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 Come on in and kick off your shoes!
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, respect, & character, were more than words in my grandparent's house and I wanted this site to be a place where friends could exchange opinions respectfully. I started this blog to share what I was reading & my opinion of it with friends & family. We quickly had friends of friends & their friends too... & it grew. Over the last 11 years, I have read a ton of books, met so many terrific people, & built a reputation my Grandparents would be proud of. I invite you to take a minute & read the original Mission Statement.

We have fun here. A laid back, comfortable environment where we share anything book related. Like -- where to buy gifts, pairing wine with books, lists of best sellers, children's opinions vs educators favorites, and banned book lists. Readers are always shocked to discover just how many books on the banned list are sitting on their shelves. I too find it amazing that the most popular books seem to always make the list. 

      What a gorgeous library!

I'm happy you stumbled upon our little blog. I hope you find the atmosphere relaxed & enjoyable, & the reviews entertaining and informative. Bookmark this page...with a click you can pull up a comfy chair and chatter awhile.
Scroll to the bottom for messages from RJ. Quick updates are in purple.

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone from
RJ's Views

  Check this out....Coming Soon . . .

Verses for the Dead

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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My Bookstore Wishlist -
January 8th,

An Anonymous Girl  The Au Pair
January 15th
The Dreamers  The Far Field
February 5th
More Than Words
It's time to Join
The GoodReads Book Challenge
Join the Reading Challenge!
View'ers have participated in this
challenge for several years. Let's all join, even if
your goal is 5 books - Let's all make a resolution to read more this year than last year.
Send me an email or leave a comment, as always you
are welcome to just sign your comment with your
initials, first name only, and your city/state.
Live, Love, Read

Check this out....

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

Check this out....
My copy just arrived. I cannot wait
to start reading it this weekend.

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....

I have only three more chapters, Wow!
available Jan. 29, 2019
Stand Alone Novel

Recent Best Sellers

Print & E-Book

 1.Long Road to Mercy (Atlee Pine, #1)   2.  3. Tattooist of Auschwitz 5.

Hardcover Fiction

1. 2. 3.

4.  5.

Hardcover Fiction
1. Becoming  2. Educated   3.The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors

           4.Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind  5.


1. 2.Of Blood and Bone (Chronicles of The One, #2)  3.One Day in December

Image result for snoopy and linus clipart4. 5.Nine Perfect Strangers 6.Long Road to Mercy (Atlee Pine, #1)

Dr. Seuss for all ages

     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 occasions 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.

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Having the perfect wine to compliment your romantic dinner shouldn't cause severe headaches. So, here's a few links to point you in the right direction. Whether you want a delicious red wine or a sweet dessert wine, these wine pros have some great suggestions.

Or maybe you're just looking for a yummy wine to accompany your next novel. Either way we got ya covered.

Or. . .
a Personalized Label on
your favorite wine

A long time Views visitor, asked if I was pairing our book club or feature 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
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Book Club Wine Pairing
12 Books Paired
Book Club Wine Pairing
Host a Book Club with Wines
Popular Book Club & Wine Selections from GoodReadsBooks&Wine from GoodReads

     What Are You Reading???

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

Want to Join a Book Club?
Can't find one in your area?

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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 the 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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 THANK YOU to all
who have shared your books           

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

Notes & Up-Dates from RJ...


I love chatting with you guys!
Keep those emails coming!

To all our loyal View'ers, friends, occasional visitors, writers, publishers, & sellers - THANK YOU! With a decade in the rearview mirror, I am looking forward to the road ahead. With your continued support, we can make 2019 our best
year yet!

Thank You!

Here's to a wonderful new year,
filled with great books!

Happy Reading,


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and come back soon!


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

Anonymous said...

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!

Anonymous said...


I have been a long time viewer from the 3rs days. Yes you have grown a lot in the last ten years but a few things have not changed. and that is a good thing. Like the reviews. They are interesting, entertaining, informative without divulging too much. You give equal opportunity to best sellers and unknown, selfpublished. Not many do that. You have maintained the integrity you wrote about in your mission statement a decade ago. That is an accomplishment and it is awesome. I look forward to another decade or two of sharing my love of books with the View. Thanks for standing up for us book lovers. I love RJ's Views. Keep up the good work.

Merry Christmas RJ,
Big Smiles & Best Wishes from Carrie and Doug, Illinois

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas RJ -

I can't wait to see what we will be sharing and talking about in 2019. I have already ordered the two books you suggested for January. Judgment by J. Finder and 1st Conspiracy by B. Meltzer. I am really looking forward to those.

Happy New Year!
Rebecca from Nashville, TN

Anonymous said...

Wow - The site looks great. Really put me in the mood for Christmas. I preordered one of the books you have suggested for January and ordered 3 others, and borrowed 2 from the Library. my TBR pile is piled high. LOL

Thanks RJ. I've been a Viewer for five years and always love it. Keep it up girl!

Merry Christmas,
Loretta-Anne Pittsburgh

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas RJ!

I love Views! I can not believe it has been a decade since I met you on MySpace. OMG remember MySpace? I am telling my age. LOL Take care, good luck with your upcoming surgery.
Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

All the Best,
Liz, Washington D.C.

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas RJ!

So - how about that new Joe Finder book? You reading it? What do you think?? I am chomping at the bit for this one. We always have to wait so long for his books. Yeah, it is worth it in the end.

Merry XMas!
Ken Greenville, SC

Anonymous said...

Merrrrryyyyyyy Christmas, RJ!

Been great year for us readers. Sure hope 2019 will be. Good luck with your surgery. Keep us "Viewers" updated what is going on with you, ok? I mean I am sure when you awake in the recovery room your first request is your IPad so you can update your site. LOL

Take care girlfriend. Your blog still rocks!

Lisa Ashville, NC

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas, RJ

We are hoping 2019 is the year of great books. We know for sure that you will share it straight about all of them. Love the site at Christmas. Always looks good!

Happy New Year!
Pam, Laurie, Jonah, Michelle, and Larry