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Top Ten Tuesday: Sold

Top Ten Tuesday Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
Top ten things that instantly sell a book to me.
2. Travel
3. A well-written description

4. Gold pages and attached ribbons
5. Box sets
6. Sale (Bargain, Buy 2 Get the Third Free)
7. Author's name
8. I know the library doesn't have it

9. I recognize it from blogger buzz
10. It's brand new.

Nancy Drew: The Secret of Red Gate Farm

Nancy Drew: The Secret of Red Gate Farm
By Carolyn Keene
Applewood Books, 1931
Audience: Everyone

Source: My Own Bookshelf

From Goodreads:
When Bess Marvin purchased an expensive bottle of Oriental perfume, she never expected to stumble into a mystery. Now Bess, Nancy, George, and their new friend Jo are out to unravel the secrets of a mysterious conspiracy, a secretive cult, and a ring of counterfeiters inThe Secret of Red Gate Farm.

This is it!
The last Nancy Drew from my TBR shelf!

It was a good one. Bess and George were there. I don't remember Nancy being injured at all, though.

Overall, I loved how everything mysterious that Nancy saw was all linked together. It's so NOT real life. Fantastic. And it featured a CULT. There's nothing crazier than a cult. I find them interesting. I like mysteries and all, but I am ready for a good romantic book. I'll have to take a look at my shelves.

So this isn't much of a review, it's more of a celebration that I fi…

Reviewers' Round Table: Reading Attitudes

Rachel from Rachel Reads (Saturdays) Michelle from Pink Polka Dot Book Blog (Thursdays)
For past discussions from Read Your Bookcase, click here.

Are you sitting down? Because I was glad I was sitting down when I heard the following statistics.
1/3 of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives.
42 percent of college graduates never read another book after college.
80 percent of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year.
It made me gasp, and as a librarian, broke my heart.
I have ALWAYS loved to read. I don't know if it was because of my strong imagination or just because it was something I was good at. You know how some people have one book that just absolutely made them love to read? I don't have that. I wish I did, but I don't, because I've loved books as long as I can remember. When I was in school, I always had a book with me and it's something I still do today.
I have one memory - we had to guess how many pages wer…

The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door

The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door
By Karen Finneyfrock
Viking Children's, 2013
Audience: All Teens

Source: NetGalley/Edelweiss

From Goodreads:
That’s the day the trouble started.
The trouble that nearly ruined my life.
The trouble that turned me Dark.
The trouble that begs me for revenge.

Celia Door enters her freshman year of high school with giant boots, dark eyeliner, and a thirst for revenge against Sandy Firestone, the girl who did something unspeakable to Celia last year.

But then Celia meets Drake, the cool new kid from New York City who entrusts her with his deepest, darkest secret. When Celia’s quest for justice threatens her relationship with Drake, she’s forced to decide which is sweeter: revenge or friendship.

This debut novel from Karen Finneyfrock establishes her as a bright, bold, razor-sharp new voice for teens.

First of all, I almost didn't read this book because of the cover. It looks a lot more sinister than what it actually is. However, Celia is a sweetheart who…

Also Known As

Also Known As
By Robin Benway
Bloomsbury Juvenile US, 2013
Audience: All Teens

Source: NetGalley

From Goodreads:
Being a 16-year-old safecracker and active-duty daughter of international spies has its moments, good and bad. Pros: Seeing the world one crime-solving adventure at a time. Having parents with super cool jobs. Cons: Never staying in one place long enough to have friends or a boyfriend. But for Maggie Silver, the biggest perk of all has been avoiding high school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations.

Then Maggie and her parents are sent to New York for her first solo assignment, and all of that changes. She'll need to attend a private school, avoid the temptation to hack the school's security system, and befriend one aggravatingly cute Jesse Oliver to gain the essential information she needs to crack the case . . . all while trying not to blow her cover.

So at work, I read underwhelming reviews about this book. I am SO …

Top Ten Different Expectations

Top Ten Tuesday Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
Top Ten Books I Thought I Would Like More/Less than I Did
Wow, that's a mouthful.
To simplify things, I'm going to put THAT into my own words.
Top 5 books that I had higher hopes for:
I really did like Out of the Easy, I was just expecting to absolutely LOVE it. The others, I wasn't so impressed with. I read them because I had heard great things about them from other people. They just weren't as awesome to me as they were to others.

