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  Come on in and kick off your shoes!
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 - they had real world meaning. Back before signing your life away to make a purchase, you simply made the deal, shook hands and trusted the other person to follow through. . .based solely on their word. My GrandPa said 'keep your word and your conscience clean.' I started this blog with two goals . . .To share with readers the kind of review my book club wanted, but rarely found and stay true to my upbringing.

These days the values and standards passed on to me are called "old school." That's okay!  Because out with the old and in with the new does not and should not apply to everything. Over the last ten years I have read a ton of books, met lots of terrific people and built a reputation my Grandparents would be proud of.

We have fun here too. There's lists of best sellers, children's opinions vs educators favorites, and banned book lists. Readers are always shocked to see most if not all the books on the banned list are on their shelves. I find it amazing that the most popular books seem to always make the list. Check it out.

This is my original Mission Statement. In ten years all that's changed is the name of my blog from 3RS Den to RJ's Views. The clipart and page decorations change from time to time, but the content of the statement is the same. I invite you to take a minute and read it. 

I'm happy you stumbled upon our little blog. I hope you find the atmosphere relaxed and enjoyable. I've designed the site to read like conversations between friends. Entertaining AND informative. See ya soon!

Bookmark this page so with a click you pull up a comfy chair and chatter awhile.

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 Coming SoonCheck this out....

Somewhere in Colorado Blue Man has
vanished...Can Will & Jessica find him?

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M. William Phelps gets personal in
his new book Dangerous Ground.
(Available Now)

You've heard of cat-burglars...
Talk To the Paw stars a match-making-kitty.
Oh, kitty is a thief too!
(Available 1-30-18, Pre-Order Now)
Talk to the Paw

       http://www.hachetteaudio.comAudio Titles

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This Month RJ's

The Master of "The Spy Novel" Returns

A Legacy of Spies

"In 1963, John Le Carre created the sharpest drawn, fluidly delivered spies ever
to grace printed paper. Legacy of Spies is a reunion of the espionage sort that will give fans a lil'something to smile about..." Read the Review


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Check this out....

  Murder on the Orient Express (Paperback)
Read it before you see it!

The New York Times Best Sellers  

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Young Adult Hardcover

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 Children’s Picture Books 


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Middle-Grade Hardcover  2.

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Have a seat & see what's
New in the world of books

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RJ's Wish List

The People vs. Alex Cross (Hardcover)    The President Is Missing (Hardcover)   Two Kinds of Truth (Hardcover)  

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Order Today!

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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 occassions and wines seem to get more specific for these. Believe it or not, MORE wine is purchased during the Thanksgiving Holiday than any other throughout the year.  The challenge is selecting wines that pair well with the various foods served. 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.

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Now here's a few helpful links for picking the right wines for your special Thanksgiving get-togethers.
I receive an email from Stacey - a long time Views visitor, asking if I was pairing our book club 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 today. 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

     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     Hachette Book Group   Simon & Schuster

     http://www.hachetteaudio.comaudiophile...bibliophile ...
I just love books!

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The elves are busy making toys-
for all the good lil' girls & boys!

Share Your Thoughts.
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Do you do "Elf On A Shelf?"
How many years?
Your most memorable?


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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!

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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