Monday, May 30, 2005

Amazon Book Store

Amazon Online Bookstore has really cornered the market when it comes to book sales. It is impossible to do a google search, a yahoo search, or an msn search without seeing amazon. They sponsor the alexa tool bar also. There is no way that you can avoid Amazon Bookstore Online. So why not just drop in and buy some new books.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Will Oprah Return

A lot of authors are waiting for Oprah to return. They feel that somehow they will be the lucky few that she profiles on her show. Wow, they say to themselves; if Oprah suggest my book, it will make it to The New York Times best sellers' list. Books were listed on The New York Times best sellers' list before Oprah even had a show. Do not put all of your eggs into one basket. Have faith in your abilities to take your new book as far as it can go.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Authors During the Harlem Renaissance

1. Sterling Brown 2. Countee Cullen 3. Jessie Redmon Fauset 4. Langston Hughes 5. Zora Neale Hurston 6. James Weldon Johnson 7. Nella Larsen 8. Claude McKay 9. Jean Toomer

Friday, May 27, 2005

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial day weekend has arrived. Most of you will be off from work. This is a good time for each and every one of you to read a good book. Have you made your book selection yet? Get out there and buy a book. I would love to hear from you concerning the books you will be reading.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Books Online

There are a lot of books being advertised online. Some of these books have recently been published. Everyone is gearing up for their adventure, into the world of books, this summer. Will you be left behind? Will your children be left behind? Books, books, books, new books, old books, and rare books. It does not matter what type of books you choose, this summer. The only thing that matters is that you choose.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

The Messenger

This morning, The Today's Show became the messenger for this summer's hot reads. They had a guest speaker on who listed a variety of books and novels that he felt should be read this summer. Summer reading is the message that I have been delivering this week. I am glad that the Today's Show also had the same sentiment. Summer is the perfect time to catch up on your reading. It is the perfect time to buy new books. and novels.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Late Post

This is a late post. I tried posting earlier but there was a problem with the blogger software. I am a little disgusted by the event since I try to keep all of my post as frequent as possible. I hope all of my readers had a good evening. Goodnight. I am signing off now.

Reading Across America

I have just kicked off a reading across America tour. To all of you who are regular followers of my post, your job is to get as many people as you know to join me in this tour. As part of being a part of this tour, find one book, read it, and share your thoughts with the people you have found to join you on this tour. Next, come back and give me a list of the books that you have chosen. One stipulation of course. Do not go and find a book or novel from the best sellers list. Choose one of those rare gems by an author who has not received mass media attention. They are out there and it is your job to find them. Let's take them on this wild fantastic reading across America tour.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Books, Books, and more Books

Books, books and more books. How do you choose? It is not how you choose. It is you choose. It is your choice to choose what books to read. Join us on a book of the week discussion. Are you brave and bold enough? I am challenging each one of you to give me a list of books you would like a discussion on. Let's share your reading experience with the world.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

A New Day Is Taken Shape

Hey everyone. A new day is taking shape. Reach out and touch a hand and grab a book if you can. Reach out and touch a hand, and grab a book if you can. Reach out and touch a hand, and grab a book if you can. It is not about you or me. A new day is taking shape. So reach out and touch a hand, and grab a book if you can.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Push For Time

I am push for time so this is all I can post.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Summer Months

The summer months are fast approaching. Don't leave the books gathering dusk on the bookshelves this summer. Why, you may ask? For several reasons: Books gather dust. Dust causes allergies. Allergies make you sick. If you are sick, you cannot read. If you cannot read, your verbal skills suffer. If your verbal skills suffer, you are likely to loose your job. If you loose your job,, your family will suffer. If your family suffer, they will blame you. Why would you do this to yourself. All you have to do is pick up a book and read. Therefore, don't let the books gather dust this summer.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

In A Hurry

Sometimes we run through life in a hurry. We have work and home responsibilities. We even bring work home with us on the weekends. We do not even take the time to enjoy nature and other life's wonders. Rush, rush, rush, has become our middle name. Life is too short. Take a break and sit back and enjoy your favorite novel or take the time to try out a new novel by a new author.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Coming of Age In Mississippi by Anne Moody

