Shifting Sands                                                by Wendy C Allen  (EelKat)

Per the author, this is one in a series of short tales designed to be read in fifteen minutes to half an hour, a short break in a busy today. The series is called “Twisted Tales” and other tales I have read were twisted throughout their presentation. This one has a slow build-up to a rather surprising ending. There are subtle hints as to what might happen, but the final scene explodes away from the build-up.

I received this book through the Library Thing Member Giveaway Program in return for a review. This is one of those “Guess the genre” books. There is explicit language in the book, but absent in this review.

Peeper                                     by SJ Smith

Here is a fun read. Sort of a murder mystery. Sort of an identity problem involving lots of clones. No, not “clowns.” That would be a political thriller. Really, it is clones that we are looking for here.

All Of Us Were Sophie                      by Resa Nelson

Reading classical literature is fun, except when it is not, because it was assigned as homework. If you have ever been assigned to read King Lear, read this for a laugh. Think of it as revenge against all of your English teachers.

Uncensored and uncut could be a leader for this book. It would attract the less socially conforming reader. Not a fair leader, but it attracts attention.

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.

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…

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.