The More You Read . . .


“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

~ Dr. Seuss –  “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut”

Books Read in 2012


The Murder of King Tut: The Plot to Kill the Child King – A Nonfiction Thriller (A) ~ James Patterson and Martin Dugard


The Art of Non-Conformity (A++) ~ Chris Guillebeau


Gone Girl: A Novel (A++) ~ Gillian Flynn


If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home (A) ~ Lucy Worsley


Water’s Edge (A) ~ Robert Whitlow


The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future (A+++) ~ Chris Guillebeau


Blood of the Prodigal: An Amish-Country Mystery (B) ~ P. L. Gaus


The Breach (A) ~ Patrick Lee


E-learning 101 (A) ~ Dr. Liz Hardy


Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake (A) ~ Anna Quindlen


13 Steps Down (C) ~ Ruth Rendell


Paris in Love: A Memoir (A) ~ Eloisa James


Black Friday (B) ~ James Patterson (Note: The Kindle version has an extreme number of typos and a severe lack of punctuation)


Calico Joe (A) ~ John Grisham


Private (A) ~ James Patterson & Maxine Paetro


Haunting Rachel (A) ~ Kay Hooper


I Still Dream About You: A Novel (A) ~ Fannie Flagg


Miracle on the 17th Green (B) ~ James Patterson & Peter de Jonge


The Fire – Witch and Wizard Book 3 (A) ~ James Patterson


The Gift – Witch and Wizard Book 2 (A) ~ James Patterson


Witch and Wizard Book 1 (A) ~ James Patterson


Sarah Smiles (B) ~ Seanpaul Thomas


The Broke Ass Brigade (B+) ~ Don Romonov


Powder Burn ~ Carl Hiassen and Bill Montalbano


Dead Ringer ~ Allen Wyler


Cloak ~ James Gough


77 Shadow Street ~ Dean Koontz


The Accident: A Thriller ~ Linwood Barclay


The Coppersmith ~ Michael J. Scott


Dark of the Eye ~ Douglas Clegg


Chomp ~ Carl Hiassen


Contrails ~ Robert Anderson


The True Detective ~ Theodore Weesner


The Power of Happiness ~ Timothy McKinney


My Name is Joe ~ Stefan Bourque


The Hour of Predators ~ Lane Stark


The Blooding ~ Joseph Wambaugh


Handling Sin ~ Michael Malone


The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid ~ Bill Bryson


Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close ~ Jonathan Safran Foer


The Litigators ~ John Grisham


Bittersweet ~ Nevada Barr


If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name ~ Heather Lende


The Shop ~J. Carson Black


Sandman ~ Morgan Hannah MacDonald


The Sex Lives of Cannibals ~ J. Maarten Troost


Scat ~ Carl Hiassen


Love Works ~ Joel Manby


Under the Tuscan Sun ~ Frances Mayes


13 1/2 ~ Nevada Barr


Basket Case ~ Carl Hiassen


The Puppet Master ~ Jan Coffey


In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving ~ Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy with Sally Jenkins


Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back ~ Todd, Sonja and Colton Burpo


Riversong ~ Tess Hardwick


Betrayals ~ Carla Neggers


The Constant Gardener ~ John Le Carre


Skin Tight ~ Carl Hiassen


Cold Fire ~ Dean Koontz


While I’m Still Myself ~ Jeremy Mark Lane


Roadwork ~ Stephen King


The Wicked Wives ~ Gus Pelagatti


The Night Circus ~ Erin Morgenstern


The Earthquake Machine ~ Mary Pauline Lowry


At Home – A Short History of Private Life ~ Bill Bryson


Drift ~ Andrew Hudson


Reel Life Crime ~ Cary Pepper


re-reading Thinner ~ Stephen King


In a Sunburned Country ~ Bill Bryson


Five Weeks in a Balloon ~ Jules Verne


StreetCreds ~ Zach Fortier


The Lovely Bones ~ Alice Sebold


Roderick Blackwood and the Demon Stone ~ Ralph Rathbone


Hostile Witness ~ Rebecca Forster


Frankenstein ~ Mary Shelley


Explosive Eighteen ~ Janet Evanovich


The One You Love ~ Paul Pilkington


CurbChek ~ Zach Fortier


Smokin’ Seventeen ~ Janet Evanovich


Dracula ~ Bram Stoker


The Truth About Us ~ Dalene Flannigan

Book Review: Thinner by Richard Bachman aka Stephen King

Thinner (novel)

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It is no secret that I’m a “number one fan” of Stephen King’s (Richard Bachman‘s) books. I have read and re-read quite a few of the books over the years. What a wonderful escape from reality!

I have read Thinner a number of times and lately have been wanting to do so again. Unfortunately, my library does not carry it. Fortunately for me, though, I was able to check it out on my Kindle. Yeah!

