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Wishes for you this holiday season...
Be at peace. 
Happy Reading. 
Take lots of photos and make lots of memories. See you next year. 


Book Lists and the Purpose They Serve

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I'm a list person. I like to make lists, cross out the items on the list I've completed and make a new list of items still to do or new things that need done. My affinity for lists is why I post many lists of best books on this blog.

I like lists and the book lists are highly useful for the person who is working hard at working hard and may not have the time to walk through a bookstore on a regular basis. Lots of people must find the best books lists helpful because almost very magazine you buy or look through will have a list of new books or must have books for success.

A short list of the magazines with lists of best business books for 2017 included Forbes, Fortune, Inc. and Business Insider. The New York Times also provides a list of top selling business books and you can do a google search to find some of the top selling and best reviewed books.

Below is a list of links that will lead you to lists of recommendations for reading and some reviews:

Inc. Magazine
Standford Busi…

List of best fiction books of 2016

Kirkus Reviews has released a list of the best fiction for 2016. The link is below. Give it a look.

Kirkus is a great site for readers, authors, and book reviews. If you haven't visited their site in the past, the link below will give you a reason to check them out now.

It's also a good time to see if there are any books you'd like to invest your time and money in before we head into 2017. Happy reading.

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/issue/best-of-2016/section/fiction/?utm_source=referral&utm_medium=enewsletter&utm_term=title&utm_campaign=111416&utm_campaign=Weekly+Newsletter&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=37536436&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8lpr0yK9-oRmdqur6GA25JJGVBv5T4t69tr-nGQw9mkrEuIIoViNzl4Kc-3_ITkjXBz_eBLxtBY_SAIV5I6Em8QG2OWw&_hsmi=37536436

Late Summer Reading List

Oprah Winfrey has been publishing book lists for many years as part of her book club.  The lists always offer an array of books that should satisfy the most casual to the most dedicated reader. The link below leads to books recommended on her August list.

Topics range from fictional novels to memoirs to a collection of short stories. The list also contains a recommendation for the 50th anniversary edition of "The Valley of the Dolls" by Jacqueline Susann.  I'm in shock that book was published 50 years ago.

I don't know how many if any of the books on her lists that Oprah reads. Nonetheless, the list does help sell books. I've purchased and read many of the books she has recommended over the years. I'm considering ordering the book of short stories on the August list.

Books with short stories are the best reading. And, often times are the best way to highlight the talent of writers. Imagine having to develop a story, a plot and an ending that captures the att…

A Bestseller's List from Success Magazine

The April 2016 issue of "Success" magazine has an interesting bestseller's list  in the back. The list has 10 bestselling business books. The magazine notes "Success analyzes a combination of sales data acquired from Nielsen BookScan-which gathers point-of-sale data from more than 16,000 locations across the U.S.-and from a variety of independently verified sources within the personal development industry."

The list is compiled from sales from Jan. 4 to Jan. 31, 2016. What's interesting is that there are at least two books on the list that where first published decades ago. See if you know which ones. Here's the the 10 books with author names that were listed.


1. StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath (Gallup Press)

2. The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman (Northfield Publishing)

3. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (Pocket Books)

4. Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cudd…

Happy New Year - Welcome 2016

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Starting a new year means starting the year with a blank page. How will you write this year's story? Filled with fun and happiness or filled with mystery or intrigue?

This is a great time to set goals for the upcoming year. Some might call them resolutions. I prefer to think of them as goals for the year. Some of my standard new year goals include making more money, reading more books, writing more book reviews and writing more stories.

You might stop at your local bookstore on Jan.1 to find the perfect books to help you get the new year started off right. A few of the books I'm working on as we go from 2015 to 2016 include:



M Train by Patti Smith
Over the Top by Tom Jones
Dream House by Catherine ArmsdenIf I Run by Terri Blackstock


I'm looking forward to meeting more great books this year. Happy New Year!