Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys Tag

I grew up reading the Nancy Drew mystery series so I was very excited to see this book tag by Greg at Greg’s Book Haven.

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Welcome to the Nancy Drew/ Hardy Boys Tag created by Greg @GregsBookHaven. The goal here is to have fun and share books, and how better to do that than to take life lessons from some of the best? So we’re going to look at some of the defining elements of these books, or maybe just something that pops up a lot, and use that as our criteria. Your task, if you choose to do the tag, is to share a book that fits each criteria. Sound fun? Let’s do it!

Oh and feel free to do this or share it as you wish. All I ask if you link it back to my blog and Greg’s blog as an acknowledgment. Otherwise have fun!

The Nancy Drew/ Hardy Boys Tag

1) Sure you can go solve crime! Just be home for dinner. Seriously? List a book that features teenage protagonists doing unrealistic stuff.

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These two teenagers take off across the country without telling anyone.  They also do some crazy stuff on their road trip.

2) It’s a knockout! The Hardy Boys get knocked out on the regular, and Nancy gets captured her fair share of times. Share a book that has someone powering through what should be a serious injury!

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This main character has a leg deformity that is very painful to walk on but she escaped the Nazi’s anyway.

3) Where’s Mom? Both the Hardy’s and Nancy are missing their mother, and their dad seems oddly okay with them doing detective work. List a book with little parental oversight.

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For most of this book, Harry, Ron, and Hermione are on their own in the wilderness.

4) Friends make the world go around. The Hardy’s have Chet, Biff and Tony (and occasionally Callie and Iola). Nancy has Bess and George (and sometimes Ned) to help her out. Name a book with an outstanding friendship or supporting character(s).

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The main character in this book has a face deformity but his friends have his back!

5) What a coincidence! I think it’s fair to say that sometimes there are fortuitous coincidences that move the story along. Share a book with a somewhat far- fetched occurrence or plot development.

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Too many coincidences.

6) Where’s a cop when you need one? Seriously they show up at the end but where are they when our heroes really need them? Share a book where the authorities are especially asleep at the switch or ineffective.

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The police frustrated me so much in this book!

7) These people are well traveled. I mean, the Hardy’s and Nancy go everywhere. All over the U.S. and around the world. Name a book with a well traveled or globetrotting protagonist, or something with an exotic setting.

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Loved this book about a family that volunteered around the world for 6 months.

8) We’re going top down! Or boating. Nancy has her convertible (sometimes called a roadster) and the Boys are always in a boat, seems like. Name a book with a cool vehicle or involving a speedboat.

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Magic Pumpkin Food Truck.  Need I say more?

9) It’s a clue, a secret, or a mystery. These words (and a few others) show up a LOT in the Nancy Drew/ Hardy Boys titles. Share a book with a similar title.

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One of my childhood favorites.

10) Killer cover! The covers are some of the best things about these mysteries. Share a favorite Nancy Drew/ Hardy Boys cover, or any cover with a mysterious vibe.

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That creepy guy in the background. Yikes!

Consider yourself tagged if you’re so inclined!

Happy sleuthing!!

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Can’t Wait Wednesday

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Can’t Wait Wednesday, is hosted by Wishful Endings  to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. 

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Ali Collins doesn’t have room in her life for clutter or complications. So when her estranged father passes away and leaves her his only prized possession—a 1968 Firebird convertible—Ali knows she won’t keep it. Not when it reminds her too much of all her father’s unfulfilled promises. And especially not when a buyer three hundred miles up the Pacific coast is offering enough money for the car to save her childhood home from foreclosure. There’s only one problem, though. Ali has no idea how to drive a stick shift.

But her ex-boyfriend, Nico, does.

The road trip gets off to a horrible start, filled with unexpected detours, roadblocks, and all the uncomfortable tension that comes with being trapped in a car with your ex. But when Nico starts collecting items from the quirky strangers they meet along the way, Ali starts to sense that these objects aren’t random. Somehow they seem to be leading her to an unknown truth about her father. A truth that will finally prove to Ali that some things—even broken things—are worth saving.

I love a good road trip book.  This one comes out October 2nd.