Today I started reading the novel, Coming of Age In Mississippi. I was very interested in the state of Mississippi when I started looking into the history of slavery. I found a lot of information regarding slavery from other states, but somehow the state of Mississippi eluded me. It appeared to be a state, at the time, where african americans lived in fear. Although african americans were not treated fairly in other states, the state of Mississippi seemed to be the most brutal. I am just on chapter 2 in the novel, but it has answered a lot of personal questions for me. It has so far helped me to understand the behavior of some individuals I know personally.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Reading Marketplace

Reading Marketplace sounds like a great title for an online bookclub, an offline bookclub, a book reading forum, or any other place people gather together to read novels and books. What a great name. The reading marketplace could also be a place where new writers and authors could gather and allow these readers to read their work. What a great place it would be if you can join readers of novel and books and writers and authors of novels and books in just one place. I hold out hope that one day this will happen.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Read This Novel

I want you to read this novel. Strange Fruit In A Small Town by Faye Brown should be read by everyone. The novel has not been released yet but you should buy this novel as soon as it is released. Strange Fruit In A Small Town will change your life. After you read it, you will notice that your life has changed forever. You can also preorder it at

Pick Up A Novel And Read This Summer

Pick up a novel and read this summer. I am calling on all people to get into the habit of reading novels. There are so. many novels being written. You will have a large selection to choose from. Start reading to improve your mind. We all no that an idle mind is the devil's workshop. Do not let that be said about you. Encourage your children to read more. I know some of you are doing just that. Some parents are waiting for the new Harry Potter book to arrive. There are other books, for children, besides Harry Potter. I am not a Harry Potter basher. I am just trying to say that you should expose your children to a wide variety of books. You too can expose yourself to a wider variety of novels. Why not take the plunge and start reading novels by authors that you are not accustomed to reading. I know some of you have your favorite authors. That is fine. Do not stop reading their work. Do however expose yourself to other novels.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Taking a break from cruising for new books

I am taking a break from cruising for new books. I was on a quest to discover why some good books receive so much attention and praise and others just fall by the wayside. Some of these books that receive so much praise are so similar in content to the ones that do not receive any notice has left me perplexed. I guess I will have to keep on feeling this way for awhile. I hate jumping to conclusions. I was told by a publishing company that some high profiled book reviewing establishments choose only to review books by high profiled articles. I recently made a comment about that accusing the new york times book reviews of such practice. I must admit that I myself have no personal knowledge about such a practice. I was just repeating what I was told. At this time, I would like to apologize to the new york times. I will not make such statements until I fully check my sources or do the research myself.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

What My Eyes Saw

I had this strange look. Was it fruit that got me here in a very small town that I see? I looked but I did not see. I called out but I did not hear. What Faye Brown did she walk here? Did her writing journey take her to these books? Writing is in all of us. It cleanses the soul. It can awaken that deep sense of innocence. What my eyes saw I do not know. I am here. The fruit of my labor is all around. It may be strange fruit. It may be in a small town. The view from here is overwhelming. The clouds come in. How could clouds come in you say? But when it is strange fruit in a small town, anything could happen. Ask Faye Brown. She has been blogging about it. Well I have to end this strange journey for fruit in a small town. I will see the results of strange fruit in a small town posted in the new york times review.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Top Sellers-Books-Biographies & Memoirs & Wish List

1. My Life So Far by Jane Fonda 2. Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression by Brooke Shields 3. Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell 4. The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Green 5. Strange Fruit In A Small Town by Faye Brown 6. Lotus Grows in the Mud, A by Goldie Hawn 7. Perfectly Reasonable Deviations FromThe Beaten Track: The Letters of Richard P. Feynman 8. Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl 9. Plan B: Furtther Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott 10. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins 11. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. My Life So Far by Jane Fonda 2. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell 3. The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century by Thomas L. Friedman 4. On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt 5. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Non Fiction

1. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell 2. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi 3. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson 4. Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life by Queen Noor 5. Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II by George Weigel 6. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond 7. The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad 8. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris 9. Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama 10. Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson by Mitch Alsom

Buying Books

When individuals are buying books, they have a large variety to choose from. Some people choose science fiction, thrillers, horror, or anything else under the sun. When buying book, some readers choose based on recommendations, first sight, or just because the book cover attracts them. Buying books occurs in everyone's household. From the small child who is interested in the next Harry Potter, to the young teenager who may want to read about some romantic escapade. Buying books is here to stay and world is a lot better off because of it.

