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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 ©.)

Check this out....

RJ's TBR List


      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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Recently Reviewed  Masquerading Our Love (Stonehaven High, #1)

Just Finished Reading...   Fall Irmgard: Operation Irmgard

March was Read Aloud Month -
Now that Summer is around the corner,
kids will be out of school...making the 15 mins spent
reading with you all the more important.
Keep On Reading!!!
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Check this out....What's On The Top Shelves!

  Patterson occupies 3 of the top 20 spots this week~

   Detective Cross   Private: Gold   The Black Book

2 Children's Books Are In The Top 20 ~

    The Wonderful Things You Will Be      Oh, the Places You’ll Go! 

  Top 10

         1.16th Seduction  2.The Trials Of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy  3.A Court of Wings and Ruin

     4.Into the Water for People in a Hurry
         6.The Fix 7.Thirteen Reasons Why  8.The Handmaid’s Tale
           9.Against All Odds  Read Aloud Book Lists10.

The New York Times Best Sellers  

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              4.        5.The Handmaid’s Tale


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Young Adult Hardcover

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  Children’s Picture Books 

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  Children's Middle Grade Hardcover

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On My Shopping List

Sit  Back, Relax & Listen

NYTimes Combined NONFICTION 

Here's a sneak peek at the list.

2014's Most Frequently Challenged Books


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Check this out....

Pair it

Wine Pairing

Maybe it's just me - but, I've always had a difficult time finding the right wine to serve. Should it be white or red wine? And which one? When Prime Rib is on the menu? And then there's my favorite category - - dessert. Which wines go best with chocolate? Candy Wine Pairing Traditional Easter Wine Pairings Spectator Says Pairings for Glorious Easter Dinner Essential Wines for Spring 2017

Did you know Something or Someone is Celebrated or Observed almost every day? For fun, I'm listing a few each month. If there's a special, fun or just plain odd observation you think we should share - leave a comment below with the info or send me an email.

What's Happening In...

What's Happening In May

Image result for tiny flower clip art1st-7th Children's book week (Link)
Image result for tiny flower clip art12th Limerick Day (Link)
Image result for tiny flower clip art7th-13th Be Kind To Animals Weeks (Link)
Image result for tiny flower clip art7th-13th National Family Week (Link)
Image result for tiny flower clip art7th-13th National Pet Week (Link)
 Image result for tiny flower clip art14th Mother's Day (Link)
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Image result for tiny flower clip art14th-20th Reading is Fun (Link)
 Image result for tiny flower clip art20th Eliza Doolittle Day (link)
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What Are You Reading???

Box of Chocolates or that book
you've been eyeing?

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." -Raplh Waldo Emerson

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http://www.hachetteaudio.comI am a huge fan of audio books!


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)