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Authors, links, lists & 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, book & product reviews, and banned book lists. Readers are always shocked to discover just how many 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.
The original Mission Statement, I penned over a period of three days as I launched the site - is still here, live, unchanged. In ten years all that's changed is the name from 3RS Den to RJ's Views. 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 & 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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Wishing everyone a very
Happy Thanksgiving!

  Check this out....Coming Soon . . .
Long Road to Mercy (Atlee Pine, #1)   Every Breath

Master of His Fate (House of Falconer #1)  Judgment: A Novel

The Ancient Nine   Lies

Feared (Rosato & DiNunzio, #6)


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

Check this out....NetGalley Reviews

Past Tense (Jack Reacher, #23) 

Indie Authors
The Last Train (Detective Hiroshi, #1)   The Moving Blade (Detective Hiroshi, #2)

Trailer Trash: an '80s Memoir

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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 RJ's Views is Happy To Shine the

  Past Tense (Jack Reacher, #23)
Read our review, click here

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The title I have to have 
this week -
The Next Person You Meet in Heaven

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In 2017, the following books were among the most frequently challenged:
  • Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher (Reason: Suicide)
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie (Reasons: Profanity, Sexually Explicit)
  • Drama, written & illustrated by Raina Telgemeier (Reason: LGBT Content)
  • I Am Jazz, written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas (Reason: Gender Identity)
  • The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini (Reasons: Sexual Violence, Religious Themes, “May Lead to Terrorism”)
  • George, by Alex Gino (Reason: LGBT Content)
  • Sex is a Funny Word, written by Cory Silverberg and illustrated by Fiona Smyth (Reason: Sex Education)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee (Reasons: Violence, Racial Slurs)
  • The Hate U Give, by Angie Thom
    as (Reasons: Drug Use, Profanity, “Pervasively Vulgar”)
  • And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson, illustrated by Henry Cole (Reason: LGBT Content)

  • Is your favorite book on the list? Post a pic on Instagram, Tweet, and post on your FaceBook page. Remember to use these hashtags.
#bannedbooks  #bannedbooks2018

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

Check this out....
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Frequently Challenged Book

Coming to a Bookstore near you
November 20, 2018.

Check this out....
Homeward Hound ("Sister" Jane, #11)  Fire & Blood (A Song of Ice and Fire)
Target: Alex Cross (Alex Cross, #26)  Beauchamp Hall  Lies Come Easy (Posadas County Mystery #13)  Master of His Fate (House of Falconer #1)            Newcomer So Many Doors

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Check this out....Martin's back...
available Nov. 20, 2018

Check this out....

From NYT Best Selling Author
Brad Meltzer comes his first
"The First Conspiracy"

The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington
Available Jan. 8, 2019

Check this out....

available Jan. 29, 2019
Finder's first novel featuring a
lady in the leading role!

Waiting is more fun with
book & a good friend.

Recent NYT Best Sellers

Print & E-Book

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Hardcover Fiction

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Hardcover Fiction
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 Looking for More hot titles in the top twenty?  

Young Adult Hardcover    
RJ's must read YA ~

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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. 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. Autumn is my favorite time of year. There's nothing better than having a great book, a delicious wine, a cozy blanket and a quiet chair. You can find me on the deck, in my rocker all season long. If you are planning a get together to say goodbye to Summer and/or hello to Fall - here a few of my suggestions. Or maybe you're just looking for a yummy wine to accompany your next novel. Either way we got ya covered.

A long time Views visitor, asked 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. 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???

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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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who have shared your books           

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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!