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VOL. 14 , ISS. 07
LAZY READERS' BOOK CLUB
JULY 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 July:

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 Chocolate Bear Burglary, The
by Joanna Carl
Danny Says:

Would you believe there is an emerging genre of food mysteries? Is this the result of the Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen? I can only speculate, but one thing I am sure of is that you will spend a wonderful afternoon devouring this fun mystery – part of a series, of course – by Carl.

#02 Throwback Special, The
by Chris Bachelder
Danny Says:

I think just about any middle-aged guy – of which I am a member – can relate to this funny play on overly-obsessed American football fans.

#03 Truth and Other Lies, The
by Sascha Arango
Danny Says:

The title sold me, and the wickedly funny story did not disappoint.

#04 Page by Paige
by Laura Lee Gulledge
Danny Says:

Recently transplanted teen Paige Turner is trying to find her place in this fun coming-of-age tale.

#05 Leaving Protection
by Will Hobbs
Danny Says:

I always wanted to work on a fishing boat…until I started watching Deadliest Catch! No, thank you. Really enjoyed reading this book by the always awesome Hobbs about a 16-year-old boy working a boat to save money for college, only to find out that his captain has a secret. Never a dull moment.

#06 Heart of a Champion
by Carl Deuker
Danny Says:

Deuker is one of those authors I turn to when I have a boy who tells me he doesn’t like to read. This book is about a lot more than baseball, and it makes for great discussions in class.

#07 Funny in Farsi
by Firoozeh Dumas
Danny Says:

Witty memoir about Dumas’s emigration to the United States from Iran at age seven in the 1970s.

#08 In a Village by the Sea
by Muon Van
Danny Says:

This book felt like a Vietnamese version of Cynthia Rylant’s When I Was Young in the Mountains, as it is beautifully written and even more brilliantly illustrated by April Chu.

#09 Queen of the Diamond
by Emily Arnold McCully
Danny Says:

The true story of Lizzie Murphy, the first woman to play in a major league exhibition game. A great way to get girls interested in baseball (you should also check out the wonderful Mighty Jackie by Marissa Moss).

#10 Celebrate America: in Poetry and Art
by Nora Panzer
Danny Says:

Yes, I probably should not include a text that you can only purchase secondhand, but I encourage you to check out this beautiful book during this month when we celebrate the beautiful country we live in, the United States. Features poems and artworks from all 50 states.

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And Here's a Note from Danny…

Danny Brassell, Ph.D.

Hi folks!

Enjoying your summer? What a great time to relax and read! I’ve been devouring a bunch of titles, from the amusing and informative science book What If by Randall Munroe to the delightfully funny Mexican tale Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea, The Tournament – another AWESOME Matthew Reilly thriller to Anderson Cooper’s touching memoir The Rainbow Comes and Goes. So many books, so little time! I’m thinking of taking some speed reading classes so I can get through my stacks with greater efficiency.

 

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 July, and enjoy your books!

Danny ;-)

 

 
 
 

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