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 Reading and books in general have been a huge part of my life since I was a little girl.  Honestly, I just can’t imagine what my life would be like without books. I have great respect for those who share their imaginations and literary creativity with the world…However, my personal admiration plays no role in my opinion of the book itself. – I do not give good reviews, they are earned. My opinions are honest, unbiased and presented in an informative and easy to navigate format. It’s my goal to share the magic of books with others in a friendly setting, much like sitting with friends in the den.
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  4. Beyond Magenta by Susan Kuklin
  5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
  6. The Holy Bible
  7. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
  8. Habibi by Craig Thompson
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    September 19, 2012 at 4:44 pm

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  15. arialleeve

    July 4, 2012 at 6:33 am

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  16. doryan

    November 5, 2011 at 7:49 am

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  17. Anna

    May 3, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    I love your blog, 🙂 it is nice to have a real person reviewing. I don’t think some of the others even read the books they review. 😦
    And you have some really cool pictures.

    Anna S.


  18. Aeroo

    April 8, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Your site is very nice. I like to read your opinions.


  19. Karen

    November 19, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Love your site. I have a wordpress blog as well but am having a hard time moving around in it and adding things to it, I think it’s because it’s the free version and it’s limited. Unless I’m such a dummy and just don’t get it. My blog at blogspot is much easier for me (they do everything you just add the content).

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    June 10, 2010 at 11:51 pm

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    • RJ

      June 16, 2010 at 8:27 pm

      Thank you – I hope you stop by often!
      Happy Reading,


  21. Lisa A

    April 24, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Lots of big titles on the way, anxious for your opinions.
    Oh yea, love the new look here at the Den, fits perfect.
    Happy Reading!


  22. Barbara

    April 24, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    I love the new look, it’s awesome! Keep up the good work!


  23. Barisha

    January 11, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Love the site, enjoy all the extras, the pics really make it nice and i like visiting the links. Happy New Year. Barisha


  24. Mary E.

    December 29, 2009 at 3:22 pm

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  25. Anonymous

    December 23, 2009 at 4:44 pm

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  26. Amy

    November 21, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    I am now addicted to audio, I had never bought or even listened to one until after I read a few of your reviews, I found Simple Genius at the library and loved it, (even though I had read the book when it first released, I really enjoyed it and noticed a few things I either missed or had forgotten. it was great.) I have a collection going and a wish list a mile long, I should buy some stock in Hachete Books since I am buying so many of their books. A million kudos and thank yous for your wonderful reviews and opening the audio door for this book lover, at 50 I am once again excited about Christmas (because I know I am getting lots of new audio books)
    Happy Holidays to you and your family, hope Santa brings you lots of books to share with us!
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  29. Dominia E.

    September 27, 2009 at 2:48 pm

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  39. Natalie

    June 24, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Awesome site! So much to read and look at. I’ll be back :0)


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    June 18, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Your site is very good, looks nice, gives useful information and it is easy to move around and find what things. There are lots of good information throughout your site and I enjoy visiting. Keep up the good blogging. MommyBloggers Rule!


  41. Jane

    May 13, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    I agree with the previous posters. Very Good reviews, nice layout. I like it very much and have found books i would not have known about so i make point to visit this site and 2 other independent sites before i decide.


  42. Mariann

    May 6, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    I didn’t think i would like narrated books, but youre so right, audio lets busy booklovers have the cake and eat it too, thank you for the audio info and links, its great. i love this blog!


  43. Bret

    May 6, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    You have an incredible site. Your reviews are thoughtful, insightful and most important, helpful. I bought Water 4 Elephants, A Nail Through Heart and Society of S based on your posts and enjoyed all 3. My friend and sister check your site too before heading to the store or library. Thank you and happy reading to you too!
    Bret & Hannah, WI


  44. Jenny

    April 19, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Awesome blog !!!


  45. Sheeri

    April 9, 2009 at 3:32 pm

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  46. Grace L

    April 9, 2009 at 9:04 am

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    March 24, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    wow this is a nice site. i agree with the other comments. great reviews, helpful resources and cool lists. Awesome.


  49. Padfoot

    February 24, 2009 at 3:45 am

    I love your site!! It is gorgeous, and you have a such a wealth of information about books…If you get a minute check out my site! We talk about anything and everything related to books!


