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Real Simple’s 50 Books that will Make You Want to Read

May 21, 2014 Leave a comment


Recently, Real Simple polled it’s readers to find out which book made them in to a reader…whether it was as a child or as an adult. Over 4,000 Facebook fans answered the poll and these are the 50 titles that came up over and over again. A link to Real Simple’s list has been posted to our Facebook page and this is the breakdown of DB availability if you want a quick look.


white-charlotte_300Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White






bronte-eyre_300Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte






stevenson-verses_300A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson






warner-boxcar_300The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner






keene-clock_300The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keen






wilder-woods_300Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder






odell-dolphins_300Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell






mitchell-gone_300Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell






rawls-fern_300Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls






montgomery-gables_300Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery






lengle-wrinkle_300A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle







Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak




rowling-potter_300Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling






dickens-cities_300A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens






williams-velveteen_300The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams






buck-earth_300The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck






alcott-women_300Little Women by Louisa May Alcott






konigsburg-frankweiler_300From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg






paterson-terabithia_300Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson






burnett-garden_300The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett






spyri-heidi_300Heidi by Johanna Spyri






hinton-outsiders_300The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton






blume-margaret_300Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume






seuss-cat_300Green Eggs and Ham,

The Lorax,

Horton Hears a Who,

and The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

DB34056, DB31231, DB34058, and DB33062


tolkien-hobbit_300The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien






tree-grows-brooklyn-ictcrop_300A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith






blume-nothing_300Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume






steinbeck-mice_300Of Mice and Men,

East of Eden,

and The Red Pony by John Steinbeck

DB48515, DB49676, and DB34258



fitzhugh-spy_300Harriet the Spy by Louis Fitzhugh






dumaurier-rebecca_300Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier






lee-mockingbird_300To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee






lewis-narnia_300Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis






campbell-trixie_300Trixie Belden by Julie Campbell






christie-none_300And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie






saintexupery-prince_300The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery






hope-twins_300Bobbsey Twins by Laura Lee Hope






sewell-beauty_300Black Beauty by Anna Sewell






bronte-heights_300Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte






baum-oz_300The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum






king-it_300It by Stephen King






dahl-chocolate_300Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,


James and the Giant Peach,

and Big Friendly Giant by Roald Dahl

DB33498, DB31793, DB32548 and DB44101


frank-diary_300The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank






meyer-twilight_300Twilight by Stephenie Meyer





March Copy Alotment: what’s coming up

May 7, 2014 Leave a comment

Welcome to the WRT (Who’s Reading This) What’s Coming Up portion of this blog.  Each month, after I finish cataloging the month’s PICS download from NLS I will highlight a few titles that are coming up.  These will be fairly random is selection.  I will try to avoid the popular authors and series as they get plenty of attention in our collection.  My goal is to try to show off a few titles that caught my eye but may not get many direct requests from readers.  It’s also meant to bring your attention to some titles that may help that one picky reader this month.

With no further ado, here’s March 2014:

yogaDB077925 The Yoga Store Murder: The Shocking True Account of the Lululemon Athletica Killing by Dan Morse

Washington Post reporter dissects the March 2011 murder of a young saleswoman by her coworker in an upscale yoga-apparel boutique in Bethesda, Maryland–a killing overheard but ignored by employees in the Apple Store next door. Violence and some strong language. 2013.

Washington Post review praises the book for its detail regarding the crime, those involved, the investigation, and the families affected. However, they also bemoan the same attention to detail when the author relates seemingly obscure facts about the victim’s mother and the medical examiner. Good Reads provides access to user-driven reviews. Some reviews are more professional level while others are more gut-reaction. What’s nice about Good Reads is that you can get a quick idea of how actual readers like or dislike a book. With nearly 4 out of 5 stars overall the readers enjoy the book. It’s full of detail and really tells the story about the crime. It would seem that anyone who enjoys true crime stories in the style of Ann Rule will like this book. Finally, take a look at the review at It would be nice if this site gave a quick thumbs-up, thumbs-down rating, but at least the review is brief and to the point; they liked it and found it engaging and not dry at all.

someoneDB077947 Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson

When William Ashe steps between Shandi Pierce’s three-year-old son and an armed robber, Shandi believes destiny has brought her and William together. It has, but not for the reasons Shandi believes. Some strong language. 2013.

