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Authors, links, lists and news -
  And lots of helpful, piffy reviews
So grab a drink, find a comfy chair -
  We have a lot of books to share.



What makes RJ's Views special?

     "Old School Values!" Integrity, honesty, and respect were more than "words" in our house it was "how you conducted yourself "- - period. These traits were commonplace when I was growing up. Now they are referred to as "old school." That's okay by me!  

I started this blog with one goal - to read the book (cover to cover) then share my honest opinion. No skimming, skip or speed reading and pay no attention to the names on the cover. In other words, if it's good it's good and if it's not, it's not. That's the kind of reviews we searched for but rarely ever found.

 I am happy you stumbled across our lil blog. I hope you will come back and visit with us often.

(Click to read my Mission Statement ©.)

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What's In Rj's Reading Bag? 


      The Fix   The Burial Hour

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   The Secrets of My Life   20 Ways to Make Every Day Better   Two from the Heart   The Most Beautiful

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June 26, 1997 Harry Potter hit the shelves - but not for long.
Books flew off the shelves and into the hands of readers
that were quickly converted into Harry Potter Fans. With each
new magical adventure stores began hosting Harry Potter Parties
on release night. Fans flocked to these events, dressed as their
favorite character. The Harry Potter series became a worldwide
phenomenon. Today a first edition of The Sorcerer's Stone could sell
for upwards of 40-50K dollars! (If you are lucky enough to find a fan
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  Top 10

           1. Camino Island  2. The Identicals  3. Understanding Trump

       4. Tom Clancy Point of Contact  5. Come Sundown
             6. The Fix 7. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate   8.The Handmaid’s Tale

  9. Into the Water     Read Aloud Book Lists     10. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

The New York Times Best Sellers  

    1. Camino Island   2. The Identicals   3.Tom Clancy Point of Contact Come Sundown   5.The Handmaid’s Tale


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Young Adult Hardcover

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  Children’s Picture Books 

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  read with your children

Middle-Grade Hardcover  1.   2.

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On My Shopping List

Currently Listening too ~

Testimony (Hardcover)

NYTimes Combined NONFICTION 

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2014's Most Frequently Challenged Books


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Pair it

Wine Pairing

Maybe it's just me - but, I've always had a difficult time finding the right wine to serve on special occasions. Here's a few links to make choosing the ideal wine for your Independence Day celebration. of July Wine & Food Guide & BBQ for the Fourth Sparkling 4th of July Wines Food & Wine Pairings
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Wishing All a Safe & Happy 4th of July!

     What Are You Reading???

Which book(s) are on your Must read list?

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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 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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... to ALL
who have shared your books!

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 I just love books!

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Wishing all a safe, happy summer vacation.

Remember To Read Every Day


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)