We hope you have made it peacefully through Thanksgiving leftovers, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Now we can celebrate "Book Lovers' Rainy Day" with a big thanks to Mother Nature for providing the much-needed sound effects and cozy environment.
Although the times have been brief, between batches of Sugar Cookies and Spritz Wreaths, I had some time to read a little this past week. I was lucky enough to have a copy of the brand new Michael Connelly book called The Burning Room. This is Connelly at his very best, featuring detective Harry Bosch and a new partner, Lucia Soto. The two detectives -- Harry, a veteran who is about to retire, and Lucia, a rookie who already has a past -- do not fit well together in the Open Unsolved Unit. The story appears to be about the ten-year-old murder of a Mariachi player, but quickly we see it is much more than that. This is a terrific book for a busy time of year. The writing is stirring, and the plot, though easy to follow, has you twisting and turning. If you DO have to put it down to take the sweets out of the oven, you'll want to get right back to it.
The other book I must mention is one of my favorites from this year. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is the "Have you read this, oh, you MUST" book of the year. A bookseller at Washington, DC's Politics and Prose Bookstore must have read it and had the opportunity to suggest it to President Obama when he and his daughters were shopping there last week. The President bought it, and I hope he shares it with his wife and aughters. I won't tell you more, just that it is a wonderful, thoughtful book that many on your list would like to read. I will compare it very favorably with my all-time favorite novel by our friend and CapRadio Reads author Anthony Marra, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena.
Must get back to the kitchen, so Happy Book Lovers Rainy Day and thanks for reading.