best books month

Best Reviewed Books for June

 

COOPERATIVE LIVES by Patrick T. Finegan

Genre: Literary Fiction

IR Verdict: COOPERATIVE LIVES is a complicated but beautifully engineered book, with its intertwined secrets, interacting lives, and the carefully-woven story that emerges from them.

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ON THE OCCASION OF A WEDDING by Ollie Bowen

Genre: Poetry

IR Verdict: Ollie Bowen’s debut poetry collection, ON THE OCCASION OF A WEDDING, is literate and lively. Bowen references natural motifs, Sufi mystical poets, Latin, Greek and ancient Chinese in this eclectic compilation. From free verse to sonnets, to couplets, to near haiku, Bowen assembles a vision of love that is sensual, playful and often deeply romantic.

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INVENT, INNOVATE & PROSPER by Michael G. Colburn

Genre: Business

IR Verdict: INVENT, INNOVATE & PROSPER is a thorough and well-crafted manual for readers interested in learning how to become inventors. From the process of idea-generation to marketing a completed product, no step in the process is overlooked.

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ELEVATION by Samantha Connor*

Genre: Chick-Lit

IR Verdict: ELEVATION, the accomplished debut novel by Samantha Connor leaves the reader wanting more of the author’s tempting plot, appealing characters, sense of time and place and bittersweet storytelling.

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*IRDA Winner

 

 

RESURRECTION LILY by Amy Byer Shainman*

Genres: Memoir, Health

IR Verdict: In a unique reflective synergy, RESURRECTION LILY, with its balance of clinical documentation and familial comfort, stands as a pre-emptive strike for taking pre-emptive action against the scourge of cancer.

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*IRDA Winner

 

ELASTIC GIRL by Olivia Rana*

Genre: Women’s Fiction

IR Verdict: Olivia Rana’s ELASTIC GIRL is a powerful debut novel about abusive employment of children in circuses. Its a haunting story, beautifully told, that honors the strength of the human spirit.

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*IRDA Winner

 

FRECKLED by T.W. Neal*

Genre: Memoir

IR Verdict: The memoir FRECKLED reads like the best kind of novel: the characters are engaging, the plot moves along with heart-thumping briskness, and underlying themes have universal merit.

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*IRDA Winner

 

BE MORE STRATEGIC IN BUSINESS by Diana Thomas & Stacey Boyle*

Genre: Business

IR Verdict: BE MORE STRATEGIC IN BUSINESS might just be the best book around for aspiring leaders looking to grow personally and professionally. Thomas and Boyle have consolidated years of learning into this well organized, well written, easy to understand guide.

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*IRDA Winner

THE WATER PRINCESS by Ron Ricci

Genre: Children’s (Early to intermediate readers)

IR Verdict: A story within a story, THE WATER PRINCESS is a unique tale about how one of the most well-known constellations came to be.

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THE GATES OF EDEN by Nadene LeCheminant

Genre: Historical Fiction

IR Verdict: In THE GATES OF EDEN, gifted storyteller Nadene LeCheminant has written an inspiring historical novel, rich in detail and elegant prose, that is sure to entertain and educate. History buffs and fiction fans alike will enjoy it immensely.

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THE UNSPOKEN TRUTH ABOUT RELIGION by Dick Johnson*

Genre: Religion

IR Verdict: Whether or not one believes in God or religion, the ideas explored in THE UNSPOKEN TRUTH ABOUT RELIGION by Dick Johnson are sure to startle, provoke, and invigorate (if not inflame).

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*IRDA Winner

 

STRANDED ON THIN ICE by Sharon CassanoLochman*

Genre: Action/Adventure

IR Verdict: Humor tempers peril in STRANDED ON THIN ICE, an excellent coming-of-age journey in which new friends join wits and will to overcome fearful challenges.

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*IRDA Winner

 

GATHER & MAKE by Genevieve Layman*

Genre: Crafts

IR Verdict: Whether one wishes to create a simple terrarium, learn how to weave lavender, or make paper embedded with seeds for a unique gift, there is much to learn from GATHER AND MAKE, a gorgeous and informative book with a plethora of ideas, projects, and growing tips that contains all one needs to begin or continue the journey into gardening with passion and purpose.

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*IRDA Winner

ALL THE BIG ONES ARE DEAD by Christopher A. Gray + Howard E. Carson

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

IR Verdict: ALL THE BIG ONES ARE DEAD is a classic spy story told with humor and vigor, and though it is sometimes weighed down with details about minor characters, its detail-oriented approach generally contributes to the joy of reading it.

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CRIMSON ARROWS by Eyad H. Yehyawi

Genre: Action/Adventure

IR Verdict: CRIMSON ARROWS can be enjoyed as adventure tales, a heartfelt poem about the sacredness of the hunt or a 30-year journey about one man’s passion. Regardless of how readers take in the tales, they are sure to be satisfied.

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THE UNNAMED GIRL by Mike H. Mizrahi*

Genre: Historical Fiction

IR Verdict:

Readers won’t want to miss this fascinating story of one man’s search for redemption after the horrors of war. THE UNNAMED GIRL is a page-turner filled with all the elements of great storytelling–compelling characters, fast-paced plot, and a satisfying and refreshing resolution.

