I hope you are all doing well. My family and I have spent a wonderful month together, watching The Best of The Electric Company on DVD, walking to the beach and enjoying a couple of side trips to Palm Springs and San Diego. I love Southern California, and there is no better time spent than with my wife and kids. Thank you to all of you who write me asking about the kids. A number of you have asked why I do not post photos of the kids on their websites anymore, and the sad fact is that we had some problems with some sick people and decided to disable the sites. I guess that is the kind of world we live in, but I’d rather focus on all of the positive things.
I have had the chance to read a lot of different things this past month. I spoke with a teenager who told me he didn’t like reading books, so I gave him a couple of magazines and recommended some cool websites for him. Please do not confine your definition of reading to just books, as there are lots of cool things out there to read. My research and experience has shown me that the more I can get people interested in reading anything, the more likely they are going to read great books. Just remember that those who read more, read better. It does not matter what you read.
I read a lot of inspirational books this past month. My goal is to read every inspirational book on my shelves this summer (around 30 LONG books) and then dive into the library’s titles (books under “158,” for those of you devoted to the Dewey Decimal religion). Some other eclectic titles that I enjoyed include: The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn & Hal Iggulden (if this one was not 288 pages, I would definitely include it on my list, as it is filled with all kinds of cool things that boys will love); Working on the Edge by Spike Walker (yes, the Discovery Channel’s Most Dangerous Catch got me interested in the dangers of the Alaskan fishing industry, and this book illuminates the greatest danger to the fishermen: themselves); The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah (at the behest of so many of my African-American female students, I finally read this 544 pager, and I must admit that Sister Souljah’s writing captivated me…and her messages need to be heard); and John Feinstein’s wonderful Tales from Q School (I can read anything that man writes, and I devour his golf books).
Anyhow, enjoy this month’s book selections below. 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 the address listed for authors and publishers.
Have a wonderful June, and enjoy your books!