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What makes RJ's Views special?
"Old School Values!" Integrity, respect, & character, were more than words in my grandparent's house and I wanted this site to be a place where friends could exchange opinions respectfully. I started this blog to share what I was reading & my opinion of it with friends & family. We quickly had friends of friends & their friends too... & it grew. Over the last 11 years, I have read a ton of books, met so many terrific people, & built a reputation my Grandparents would be proud of. I invite you to take a minute & read the original Mission Statement.

We have fun here. A laid back, comfortable environment where we share anything book related. Like -- where to buy gifts, pairing wine with books, lists of best sellers, children's opinions vs educators favorites, and banned book lists. Readers are always shocked to discover just how many books on the banned list are sitting on their shelves. I too find it amazing that the most popular books seem to always make the list.
       What a gorgeous library!

I'm happy you stumbled upon our little blog. I hope you find the atmosphere relaxed & enjoyable, & the reviews entertaining and informative. Bookmark this page...with a click you can pull up a comfy chair and chatter awhile.
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Happy Easter to all our
View'er Friends ~
Easter Traditions Around The World

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Treason (Trident Deception #5)

  While You Sleep   Every Breath Road to Mercy (Atlee Pine, #1)  

 Authors We Have Reviewed 

Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker  Paper Gods: A Novel of Money, Race, and Politics

HachetteAudio...Enjoy books on the go!AudioBooks  Liar Liar audiobook published by HACHETTE AUDIO
Dark Sacred Night (Renée Ballard, #2; Harry Bosch, #21; Harry Bosch Universe, #31)

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Indie Authors

 Foiled  Trailer Trash: an '80s Memoir
The Moving Blade (Detective Hiroshi, #2)The Last Train (Detective Hiroshi, #1)
After You: A Demon is Always Lurking Nearby Mermaids Are Real: The Mystiq Prong River Queens: Saucy Boat, stout mates, spotted dog, America


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In 2018, the following books were among the most frequently challenged:
#bannedbooks  #bannedbooks2019

Two of my all-time favorites are frequently the focus of boisterous challenges.

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Here’s ALA’s list of top banned books from the last year: 
Thirteen Reasons Why1. Thirteen Reasons Why 
by Jay Asher ISBN: 159514188X 
This 2007 New York Times bestseller resurfaced as a controversial book after Netflix aired a TV series by the same name. This YA novel was challenged and banned in multiple school districts because it discusses suicide. 
Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian 
by Sherman Alexie 
ISBN: 0316013692 
Consistently challenged since its publication in 2007 for acknowledging issues such as poverty, alcoholism, and sexuality, this National Book Award winner was protested in school curriculums because of profanity and situations that were deemed sexually explicit. 
Drama3. Drama 
by Raina Telgemeier 
ISBN: 0545326990 
A Stonewall Honor Award-winner, this 2012 graphic novel from an acclaimed cartoonist was banned in school libraries because it includes LGBT characters and was considered “confusing.” 
The Kite Runner4. The Kite Runner 
by Khaled Hosseini 
ISBN: 1594480001 
The Kite Runner—a critically acclaimed, multigenerational novel—was banned because it includes sexual violence and was thought to “lead to terrorism” and “promote Islam.” 
George5. George 
by Alex Gino 
ISBN: 0545812542 
Written for elementary-age children, this Lambda Literary Award winner was banned because it includes a transgender child. 
Sex is a Funny Word: a Book about Bodies, Feelings, and You6. Sex is a Funny Word 
written by Cory Silverberg, illustrated by Fiona Smyth
 ISBN: 1609806069 
This 2015 informational children’s book written by a certified sex educator was challenged because it addresses sex education and is believed to lead children to “want to have sex or ask questions about sex.” 
To Kill a Mockingbird7. To Kill a Mockingbird 
by Harper Lee 
ISBN: 0446310786 
A Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and American classic, To Kill a Mockingbird was banned because of violence and its use of the N-word. 
The Hate U Give8. The Hate U Give 
by Angie Thomas 
ISBN: 0062498533 
Despite winning multiple awards and being the most searched-for book on Goodreads during its debut year, this YA novel banned in school libraries and curriculums because it was considered “pervasively vulgar” and because of drug use, profanity, and offensive language. 
And Tango Makes Three9. And Tango Makes Three 
by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson, illustrated by Henry Cole 
ISBN: 148144994X 
Returning after a brief hiatus from the Top Ten Most Challenged list, this ALA Notable Children’s Book, published in 2005, was challenged and labeled because it features a same-sex relationship. 
I Am Jazz10. I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
 ISBN: 0803741073 
This autobiographical picture book co-written by the 13-year-old protagonist was challenged because it addresses gender identity. 


