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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Books By One Author that I Own

Top Ten Tuesday Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
Most Books by One Author
It’s a good thing I am a member of Library Thing - they figured all of this out for me!
1. Meg Cabot I have almost every book by Meg Cabot! She’s my favorite.

2. Jane Austen I collect different beautiful editions of her books.

3. Janet Evanovich I bought these when they went to the bargain pile.

4. Charlaine Harris Yay, Sookie Stackhouse!

5. Carolyn Keene I will never get rid of my Nancy Drew books.

6. Ann M. Martin Same goes for my BSC books!
7. JK Rowling I may have bought the paperbacks - even though I have the hardcovers - because they were so pretty.
8. Rick Riordan His writing is so entertaining!

9. Phyllis Reynolds Naylor I’ve started rereading the Alice books and they’re still just as awesome.
10. LM Montgomery Anne is timeless!


Ellen Hopkins
Margaret K McElderry Books, 2008
Source: Library
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Kaeleigh and Raeanne are identical down to the dimple. As daughters of a district-court judge father and a politician mother, they are an all-American family -- on the surface. Behind the facade each sister has her own dark secret, and that's where their differences begin.

For Kaeleigh, she's the misplaced focus of Daddy's love, intended for a mother whose presence on the campaign trail means absence at home. All that Raeanne sees is Daddy playing a game of favorites -- and she is losing. If she has to lose, she will do it on her own terms, so she chooses drugs, alcohol, and sex.

Secrets like the ones the twins are harboring are not meant to be kept -- from each other or anyone else. Pretty soon it's obvious that neither sister can handle it alone, and one sister must step up to save the other, but the question is -- who?

We read this in my book club, so I have …


Sarah Ockler
Simon Pulse, 2014
Audience: Older Teens
Source: E-Galley

From Goodreads:
Lucy’s learned some important lessons from tabloid darling Jayla Heart’s all-too-public blunders: Avoid the spotlight, don’t feed the Internet trolls, and keep your secrets secret. The policy has served Lucy well all through high school, so when her best friend Ellie gets sick before prom and begs her to step in as Cole’s date, she accepts with a smile, silencing about ten different reservations. Like the one where she’d rather stay home shredding online zombies. And the one where she hates playing dress-up. Andespeciallythe one where she’s been secretly in love with Cole since the dawn of time.

When Cole surprises her at the after party with a kiss under the stars, it’s everything Lucy has ever dreamed of… and the biggest BFF deal-breaker ever. Despite Cole’s lingering sweetness, Lucy knows they’ll have to ’fess up to Ellie. But before they get the chance, Lucy’s own Facebook profile mysteri…

Top Ten Tuesday: TV Shows

Top Ten Tuesday Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
Top Ten Favorite TV Shows

I was careful to choose shows that are currently airing. It narrowed things down a bit!

This show is so well-written. I can’t wait for Season 3 to come out on DVD.

Ellen makes me laugh!

So does Jess!

I’ve never been interested in survival, but I learned so much from this show. I was super stressed-out by it at first. Now, I’m addicted.

Cracks me up!

First rule of Clone Club - don’t talk about Clone Club.  I didn’t think a show about clones would be good - just cheesy. Turns out it’s amazing and I love it!

I loved this show. I hope we get another season. I guess it’s in the Mini Series category for the Emmys, so we’ll see what happens. It was so fun to watch, and I only knew one person who watched it. More people need to see it! So good. You betcha.

I am in the process of watching this one. I really liked the first episode, and promptly bought all of the seasons.

I watch this show when they have artists that I …

Visitation Street

Visitation Street
Ivy Pochoda
Dennis LeHane Books/Ecco, 2013
Source: Library
Audience: Adults

From Goodreads:
Summer in Red Hook, Brooklyn, a blue collar neighborhood where hipster gourmet supermarkets push against tired housing projects, and the East River opens into the bay. Bored and listless, fifteen-year-old June and Val are looking for some fun. Forget the boys, the bottles, the coded whistles. Val wants to do something wild and a little crazy: take a raft out onto the bay.

But out on the water, as the bright light of day gives way to darkness, the girls disappear. Only Val will survive, washed ashore semi-conscious in the weeds.

So, my blog is a little to pink and peppy for this book. In a word, this book would be gritty. I’m not the first one to describe it that way. It’s just the best word for it. After reading this book, I feel like I know more about Brooklyn. It was a character in the book. I learned about the culture, the environment, the history. I liked how it didn’t hide…

Nathaniel Fludd Beastologist: The Unicorn’s Tale

The Unicorn’s Tale
R.L. LaFevers
Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2011
Audience: Children
Source: Library

From Goodreads:
Is there no rest for the travel worn and weary? Not if you’re Nathaniel Fludd, the world’s youngest beastologist-in-training! All Nate really wants is to track down his missing parents, but when a unicorn falls mysteriously ill, Nate’s Aunt Phil makes it clear where a beastologist’s duty lies: to the beasts. 

And if taking care of the world’s beasts isn’t difficult enough, Nate and Aunt Phil must also keep them safe from the villainous Obediah Fludd, who intends to do them harm. With all this taking up every last bit of his energy and time, will Nate ever find the parents he is so absolutely convinced are alive?

It still feels like there should be another book after this one. There were a few loose ends that I’m interested in finding out the answers to. Obediah is nasty! What a great villain. Also, this book featured unicorns. I never read many books or saw many…

Nathaniel Fludd Beastologist: The Wyverns’ Treasure

The Wyverns’ Treasure
R.L. LaFevers
Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2010
Audience: Children
Source: Library

From Goodreads:
After tangling with the deadly basilisk, Nathaniel Fludd is glad to return to England with his Aunt Phil. But someone has ransacked their home, and their best suspect is the sinister man who's been trying to steal the Book of Beasts.

Before Nate and Aunt Phil can find the culprit, they are called to Welsh countryside. The wyverns (giant dragons) are in an uproar. Could the same man who ransacked the Fludd house be behind the rift with the wyverns? And just what does he want with The Book of Beasts? But before Nate can solve that mystery, he must calm the dragons before it's too late. It's just another day at work for the world's youngest beastologist!

This series is the perfect way to get kids hooked on fantasy. It’s a step towards Harry Potter and The Hobbit. If they’re too young for those books, they should definitely start with Nathaniel Fl…