  50. Sarah N.

    February 19, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    I love your blog. I agree with the previous posters, the reviews are great, the site is pleasing to the eye, homey, comfortable and inviting, and you offer lots of information and numerous outside resources. Wonderful! Hope you have a fine ’09.


  51. Miliane

    February 9, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Awesome site, lots of information and lots of books I have not seen elsewhere (*a few I am going to check out). You put a lot of work into this and it shows. Cheers!


  52. B.M. Garrett

    January 14, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Great website! Hope that 2009 brings you great success.


  53. rakesh

    January 7, 2009 at 1:58 am

    this really is some site…great book reviews…


  54. Maxi

    December 8, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    Great blog – very inviting.

    May Your Glass Always Be Half Full


  55. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Hi, RJ,
    I left a comment and invitation on your crimespace page.
    Like your web site.


  56. RJ

    May 22, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    THANK YOU very, very much to everyone – for all your kind words of support, encouragement and kudo’s…I love hearing from our visitors! Keep those notes comin’ –
    Wishing everyone a safe & happy hoilday weekend.

    Smiles & Happy Reading,
    resident reviewer,


  57. Stephen

    May 8, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Thanks for all the great information. This will help bring about great things to my new book “21 Days To Creating Your Dream Life”.

    Thank You,

    Stephen Mark, Author


  58. Danny DeWolf

    March 29, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    I would like to know where to send my book of poetry, Three Cups of Coffee and a Book, for review. I would appreciate any information you could give me, thank you for your time.


  59. David Corbett

    December 3, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    Thank you so very much for your kind words about my humble little book. I am always thrilled when the little creature finds a welcoming reader, and he apparently did so when he found you. Best wishes in your voluminous and apparently ceaseless reading. And congratulations on an inviting, informative, and visually arresting website.


  60. Norene Daughtery

    October 29, 2007 at 3:52 am

    Hi 3Rs
    Great site! Love the holiday decorating here in The Den. comfy, cool and did i say comfy? 🙂 Just read Switching TIme, dang is that out there or what? Thanks for putting up reviews for all kinds of books and for stating not so popular opinions – Keep Reading & Happy Reading to you too!


  61. Mary Cunningham

    October 16, 2007 at 11:55 am

    Thanks, again, RJ for the “magnificently magical” reviews! I’m honored to be listed on your site.



  62. Moontipigirl

    October 16, 2007 at 11:53 am

    Another great site representing a wide range of fabulous reading material, if only there were more hours in the day! Visit me at my site and maybe take a look at my book ‘Searching for Mooneyes’ on and
    thanks and see you all again soon!


  63. Satis Shroff

    September 11, 2007 at 4:15 am

    Hi RK!
    Namaste! I’ve visited you site often in the past and I find it wonderful. The whole concept is genial and I wish you a lot of fun doing the reviews. Perhaps I’ll also send you books for review. Ciao!


  64. Trish

    September 4, 2007 at 9:34 am

    Hey Sweetie! Great website! I am impressed…..and very proud of you. I personally don’t read much…..It is hard with work and everything, but after reading some of the reviews, I just might start trying to squeeze in some time! I am happy you found something you love. Take Care…..Lots of Love


  65. Michael

    August 27, 2007 at 9:16 pm

    Very Interesting. Excellent layout & style, very unique – which is nice to find. Your reviews take the reader right to edge. The trademark of a skilled reviewer and those are a dying breed. Congratulations & keep up the good work.


  66. Kelly Jameson

    July 31, 2007 at 2:15 pm

    Thank you for the brilliant review RJ.
    I love the site.
    I’ll be sending you my next book for review when it’s ready!
    Cheers, Kelly Jameson


  67. Shannon

    July 29, 2007 at 4:56 pm

    Thank you for your wonderful and encouraging words about “Elwood’s Crown.”

    Shannon Rumple
    Author of “Elwood’s Crown”
    and “Fly Cake” coming soon!


  68. Caroline Jarramali

    July 29, 2007 at 11:41 am

    Thank you for inviting me here to your wonderful reading den RJ, I could just see myself curled up in that cosy armchair right now, reading one of the books you’ve reviewed. Your site is marvellous, so clear and easy to follow, and so very soothing and relaxing with the well-chosen music. Kudos my friend, and Good Luck with it all.


