Mark Baker

(TOP 500 REVIEWER)
 
Top Reviewer Ranking: 444
Helpful votes received on reviews: 86% (7,174 of 8,350)
Location: Santa Clarita, CA United States
Birthday: 8 Mar
In My Own Words:
'Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.' --Groucho Marx

An accountant by day, I spend my nights reading and watching TV and movies when not playing ultimate Frisbee, training for mud runs, or hanging out with friends.

I've always liked recommending what I've enjoyed to my friends. I hope that by looking at my reviews, you'll find something… Read more

Interests
Authors: Jerrilyn Farmer, Kris Neri, Rhys Bowen, Joanne Fluke, Donna Andrews, Laura Levine, Glynn Marsh Alam, John J. Lamb, Sandy Dengler, Bodie Thoene, Sigmund Brouwer, Lisa Lutz

Music: Rich Mullins, David Meece, Chris Rice, Ginny Owens, Shaun Grov… Read more
 

Contributions


Top Reviewer Ranking: 444 - Total Helpful Votes: 7174 of 8350
Well Read, Then Dead (Read Em and Eat Mystery) by Terrie Farley Moran
When life threw them lemons, Sassy and Bridgy headed south. The lifelong friends went from New York to Florida and opened a combination café and bookstore called Read ‘Em and Eat on the Barrier Island of Fort Myers Beach. Over the last few years, they’ve made friends, especially through the book clubs that Sassy runs.

Which is why it is upsetting and shocking when Delia Batson turns up dead one morning. Even more surprising is that it was murder. Delia was a quiet woman who would never cross anyone if she could help it. When her cousin, Augusta, asks Sassy to look into the murder, she begins to stick her nose into the investigation. But what will she find… Read more
Guys Read: True Stories by Jon Scieszka
Guys Read: True Stories by Jon Scieszka
This collection of ten non-fiction essays/stories covers quite a spectrum and will have something to appeal to just about everyone. The collection starts with an amazing tale of survival when a ship was wrecked off the coast of Africa during the early 1800’s. We also get the story of a man who survived a bear attack from nearly the same period and memories of a small river canoer and growing up as the youngest sister with six older brothers in 1970’s South Vietnam.

One of my favorite sections was actually a series of humorous poems about various scientific principles. After each one, there was a paragraph that summarized the facts the poem was talking about.

While a… Read more
I Am Invited to a Party! (Elephant and Piggie) by Mo Willems
Piggie is thrilled. She is invited to her very first party. Her best friend Gerald the Elephant is going to go, too, which is a good thing since he knows parties. In fact, he’s trying to guess just what kind of party it might be. As each idea gets crazier, Piggie begins to wonder if Gerald could possibly be right. Is he guessing correctly, or will there be some other kind of party?

If there is a moral to this book, I sure haven’t found it. However, there is plenty of humor, and I’ve laughed every time I’ve read it. Yes, even with knowing the ending is coming, I still laugh and enjoy. The expressions on Piggie’s face as the story unfolds are priceless. As always, the… Read more