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The readers of GoodReads and Amazon have spoken, on the best fiction books of 2020 so far and now about the top 20 best self-help books. I’ve built on a Goodreads list of top self-help books with Amazon’s rankings of those same books, counting down from #20 to #1. Here’s everything you need to know…Read More
You know 2020 hasn’t been all bad, right? Yes, there’s a pandemic going on, civil unrest in the U.S and other countries around the world, earthquakes, bombings, wildfires, and a lot of contention, but there have also been more opportunities to hunker down and enjoy books! And we seem to have an almost inexhaustible supply!…Read More
Can we talk? Please? We really need to talk. Like, really talk. Actually, we need to have a dialogue, with not just talking but also active listening, efforts to understand, all of us putting our all into expressing all that we feel and think on some really complicated, thorny matters, and then listening when others…Read More
If I know you–and I think I do–you’re nervous or scared about how things are going in the world and in the U.S., with the pandemic, racism protests, and other problems. You’re tired because you’ve either had to hunker down at home with your kids, becoming their co-teacher, or keep going to a job at…Read More
My name is Jamie. I’m passionate about helping people find books for good prices and make time in their busy schedules to read. So glad you’re here. Take a look around.
Oh boy, have I been reading like crazy lately…and busy! I just finished Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan. When I read non-fiction, which isn’t often, I love books like this. It was fascinating. What Is Brain on Fire About? Brain on Fire is the memoir of a young woman who…Read More
This week, I give you three book reviews in one: The Winner’s Curse, The Winner’s Crime, and The Winner’s Kiss, all part of the Winner’s trilogy by Marie Rutkoski. Altogether a rousing and emotional, if somewhat ponderous, speculative fantasy series about a young woman, Kestrel, who is the daughter of a general, the owner of…Read More
I read three books this past week, and wrote the first 4,000 words of another one of mine. So, forgive me if I review more than one book in this post: Willowkeep by Julie Daines and Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski. What Is Willowkeep About? It’s a Regency romance about a young woman who inherits a…Read More
I must start this book review by mentioning another book review site, The Book Smugglers, because it is from that site and its really good, in-depth reviews that I learned about These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. The book is sometimes called “Titanic in space” because the crash of a giant spaceship…Read More
You guys. Have you read anything by Elana Johnson? She’s written almost thirty books, under either her name or the pen name Liz Isaacson. She’s local (i.e., Utah), super nice, and an awesome speaker. And her books are addictive. I just read Echoes of Silence by Elana, and it was not-put-downable. What’s Echoes of Silence…Read More
What Is Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet About? Reading a synopsis like this, what would you think? Maire is a baker with an extraordinary gift: she can infuse her treats with emotions and abilities, which are then passed on to those who eat them. She doesn’t know why she can do this and remembers nothing of…Read More