I spent most of January curled up by the fireplace with my nose firmly planted in a book. Of course that was probably no different than any other winter. I have always been a voracious reader and my night stand is often piled high with magazines, books, and articles to read. And now that I have a kindle...oh my goodness - what a great invention for readers!
The top of my gift list is always something from the bookstore. I do love reading on my Kindle. It is much easier to pack ten books on my Kindle than ten physical books, but I still love the feel and look of regular print books. And books rich in illustration are still best viewed in print version. At lease in my humble opinion.
So for all of you readers out there - here are some books to add to your gift list. You will enjoy receiving or giving every one of these great stories.
I adore mysteries, especially series mysteries. Once I meet a set of characters I want to visit with them again and again. Blame it on Trixie and Nancy. Two series that I have fallen in love with this year are Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen and The Bibliophile Mysteries by Kate Carlise. Very different settings, but both are great fun to read.
Homicide in Hardcover is set in modern San Francisco where book restorer, Brooklyn Wainwright saves rare books from mold, mildew, and greedy thieves. She gets more help than she wants from her hippie new age parents and not enough attention from the cute security agent, but Brooklyn still manages to solve the mysteries and save her beloved books. I not only enjoy the mysteries in these novels but I also like learning about the art of bookbinding and book making. Lots of great details about rare books!
For a great Young Adult novel try Kristin Nitz's, Suspect. Set in Missouri wine country, this homegrown mystery has enough twists and turns to keep the most avid reader guessing.
Mama's Window, by Lynn Rubright, is a wonderful story of a boy's dream to fulfill his Mother's final wish for a stained glass window in their church. An uplifting story that is perfect for the holiday season.
Merry Christmas and Happy reading to all!