Best Reviewed Book of January

PETER DRUCKER’S WAY TO THE TOP: Lessons for Reaching Your Life’s Goals by William Cohen

Genre: Business

IR Verdict: In PETER DRUCKER’S WAY TO THE TOP: Lessons for Reaching Your Life’s Goals, Dr. William A. Cohen shares anecdotes from Drucker’s life, combined with real world examples, to demonstrate principles that united unlikely individuals into teams or drove people to accomplish any goals they set.

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ACHIEVING SUPERPERSONHOOD: Three East African Lives by William Peace

Genre: Inspirational/Spiritual

IR Verdict: With ACHIEVING SUPERPERSONHOOD: Three East African Lives, author William Peace delivers a beautiful, if sometimes gritty story, functioning as a contemporary and outstanding example of narrative form.

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RISE OF HOWLERS by Bob Bannon

Genre: Young Adult

IR Verdict: Fantastic world-building, populated with brightly drawn characters and a wonderfully detailed setting make RISE OF HOWLERS an engrossing read for teens–and those readers who remember being one.

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AIN’T NO MESSIAH by Mark Tullius

Genre: Literary Fiction

IR Verdict: AIN’T NO MESSIAH is a beautifully-written book about one man’s effort to find himself – and maybe even a bit of happiness – in a world bitter enough to greet even a supposed Messiah with abuse and scapegoating. 

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YOUR EXTRAORDINARY SELF by Tammie A Kip

Genre: Self Help

IR Verdict: Self-improvement is a long — often difficult — journey, but YOUR EXTRAORDINARY SELF makes it easier with practical advice and real-world exercises that change behaviors for the better. Kip’s advice isn’t new, but it’s well told.

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ABOVE THE STAR: THE 8TH ISLAND TRILOGY by Alexis Marie Chute (Author and Illustrator)

Genre: Young Adult

IR Verdict: ABOVE THE STAR: THE 8TH ISLAND TRILOGY, a fantasy novel for young adults, excels at world-building and creating sympathetic characters, though descriptions of disease, suffering, and death are quite intense at times.

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THE EDGE RULES by Melanie Hooyenga

Genre: Young Adult

IR Verdict: THE EDGE RULES is perfect for readers looking for a book that is both socially relevant and charming, and the clean narrative, winter setting and short chapter structure make it an especially appealing read.

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RIDESHARES, WRECKS, AND SEX by Joe F. N. Schmo

Genre: Memoir

IR Verdict: RIDESHARES, WRECKS, AND SEX is a peephole into the life of the modern day cab driver. The screwed up Picasso painting that is Joe’s day to day life in his BMW is wild, outlandish, and will leave readers enraptured from the first page until the last.

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I-STRETCH & STRENGTHEN by Bob Alonzi

Genre: Sports/Fitness/Recreation

IR Verdict: I-STRETCH & STRENGTHEN is a useful guide for those who want a simple, effective, cheap and portable means of increasing their strength and flexibility, staying active and mobile into old age, and enhancing their lifelong well-being.

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YOU MAP: Find Yourself. Blaze Your Path. Show The World! by Kristin Sherry

Genre: Business

IR  Verdict: YOU MAP is a terrific guide to all those who are struggling in their 9-5 life and, beyond that, a terrific guide for anyone interested in getting to know themselves better.

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TRIALS AND TRAILS: Adventures and Unexpected Discoveries of Life by Jim Halverson

Genre: Historical Fiction

IR Verdict: Jim Halverson’s TRIALS AND TRAILS: Adventures and Unexpected Discoveries of Life, is a beautifully written and conceived novel of hope and courage after the devastation of the Civil War that still has resonance and relevance today.

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THE EMPOWERED MIND DIET EQUATION by Rika Mansingh, RD

Genre: Inspirational/Spiritual

IR Verdict: Everyone can benefit from the advice and instruction provided within THE EMPOWERED MIND DIET EQUATION, as it will enable and empower readers to make better lifestyle choices which can, in turn, boost the brain.

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THE WOLF, THE WIZARD, AND THE WOAD by Florence Love Karsner

Genre: Fantasy

IR Verdict: THE WOLF, THE WIZARD, AND THE WOAD is an original story with appealing characters. Although a prequel to other books by this author, it is complete as a standalone story with a satisfying ending, set in an area of great wild beauty.

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TALE OF TWO BROTHERS by Daniel Fernández Masís

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

IR Verdict: There’s a lot for readers to like in author Daniel Fernández Masís’ fusion of suspense and insight into the human condition in the TALE OF TWO BROTHERS, attempting to stop a deranged despot in the aftermath of a natural cataclysm that decimates natural resources across earth.

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SEVEN ESSENTIALS TO TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE by Barun Gorain

Genre: Health

IR Verdict: Author Barun Gorain blends popular theories and current research to discuss–in a straightforward, no-nonsense manner–overcoming the unhealthy lifestyle that accompanies many of today’s technological advancements.

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SPIRAL: A Catalyst for Innovation and Expansion by Amy Simpkins

Genres: Business, Self Help

IR Verdict: Author Amy Simpkins takes humanity’s natural affinity for rest and renewal, for trial and error, for thought and action, and places all in SPIRAL: A Catalyst for Innovation and Expansion, an easy to understand framework that paves the pathway for success.

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