The Girl With Two Names                                      Gerard O’Neill

This  might be described as a romantic, mystery, young adult book. Romance is not the genre I usually read but limiting reading to what I always like to read does not develop vocabulary or thought. So… on to a somewhat negative review.

I received this book in return for a review.

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I received a copy of this book from the Library Thing Early Reviewer Program in return for a review.

The Fight for Freedom          by Marcus Ferrar

Non-fiction is also great and becomes more interesting when events somewhat familiar to the reader are examined. This book is up to date enough to note opening of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba.

Which does not mean that just because something is non-fiction that it is good or credible. If I had not accepted a copy of this book in return for a review, I would have abandoned it half way though….at the latest.

Short stories are fun and portable. While Stephen King is great, his 11.22.63 comes in at 866 pages (and that is the Kindle edition), a bit difficult to read in one reading session. Take along an eReader with a few books of short stories loaded. You can fill the down time created by your less than punctual friends with reading. You might even feel a sense of accomplishment by finishing something. Here is a collection of short stories I liked; they appeal to those who want to read on the dark side.

I received this book through the Library Thing Early Reviewer program in return for a review. I read it in a PDF format. It is a bit harder to read that way; I would have much preferred the mobi format.

I got sidetracked in my reading and posting by an invitation from an author to review a crime novel. I like crime novels, so other reading projects got put on hold while I read Need To Find You by Joseph Souza. Following is a review I posted on Amazon, Goodreads, and Library Thing.

This can be an exhausting story to follow because of the great number of characters. Somewhere in the review I mentioned this, but it is a point worth repeating. I found a highlighter helpful.

The content is not suitable for all readers. Other than the violence, portrayals of pedophiles can be disturbing. There is very little sexually explicit language.

Just a quick check in to the blog with a scary short story: Lucky Number Seven                         by EelKat This is…

As an English language teacher I am always seeking to make learning English less of a chore, in other words, more fun. I downplay the teaching of grammar. It has a place, a minimal knowledge of it is necessary for workplace competence. But irregular verb constructions will never be fun. Obsessive preoccupation with the correct preposition to use will not get you invited to parties. Talking about the latest book you read, or heard (audiobooks), or the latest film you saw when you had to read the subtitles might make you a center of attention. Reading in film is not reserved for foreign films only. Think of the film Unfriended. Your presence at parties, especially when you demonstrate your clever, glib self while expressing your viewpoints, will be your reward for reading. Unless your expressiveness repeatedly ends in bar fights. Then you should direct your reading to books on developing social skills.

The reading for 02 May 2016 is Off Season by Jack Ketchum. I am reading it in the Kindle ebook version. From my past reading of Ketchum, I expect to be entertained, as in shocked. His work can push the boundaries of terror and horror; those with a weak stomach have been warned.

The downside of of the information/internet age is the mass of information available. Some of it is valuable. Skilled technology users sometimes appear as librarian nerds. Content? They do not know any, but they are adept at keywords and searching for stuff. As a Reader, I want to be entertained. (Selfish, huh?) Finding entertaining stuff is difficult. For today, I would like to recommend a work One Hundred Days of Noise by Katherine Hayton.