Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Musing Monday

This week's Musing Monday:

What are you reading right now? What did you recently finish reading, and what did you think of it? What do yo think you will read next? Will you read any holiday-themed books soon?

I just finished reading the 14th Mike Hammer book by Mickey Spillane (collaborated with Max Collins), The Goliath Bone. Although Spillane died in 2006, a few weeks before his death he entrusted Collins with the manuscripts and notes for 3 Mike Hammer books - this is the first.

I've always enjoyed Spillane's works and I've followed the Hammer series for several decades. This book had an interesting concept revolving around Middle Eastern terrorists, anthropologists and a legendary bone from Goliath of Biblical times. This was a great read.

I also just finished reading The Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen. Like most of Gerritsen's books, this one starts off in an unusual way - an unknown mummy is discovered in a hidden part of the basement at a private museum in Boston and the curators just know this will drum up excitement.

This books gives you healthy doses of Boston Homicide Detective, Jane Rizzoli and Medical Examiners, Dr. Maura Isles - two of my favorite characters.

Next in my queue to read is The Crooked Letter (The Books of the Cataclysm #1) by Sean Williams. Williams is a wonderful fantasy writer and after reading his Books of the Change, I can't wait to start on The Books of the Cataclysm.

As for holiday books, I have recently read and reviewed The Santa Letters by Stacy Gooch-Anderson. This was a tear-jerking book about a Christmas tradedy that leads to Christmas joy. It is similar to Richard Paul Evans, The Christmas Box.

Of course, after Thanksgiving I will be using some of my reading time for more holiday books. I am going to use my Way Back Wednesday posts to highlight favorite holiday books from my past. I'll be starting with my very favorite, The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston and illustrated by Barbara Cooney. This is a heartwarming tale of the true meaning of Christmas. This is a must read every Christmas for my 3 girls - even if they are all grown!

1 comment:

Jeanie said...

So glad you mentioned the Christmas books -- I need that jumpstart to get mine out! These all look like terrific recommendations!