USA Today gives immediate gratification in their review article: 3 out of 4 stars! It begins by trying to jump right into the story–the way the actual book begins—in media res. A young woman, a chaotic situation, lots of “mahem,” and possibly a little bit of magical realism. The Good Reads readers give the book almost 3 out of 4 but it’s important to note that when a reader doesn’t like this book, they really don’t like this book. There is a date rape scene (apparently drunken-roofied, non consensual sex) near the beginning of the book and the haters feel like the author is sympathetic to the rapist and downplays the act. Finally, featured this book as a “recommended read” in November 2013. The reviewer won’t give up much besides the basics of the story, southern set, but not stereotypically southern, characters with issues…but not your typical love story. All she will say is that it’s a worthwhile book and that there is a payoff at the end…do not skip ahead!

cityDB078003 City of Lost Dreams by Magnus Flyte

A year after the events in City of Dark Magic (DB 75832), Sarah Weston returns to Europe. She must convince a doctor to give thirteen-year-old blind musical prodigy Pollina Rutherford an experimental alchemical treatment for her rare autoimmune disorder. Strong language, explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2013.

I selected this book because of the interesting author name and the reference to “experimental alchemical treatment.” Turns out, Magnus Flyte is a conglomeration of two authors and City of Lost Dreams is book two in a series. No worries!’s reviewer found the book weak but an enjoyable read nonetheless. The story is fantasy that does not take place in space or in the future. It’s not a steampunk alterative reality fantasy either. It is however “absolutely swimming with badass female leads.” And, while this is a follow up, be sure your reader has read DB75832 first; she doesn’t recommend Lost Dreams as a stand-alone.   Good Reads readers give it almost 4 out of 5 stars (I’m noticing a pattern). One reader review calls it a “great smart-girl-slightly-smutty-beach-read.” The Kirkus review calls the book an “amusing romantic mystery” and then goes on to describe it much like the review but adds at the end that it is “sensual, witty, and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny.” So, there you go.

sistersDB078005 The Sisters Weiss by Naomi Ragen

Rose Weiss rebels against her ultraorthodox Jewish parents in 1960s Brooklyn and runs away from home. Forty years later, Rose–who is now an award-winning photographer–is stunned when her niece Rivka appears, seeking refuge from her traditional family. Some descriptions of sex. 2013.

The Jewish Book council not only calls this novel “riveting” but includes a set of discussion questions at the end of the review! One of the most interesting things pointed out in this review is that, while the novel is noteworthy, it will also be educational for people unfamiliar with the “laws of strict Orthodox life,” which should be comforting for our Jewish readers and interesting for our readers looking to expand their world-view. The Goodreads readers? Nearly 4 out of 5 stars! That almost never happens. (Romance Times) gave The Sisters Weiss 4 out of 4 stars. Their reviewer praises the novel’s “clear prose” and says that “women of different faiths can connect with [the story] as they struggle to find their personal heaven.”

truthDB078085 All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry

Judith and her best friend disappear for two years without a trace. One day Judith returns, scarred and with her tongue cut out. The townsfolk want to know what happened, but she is afraid to share the truth. Some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2013.

The “by kids, for kids” reviewer at calls this book a “dark and chilling tale of abuse and secrets, of love and loss, of silence and courage.” Overall, this young reader was very impressed by the story in this book. Unfortunately, beyond reading her full review of the book, there is not a “star rating” to share here. Sounds like one of those great unrequited love-drama-feelings kind of books that teens and young adult readers will eat up. Good Reads ruins a perfect track record by giving All the Truth 4.01 out of 5 stars! The Good Reads reviewers called it stunning, compelling, unlike any other, intoxicating…they basically love it. The New York Times review is worth the read. While the annotation alludes to the historical fiction nature of the story, the rest almost sounds too modern. The NYT review gives a much more detailed picture of this story, the conflict, and the characters. Once again, no star rating, but it’s clear that the reviewer recommends this read.