  69. Scott William Foley

    July 13, 2007 at 11:09 am

    Hi, RJ! I really like the new site! Keep up the wonderful work you’re doing. You are a true friend to the writing community and we should all be thankful to have someone like you in our lives, supporting our work.

    Scott William Foley


  70. Mary Cunningham

    July 5, 2007 at 11:43 am

    The new site is great, RJ.

    Pleasing, very bookish, easy to navigate. I’ll look forward to your reviews of “Cynthia’s Attic.”



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    July 4, 2007 at 4:57 pm

    Hi, I appreciate the information on your blog. Also some interesting comments here.


  72. Sharon J. Bainbridge

    June 26, 2007 at 6:45 pm


    I love the site and the music is amazing.
    Clever you!
    Well done. And hope you have lots of good luck with your health.

    Love Bee x


  73. Daryl Worcester

    June 25, 2007 at 9:43 pm

    Thank you the visit and I really enjoy your site.
    I have several books published and was wondering if you would like to review them?


  74. Kat Michaels

    June 25, 2007 at 4:18 pm

    Impressive, informative, easy to get around! My goodness you’ve done it again! Congratulations and it is an honor to have you as a reviewer!


  75. Amy Hanek

    June 25, 2007 at 10:27 am

    Thanks for another wonderful place for me to go in search of other readers and writers. This is a great website!!



  76. Rebecca

    June 22, 2007 at 12:55 am

    Hello RJ! This site is incredible! I love it. It’s very pleasing to the eye, easy to navigate, and I enjoy reading your reviews. You’re right, your reviews aren’t good– they are fantastic! I appreciate your insight on what you read. Have a wonderful day and take care!


  77. J. D. Webb

    June 21, 2007 at 10:43 pm

    What tremendous reviews for Moon Over Chicago and Shepherd’s Pie. I’ve soared to cloud twelve – way past nine.
    Your reviews really grabbed the essence of each book. I’ll forward my latest, Her Name Is Mommy, as soon as I can.
    And I love the new site. Warm, inviting and informative. Now I shall kick back here and visit with some old and new author friends.
    Much continued success.


  78. Don Hooper

    June 20, 2007 at 5:39 am

    Thank you for the wonderful reviews of both the Coomacka Island books. I appreciate all your hard work! I will be sending you the next book in the series when it’s ready.
    Share the Love,
    – Don


  79. Tim Hallinan

    May 27, 2007 at 5:43 am

    I am thrilled silly with you review – I am forwarding it to my editor and publicist ………. And we have made a note that you are to receive an ARC of Poke’s next outing as soon as we get them!
    Take Care and thanks again!
    “A Nail Through The Heart” available June 26, 2007


  80. Patrick

    April 28, 2007 at 8:38 am

    Thank you so much for the wonderful review. I am posting it upon the wall for all to see, and to brighten my day. I will be sending you the second adventure as soon as it comes off the press!
    Your Friend & Storyteller
    – Patrick


  81. Carla Jo Masterson

    April 22, 2007 at 6:10 am

    “Thank you so much for your thoughtful and inspiring words! You review was insightful, from your comments about the cover (I wanted to create a book that would stand the test of time, especially in the libraries) and about the content, and Mr. Positively! You are not the run of the mill book reviewer. Thank so much for understanding my intent for the children and for this world. I will be putting your review on my website today!”
    -Carla Jo Masterson author of What’s On The Other Side of The Rainbow?


  82. Samantha Graves

    April 12, 2007 at 11:14 am

    “Thanks for your the wonderful review! You have made my day! I have added you to my permanent reviewer list!”
    – Samantha Graves author of Sight Unseen


  83. Kat Michaels

    April 6, 2007 at 8:12 am

    “You have made my day! Thank you for the wonderful review! I will be referring all authors that contact me to you. I wish you the very best & will be sending my next book to you as soon as it is ready!”
    – Kat Michaels author of Willow’s Bend


  84. Andrew Gross

    March 29, 2007 at 10:15 am

    “WOW, this is amazing! Thank you so much for your review of The Blue Zone! I am glad you enjoyed the book. Thanks again.”
    – Andrew Gross author of The Blue Zone



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