Welcome to the Lazy Readers' Book Club, your reading time manager!
This is where you go when you want to read quality books that don't take years to finish. My mission is to increase interest in reading by providing cool, short book recommendations for all ages. From interest comes devotion.
As teachers, parents or whatever state we find ourselves in, we often cannot find time to read for fun, and I think it is important that our children see us reading for pleasure. Therefore, each month I provide book recommendations that are quick and easy to read for personal pleasure. I try not to include any books over 250 pages, and I always include books written for a variety of ages (don't be shy about reading kids' books, though; they are my favorites because they generally have shorter chapters, bigger print and colorful pictures).
I hope you find a few moments to enjoy these quick reads in November:
I need to purchase another copy of this book, as the one I have is filled with underlined passages, scribbles in the margins and dog-eared pages. This is the sort of book that can change your life – IF you put the principles into action. Fascinating reporting on how to “grow” achievement. I LOVED this book.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
by Shirley Jackson
A friend at a Harvest Festival recently told me there are no good short horror stories. Now – I tend to avoid horror stories, as I like to look at the world with rose-colored glasses, but if you want to read a book cover to cover in a couple of hours that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, this Classic is worthy of your attention.
Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life
by Jason Hanson
Part of the Amulet series, this book – more than any other – has sold me on my oldest daughter’s fascination with manga. The artwork is beautiful, and the fantasy will hook the most reluctant readers. Make sure to read all of them.
Girls Who Rocked the World
by Michelle Roehm McCann & Amelie Welden
I am a sucker for biographies and anecdotes about famous people, and this book is loaded with interesting tales chronicling famous women from Joan of Arc to Mother Teresa. And don’t worry: they have a boys version called Boys Who Rocked the World.
Amazing Book Is Not on Fire, The
by Dan Howell & Phil Lester
It is rare that I come across teen literature that can be self-deprecating and funny in an endearing way. Teens will love this book for its quirkiness and ample array of photos, courtesy of the Internet sensation authors.
Parents will hate me for this one, as be prepared for your children to tell you endless knock-knock jokes. I just find it refreshing to see jokes that don’t disgust me with negative and crude language.
This is part of a fun series of two armadillos who have a penchant for Texas history. Perfect book for that aspiring Cliff Clavin in your home that likes to recite interesting and random facts. Good discussion questions are provided in the back of the book for teachers and parents.
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Hi folks! I hope you all have had the chance to read some great books this past month. My eclectic habits continue to grow as I enjoyed anywhere from Ted Koppel’s Lights Out about foreboding cyber attacks on America to Gloria Steinem’s memoir My Life on the Road, from Elizabeth George’s latest Inspector Lynley novel A Banquet of Consequences to Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer’s Above the Line book on leadership. Lots of great stories and lessons to soak in from a diverse set of authors!
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Anyhow, enjoy this month’s book selections. I hope you are all reading some wonderful books. Make sure to tell me all about them. If you're an author or a publisher and would like to send me review copies of your book(s), please send them to:
Dr. Danny Brassell
312 N. Francisca Ave., Suite 5
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I make every effort to read everything that is sent to me (as a matter of fact, I am always more likely to mention books that are sent to me…hint, hint).
Some folks take offense that I call this site the "Lazy" Readers' Book Club. I know many of us are avid readers. This site is for everyone who doesn't have time to read thicker books but still have a hunger to read some quality literature. What bothers me is that there are only 24 hours in a day, and hectic schedules often prevent us from one of life's greatest pleasures: reading. By the way: people who read more become better readers, and my experiences have shown me that people who read shorter books eventually gravitate to longer ones. Indeed, even I find the time to read lengthier books, now that I have developed a taste for shorter ones.
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Please remember to read for fun and to read to your children, and e-mail me any short books that you'd like to have considered for our lists.