Tell Me Tuesday

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Tell Me Tuesday is a weekly blog feature put on by La La in the Library.  It is where we discuss what we have been, currently are, and will be reading.  What are you reading? Tell me.

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WHAT I READ LAST

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This was just ok.  I liked the survival parts the most.  It reminded me of the book, Hatchet.

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CURRENTLY READING

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Finally a book I can’t put down.  I have been in such a reading slump, this books is a breath of fresh air.  I am trying to read it as slow as possible to savor it.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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Looking forward to this author’s debut novel.  I will be meeting him on Saturday.

 

It’s Monday! What are YOU Reading?

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IT’S MONDAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING? IS A PLACE TO MEET UP AND SHARE WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN, ARE, AND ABOUT TO BE READING OVER THE WEEK. IT IS HOSTED BY KATHRYN AT THE BOOK DATE.

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WHAT I READ LAST

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This was just ok.  I liked the survival parts the most.  It reminded me of the book, Hatchet.

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CURRENTLY READING

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Finally a book I can’t put down.  I have been in such a reading slump, this books is a breath of fresh air.  I am trying to read it as slow as possible to savor it.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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Looking forward to this author’s debut novel.  I will be meeting him on Saturday.

 

Book Blogger Hop

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The Book Blogger Hop is put on by The Coffee Addicted Writer . There is a weekly prompt featuring a book related question.

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION IS SUBMITTED BY Cathy @ What Cathy Read Next.

This weeks prompt is…

Do you like to finish one book before starting the next or do you read several at once?

My answer…

I usually have two books going at once.  One is an audiobook for when I am driving and the other is a physical book or ebook.  Here is what I am listening to and reading right now.

Audiobook

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Physical/eBook

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Mystery Blogger Award

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I was tagged for the Mystery Blogger Award by Greg @GregsBookHaven (thanks Greg!!!)

RULES 
 
1) Put the award logo on your blog
2) Thank whoever nominated you and include a link to their blog.
3) Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to their blog as well. (Maggie at okoto enigmas blog)
4) Tell your readers three things about yourself
5) Nominate 10-20 people
6) Notify your nominees
7) Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice, specifying one weird/ funny question.
8) Share a link to you best post(s).

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Three Things About Me

1) I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan! I have been to both theme parks and the Studio Tour in London
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2) I am adopted.
3) I love dogs and have fostered senior dogs in the past.

Greg’s questions

1) If you could have the answer to one question- what would it be? 
Why is a raven like a writing desk?-Alice in Wonderland
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2) What is your favorite concert/ theater production/ event you’ve ever attended? 
I am a big fan of Phantom of the Opera and have seen it twice!
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3) Favorite season 
Fall-pretty colors, football, and pumpkins!
 
4) Name a movie that affected you greatly
Schindler’s List
 
5) Favorite fictional family or relationship
Definitely the Weasley family from the Harry Potter books.
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My Best Post

One of my favorite posts was my interview with Maria Goodavage who writes books about Service Dogs. Maria Goodavage Interview

I Nominate

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My Questions

1. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

2. If you could have any book instantly memorized cover to cover, which book would you choose?

3.What is the best $100 you have ever spent in your life?

4. If snow could fall in any flavor, what flavor would you choose?

5. What was your favorite thing to pretend when you were a young child?

Can’t Wait Wednesday.

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Can’t Wait Wednesday, is hosted by Wishful Endings  to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. 

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Book Blurb

If home is where the heart is, what would happen if you lost it? Compassion and humor infuse the story of a family caught in financial crisis and a girl struggling to form her own identity.

It’s the first day of summer and Rachel’s thirteenth birthday. She can’t wait to head to the lake with her best friend, Micah! But as summer unfolds, every day seems to get more complicated. Her “fun” new job taking care of the neighbors’ farm animals quickly becomes a challenge, whether she’s being pecked by chickens or having to dodge a charging pig at feeding time. At home, her parents are more worried about money than usual, and their arguments over bills intensify. Fortunately, Rachel can count on Micah to help her cope with all the stress. But Micah seems to want their relationship to go beyond friendship, and though Rachel almost wishes for that, too, she can’t force herself to feel “that way” about him. In fact, she isn’t sure she can feel that way about any boy — or what that means.

