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Nancy Drew, the original mother of dragons

ndnd 2It’s been a really long time since we talked about my girl, Nancy Drew. Here’s a review of Nancy Drew and the Mystery of the Fire Dragon!
Nancy’s aunt’s Chinese neighbor disappears and leaves a cryptic note!! Dun, dun, dun. Fun, action and culture spanning two continents! Nancy leaves for her aunt Eloise’s house in New York City, Bess and George in tow, to solve the mystery. Upon their arrival there is an explosion kicking the crime solving spree off!
Nancy and her girls follow clues through NYC and Hong Kong to solve the mystery. George, apparently, resembles the young Asian neighbor so much so that she goes undercover and discovers one of the bad guys. Ned, OF COURSE, just happens to be in Hong Kong learning Cantonese as an exchange student. Thankfully, Ned had the forethought to rent a 3 bedroom suite while there… perfect for Nancy, Bess and George.
Nancy gets kidnapped, per usual, is taken on a helicopter and while her hands and feet are tied up she is still able to write S.O.S in lipstick on the window. No worries though, Ned convinced the royal navy to help and they send fighter jets to assist.
No big deal, right?nd 3As usual, in the end the mystery is solved by Nancy and all is right in the world. So, here’s my opinion on Nancy Drew and the Mystery of the Fire Dragon. I love the books where Nancy and her gang get to travel! In this installment Nancy seemed to already be an expert on Chinese culture. A few things of note:
– Nancy’s aunt Eloise is injured when an oven door blows off
– The crew played a round of volleyball while solving their mystery in China
– Nancy’s fantastic yellow dress in the cover art
Have you read this one? What are your thoughts?

Recently Read

As most of you know, I work in a library. On the reg, people tell me about how they read 100 books a year. Well, I definitely do not read 100 books a year. Maybe I read 30 books a year. 45 in a good year. In fact, I can go 2 or 3 months without reading anything expect blog posts. I’m currently in a reading season so I thought I would share some of what I’ve been reading in the past month and a half.
My pastor always says “Readers are Leaders” which makes sense, but I’m not sure if it applies when you’re reading about Amish people fighting the undead. So… here’s what I’ve been reading lately:reading 1. The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle. Whew. YA novel about a young Amish woman who discovers a new evil in the outside world. I’ll confess, I’ve read some of those Amish lady novels… and I didn’t even hate them. This book is the perfect blend of a middle-aged-lady-amish novel and a YA paranormal romance novel. So… I basically loved it.
2. The Outside by Laura Bickle. Sequel to The Hallowed Ones. I’m in the middle of this one, but so far it’s been pretty good.
3. Love Does by Bob Goff. I was able to see Bob Goff speak at Catalyst in the beginning of October, and I actually thought he was a little bit crazy… but in the greatest way. I highly suggest this book!
4. David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell. I’m a huge Gladwell fan! This book is incredibly insightful but still simplistic enough for a lay person (like myself) to understand. Definitely check this one out!
5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. I started the series when I was in 8th grade. 8TH GRADE, you guys!! I’ve read the Harry Potter series several times, but it’s been probably 5 years or so since I’ve read the first 3. I love starting from the very beginning!
6. Pawnee, the Greatest Town in America by Leslie Knope. This was a gift from one of my favorite friends, Jenna. We’ve recently been watching through old seasons of Parks and Rec, so I picked this up for some light evening reading. It’s SO much funnier than I even remember!
7. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays by Ree Drummond. I’ve been reading the Pioneer Woman blog for about 4 or 5  years now (thank you, April, for the introduction!) and I always get super excited anytime she has a new book come out. Ree’s cook books are awesome because she includes LOTS of pictures. We made her broccoli cheese soup last weekend.

What have you been reading lately? Any suggestions for me?