Top 5 books that I wasn't expecting to absolutely LOVE:

These were amazing, and I was just reading them because I was interested in them.  HOLY SMOKES!

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Adults Read This Blog Too #2

Three Graves Full
Jamie Mason
Gallery Books, 2013
Audience: Adults

Source: NetGalley

From Goodreads:
For fans of the Coen brothers’ films or for those who just love their thrillers with a dash of sharp humor—an engaging and offbeat story about a man driven to murder, who then buries the body in his backyard only to discover that there are two other shallow graves on his property.

"There is very little peace for a man with a body buried in his backyard.”

But it could always be worse. . . .

More than a year ago, mild-mannered Jason Getty killed a man he wished he’d never met. Then he planted the problem a little too close to home. But just as he’s learning to live with the undeniable reality of what he’s done, police unearth two bodies on his property—neither of which is the one Jason buried.

Jason races to stay ahead of the consequences of his crime and while chaos reigns on his lawn, his sanity unravels, snagged on the agendas of a colorful cast of strangers. A jilted woman searches …

TBR Challenge Wrap Up #4

Hosted by Evie @Bookish
April Wrap Up Hosted by  Tiffany @Escaping.. One Book At A Time
I have nothing this time :( I've been concentrating on ARCs, and I feel so guilty.

Discussion: Negative Reviews

Rachel from Rachel Reads (Saturdays) Michelle from Pink Polka Dot Book Blog (Thursdays)
For past discussions from Read Your Bookcase, click here.

Naturally, I'm an enthusiastic person. Really, I am. I am very positive and like mostly everything.
So when I have a negative review, I struggle.

I know what I like, so I very rarely run into a book that I just can't handle.

Sometimes, I WANT to give a negative review, but just can't. I look past the things that I didn't like, and find something good to say. Sometimes people are good storytellers, but aren't very good at writing their ideas down, and that's the problem. So it isn't really BAD overall, so why be mean? Why focus on the one part that you didn't like? It's not fair to the author.

I also think it's not fair to just skip reviewing the ones that you think are bad. That's not honest, either.
If I don't review something I've read, it's because it doesn't fit my blog format. (U…

Alice in the Know

Alice in the Know
By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Atheneum Books, 2006
Audience: Older Teens

Source: My Own Bookshelf

From Goodreads:
It's the summer before junior year, and Alice is looking forward to three months of excitement, passion, and drama. But what does she find? A summer working in a local department store, trying to stop shoplifters, and more "real life" problems than she could have ever imagined: A good friend becomes seriously ill, Lester has more romance problems than even Alice knowswhat to do with, and the gang from Mark Stedmeister's pool is starting to grow up a bit faster than Alice is comfortable with.... Fortunately for Alice her family and friends are with her through it all, and by the end of the summer, Alice finds she knows a whole lot more than she had in June. Funny, touching, and always provocative, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor does it again, proving with this twenty-first book in the beloved Alice series that she understands what real girls think a…

Waiting on Chantress

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Waiting on Chantress
From Goodreads: Fifteen-year-old Lucy discovers that she is a chantress who can perform magic by singing, and the only one who can save England from the control of the dangerous Lord Protector.
Why I am Waiting Key Words: magic by singing, save England

Top Ten Tuesday: Movies were Better

Top Ten Tuesday Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
I decided to make my OWN topic this week, since it's a rewind and we can pick what we want.
My Theme: Top Ten Movies that were Better than the Books
Seems backwards, huh?

True Grit I haven't seen the John Wayne version, but I thought the book was boring.  I liked the new version of the movie better.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang I just love the movie so much, the book can't compete. No offense, Ian Fleming.

Field of Dreams Shoeless Joe was a snooze, but I love Field of Dreams.

Legally Blonde LOVE the movie. Didn't like the book one bit.

Jumanji I don't really remember the book, but I remember every line from the movie.

Bedknobs and Broomsticks I was bored reading this. LOVE the movie and watch it often.

Little Women I hate to put this one on here, but it's true.  This book took me forever to get through, but only two hours to watch and LOVE. I'm going to try and read it again as an adult and see if it goes better.