It took me less than a day to re-read this book and not just because I’ve read it before. The suspense and fast pace carried me quickly along.

Thinner is about an overweight lawyer named Bill Halleck. One day as he is driving with his wife, she decides that this is the perfect first time to jerk him off in the car. Understandably distracted, Bill hits and kills an ancient Gypsy jaywalker. Somehow, the policeman involved and the judge in the case dismiss it.

The Gypsy’s father, Taduz Lemke, however, does not dismiss it. He touches Bill’s face and whispers “thinner.”  And so, Bill begins to get thinner – and thinner – and downright gaunt – with no other explanation than the Gypsy’s curse.

Reluctant to believe that anyone could be cursed, Bill seeks out the judge and police officer to see if anything has happened to them. It has. Bill begins his search for the Gypsy caravan up the New England coast. What happens when Bill finds him has to be read to be believed (if even then).

Reading Diversity

I was thinking the other day how interesting and varied my reading choices have been lately. While I have always been open (mostly) to reading all sorts of things, lately I’ve been branching out. It’s because of my Kindle. The lure of free books has gotten to me. I find myself scanning daily for free books that look appealing. The ease of downloading them is an added treat.

While I was thrilled that my local library offers Kindle books for lending, I was disappointed that the waiting lists for all the books I want are sometimes dozens of people long. I combated this with downloading a couple paid and a couple free Kindle books while I wait.

I’m enjoying classics I had never read before!

Alphamania: An Alphabet Resource for Teachers and Parents is Here!

Alphamania: An Alphabet Resource for Teachers and Parents is designed to allow teachers and parents of two to six-year-old children to explore the world around them in a fun and exciting way by using the alphabet. Children at this young age need experiences that involve all the senses. Art, health, safety, science, geography, social studies, history, language arts, mathematics, music and literature are integrated throughout the activities in this book. Directions for projects are easy to read and follow and the materials are basic and inexpensive.

Founded in 2008, Smashwords operates the world’s leading ebook publishing and distribution platform serving authors, publishers, readers and retailers. Smashwords makes it free and easy for the world’s authors and publishers to instantly publish and distribute their books as multi-format ebooks. Smashwords puts authors and publishers in full control over the pricing, sampling and distribution of their works. Authors and publishers receive up to 85 percent of the net proceeds from the sales of their works. Smashwords has distribution relationships with leading online retailers such as Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Sony and Diesel eBooks, and leading mobile e-reading apps including Aldiko, Stanza, Kobo, FBReader and Word-Player, spanning all major mobile platforms including Android, Blackberry and iPhone. Privately held Smashwords is based in Los Gatos,California, and can be reached on the web at Visit the official Smashwords blog at

Cindy A. Johnson has lived in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee since 2006. She loves to read and write, work in her flower and vegetable gardens, feed and watch the birds in the yard, sit on the front porch looking at the mountains and go camping with her husband and teenage son. She also enjoys watching wildlife and playing with her three cats and Australian Shepherd.

Cindy has been writing off and on for more than twenty years. She has had numerous articles published in print magazines and online. Alphamania: An Alphabet Resource for Teachers and Parents is her first book and was inspired by many years of teaching elementary school students.  

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Book Review – Not!

eBook Readers Galore

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Sigh. I have joined the ranks (somewhat happily and somewhat sadly) of the e-book readers. My wonderful husband got me a Kindle Touch for Christmas. I’m still trying to navigate it. Heaven forbid that I accidentally touch the screen. I go back a chapter or forward a chapter and lose my place. I wish there were page numbers.

On the other hand, it is so easy to stick the Kindle in my purse and not have to lug around a big book (and I read some heavy ones). It’s also nice to hold the e-reader with one hand and turn the pages by touching the screen (only one at a time, though).

I also discovered the wonder and awe at downloading a book instantaneously. As I am currently reading the second book in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, it was a moment of joy when I finished that book and immediately downloaded the last book in the series, Mockingjay.

I think it’s growing on me. I discovered that my library lends e-books. Oh, joy! We’ll see how that goes.

I WILL publish a book!

A Picture of a eBook

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In my quest to learn all I can about e-publishing, during the past week I have devoured the following tomes of wisdom on the subject:

How to Make, Market and Sell Ebooks All for Free – Jason Matthews

Dan Poynter’s Self-Publishing Manual Vol. 2: How to Write, Print and Sell Your Own Book

ePublish – Steve Weber

There is a great deal of information packed into the slim volumes. Each book has its own slant on pbooks (printed books) or DTB (dead tree books) but they all agree that e-publishing is the “wave of the future.”  I have already begun using their tips for my own e-publishing venture.

Of the three, I feel the detailed tips and explanations in Matthews’ book will be the most valuable for my use.  I checked out his website, posted a question and a few comments and almost immediately received a very kind response. My highlighter is close by.  I’m on my second reading.