I have loved all of Jo Knowles’ books that I have read and look forward to this one in April 2019.

Tell Me (Top Ten)

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Tell Me Tuesday is a weekly blog feature put on by La La in the Library.  It is where we discuss what we have been, currently are, and will be reading.  What are you reading? Tell me.

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WHAT I READ LAST

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This book was ok.  I thought it a bit predictable.  There were also too many coincidences to help the plot along.

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CURRENTLY READING

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Jess is alone. Her cabin has burned to the ground. She knows if she doesn’t act fast, the cold will kill her before she has time to worry about food. But she is still alive—for now.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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Book Blurb

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike’s office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic.

Trying to get to the bottom of Billy’s story, Strike and Robin Ellacott—once his assistant, now a partner in the agency—set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside.

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN TUESDAY TOPIC IS…

Books On My Fall TBR List

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I am excited for this author’s debut novel.

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This is not a new release but I still want to read it before the end of the year.

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I keep hearing great things about this book but just haven’t found time to read it yet.

vengeful

This is a sequel to Vicious.

falling for london

This sounded funny and light hearted.

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J.K. Rowling, need I say more?

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This will be book four in the series.

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I think this is the last book of this series.  I can’t wait to find out what happens.

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I just saw this author and am interested in what she has to say in this book.

 

 

It’s Monday! What are you Reading?

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IT’S MONDAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING? IS A PLACE TO MEET UP AND SHARE WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN, ARE, AND ABOUT TO BE READING OVER THE WEEK. IT IS HOSTED BY KATHRYN AT THE BOOK DATE.

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WHAT I READ LAST

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This book was ok.  I thought it a bit predictable.  There were also too many coincidences to help the plot along.

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CURRENTLY READING

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Jess is alone. Her cabin has burned to the ground. She knows if she doesn’t act fast, the cold will kill her before she has time to worry about food. But she is still alive—for now.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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Book Blurb

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike’s office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic.

Trying to get to the bottom of Billy’s story, Strike and Robin Ellacott—once his assistant, now a partner in the agency—set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside.

Weekend Wrap Up #56

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @The Caffeinated Book Reviewer It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. Here is what I have been up to this last week.

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WHAT I AM WATCHING

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I LOVED this show! It was fast paced and action packed and the acting was stellar.  I am not usually an action movie type but I really enjoyed this series.  It was easy to follow but still had lots of twists and turns.

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CURRENTLY READING

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This has been slow going but I am determined to finish it and find out if she is hers!

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Saturday Situation is put on by Pure Imagination. It is were we review our latest reads. Be sure to check out theirs as well.

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I finished buddy reading this with La La in the Library, Greg @GregsBookHaven and Annemieke @DancesWithBooks.  We are still discussing this book so stay tuned for a final review later.

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Stacking the Shelves is put on by Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves. Here are the books I have added to my TBR list this week.

I bought this book to have it autographed because she was a speaker at the University in my town.  It was a fabulous lecture! If you ever get a chance to hear her talk, do it!

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Book Blurb

Why would a cow lick a tractor? Why are collies getting dumber? Why do dolphins sometimes kill for fun? How can a parrot learn to spell? How did wolves teach man to evolve?

Temple Grandin draws upon a long, distinguished career as an animal scientist and her own experiences with autism to deliver an extraordinary message about how animals act, think, and feel. She has a perspective like that of no other expert in the field, which allows her to offer unparalleled observations and groundbreaking ideas.

People with autism can often think the way animals think, putting them in the perfect position to translate “animal talk.” Grandin is a faithful guide into their world, exploring animal pain, fear, aggression, love, friendship, communication, learning, and, yes, even animal genius. The sweep of Animals in Translation is immense and will forever change the way we think about animals.

Here are some photos from the book event.

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The Book Blogger Hop is put on by The Coffee Addicted Writer . There is a weekly prompt featuring a book related question.

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION IS SUBMITTED BY Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews

This weeks prompt is…

What author do you not read and why?

My answer…

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I don’t really have an answer as to why but I haven’t read anything by James Patterson.