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The Reviewers Roundtable

The Reviewers: Rachel from Rachel Reads (Saturdays)
Emily from Read Your Bookcase (Fridays) Michelle from here at Pink Polka Dot Book Blog (Thursdays)

Celebrity Books: Do You Read Them?

In general, I am not a big fan of books "written" by celebrities. What's the point in reading something that they didn't really write?
Many of these celebrity "authors" have ghostwriters. Someone else does a majority of the work, and the celebrities get all of the credit. That doesn't seem fair to me at all.
Another reason I don't read books by celebrities is because they don't sound very interesting. Lauren Conrad's books are about a reality TV show. That's not a very big stretch for her, now, is it? Tyra Banks' book is about models. Creative.
At least Hilary Duff's idea was original: Clea Raymond has felt the glare of the spotlight her entire life. The daughter of a renowned surgeon and a prominent Washington DC politician, she has grown to be a tal…

Adults Read this Blog, Too: The Storyteller

The Storyteller
By Jodi Picoult
Atria, 2013
Audience: Adults, Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Sage Singer befriends an old man who's particularly beloved in her community. Josef Weber is everyone's favorite retired teacher and Little League coach. They strike up a friendship at the bakery where Sage works. One day he asks Sage for a favor: to kill him. Shocked, Sage refuses…and then he confesses his darkest secret - he deserves to die, because he was a Nazi SS guard. Complicating the matter? Sage's grandmother is a Holocaust survivor.

What do you do when evil lives next door? Can someone who's committed a truly heinous act ever atone for it with subsequent good behavior? Should you offer forgiveness to someone if you aren't the party who was wronged? And most of all - if Sage even considers his request - is it murder, or justice?

This is my favorite Jodi Picoult so far. I feel like I say that about all of her books, but I've only read about five so far. I am not a d…

Small as an Elephant

Small as an Elephant
Jennifer Richard Jacobson
Candlewick Press, 2011
Audience: Middle Grade

Source: Library

From Goodreads:
Jack’s mom is gone, leaving him all alone on a campsite in Maine. Can he find his way back to Boston before the authorities realize what happened?

Ever since Jack can remember, his mom has been unpredictable, sometimes loving and fun, other times caught in a whirlwind of energy and "spinning" wildly until it’s over. But Jack never thought his mom would take off during the night and leave him at a campground in Acadia National Park, with no way to reach her and barely enough money for food. Any other kid would report his mom gone, but Jack knows by now that he needs to figure things out for himself - starting with how to get from the backwoods of Maine to his home in Boston before DSS catches on. With nothing but a small toy elephant to keep him company, Jack begins the long journey south, a journey that will test his wits and his loyalties - and his tru…

Top Ten Tuesday: Recommendations

Top Ten Tuesday Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
Books I Recommend the Most
Don't forget to check out my GIVEAWAY!

Charmed Thirds

Charmed Thirds
Megan McCafferty
Broadway, 2007
Audience: Older Teens/New Adults

Source: My Own Bookshelf

From Goodreads:
Jessica Darling’s in college!

Things are looking up for Jessica Darling. She has finally left her New Jersey hometown/hellhole for Columbia University in New York City; she’s more into her boyfriend, Marcus Flutie, than ever (so what if he’s at a Buddhist college in California?); and she’s making new friends who just might qualify as stand-ins for her beloved best friend, Hope.

But Jessica soon realizes that her bliss might not last. She lands an internship at a snarky Brooklyn-based magazine, but will she fit in with the ├╝berhip staff (and will she even want to)? As she and Marcus hit the rocks, will she end up falling for her GOPunk, neoconservative RA . . . or the hot (and married!) Spanish grad student she’s assisting on a summer project . . . or the oh-so-sensitive emo boy down the hall? Will she even make it through college now that her parents have cut her off …

Reviewers' Roundtable 2: Balance

Rachel from Rachel Reads (Saturdays)
Emily from Read Your Bookcase (Fridays) Michelle from here at Pink Polka Dot Book Blog (Thursdays)