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*IRDA Winner

STEALING HOME by Ron Seybold

Genres: Memoir, Sports

IR Verdict: Rich with sports metaphor, STEALING HOME: A Father, A Son, and the Road to the Perfect Game by Ron Seybold, offers a touching and complex look at how, experience by experience, individuals repair generations of fury-fueled despair.

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THE FRIENDSHIP KEY by Winfried Sedhoff

Genre: Self Help

IR Verdict: THE FRIENDSHIP KEY offers practical and inventive solutions on how to genuinely connect–to ourselves, others and the environment. In fact, some of the ideas in the book are so profound, readers are likely to go looking for whatever else author Dr. Winfried Sedhoff has written.

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GHOST BUSTING MYSTERY by Daisy Pettles*

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

IR Verdict: The snoopy elder ladies behind the Shady Hoosier Detective Agency deliver a satisfying mystery and cozy, homegrown comedy in Daisy Pettles’ GHOST BUSTING MYSTERY.

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*IRDA Winner

 

IT’S WITHIN YOU by Rabbi Aryeh Weinstein + Ilene S. Cohen, Ph.D.

Genre: Self-Help

IR Verdict: IT’S WITHIN YOU is a direct, clear, useful book in digging deeper into the self and fashioning a strong core with which to meet the world.

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SLEEPING TOGETHER by Kitty Cook*

Genre: Romance

IR Verdict: SLEEPING TOGETHER is an entertaining and evocative marriage of romance and thriller that turns a modern-day love triangle into a thought-provoking story about humanity’s need to seek stability while avoiding stagnation.

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*IRDA Winner

 

 

LEADER BOARD by Omar L. Harris

Genre: Business

IR Verdict: LEADER BOARD is a business text with a human touch, and one that makes it feel incredibly appealing to take action in your own work and life.

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THE DNA OF DEMOCRACY by Richard C. Lyons

Genre: Politics & Current Events

IR Verdict: Smoothly written and, at times insightfully speculative, THE DNA OF DEMOCRACY will engage poetically minded readers interested in the deep history of democracy in America.

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THE THIEF’S TALE by Joel Manners*

Genre: Fantasy

IR Verdict: In THE THIEF’S TALE, Joel Manners delivers a thrilling and exhilarating heist adventure that doesn’t shy away from the shadows lurking underneath.

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*IRDA Winner

AWAKE ETHICS by Hilary Jane Grosskopf*

Genres: Business, How-To

IR Verdict: AWAKE ETHICS is a straightforward and sensible guide to business ethics which manages to be both practical and compassionate, and to maintain a steady focus on both business and human needs.

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*IRDA Winner

 

FISHERMEN’S COURT by Andrew Wolfendon

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

IR Verdict: FISHERMEN’S COURT is a well-plotted, tightly organized mystery that will successfully keep readers guessing until the very end.

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HEROINES OF AVALON by Ayn Cates Sullivan*

Genre: Inspirational

IR Verdict: HEROINES OF AVALON is an elegant and gracefully written book that will aid women in their quests for healing, power, and strength.

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*IRDA Winner

 

THE AMAZING AFTERLIFE OF ANIMALS by Karen A. Anderson*

Genre: Gift/Holiday/Specialty

IR Verdict: Anecdotal evidence may not convince skeptics, but THE AMAZING AFTERLIFE OF ANIMALS is an interesting, uplifting and clearly written book that shares the author’s experiences communicating with animals (both dead and alive) as a psychic and medium.

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*IRDA Winner

HERE COMES INGO by Odeta Xheka

Genre: Children’s (Early to intermediate readers)

IR Verdict: HERE COMES INGO by Odeta Xheka is a stunning visual story about a female macaw’s elaborate dream with underlying themes of love, tolerance, kindness, and inclusion and will make an excellent addition to any storybook collection.

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THE CHOKER by Lee Carl*

Genre: Popular Fiction

IR Verdict: Lee Carl’s THE CHOKER is a pleasant and imaginative story with a top-notch hook to kick-start it all and a tour de force ending.

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*IRDA Winner

 

 

BRAIN XP: Living with Mental Illness, A Young Teenager’s Perspective by Christine Marie Frey*

Genre: Psychology/Mental Health

IR Verdict: A valuable resource for those with mental illness (or those who wish to understand life with one), BRAIN XP offers guidance, compassion, and education.

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*IRDA Winner

 

YEAR OF THE AMPHIBIAN by Christopher Pickert*

Genres: Literary Fiction, Young Adult

IR Verdict: Christopher Pickert’s YEAR OF THE AMPHIBIAN is a reflective and poignant literary novel for young adults with a strong narrative voice, nuanced characters, and vibrant settings.

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*IRDA Winner

 

EXPONENTIAL LEADERSHIP By Doug Johnston

Genre: Business

IR Verdict: A thoughtful, meandering tale of one man’s journey through business theory and application, EXPONENTIAL LEADERSHIP is conceptually interesting and told in a simple, story-telling dynamic.

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