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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

DB74950

 

 

 

 

bronte-eyre_300Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

DB47868

 

 

 

 

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

DB43675

 

 

 

 

warner-boxcar_300The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

DB63706

 

 

 

 

keene-clock_300The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keen

DB08739

 

 

 

 

wilder-woods_300Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

DB50921

 

 

 

 

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

DB62761

 

 

 

 

mitchell-gone_300Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

DB33082

 

 

 

 

rawls-fern_300Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

DB32449

 

 

 

 

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

DB56114

 

 

 

 

lengle-wrinkle_300A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

DB48972

 

 

 

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Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

DB22906

 

 

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

DB47260

 

 

 

 

dickens-cities_300A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

DB49497

 

 

 

 

williams-velveteen_300The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

DB24614

 

 

 

 

buck-earth_300The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

DB37294

 

 

 

 

alcott-women_300Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

DB58830

 

 

 

 

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

DB22914

 

 

 

 

paterson-terabithia_300Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

DB48732

 

 

 

 

burnett-garden_300The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

DB23638

 

 

 

 

spyri-heidi_300Heidi by Johanna Spyri

DB22936

 

 

 

 

hinton-outsiders_300The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

DB22433

 

 

 

 

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

DB37405

 

 

 

 

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

DB48978

 

 

 

 

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

DB44769

 

 

 

 

blume-nothing_300Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

DB39643

 

 

 

 

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

DB44768

 

 

 

 

dumaurier-rebecca_300Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

DB48914

 

 

 

 

lee-mockingbird_300To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

DB77672

 

 

 

 

lewis-narnia_300Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

DB50083

 

 

 

 

campbell-trixie_300Trixie Belden by Julie Campbell

DB72733

 

 

 

 

christie-none_300And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

DB11077

 

 

 

 

saintexupery-prince_300The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

DB44071

 

 

 

 

hope-twins_300Bobbsey Twins by Laura Lee Hope

DB31229

 

 

 

 

sewell-beauty_300Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

DB41291

 

 

 

 

bronte-heights_300Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

DB25178

 

 

 

 

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

DB51047

 

 

 

 

king-it_300It by Stephen King

DB28045

 

 

 

 

dahl-chocolate_300Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,

Matilda,

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

DB57022

 

 

 

 

meyer-twilight_300Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

DB62066

 

 

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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 crimelibrary.com. 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, DearAuthor.com 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! Tor.com’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 Tor.com 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. RTbookreviews.com (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 theguardian.com 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.