Say it with me... "Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm."
Balance. The thing women crave most in life. We juggle work, families, friends, cleaning, volunteering and more. So when we women decide to add another scoop to the ice cream cone of life, things can get pretty crazy.
So here are my thoughts on balancing blogging life.
Because... *cough* I currently am about a month ahead on my blog.
Please don't throw things at me!
I guarantee I will get behind around summer and the holidays again. Pinky swear!
Emily's Steps to Blogging Peace: 1. No pressure - I started this blog because I wanted to enter challenges that would get me to *drumroll* Read My Bookcase. I have gotten better at this, but it has not happened. Yet. I've gotten BETTER. Unfortunately, I want to blog about NEW stuff, not dusty old tomes that have been sitting on my she…

Kick-Butt Characters Giveaway

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Kick-Butt Female YA Characters:
Nancy Drew




Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time

Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel
By Hope Larson
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
Audience: All Teens

Source: Library

From Goodreads:
The world already knows Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, Calvin O'Keefe, and the three Mrs--Who, Whatsit, and Which--the memorable and wonderful characters who fight off a dark force and save our universe in the Newbery award-winning classicA Wrinkle in Time. But in 50 years of publication, the book has never been illustrated.  Now, Hope Larson takes the classic story to a new level with her vividly imagined interpretations of tessering and favorite characters like the Happy Medium and Aunt Beast. Perfect for old fans and winning over new ones, this graphic novel adaptation is a must-read.

I don't remember much about A Wrinkle in Time. I know I read it for school and I LOVED it. After a few years, the only thing I remembered was that the father was missing and that Meg had glasses, bad hair, and braces. I thought, "He…

TBR Wrap Up #3

Hosted by Evie @Bookish
March Wrap Up Post Hosted by  Justin @Justin's Book Blog

Alice on Her Way - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Top Ten Unread Titles on my Bookcase

Top Ten Tuesday Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
Top Ten Books I HAD to Buy,  but are still sitting on my shelf unread
Well, this was depressing. I've been doing so well on keeping up with my TBR pile. I thought I was managing everything so well.
Then I started working on this topic.
Sigh. Apparently, I am doing well as far as galleys are concerned. Not so well with my own books. Hence, the title and mission of my blog.
The upside? I gave up buying new books for Lent and I didn't think I could do it, but I am ROCKING it. (Just needed to brag about that.) Too bad I'm reading galleys instead of getting caught up.
Enough babbling. Here are the books!

Nancy Drew: The Bungalow Mystery

The Bungalow Mystery
Carolyn Keene
Applewood Books, 1930
Audience: Everyone

Source: My Own Bookshelf

Once again, I finish a Nancy Drew book that I needed to reread. This story was way more complicated - it involved an orphan, impostors, and embezzlement. I had a hard time understanding how the bungalow fit in to the story, but it made sense at the end of the book. There were new characters and different places in this one. Overall, it was good, but not as awesome as the first two.

In the older stories, Nancy's mysteries always tie together with Mr. Drew's cases. I like that. I don't remember it being that way in the newer books that I had read - only sometimes.

You know, in the big picture, Nancy can do everything. You know who that reminds me of? Barbie. She can do anything too, but Nancy is so much more interesting. She has red hair and normal body proportions and is a way better role model in my opinion. Am I crazy for thinking this?

Chloroform Count: 0 Nancy's Inj…

The Reviewer's Roundtable 1

The Reviewers: Rachel from Rachel Reads (Saturdays)
Emily from Read Your Bookcase (Fridays) Michelle from here at Pink Polka Dot Book Blog (Thursdays)

Why do YOU Choose to not finish a book? 
I have a HORRIBLE time putting down a book I dislike. Why?
I ain't no quitter.
I feel like I owe it to the author to see it through to the end. Maybe the ending is absolutely AMAZING and you have to get to the end in order to appreciate the beginning.I've made it halfway through the book. I might as well finish, so I can say that I did.How can I criticize the book if I haven't finished it? Who am I to talk bad about something if I don't even know what I'm talking about?There aren't many books that I've put down, but here are some examples and explanations.
This book was just icky. I couldn't handle it. Maybe I was too young to be reading a book like this. I had heard such good things about it! I honestly gave it my best shot. Overall, it was just weird and gross and not my…