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Reading Novels

Reading novels as part of an online novel reading group allows one to share their opinions with others. What better way to gain more from reading novels than to share your experience with others. One person can see something you miss and you can see something they miss. Reading novels as part of an online novel reading group also allows you to suggest your favorite novels with the group members. The group members can in turn suggest their favorite novels with you. Reading novels is a wonderful adventure. Book readers as well as novel readers can find new books, find new novels, and increase readership amongst each other.

Friday, May 06, 2005

The American Idol

Who will be the next american idol? If you do not know what I am talking about, just turn on your TV? The american idol televions show is advertised on every station. The station that host the show must be very excited that the general public has taken so much interest. I wonder if the other stations are keeping track of how their shows are being advertised on other stations. They are probably not aware how much publicity they give a competing station. Maybe book clubs should look out for each other the same way. After all, the purpose of a club is to get everyone reading.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Pat O'Brien

Pat O'Brien is hot now. He would be a good addition to any book club. Just think of it: the ladies would eat him up. They would just gather at the book club for the latest gossip. Since book clubs usually discuss any and everything under the sun, Pat O'Brien's membership would increase the overall book club's membership. Come on in Pat O'Brien. The ladies are waiting to hear your story about how you called your coworker in a drunkard stupor. The Insider is loving you right now. The ladies will love you too.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

The Runaway Bride

The runaway bride has been in the spotlight for several days now. The runaway bride was this average citizen who became overwhelmed as a result of her pending nuptials. She chose to runaway in order to escape the pressure. Instead of telling her family and friends about her dilemma, she decided to tell them that she had been kidnapped. Of course law enforcement officials would get involve in the abduction. The media later picked up the story. It was later discovered that the kidnapping story was all a hoax. The runaway bride was not kidnapped after all. Now the runaway bride faces criminal and civil charges. The runaway bride has developed a fan club due to her actions. Whether she is loved or despised for her actions, she has in a sense created a fan club. If the runaway brides story was a novel, it would definitely be before major book clubs. Who knows, it might even encourage Oprah to bring back her book club.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

The Desperate Housewife

If there was a book club named The Desperate Housewife, there would be a large crowd gathering. One could only wonder whether The Desperate Housewife Book Club would talk about books. Perhaps their conversations would lead elsewhere. I am pretty sure that if there was such a thing as The Desperate Housewife Book Club, they would invite Laura Bush as a guest. She is a very funny lady. I am sure The Desperate Housewife Club would love to hear her talk about President George Bush's sleeping habits. We need you Laura Bush. Since Oprah has apparently dropped her club, you can very well take her place. So jump on board Laura Bush to get America reading again.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Online Novel Writer's Group

Online Novel Writer's Group is a group where unpublished and published writers go to discuss their ideas about the various aspects of their work. What makes this group so unique is that membership is open to novel and book readers. The purpose of this idea is to get readers, writers, and authors together in one forum to discuss and share their different perspectives on what they like to read and write. If you are interested in joining, their email address is: Their website address is: They are currently accepting new members.

California Book Club Try Innovative Approach

A local book club in San Diego tried an innovative approach to gaining fresh material for their club to read. Lots of bookclubs have jumped on this bandwagon. Some authors have also tried innovative ways to get their material in front of fresh eyes. Recently I talked to author, Faye Brown about this concept. I was amazed to learn from her that the idea has been around in some locations for awhile. Faye Brown, author of Strange Fruit In A Small Townhad some innovative ideas before the book club trend in San Diego. She employed her own strategy for her novel. What she was able to do was discussed different aspects of her novel before some clubs in order to gauge their reactions. You might say, what is so unusual about that? It is unusual because she gauged their reaction without the work being published. She was able to gain a following before the novel hit the bookstores.