Free Friday Recommendations and Re-Reading a Favorite

Summer is a great time to catch up on that reading that you’ve been meaning to do without feeling guilty that there’s no time.  For many of us, e-readers have saved the day; we can pack a boatload of books onto one small device.  Right now I’m reading In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, a re-read for me since I first read it in college.  This time, I actually had to put it down; the story so descriptive and tragic, the character development spot-on.  It gave me the chills.  If you’ve not read the story about the Kansas slayings, brace yourself.

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Have you re-read any books lately?  What favorites would you always go back to?  The July issue of The Writer Magazine says this about re-reading a favorite or a classic:  “Only when we go back to it, days or years or decades later, do we discover its hidden charms.”

I’ve only had a few recommendations this month, and always welcome your suggestions on any great books you may have come across.  Now, I don’t want to be your dumping ground for every book you’ve read. I mean, we all have enough books, right?  It’s easy for us to plow through books and just pass them on to our friends and family; I’m interested in the ones that really inspired, made an impact, would really make it on your list of Top 100 books.  As hard as it is for me to give away books to make room for more, I did some shelf-cleaning a few weeks back and asked myself the question every time I deliberated keeping a certain book:  “Would I want to give this book to someone, or would I want to recommend this book to someone?”  There’s a difference, you know.  Don’t we all just feel a little more special when someone knows us enough to say, “I have the perfect book for you to read.”  What’s your perfect book?

Nook’s Free Friday Recommendation today is:

Free Fridays: The Lens and the Looker

by JeremyCesarec 4 hours ago
Categories: Free Fridays
This week’s Free Fridays selection is the first book in Lory S. Kaufman’s inventive Verona Trilogy, The Lens and the Looker.

It’s the 24th century, and humans, with the help of artificial intelligences (A.I.s) have finally created the perfect society. To make equally perfect citizens for this world, the elders have created History Camps: full-sized recreations of cities from Earth’s distant pasts. Here teens live the way their ancestors did, doing the same dirty jobs and experiencing the same degradations. History Camps teach youths not to repeat the mistakes that almost caused the planet to die. But not everything goes to plan.

Fans of speculative adventure, like The Hunger Games and The Giver, will love The Lens and the Looker.

Continue the Verona Trilogy adventure with The Bronze and the Brimstone, and keep your eyes peeled for the third book, coming sometime this fall …

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