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Book Review: The Last Trial by Scott Turow

scott-turow-the-last-trial-review - richard-cummingsWhen I saw that Scott Turow had released a new book entitled The Last Trial, I felt like an old friend was coming to town and I looked forward to their arrival with pleasant anticipation.

I’m grateful to Scott Turow every time he writes a book — they arrive too infrequently and pass too quickly.

It all began back in 1987 with Presumed Innocent, a legal thriller with just the right proportion of character development, plot intrigue, and great writing. I was equally absorbed by his follow-up The Burden of Proof and then found myself looking forward to each new release by Scott Turow.

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Normal People By Sally Rooney: A Book Review by Richard Cummings

normal-people-sally-rooney-review-richard-cummingsThe very reason I chose to read Normal People by Sally Rooney was the ordinary title — definitely not click bait!

Of course, I put more in my decision to read a book than a quick glance at the title but it was initially the title of Sally Rooney’s book — Normal People — that interested me.

I guess I had a contrarian thought after seeing the title: any author that takes such a big risk with an unappealing title must know the inner-beauty of their work.

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A Review of Camino Winds by John Grisham

camino-winds-review-richard-cummingsIn this review of Camino Winds by John Grisham, I might tell you what you do not want to hear but I will also tell you something else that you do want to hear – you will enjoy this book!

Often, I tell my readers why I chose a book. A book is always a time commitment and so we want to choose wisely.

No such decision making process is required when a new John Grisham book comes out — I will read it.

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Book Review: Due Process by Scott Pratt

book-review-due-process-scott-pratt-by-richard-cummingsI generally avoid series books with a recurring protagonist and, in this review of Due Process by Scott Pratt, we’ll see if this avoidance is justified.

Why do I avoid series books?

I suppose I tend to see series books like endless movie sequels — products of lazy minds who want to earn big money with audience familiarity.

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Book Review: Oona Out of Order

Book Review: Oona Out of Order

Book Review: Oona Out of OrderWe learn a lot about ourselves from the books we read and the books we choose. In this book review of Oona Out Of Order, we’ll see what revelations await.

I put in a decent amount of time selecting the books I choose to read.

As you may have read in my other book reviews, I commit to finishing every book that I start. Once the first sentence is consumed, I’m in it regardless, much like the youthfully naive bride and groom at the altar.

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Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin: A Book Review

saint-x-by-Alexis-Schaitkin-book-reviewIn this book review of Saint X, I’ll tell you why this is a book that gets better after it begins but won’t leave you disappointed when it ends.

Wait, you ask, does that mean that Saint X has an awesome ending and I won’t be disappointed or does it mean I won’t be disappointed when it ends because I’ll finally be done with it?

Well, just as you won’t win the stuffed animal until you make the basket, you won’t know the answer to that question until you get to the end.

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Where the Crawdads Sing – A Review By Richard Cummings

Where-the-Crawdads-Sing-Book-ReviewWhere the Crawdads Sing has kept its place on the bestseller list for a long time. I didn’t want to read it but it wouldn’t go away. Every week, it’s there again – inescapable.

Why didn’t I want to read it?

As I viewed the Amazon page for the book, I found three compelling reasons to NOT READ Where the Crawdads Sing:

(1) It was a pick of the Reese Witherspoon Hello Sunshine Book Club — what is this?  I like Reese, but seriously, does every celebrity have to have a book club?

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Book Review: The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

the-family-upstairs-lisa-jewell-a-review-by-richard-cummingsIn this book review of The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell, I will share with you what I liked, what I didn’t like, and whether this is a book that you should have on your bookshelves or in your Kindle collection.

This is the first book that I have read by Lisa Jewell. I have heard her name, and heard people mention her books, but until now I have never been compelled to read one.

As a picture of food often compels us to visit a restaurant, I will admit I do judge a book by its cover and perhaps that is the reason that I have never before read this Lisa Jewell book.

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Why Read?

why-read “Why should I read?”, my older nephew asked me as he was waiting for me to finish my book, eager to get to the pool.

“Reading,” I told him “will teach more about the world you live in.”

“Like what?” he asked.

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My Favorite Books

my-favorite-booksWhat are your favorite books? This page is filled with my favorite books. Do you like my choices? Let me know what you think in the comments…

Often, a person’s personal library says a lot about them.

I have no idea what mine says about me, but I’d thought I’d share with you some of my favorite books. These are the books that I usually have near the nightstand and am apt to pick up and read time and time again.

Also, as I am traveling now and had to part with physical book collection, this list will be helpful to me as I will be re-buying all of these in their Kindle version so I can take them with me anywhere.

Without further ado, here she is!

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Richard CummingsMy Favorite Books