Scott …

Alice on Her Way

Alice on Her Way
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Simon Pulse, 2006
Audience: Older Teens

Source: My Own Bookshelf

From Goodreads:
It's the moment Alice has been looking forward to for years -- her sixteenth birthday is coming up, and that means getting her driver's licence, with the freedom that entails. And before that important milestone, there's another delicious taste of freedom awaiting Alice and her friends -- a class trip to New York City, promising some serious partying once chaperones have gone to bed.

But sophomore year and driving lessons are a lot harder than Alice thought they would be, and then there's the problem with her new boyfriend, who is sometimestooattached to her. The older Alice gets, the more complicated her life seems to become.

This was definitely a book for an older audience. A lot of tough subject matter came up. Alice had a clingy boyfriend while Pamela tried to work things out with her mom and had boy troubles. Things with Faith and Ron escalated, …


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Readers' Roundtable: Hype

Rachel from Rachel Reads (Saturdays) Michelle from Pink Polka Dot Book Blog (Thursdays)

How does hype affect your reading?
Well, for me, usually it doesn't. 
What happens with me when a book is hyped, is that I think, "Oh, that book is important. People will be asking for it and I should know what it's about." So then I put it on my Goodreads and put a hold on it, and never read it (especially if it's an adult title.) Or sometimes I buy it and it gets dusty on my already-full bookcase.
Basically, I need to be interested in it on my own. I am pretty good at having my own opinions. Sometimes I hear good things about a book and am disappointed in it, but I don't think that good reviews are quite the same as hype. Usually, hype doesn't affect my opinions and reactions to stories (from what I can tell, anyway.) I just feel guilty for not reading them, because books are my job.
I can't think of many times when hype has affected by reading, but here's…

The Madness Underneath

The Madness Underneath
By Maureen Johnson
Putnam Juvenile, 2013
Audience: All Teens

Source: NetGalley

From Goodreads:
After her near-fatal run-in with the Jack the Ripper copycat, Rory Devereaux has been living in Bristol under the close watch of her parents. So when her therapist suddenly suggests she return to Wexford, Rory jumps at the chance to get back to her friends. But Rory’s brush with the Ripper touched her more than she thought possible: she’s become a human terminus, with the power to eliminate ghosts on contact. She soon finds out that the Shades—the city’s secret ghost-fighting police—are responsible for her return. The Ripper may be gone, but now there is a string of new inexplicable deaths threatening London. Rory has evidence that the deaths are no coincidence. Something much more sinister is going on, and now she must convince the squad to listen to her before it’s too late.

You know what's rare? Liking a sequel better than the first book. I was kind of frustrate…

Nancy Drew: The Secret of Shadow Ranch

Nancy Drew: The Secret of Shadow Ranch
By Carolyn Keene
Grosset & Dunlap, Inc, 1931
Audience: Everyone

Source: My Own Bookshelf

From Goodreads:
Nancy Drew arrives in Phoenix, Arizona, eagerly looking forward to a fun-filled vacation at Shadow Ranch, but abruptly finds herself involved in a baffling mystery. The ranch is being haunted by a phantom horse and maliciously damaged by an unknown enemy. Local people believe that the ghostly animal is carrying out the curse of Dirk Valentine, the romantic outlaw who was killed many years ago at Shadow Ranch, where he had gone to fulfill a promise to his sweetheart.Suspecting that a treasure hidden by Valentine may be at the root of the Shadow Ranch mystery, Nancy undertakes a challenging search, aided by her friends Bess Marvin and George Fayne. The first vital clue is found in an antique watch and sparks a series of clever deductions and dangerous developments. While seeking further clues, the girls' investigation in a ghost town end…

Top Ten Books Before I Blogged

Top Ten Tuesday Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
Top Ten Books I Read Before I was a Blogger
Chapter Books Edition
I wanted to be sure that I included books not on my blog, so I decided to devote this post to my favorite Children's chapter books.

Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix: Loved this one. I still recommend it to girls in search of chapter books, and they take it every time.
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls: This book had my whole entire class crying. Seriously. Our teacher read it out loud to us in 5th Grade. Even the toughest kids were moved. I bought it and re-read it.
The Babysitters Club by Ann M. Martin: LOVED this series. It broke my heart when it got weeded. People my age still come in to the library looking for it, thinking it will still be there. It's so hard for me to tell them that we had to make room for new stuff, like the Rainbow Fairies and 39 Clues. Isn't there room for BOTH, people?!?

 California Diaries by Ann M. Martin: A book s…