Upcoming Reviews

My next book reviews will be on The Bride Experiment by Mimi Jefferson and Enough Good News Audrey McKay. Both should be posted this week. They are excellent reads and I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading my reviews! In the meantime, check out Audrey McKay’s website and Mimi Jefferson’s website.

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Update! I’m on a Non-Fiction Kick!

I usually like to read fiction to kind of zone out and relax, but right now I’m on a non-fiction kick. My next few reviews will be on the following books: Lady in Waiting by Jackie Kendall & Debby Jones, Raw Food: A Complete Guide for Every Meal of the Day by Erica Palmcratz and Irmela Lilja, The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman, and His Needs, Her Needs by Willard E. Harley, Jr.

I hope to get all these reviews in before schools starts and I have to go AWAL again! I’m entering my third year of law school (yay!) and I should be applying for jobs instead of reading/blogging, but that’s just how it is.

Oh that reminds me, I’ll also be posting a review of Guerilla Tactics for Finding the Legal Job of Your Dreams, 2nd Edition by Kimm Alayne Walton (another non-fiction title!). Stay tuned, and thanks for reading. I’m almost at 19,000 hits and I’m so excited!

Money Books

I’m still alive and well, currently Reading Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover. I’ll be on Spring Break soon, so I’ll be able to work on the blog and update it with new reviews then. Until that time, happy reading!

Barnes and Noble Book Reader/ 2010 Reading Goals

Barnes and Noble has a new book reader that’s relatively inexpensive, around $300. Of course, it’s sold out. Not that I had the money to buy it, anyway. 2010 is going to be a scaled back year for me financially.

In fact, I’ve decided to make a return to…guess where? The library! I’m actually going to try not to spend much money, if any, on books. I’m spending enough on required texts for my law school course. I’ve also decided to read more classics. I’m following the collegeboard’s “college bound reader” book list. Fortunately, I’ve already read more than half of the books on that list in high school and college (I was an English major), but I plan to re-read them. I really am a book work and I really should have pursued an M.A. in English instead of a J.D., but oh well!

Of course, I’ll be documenting my reading progress here. The first two books on the list are Beowulf and Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. These are two of my absolute favorites! I should have no problem re-reading them. The language in Beowulf isn’t the easiest to decipher, but still….it’s a great story.

I also picked up Zane’s  Total Eclipse of the Heart. I don’t plan to really read it, just browse through it because I’m not crazy about Zane books. A friend of mine gave me two more books to read The Five Love Languages and His Needs, Her Needs. I’m not sure how long it’ll take me to work through these books, especially since I still have one more final exam and work next week, but I’ll try. As always, happy reading!

Half Price Books

I’m a little behind on my reviews! I have been busy working on another project. I was thinking about what to do with the books that I’ve read over the summer. I think I’m going to sell some of them at Half Price Books. I’ll be stopping by there soon! I’ll report back on how much I make on which titles.

What do you do with books you don’t need?

Author E. Lynn Harris dies at age 54

Earlier this week, I posted a review of Just Too Good to Be True, the first book that I have read by author E. Lynn Harris. This morning, my sister emailed me to inform me that the talented literary artist has died of an undisclosed illness.

E. Lynn Harris was a brave man. Whatever you or I may feel about his novels, there is no doubt that that he was a gifted writer who told complex and compelling stories.

He covered taboo topics, and is accredited with contributing to the revival of AA fiction. With 10 of his 11 works making the NY Times Bestseller list, I’m sure that his many fans will miss him, but his literature will live on. For more information on his death, visit The Root.

Bookswim, Kindle DX, And A New Read

As evidenced by this blog, I buy a lot of books. I buy and read more books that I post here, and after a while I end up with, well….many piles of books that I don’t need. Often, I try to re-sell the books to Half-Price books and I end up getting very little back for books that I paid a lot for. I also end up giving away books when I move or run out of space. Therefore, I have been looking for alternatives to just buying book after book for full price.

Kindle DXis the latest version of Amazon’s electronic book reading device. I’ve been contemplating whether the new Kindle DX is a good deal. I am venturing to say that it’s not. Apparently, there has been some controversy over digital downloads being “taken back” by Amazon without notice to or consent by the purchasers. Also, the device itself costs about $400, I believe, and you still have to pay nearly full price for books! Based on reviews from Amazon that I’ve read – it seems like users have encountered a number of other issues with the device, from poor internet reception (which means no new book or magazine downloads) to cracking or breaking the expensive reader, and of course, little to no quality customer service assistance from Amazon. Considering all these issues, I am going to pass on a Kindle, at least for now. It’s out of my budged and, overall, it seems like a great concept, but not necessarily a great deal.

Bookswimis a Netflix-style book exchange service. There are other similar services, but Bookswim is the first one that someone suggested to me, about a year ago. My only problem with the service is that it offers mostly bestsellers, with very few niche or ethnic titles. However, I have decided to start utilizing either this or another book exchange service very soon. I am tired of paying full price for new books that I don’t need or want anymore after a first read. I will keep you guys updated on which service I choose and, of course, I will provide a review!

Lastly, I’m reading See Jane Write: A Girl’s Guide to Writing Chick Lit. I hadn’t planned on reading it, especially since I haven’t finished reviewing all of the books posted under “What I’m Reading,” but so far, I am really enjoying this title. It motivated me to write 3,000 pages in one night! As soon as I log off of wordpress, I can go and write a few more. So, goodnight!

Thanks to You!

I am so happy to be helping people through this blog. I have always loved reading and this blog motivates me to read even more. More reviews will be coming up this week! I am committed to posting on my personal blog debrajohnson.wordpress.com on Mondays and I will be figuring out a good day to post regularly to this blog, but there will definately be two or more new reviews this week, probably Comeback Season by Cathy Day, The Insider’s Guide to Your First Year of Law School, and Law School Confidential.

Some People Don’t Like to Read

This is my first posting on this blog, so I want to let the world know what this blog is all about! I read a whole lot and I love to talk about the books that I read. So, I figured I can help people who either a) don’t like to waste money on books that aren’t that great or b) don’t actually need to read a particular book, they just want to know what a book is about or c) simply don’t like to read. I was an English major in college and I know that lots of times, you just need a quick overview and you don’t want to search through a million advertisements and blah blah junk on commercial sites like Amazon or Barnes and Noble (though I love ya B&N)! Hope that you find something helpful here.