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VOL. 14 , ISS. 06
LAZY READERS' BOOK CLUB
JUNE 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 June:

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


SORT BOOK LIST BY:
AUTHOR | TITLE | PAGE COUNT | LEVEL | RANK

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#01 Bless Me, Ultima
by Rudolfo Anaya
Danny Says:

I am trying to tackle some Classics this summer that I have never read, and it was with pleasure that I tackled the gifted writer Anaya’s lauded coming-of-age story. A beautifully-written book.

#02 Nectar in a Sieve
by Kamala Markandaya
Danny Says:

The heart-wrenching story of a peasant woman’s daily trials and tribulations in a small village in India.

#03 Carousel, The
by Rosamunde Pilchen
Danny Says:

Pilchen is a dependable British storyteller whose engaging characters always make you want to turn the page to find out what happens next.

#04 Saint and Mrs. Teal, The
by Leslie Charteris
Danny Says:

What a treat! I had never read any of the books in The Saint series, and this newer collection of the stories are page-turners with interesting tidbits about Charteris in the back. This issue is a good “gateway drug” to the rest of the series.

#05 Hope Was Here
by Joan Bauer
Danny Says:

This is EXACTLY the kind of book I like to feature, as it is well-written, funny, a quick read and – rare for young adult fair – a genuinely nice and heart-warming story.

#06 After Ever After
by Jordan Sonnenblick
Danny Says:

Sonnenblick is a great author for teachers and parents looking for an author who will appeal to their reluctant readers. I like him because he tackles serious issues that teens go through in a highly-entertaining and accessible way.

#07 Double
by Jenny Valentine
Danny Says:

It was a teenage boy who recommended I pick up this page-turning suspense, and I am grateful he did.

#08 Finding Winnie
by Lindsay Mattick
Danny Says:

If you are not reading children’s books, humbug to you! Some of the best stories lay on children’s bookshelves. I cannot get enough of stories like this one, chronicling the inspiration of A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh. Sally Walker also has a great version of the story in her book Winnie.

#09 There’s No Such Thing as Little
by LeUyen Pham
Danny Says:

Very cleverly designed book featuring die-cut holes that make little things on one page appear much larger on the next. Great message for ALL readers, as the little things usually become the big things.

#10 Shhh! This Book Is Sleeping
by Cedric Ramadier
Danny Says:

Adorable book that is a MUST read aloud for young ones at bedtime, as they happily tuck-in their books.

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And Here's a Note from Danny…

Danny Brassell, Ph.D.

Hi folks!

I’m excited for summer to get here, as I’ve got plenty of reading I want to do. Headed to Japan and Singapore, and those long flights will provide me with lots of time to read. I’ve been trying to tackle a lot of Classics and popular authors I have never read before, like Jack Higgins, V.C. Andrews and even – heaven forbid – Danielle Steel (actually, I've read her books before). Yup, in the interest of representing the diverse views of lazyreaders.com fans and like a good chef, I am willing to try anything.

 

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 June, and enjoy your books!

Danny ;-)

 

 
 
 

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