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VOL. 14 , ISS. 05
LAZY READERS' BOOK CLUB
MAY 2016

 


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 May:

The different reading levels are classified as follows:
Adult | Young Adult | Children
 


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AUTHOR | TITLE | PAGE COUNT | LEVEL | RANK

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#01 Return Journey, The
by Maeve Binchy
Danny Says:

To appease my readers, I am trying to include more works of fiction and short stories. To appease me, I selected Binchy because I devour tales about two of my passions: travel and Ireland.

#02 Marlow Chronicles, The
by Lawrence Sanders
Danny Says:

Would you believe that I had never read a book by the deceased prolific mystery writer Sanders? Sped through this one, and I have a bunch more to read on my bedside table. Terrific writer for airplanes and beach outings!

#03 Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea
by Charles Seife
Danny Says:

I must confess that this was not an easy book to read, as a lot of the math and history went over my head. Still, Seife weaves a fantastical historical account of the origins of the number “zero,” something we take for granted today.

#04 Mermaidís Sister, The
by Carrie Anne Noble
Danny Says:

Filled with enough romance, Fantasy and adventure, this book will appeal to both girls and boys.

#05 Always Running
by Luis J. Rodriguez
Danny Says:

Fascinating memoir of a Chicano ex-gang member from East Los Angeles. Makes for some great discussions with your boys.

#06 Please Stop Laughing at Me
by Jodee Blanco
Danny Says:

Incredibly powerful memoir about bullying. Every secondary school in America should own multiple copies of this book and encourage book talks on it.

#07 33 Degrees
by Vincent Robert Annunziato
Danny Says:

Thank you, CreateSpace, for making publishing available to anyone. There are so many great writers lurking out there, and I was delighted by Annunziato’s engrossing debut, written during his daily commute to work (much like Scott Turow did with Presumed Innocent).

#08 James to the Rescue
by Elise Broach
Danny Says:

The second in Broach’s wonderful Masterpiece series, this book is a great page-turner for new chapter book readers. Broach is an incredibly gifted writer.

#09 Highway Rat, The
by Julia Donaldson
Danny Says:

Fun parody of “The Highwayman” by Alfred Noyes that is sure to be a read-aloud hit in your classroom.

#10 Mama, Iíll Give You the World
by Roni Schooter
Danny Says:

Featuring magnificent illustrations by S. Saelig Gallagher, this beautiful story of a daughter and her single, hard-working mother is a must for Mother’s Day.

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And Here's a Note from Danny…

Danny Brassell, Ph.D.

Hi folks!

I hope you are doing well. Odd weather in your neck of the woods? It seems like one day I’m freezing and the next day I’m in shorts. Must have something to do with the Presidential primaries (which seem to be taking longer than one of Tom Clancy’s descriptions of submarine gauges in The Hunt for Red October). A lot of readers have been asking me for more novel recommendations lately, so I have devoted more time to fiction this past month. Based on a recommendation from a friend, I checked-out Ben Fountain’s immensely rewarding Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, surprised myself by enjoying Mary Sheepshanks’s A Price for Everything and got a kick out of the always dependable, irreverently funny Christopher Buckley with his satre of Social Security, Boomsday.

 

PLEASE NOTE: I AM IN THE PROCESS OF RE-DESIGNING THE WEBSITE SO THAT I CAN RESUME E-MAILING FREE MONTHLY BOOK PICKS TO SUBSCRIBERS. I APOLOGIZE FOR THE DELAY. ANY TIPS YOU HAVE ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED!

 

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

The Lazy Readers’ Book Club

312 N. Francisca Ave., Suite 5

Redondo Beach, CA  90277

 

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.

Remember, books and other items purchased from Amazon.com through links from the lazyreaders.com website will directly benefit BookEnds (http://www.bookends.org), a nonprofit organization devoted to increasing children's access to books and community service awareness. All you have to do is visit our website, click on Amazon, and Amazon will donate up to 10 percent of your total purchase to BookEnds. Visitors to our site who have used this feature have already raised a lot of money for this wonderful cause. Keep it up!

Every day I receive emails from people who want to be sent this list of monthly book picks. If you know anybody who would like to be included on the list, ask them to register at our website link, http://lazyreaders.com/contact.html, to receive my monthly recommendations. If you want to be removed from this list, please just say so. I promise that I will never forward anything but my monthly book picks. That's the honest truth - no mortgage rate ads or promises to help you lose 10 lbs. in three hours. I'll just send book recommendations once a month.


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.

Have a wonderful May, and enjoy your books!

Danny ;-)

 

 
 
 

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