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VOL. 14 , ISS. 02
LAZY READERS' BOOK CLUB
FEBRUARY 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 February:

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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#02 My Voice Will Go with You
by Sidney Rosen
Danny Says:

Knowing I live for anecdotes, my buddy Michael Stevenson recommended this book of tales about hypnotherapist Milton Erickson. Wow! There are some really cool things he did with patients, just through the vehicle of story-telling.

#01 My Southern Journey
by Rick Bragg
Danny Says:

I have my friend in Tuscaloosa, Annie McClendon, to thank for introducing me to this gem collection of writings by the immensely talented Bragg. From Southern cuisine to football, there’s something for everyone in this easy-to-read book.

#03 Life’s Greatest Lessons
by Hal Urban
Danny Says:

Urban was an award-winning teacher and leader in the character education movement, and this quick read provides a simple framework for anyone, especially students, to follow in order to excel in life.

#04 Boy on the Wooden Box, The
by Leon Leyson
Danny Says:

Gripping memoir by one of the youngest children to have survived the Holocaust who was on Oskar Schindler’s List.

#05 All the Anxious Girls on Earth
by Zsuzsi Gartner
Danny Says:

Gotta confess that I grabbed this book because I was curious to learn how to spell and pronounce the author’s first name. If you want your girls to have something to talk about, hand them copies of this collection of often-bizarre short stories.

#06 Tinkers
by Paul Harding
Danny Says:

A dying grandfather’s thoughts unfurl in this beautifully written prose.

#07 Gifts of Imperfection, The
by Brene Brown
Danny Says:

Why not expose your middle schoolers to a positive self-help book that will prompt them to reflect on how to be authentic, proud and directed? Brown has a huge adult audience, and I’d like to see more troubled teenagers discover her writing.

#08 Rosie Revere, Engineer
by Andrea Beaty
Danny Says:

With terrific illustrations by David Roberts, this fun story follows young Rosie as she tries to solve problems with her inventions. Any books that celebrate creativity and perseverance like this one fit nicely on my bookshelves.

#09 Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse!
by Laura Numeroff
Danny Says:

Laura Numeroff does not need my help selling books – her books are at Costco. When your books are at Costco, you’ve made it! She’s a friend of mine, the book is timely and a portion of the proceeds are donated to a worthy literacy charity. What’s better than that?

#10 Little Blue Truck
by Alice Schertle
Danny Says:

I LOVE read aloud books with lots of sound effects, and this delightful romp is packed with them. Perfect bedtime reading!

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And Here's a Note from Danny…

Danny Brassell, Ph.D.

Hi folks!

I hope you are cuddling up behind some really good books this winter. I know I have enjoyed some peaceful moments by the fireplace sipping coffee and perusing a volume or two. Among my favorite longer reads this past month were The Collapse of Parenting by Leonard Sax, The Martian by Andy Weir and My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante.

 

Have you noticed the craze with swear-word coloring books? What is up with that? I am beginning to better understand why certain Presidential candidates are doing so well in the polls. Have Americans lost all sense of common thought and decency?

 

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 February, and enjoy your books!

Danny ;-)

 

 
 
 

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