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Recent Best Sellers

Print & E-Book

 1.Long Road to Mercy (Atlee Pine, #1)   2.  3. Tattooist of Auschwitz 5.

Hardcover Fiction

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Hardcover Fiction
1. Becoming  2. Educated   3.The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors

           4.Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind  5.


1. 2.Of Blood and Bone (Chronicles of The One, #2)  3.One Day in December

Image result for snoopy and linus clipart4. 5.Nine Perfect Strangers 6.Long Road to Mercy (Atlee Pine, #1)

Dr. Seuss for all ages

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The Wine Cellar

Pair it

Where We Chatter
about Pairing Wine

Maybe it's just me - but, I've always had a difficult time selecting which wine goes with what entree. Then there's special occasions and wines seem to get more specific for these. The challenge is selecting wines that pair well with the various foods. Most suggest having a selection of red and white wines available for your guests. This allows each guest to select what works best for their particular tastes.
Easter is just around the corner, with all the egg decorating, basket packing, and bunny rabbits -- wine may get lost on your things to do. So, I have done it for ya. Here's a few links to point you in the right direction. Whether you want a delicious red wine or a sweet dessert wine, these wine pros have some great suggestions that will have your guest going ga-ga.

Or maybe you're just looking for a yummy wine to accompany your next novel. Either way we got ya covered.
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A long time Views visitor, asked if I was pairing our book club or feature books with specific wines ??? It seems the trendy book club thing is to pair the book we read with a wine that compliments the book. So, I found a lil bit of information to share with you. I would love to be able to pair the book properly - because most of the time, the wine is what lured friends to join the book club in the first place. LOL

9 Book and Wine Pairs for Your Book Club 9 Book &Wine Pairs
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Quotes I Love

Dr. Seuss Quotes"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." - Dr. Seuss

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Love is the irresistible desire to be desired irresistibly." -- Robert Frost

Dr. Seuss Quotes"You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because the reality is finally better than your dreams." --Dr. Seuss

"The only way to have a Friend is to BE one." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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who have shared your books           

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Notes & Up-Dates from RJ...

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April 7, 2019
Please Read.

Dear View'ers,

My surgery has been postponed. I will be admitted to the hospital 
May 19th for what has been described by my surgeon as a complex, painful procedure, followed by an extended recovery.
Physical Therapy will be painful &
will require my total commitment.
So please bear with me. I am trying to keep everything going. But I will be honrsy, limited movement makes everything difficult. I have two major joints in need of replacement.
We are taking care of the most painful joint first -
My shoulder. But my knee seems to be demanding attention more every day. You guys keep rooting for me. 
View'ers are an awesome group. Your kindness & words of encouragement never cease to amaze & inspire me.
Thank you!

Happy Reading,

RJ ;-)

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Anonymous said...

Love your blog. I appreciate your candor and I think your reviews are always fun to read.
Thank you,
Meg (OH)

RJ McGill said...

Thank you, Meg. I'm glad you like it! Stop by & visit often, there's a lot of good books scheduled for review.

Happy Thanksgiving!
:-) RJ

Anonymous said...

Great review of House of Secrets. Your review of the Illuminati book was awesome. Just finished it and LOVED it. Thanks for "sharing it straight."
George B.

RJ McGill said...

Thanks George! Come back soon!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for introducing me to Hachette audiobooks. I had never listened to a book before I read your wp blog post years ago. I can't imagine my day now without my headphones on listening. You use headphones all the time do you have any recommendations about headphones? Thank you again.
Happy Listener
Glendale, CO

RJ McGill said...

