Monday, November 14, 2016

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

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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 attention of the reader in just a few short pages. Amazing.

Check out the link below and give us your opinion on any of the books you may have read or are planning to read. Also let us know if you think Oprah's book lists make a difference in your reading life.


http://www.oprah.com/book/August-2016-Reading-Room-Barkskins?editors_pick_id=64366

Happy Reading

Sunday, March 27, 2016

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 Cuddy (Little, Brown and Company)

5. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck (Ballantine Books)

6. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey (Simon and Schuster)

 7. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown, Ph.D. (Avery)

8. The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage by Daymond John (Crown Business)

9. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg (Random House)

10. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown, Ph.D. (Hazelden Publishing & Educational Services)

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year - Welcome 2016

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 Armsden
  • If I Run by Terri Blackstock



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


Tuesday, August 04, 2015

List of recent book reviews

Below is a list of recent book reviews I've posted on Blogcritics. Once again, the list contains some great books by great authors. There is a mix of business and other books on the list. Enjoy.








The Business of Family How to Stay Rich for Generations

http://blogcritics.org/book-review-the-business-of-family-how-to-stay-rich-for-generations-by-linda-davis-taylor/

Shadow Work

http://blogcritics.org/book-review-shadow-work-by-craig-lambert/

30 Lessons for Loving - {This is such a great book}

http://blogcritics.org/book-review-30-lessons-for-loving-by-karl-pillemer-ph-d/

Home for Dinner Mixing Food, fun and Conversation for a Happier Family and Healthier Kids

ttp://blogcritics.org/book-review-home-for-dinner-mixing-food-fun-and-conversation-for-a-happier-family-and-healthier-kids-by-anne-k-fishel/

The Greening of Asia

http://blogcritics.org/book-review-the-greening-of-asia-by-mark-l-clifford/


Wednesday, May 06, 2015

The Summer is Going to be Filled with Great Reading

I stopped at my local bookstore today and found a wonderland filled with many new books by some of my favorite authors. I had a great time looking through the new titles. I had to purchase a few including "Early Warning" by Jane Smiley, "The Stranger" by Harlan Coben and "God is Always Hiring" by my all time favorite local author, Regina Brett.

When all of you are making plans for summer travel and trips, make sure and include a stop at your local bookstore. I can't wait to start reading while sitting in the sun on my patio, while sitting on the beach or while sitting at a table at an outdoor table at my favorite coffee shop. It's going to be a great reading summer.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Marketing Fifty Shades of Gray a Success

It started out as a three book series. Then social media took over and turned the series into a must read, bestselling story. Next, came the movie. Then social media took over again. Now there's a bestselling soundtrack according to Twitter, https://twitter.com/AOL/status/568803770286501889/photo/1.

I can't image there is someone who hasn't at least heard about the books, the movie or the soundtrack, but in case you haven't, here's a link to the books on amazon.com, http://www.amazon.com/Fifty-Shades-Grey-The-Trilogy/dp/0345803485.

I did read the first two books of the series and gave up on the last one. Don't know why exactly just got a bit tired of the storyline. I bought all three books at one time so it may have been better to purchase them and read them one at a time. The movie has gotten mixed reviews so I think I'll wait for the release on blue ray to watch.

It's making history in more ways than one. The marketing machine on Fifty Shades of Gray has made it a phenomenon. The author may never have to write another word.