“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”
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
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
Riversong ~ Tess Hardwick
Betrayals ~ Carla Neggers
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 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
Roderick Blackwood and the Demon Stone ~ Ralph Rathbone
Hostile Witness ~ Rebecca Forster
Explosive Eighteen ~ Janet Evanovich
The One You Love ~ Paul Pilkington
CurbChek ~ Zach Fortier
Smokin’ Seventeen ~ Janet Evanovich
The Truth About Us ~ Dalene Flannigan
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).
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 Amazon.com 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 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 http://www.smashwords.com/. Visit the official Smashwords blog at http://blog.smashwords.com/.
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.
Purchase Alphamania at – http://smashwords.com/books/view/122048
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.
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.