For every avid reader, finding the perfect book to read can be sometimes challenging. Having to read the back of books to get an idea about the storyline or plot is one of the fun parts of finding the perfect book. When the book is chosen, the reader will take it home and read it. This process repeats until they don’t have time to read anymore.  Finding the right book can be frustrating if you don’t know where to start to look. When you have a few ideas, it is good to look into those options. Use the internet and friends to help you along. Here are a few short book reviews of top books to read for the summer for all you avid readers.  [Definition of Top Books? –Miss McCulla]

Each sentence in The Introduction:  1.  Why would an avid reader have difficulty finding a book to read?  2. If reading the dust jacket is that easy and fun, I still ask why would anyone have trouble finding a book he/she liked?  3. Passive voice and twelve one-syllable word sentence.   4. The process repeats in the course of a day? How many books can a person read in a day? A person wouldn’t run out of time to read until he dies, right? And “they” doesn’t have a reference!  5. You are mixing 2nd person and 3rd person.  Pick one!  6. How does the student get a few ideas?  7. Help you along doing what?  8. Don’t announce what you are going to write about.

Short Book Reviews

1. Let the Great World Spin – Colum McCann. In this novel taking place in 1974, a man is doing some risky business with the World Trade Center. “Balancing” on an imaginary tightrope he meets a wide variety of characters that help him through understanding the only way to balance on a tightrope, is always know how to fall. What is an imaginary tightrope, how do you fall off of it?  Think about your word choice:  what exactly does “wide variety” mean?

2. Heroic Measures – Jill Ciment. Sharing their lives together, a 70-something couple and their dog are happy until their lives get turned upside down. First the couple’s dog is paralyzed and then a whole city is turned upside down amongst a news broadcasting terrorist-hype attacks. Jill Ciment dives into the madness of real estate and media and still shows the love that ties the bindStudents, avoid using cliches in your writing.  What do these terms mean: amongst? terrorist-hype? madness of real estate? 

3. Yes, My Darling Daughter – Margaret Leroy. In this mystery full of twist and turns involves a 4-year-old girl named Sylvie who wants to go to a place she has never been to nor seen and a family she has never met. She takes her single mother and the psychiatrist along to a little Irish village that is perilous and enchanting. Your reader doesn’t know these characters, so this sentence has no meaning to him.

These Short Book Reviews are completely inadequate.  How can anyone decide or agree with you that these books you’ve recommended are “top books,” which is your thesis.

There are other books which can peak your interest if you have the time to look for an intriguing book to read.  [That’s the third time you mentioned the time it takes to find a book.  You’ll find hundreds of books in the library.   –Miss McCulla]  Searching on Oprah’s website or Amazon will give you some ideas to get you started. Finding that perfect book that you can snuggle on the couch and read for many hours is always a pleasure to someone who enjoys reading. With books that cause you to be wisped away into a fantasy or dreamlike state, you can really enjoy a book and let your imagination grow.  Having a good book to read is very important if you enjoy reading the different stories of far away characters. Getting yourself into a book is the best you can do for yourself. [The last four sentences repeat the same idea.  –Miss McCulla]

It ain’t what people call you; it’s what you’ll answer, too.  –Maeda


Miss McCulla is a retired English teacher of 32 years.  She has Mastery of the grammar and mechanics of English, and has taught expository, fiction writing, and rhetorical skills to hundreds of students and aspiring writers throughout her career.  She has written/edited/self-published five books, and currently manages and edits a writing blog called The Underground Tutor where she gathers essays, articles, entries, papers, manuals, profiles, criticisms, analyses of literature, just like those asked of students and writers in the university and publishing houses.

March 15, 2019   316   mary    Help With Student Essays, Informative Essay  
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