.

    I am wide open to any suggestions 🙂

  • Fyrefly September 3, 2010, 6:46 pm

    I’m curious about Zoo Story, since I’ve worked at a zoo and am wondering how a journalist’s impressions would stack up to my experience.

  • Jess September 3, 2010, 9:22 pm

    Proust & the Squid is a fantastic read, really makes you appreciate the act of reading, and realize how complicated it is. Though Emerging Adulthood sounds pretty interesting too.

  • Ash September 5, 2010, 9:43 am

    Read Emerging Adulthood! I’m really interested in what you think of it because I want to read it too!

  • Sara C (wordyevidenceofthefact) September 6, 2010, 6:54 am

    Proust and the Squid has been on my list for awhile; I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. I just started following your blog through the BBAW ballot, and it’s great. Thanks!

  • Kim September 6, 2010, 10:04 am

    Thanks for all the votes everyone! The winner was The Woman Who Fell from the Sky, which, so far, has been an excellent choice.