Welcome to the Lazy Readers' Book Club, your reading time manager!
This is where you go when you want to read quality books that don't take years to finish. My mission is to increase interest in reading by providing cool, short book recommendations for all ages. From interest comes devotion.
As teachers, parents or whatever state we find ourselves in, we often cannot find time to read for fun, and I think it is important that our children see us reading for pleasure. Therefore, each month I provide book recommendations that are quick and easy to read for personal pleasure. I try not to include any books over 250 pages, and I always include books written for a variety of ages (don't be shy about reading kids' books, though; they are my favorites because they generally have shorter chapters, bigger print and colorful pictures).
I hope you find a few moments to enjoy these quick reads in April:
I have my friend, Janice Gerson, to thank for introducing me to this lovely book. A smash in 1981 in Japan, the book is an autobiographical account of Kuroyanagi, who was Japan’s equivalent of Oprah. Gorwing up in World War II, she was expelled from school in first grade and placed in what turned out to be the most engaging and beautiful “special” school that recognized her uniqueness. I had tears in my eyes reading this book – as the school, Tomoe Gakuen, and its headmaster, Mr. Kobayashi, represent all that education can be. This may be one of the most touching books I have ever read, and I have sending copies to scores of friends.
Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir
by Stan Lee
Why wouldn’t Stan Lee create a graphic novel autobiography? The creator of virtually every recognizable superhero, Lee represents all that is good about the human spirit. His zest for life, kindness, sense of justice…this is a man all of us can learn from. Learning that he does not receive royalties for all of the iconic characters that he has created made me livid, yet Lee takes it all in stride. A book that truly delivers on its title.
I’m not sure why, but I have been reading a lot of novels set in World War II recently. This book is remarkably written and vividly depressing, as it sets a tone for war from a foot soldier’s point of view that is reminiscent of All Quiet on the Western Front.
Sign of the Beaver, The
by Elizabeth George Speare
Newbery Honor book that pits 13-year-old Matt, a white settler, with Attean, a Native American boy in the 1700s. Matt teaches Attean how to read in English, and Attean teaches Matt how to survive in the wilderness. An unlikely friendship ensues, and Matt faces a difficult choice in this highly-popular book among middle school students.
Katie tries to fit in with the “cool” kids at her high school by drinking, starving herself to death, etc. Cindy struggles with depression while maintaining a cool character on the outside. They are just two of the ten girls profiled in this book about the real issues facing many teen girls, with advice on how to deal with such situations. A good read for parents of teen girls, as well.
I have a philosophy about helping struggling boys to read: when in doubt, hand them a Gary Soto novel. This collection of stories for upper elementary and middle school boys deals with the every day issues they face – and adults are too often embarrassed to discuss.
Hi folks! I hope you are all excited about the Spring. If April showers truly bring May flowers, that means you can spend plenty of lazy days inside behind some really good books this April. I’ve perused a number of eclectic titles this past month, from the gratifyingly geeky Ready Player One by Ernest Cline to Emma Donoghue’s brilliant Room (I still haven’t seen the movie, but I am itching to now) to General Michael Hayden’s sobering Playing to the Edge, which is freakier than the current Presidential contest.
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Anyhow, enjoy this month’s book selections. I hope you are all reading some wonderful books. Make sure to tell me all about them. If you're an author or a publisher and would like to send me review copies of your book(s), please send them to:
Dr. Danny Brassell
The Lazy Readers’ Book Club
312 N. Francisca Ave., Suite 5
Redondo Beach, CA90277
I make every effort to read everything that is sent to me (as a matter of fact, I am always more likely to mention books that are sent to me…hint, hint).
Some folks take offense that I call this site the "Lazy" Readers' Book Club. I know many of us are avid readers. This site is for everyone who doesn't have time to read thicker books but still have a hunger to read some quality literature. What bothers me is that there are only 24 hours in a day, and hectic schedules often prevent us from one of life's greatest pleasures: reading. By the way: people who read more become better readers, and my experiences have shown me that people who read shorter books eventually gravitate to longer ones. Indeed, even I find the time to read lengthier books, now that I have developed a taste for shorter ones.
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Please remember to read for fun and to read to your children, and e-mail me any short books that you'd like to have considered for our lists.