Holiday Book Lists

The 2012 Christmas shopping season has officially started. The holiday sales ads and emails are coming at us nonstop in the newspapers, on television, online and in magazines. Kids and adults are making their shopping and their wish lists and checking them twice. Other lists are making the rounds too, the season's reading lists.

Columnists all over the country are making their recommendations and offering up short lists of the thousands of books that line the bookshelves of the brick and mortar and the virtual bookstores. I'm about to add to those highly respected and highly read lists of books that make great gifts. I love giving books as gifts and love receiving books as gifts.

My current reading list includes four books that have made headlines over the past few months and a few that top the lists of enjoyable fiction books to read. I am either in the process of reading the following books, I have the books in waiting for me start reading or have them on my gift wish list.

The first is The Night Circus (Anchor Books, 2012) by Erin Morgenstern, the paperback edition was released over the summer. I'm about a quarter of the way through the book and it is a fabulous read with an out-the-ordinary story line. Check it out, give it out and make your reader friends and family happy.

The second book I'm currently reading is The Racketeer (Doubleday, 2012) by John Grisham. I've only just begun to read Grisham's latest. I am one of those Grisham readers that really has not found a book of his that I haven't enjoyed. He is one of those authors that many readers feel cookie cuts his stories. To some extent those critics have a point because his plot lines seem to follow the same recipe. Nonetheless, I enjoy reading him and have great expectations for his latest book.


Two books I have waiting on my office bookshelves for me to start reading include No Easy Day The Autobiography of a Navy Seal (Dutton, 2012) by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer and The Price of Politics (Simon & Schuster, 2012) by Bob Woodward. Both of  these books made plenty of headlines this past fall and I'm anxious to read both.


Three books on my wish list include The Joy of Hate (Crown Forum, 2012) by Greg Gutfeld and Bill O'Reilly's two killing books, Killing Lincoln (Henry Holt and Co., 2011) and Killing Kennedy (Henry Holt and Co., 2012).

There seem to be a lot of historical books out there this season including a slew of titles related to President Abraham Lincoln. In addition to O'Reilly's popular title, I found a book titled The Lincolns by Daniel Mark Epstein and Rise to Greatness by David Von Drehle. There is a book about Joseph P. Kennedy called The Patriarch (The Penguin Press, 2012) by David Nasaw that I've read a review that makes the book sound highly readable.

There is plenty to read. Plenty of books to give. And, plenty of plot lines and historical perspective to enjoy. Happy reading to all and to all a good book under the tree this year.


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