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  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...with a click you can pull up a comfy chair and chatter awhile.

 Check this out....RJ's Reading 

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

Beautifully Cruel
courtesy of Kensington Publishing

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Last Weekend's Hot Ticket

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1. Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House Michael Wolff, Author
2. Dog Man and Cat Kid: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #4) Dav Pilkey, Author
3. A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'Engle, Author
4. The Woman in the Window A J Finn, Author
5. City of Endless Night Douglas Preston, Author, Lincoln Child, Author

Hardcover Non-Fiction 

1. Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House Michael Wolff, Author
2. It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America David Cay Johnston, Author
3. Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around the World The Women's March Organizers, Author
4. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry Neil Degrasse Tyson, Author
5. Leonardo Da Vinci Walter Isaacson, Author

Mass Market Paperback

1. No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Stories Lee Child, Author
2. Secrets in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel (in Death, Book 45) J. D. Robb, Author
3. Any Dream Will Do Debbie Macomber, Author
4. Never Never James Patterson, Author, Candice Fox, Author
5. Spring Forward Catherine Anderson, Author

  Top Audio Books

1. City of Endless Night Douglas J. Preston, Author, Lincoln Child, Author, Rene Auberjonois, Read by
2. Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House Michael Wolff, Author, Holter Graham, Read by, Michael Wolff, Read by
3. The Whistler John Grisham, Author, Cassandra Campbell, Read by
4. Black Wind Clive Cussler, Author, Scott Brick, Read by
5. Leaving Time Jodi Picoult, Author, Rebecca Lowman, Read by, Abigail Revasch, Read by, Kathe Mazur, Read by, Mark Deakins, Read by

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Have a seat & see the most
anticipated books Spring 2018 Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer (Riverhead, Apr.) - From the author of The Interestings: Greer is a shy college freshman when she meets Faith Frank, who has been a central pillar of the women’s movement for decades. Greer, searching for purpose, finds it through Faith. PW gave the novel a starred review. Mars Room by Rachel Kushner (Scribner, May) - It’s 2003 and Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility, where she experiences the absurdities of institutional living. This novel, from the author of The Flamethrowers, received a starred PW review. by Madeline Miller (Little, Brown, Apr.) - In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child who can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves. Zeus banishes her to an island, where she hones her craft and unwittingly draws the wrath of men and gods. No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala (Harper, Mar.) - This PW-starred second novel from the author of Beasts of No Nation is set in Washington, D.C., as top student Niru’s life shifts when his conservative Nigerian parents find out he’s queer. by Michael Ondaatje (Knopf, May) - In Ondaatje’s first work of fiction since 2011, it’s 1945 and 14-year-old Nathaniel and his older sister, Rachel, stay behind in London when their parents move to Singapore, leaving them in the care of a mysterious figure named the Moth.


Mystery/Thriller/Crime Sun by Kent Anderson (LB/Mulholland, Feb.) – James Ellroy calls Anderson’s long-awaited third novel, a timely thriller about policing and race relations set in Oakland, Calif., in 1983, “a literary miracle.”

The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson (Little, Brown & Knopf, June) – Former president Clinton, aided by bestseller Patterson, brings his White House expertise to a thriller about a U.S. president who vanishes. Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz (Harper, June) – British author Horowitz reinvents the classic crime novel, depicting a fictional version of himself as the Dr. Watson to a modern-day Sherlock Holmes. Machines and Other Stories by Vandana Singh (Small Beer, Feb.) - Physicist and SF author Singh’s first collection for U.S. readers is a spectacular assembly of work and not to be missed by fans of cutting-edge SF with a deeply human sensibility. City by Sam J. Miller (Ecco, Apr.) - Miller made waves with his YA debut, The Art of Starving, and will make more with this rich and intense dystopian ensemble story set in a harsh near future. 
The Merry Spinster by Mallory Ortberg (Holt, Mar.) - Ortberg’s twisted variations on popular fairy tales and children’s books are daring and skillful, and this outstanding collection of them brims with satirical horror. Opera by Catherynne M. Valente (S&S/Saga, Apr.) - Celebrating pop culture and upending genre expectations, notorious envelope-pusher Valente brings Eurovision to where it’s always belonged: outer space. by C.L. Polk (, June) - This stellar debut, set in an alternate early 20th century, is an innovative mix of class struggle, magic, and war that marks Polk as a writer to watch.

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Yeah, Homocide Hunter on ID is most
definitely one of my guilty pleasures!

If You like the show, you'll like the book~
And If you like audiobooks (CDs) you like it even more...
Lt. Kenda narrates the book!

Check this out....

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. But if you are planning a St. Patrick's Day get together - here's some suggestions for your guests who prefer wine to green beers.

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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RJ's Can't Wait to Read

    Scandal in the Secret City by Diane Fanning       Treason in the Secret City by Diane Fanning         
Book 1, Scandal & Book 2, Treason are available now! IF you haven't read them yet, you have time to get caught up before...Book 3, Sabotage in the Secret City will be released in the US -
July 1, 2018

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           

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

Til next time...


Happy Reading,


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