Thank you! I'm glad you are enjoying audiobooks. Hope you come back & visit with us often. Thanks again!!

Anonymous said...

Great info on Read Aloud. My son is 7 and he's loving the new read time. We still read a bedtime story too.
Becky in Charleston SC

Anonymous said...

Great site!
Mark, CO

Anonymous said...

Love your blog.
Kathy, NC

Anonymous said...

Love the new site layout!Thank you for your very nice email.

Views follower,
Kim's Book Club

Anonymous said...

Great site! Love your reviews!

Diane C.
El Paso TX

Anonymous said...

Great lists for kids. It's been said already but I'll say it again, Great reviews.

Joy M.(Nevada)

Anonymous said...

Love, Love, Love your site. Been a fan since the WP days.
Beth, CT

Anonymous said...

Congratulations 10 years!
Marcus D., Greenville, SC

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! 10 years. I'm so glad you stuck it out through your injury. I'm giving you a big high five, two thumbs up and delicious piece of bday cake. Celebrate & enjoy girl, here's to another 10 years sharing good books!

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Happy Anniversary!

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Happy Anniversary!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on 10 years reviewing.
Loreta B, NC

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Happy 10 yr Anniversary

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Happy 10 yr Anniversary.
Cellie, MO

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, 10 year Anniversary.

RJ McGill said...

THANK YOU to everyone for all the emails and comments on the 10 year anniversary of RJ's Views. Thank You all so very much for your support, for visiting the site and making it such a success. I have enjoyed sharing books with everyone for the past ten years, and look forward to doing so for the next ten, twenty, thirty, years.



Anonymous said...

Wow You have come a long way RJ! I love the new layout & the site is loaded with information. Your reviews are still incredible. The new Wine Cellar is great, I love it. One of these days we'll meet at the ITWwe've talked about a thousand times over the years, & have a glass of wine. You can pick.

Anonymous said...

Great Review of Cuban Affair I haven't read DeMille's work in years. But I ordered the book after reading your review. I can't wait until 19th. Thank You
Any good books for the holidays?

Thank You,
Jill, Orlando FL

Anonymous said...

Agreeing with Markus *and others, thanks for helpful reviews. I am happy to have found your reviews. they are not filled with big words trying to sound important. Great job keep up good work.
Ketki, Hyderabad, India

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU. Your reviews sound great. Thank you for not using big, odd words just to try to sound important.

Yours are helpful AND sound great. Keep doing what you're doing.

Markus, Alberta, Canada

RJ McGill said...

I appreciate all of your comments and emails. Thank you to everyone from the bottom of my heart!

I will make y'all a deal - y'all keep reading my reviews and visiting me here - and I will keep Sharing It Straight.... Okie Dokie?
Big Smiles,

Anonymous said...

I love your blog.
Annie in Spartanburg SC

Anonymous said...

Great blog. You write very good reviews.
Magda, Calcutta

Anonymous said...

I love your blog. You write some great reviews. Two enthusiastic thumbs up!
Nancy R., Sarasota, Florida

Anonymous said...

Love, love, love The Views! One of my fav book bloggers. Keep up the good work.

Maryann L. Raleigh, NC

Anonymous said...

I totally agree The new Cross is great! Audio is of the hook like the way Cross books used to be years ago. Thanks for great review. Right on point as usual.

Mark Casper, WY

Anonymous said...

Hi RJ,
Love your blog! Your reviews are great. Are you going to review the new book about Woodstock?
Mary, Ontario CA

RJ McGill said...

HI - Mary *Ontario, CA
Thank you for commenting. I'm very happy that you Love my blog. Yes, I will be posting a review of the book soon. I am so excited to be reviewing several books from new publishers this summer. Stop by often there are lots of new books being added.
Thanks again for your support!

Anonymous said...

Hi RJ,

Love the blog!Are you reviewing the new Patterson collaboration with Bill Clinton?
Pat, KY

RJ McGill said...

