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Friday, December 8, 2017

Sharing Reading Suggestions for the Holidays by Jacqueline Seewald

The holidays are a great time to gift friends, family or  yourself with books to read. With people going on vacation, many individuals enjoy relaxing with a good book. And there certainly are a lot of them being published! You can find books to suit every age and taste whether fiction or nonfiction. Let’s share recommendations, whether it be your   own work or that of others.

I recently read John Grisham’s CAMINO ISLAND. I held off on reading it for a while because a friend who I consider an intelligent fellow reader disliked the book although she is also a fan of Grisham. I have to say I really enjoyed the novel and my opinion differed strongly from hers.

I believe I particularly enjoyed the novel because of the information about the world of bookselling and writing. There was a lot of insider info of interest to a writer like myself.

The novel begins like a caper story which I generally don’t find of great interest. However, the theft is at Princeton University’s Firestone Library where five original F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts are stolen. These manuscripts eventually make their way to Bruce Cable, a bookstore owner in the resort town of Camino Island, Florida. Bruce loves collecting rare books. He is an interesting, somewhat eccentric character that Grisham develops thoroughly. Enter Mercer Mann, an attractive young novelist down on her luck who is enlisted to infiltrate Cable’s literary circle and help locate the priceless manuscripts. Grisham provides some clever plot twists. If you haven’t already read the novel, I recommend it.

I also recommend my latest work THE BURNING. The novella is about a family surviving an environmental disaster. It’s good reading choice for the holidays appropriate for men and women of all ages and available in all digital formats as well as print. 


You can check it out here:


Okay, now here’s your opportunity to share the books and publications you think will make for good holiday reading. Feel free to mention work you’ve recently had published if you’re an author. Readers, please mention books you have on your wish list and/or recently read and enjoyed.

Comments/suggestions are welcome here to share.


19 comments:

R.R. Brooks said...

What a great lead-in to my declaration: the best book for mystery fans this season is our book The Clown Forest Murders, just released by Black Opal Books. The lead-in is great because, while our book is a small-town mystery set in upstate New York, all the resolution of the serial murders is done at Princeton. More at Lake Carnegie than at Firestone. The book is dedicated to Princeton's Class of 1966 and Class of 1997 and to those with mental health issues. It's a mystery told from a surviving brother's point of view, and one you won't solve until we tell you the answer.
Bob Brooks

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Bob,

Thanks for sharing info about your new mystery novel.

Susan Oleksiw said...

I don't normally read Grisham, but I love the idea of tracking down a missing Fitzgerald ms. I've put it on my list. I love stories about publishing and writing told from the inside.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi Susan,

Yes, I think this is one of Grisham's best.

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

I've heard SO much about Camino Island....might have to check it out.
Great list of reads, thanks for sharing
Good luck and God's blessings
PamT

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi Pam,

Thanks for commenting.

Patricia Gligor's Writers Forum said...

Great post, Jacquie!
I love a mystery and I also love the books by Fitzgerald. So I'm definitely going to have to check out Camino Island.
Off the top of my head, two books I'd like to recommend are:
"Something So Divine" by J.R. Lindermuth and "Death Overdue" by Allison Brook. There are so many others I've enjoyed reading this year but my mind seems to be a blank.
I do want to mention that I really enjoyed reading "The Burning."

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi Patricia,

The books you're recommending sound like excellent choices for holiday reading. I appreciate your comments and am glad you enjoyed reading THE BURNING.

Sharon Ervin said...

Thank you, Jacqueline. MEMORY is a romantic suspense published In March. It is a little steamy. JACK SPRAT COULD is a quirky, NOT steamy murder mystery released in August. I wrote both and both came from The Wild Rose Press and are available.

Meanwhile, a surprise occurred in May when Simon & Schuster purchased Adams Media, a buyout that included my only historical romance, NIGHTINGALE. G-rated, this one has been recommended for teens.

All of these are available, along with the other eleven novels I've written, in print or electronic formats and are good for curling up in the wintery months ahead, something cozy to read after the hectic holidays are over. I'd love to hear comments on any of my books, pro or con. Merry Christmas!

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Sharon,

Congrats on all of these wonderful publishing credits! Thanks for letting other readers and writers know about them.

Unknown said...

Great post! With all the crazy weather we are having, I'll have to check out your story! I am guessing by the title and your description of environmental disaster, that it's a forest fire? We just survived a hurricane/ flood here in Houston. I felt like I was in a disaster story, leaving my home in a stranger's boat with 6 dogs and my family. I'll put you on my reading list!

Other great series to check out over the holidays is Nicki Alexander series, starting with Less Dead by Laura Elvebak. Her gritty urban mystery is wonderful. Tonya Royston has a wonderful YA series called the Sunset Trilogies that I loved. When I really want to laugh, I read Jana Deleon. Her Miss Fortune series is hilarious, and last but not least, we wrote a West Texas, humorous Romance, Daisy Dukes 'n Cowboy boots. Our newest release is a zany urban fantasy, Blinked. Both perfect for escaping the real world.

Susan Coryell said...

I found THE BURNING to be fascinating and compelling, especially since it is based on a true burning town. I am also highly concerned about the environment and that is certainly involved in the novella. I would recommend my own Overhome Trilogy, a cozy mystery/Southern Gothic series to warm up Christmas stockings. A RED, RED ROSE, BENEATH THE STONES, and NOBODY KNOWS. All available at Amazon in e-book and print. Thanks for the opportunity to share.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Zara,

Lots of talented authors like yourself writing in Texas. Congrats on your current work and thanks for commenting.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Susan,

Thank you for reading and recommending The Burning. I've read your trilogy and recommend it to other readers. I love Southern Gothic. My own effort in the genre is DARK MOON RISING.

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