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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





Good Lord; What the Hell?

June 18, 2012 1 comment

A quick post in a new category I’m going to call, Good Lord; What the Hell?  Mainly because when I read the annotation, I said, out loud, “good lord–what the hell?”  From the NLS Annotation:

Night of the Living Dummy II cover

Good Lord; What the Hell?

When Amy brings her ventriloquist dummy out to entertain her family on Sharing Night, its head falls off.  Amy’s father finds another dummy in a pawn shop.  But Amy soon realizes why the new dummy is called Slappy when it hits her father! As Slappy gets meaner and meaner, Amy’s family refuses to believe she is not responsible.  For grades 4-7.

Some things are just not okay to write novels about.  R.L. Stine’s Night of the Living Dummy II probably illustrates this rule completely.  I have not read the book, having given up R.L. Stine books about 23 years ago. 

For some reason (probably mild hysteria) I’m reading the exclamation point at the end of “…when it hits her father!” as comedic, as in LOL! that dummy just came to life!  But that is just not possible as ventriloquist dummies are anything BUT funny, and are, in fact, the most terrifying subject that anyone could possibly come up with.  Except maybe skittering babies.  Okay, skittering babies are actually my number one fear in terms of the statistic possiblility of occurance.  If a ventriloquist dummy tried to attack me I would do one of the following (preferably all):

  1. throw it into a fire
  2. kick it in the head and/or
  3. stomp on it
  4. separate its head from body, and then its limbs from said body, thus rendering it physically neutral
  5. dispose of it by sealing it in concrete

Now, let’s say that a skittering baby (SB) is coming right for you.  First of all, it’s likely that you won’t even realize it because babies are very short and therefore very sneaky.  Also, the lighting will probably be very dim or low because SBs tend to move faster in the dark.  I think that when put in direct light, an SB will make a brief attempt at looking and acting “normal” in an attempt to lull you into a false sense of confidence.  However, turning the lights on bright will only get you so far because as soon as you change your focus, an SB will attack.  It’s proven.  Any way.  What can you do to survive a skittering baby attack?  YOU CAN DO NOTHING!!  Because they’re BABIES for goodness sake!  What the hell!  You can’t kick them, throw them into a fire, shoot them, stab them.  You’re basically f*cked.  The SB is going to bite the crap out of your feet, ankles, and calves and all you can do is just hop from foot to foot and try to stay upright.  And, God help you if they are hunting in a pack.  Wild Kingdom anyone? 

Back to R.L. Stine’s masterpiece.  According to Slappy the Dummy’s Wikipedia article, this evil doll makes appearances in NINE books for kids.  You know, in my day, we didn’t need to go to the well 9 times before we knew that shit was poison.  We watched the Twilight Zone’s season 5, episode 29 Caeser and Me ONCE and that was enough.  Nine books of Slappy getting meaner and meaner?  Good lord, what the hell?