Pat (KY)
Thank you for supporting RJ's Views! I will be reviewing the audio (published by Hachette Audio)- sometime in June. Stop by and visit us often, new books are being added all the time.
Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Hi RJ!
I love your blog. We tried some of the wine suggestions during our last book club meeting. Everyone showed up for the first time ever and we had a blast. We served several wines but the star was the Carneros Cuvée by Gloria Ferrer. We found it through your suggested book club wine links. THANK YOU. We are reading "Circe" this month and I am hosting.
Loretta (We Still Read book club), Akron, OH

RJ McGill said...

Hi Loretta (And all the members of your book club "We Still Read")
That's wonderful! I love hearing from readers. Your "star wine" was an incredible selection. Wish I could've been there! Circe is a great choice for your book club. I hope your next meeting is even better. Let me know how it goes.
Thank you for supporting RJ's Views!

Anonymous said...


I have been a long time viewer from the 3rs days. Yes you have grown a lot in the last ten years but a few things have not changed. and that is a good thing. Like the reviews. They are interesting, entertaining, informative without divulging too much. You give equal opportunity to best sellers and unknown, selfpublished. Not many do that. You have maintained the integrity you wrote about in your mission statement a decade ago. That is an accomplishment and it is awesome. I look forward to another decade or two of sharing my love of books with the View. Thanks for standing up for us book lovers. I love RJ's Views. Keep up the good work.

Merry Christmas RJ,
Big Smiles & Best Wishes from Carrie and Doug, Illinois

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas RJ -

I can't wait to see what we will be sharing and talking about in 2019. I have already ordered the two books you suggested for January. Judgment by J. Finder and 1st Conspiracy by B. Meltzer. I am really looking forward to those.

Happy New Year!
Rebecca from Nashville, TN

Anonymous said...

Wow - The site looks great. Really put me in the mood for Christmas. I preordered one of the books you have suggested for January and ordered 3 others, and borrowed 2 from the Library. my TBR pile is piled high. LOL

Thanks RJ. I've been a Viewer for five years and always love it. Keep it up girl!

Merry Christmas,
Loretta-Anne Pittsburgh

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas RJ!

I love Views! I can not believe it has been a decade since I met you on MySpace. OMG remember MySpace? I am telling my age. LOL Take care, good luck with your upcoming surgery.
Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

All the Best,
Liz, Washington D.C.

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas RJ!

So - how about that new Joe Finder book? You reading it? What do you think?? I am chomping at the bit for this one. We always have to wait so long for his books. Yeah, it is worth it in the end.

Merry XMas!
Ken Greenville, SC

Anonymous said...

Merrrrryyyyyyy Christmas, RJ!

Been great year for us readers. Sure hope 2019 will be. Good luck with your surgery. Keep us "Viewers" updated what is going on with you, ok? I mean I am sure when you awake in the recovery room your first request is your IPad so you can update your site. LOL

Take care girlfriend. Your blog still rocks!

Lisa Ashville, NC

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas, RJ

We are hoping 2019 is the year of great books. We know for sure that you will share it straight about all of them. Love the site at Christmas. Always looks good!

Happy New Year!
Pam, Laurie, Jonah, Michelle, and Larry

Donald M. said...

Great site. Intelligent, well-written reviews that I happen to agree with 90% of the time. This is a comfortable environment in which to express oneself and that too is most appreciated. Thank you for welcoming the LGBT community.

Anonymous said...

Love, love, love your blog. Hope all goes well with your upcoming surgery.

Anonymous said...

Hey RJ,

I totally agree with your mission statement. We like your "small" blog. Just think when you go big time i can say i knew you way back when. Congratulations on your success.

Anonymous said...

I love The Views. Your blog is awesome. Keep on keeping it real .

RJ McGill said...

Donald Thank you for taking time to comment. Everybody is Welcome here. I am so happy you found us --Please pass the word about our lil' blog. Thank you.

I am thrilled you guys love the site. As for hitting the big time-- Oh how I wish we could "get discovered." Maybe one day. (Fingers crossed). But trust me -- I will be the same old me.
Welcome--welcome--welcome to the new View'ers.