As each year draws to an end and the holidays get closer, new books with Christmas themes start to appear at Syosset Public Library. And every year I promise myself to read a few, but things become so hectic that, somehow, I’ve never gotten around to reading any. But this year is different! I’ve already managed to read some of the new titles and so have some of my colleagues. Here are a few that we liked:
Merry, Merry Ghost by Carolyn Hart ~ A heart-warming, cozy, “who-dun-it” mystery, featuring enjoyable characters, a lovable ghost, a deserted orphan and several possible murder suspects. Author Carolyn Hart had me quickly turning the next page to discover the identity of the true murderer. A great holiday read! ~ Jackie
A Rumpole Christmas by John Mortimer ~ Just the thing for fans of that wonderful curmudgeon, Horace Rumpole, London barrister. Although Sir John Mortimer, the author of the Rumpole mysteries passed away earlier this year, we have this book of Christmas themed stories that have never appeared in book form before. I laughed out loud many times while reading these delightful stories, so pour yourself a glass of “Chateau Thames Embankment”, settle yourself in an easy chair and enjoy! ~ Sonia
Wishin’ and Hopin’ : A Christmas Story by Wally Lamb ~ I really enjoyed this little gem of a book. Having read Wally Lamb’s other novels, this was a refreshing change from the serious tone and subject matter of his other books. Funny and full of 1960’s nostalgia. Having attended parochial school in my youth, this book bought back lots of memories. I would definitely recommend this book. ~ Lisa J.
A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck ~ This book marks the return of the redoubtable Mrs. Dowdel, from Mr. Peck’s earlier juvenile fiction titles: “A Year Down Yonder” (Newbery Medal winner) and “A Long Way From Chicago”. It’s over twenty years later and Mrs. D is still as irascible and independent as ever. A preacher and his young family have moved in next door and this book follows them as they get to know their older neighbor through some quite interesting developments that occur during their first year of residence, including Christmastime. This book is very entertaining and I recommend it to readers of all ages. ~ Sonia
The Gift by Cecelia Ahern ~ Lou is a selfish, power-hungry executive fighting to climb the corporate ladder while cheating on his wife and ignoring his family. And Gabe is a homeless young man sitting outside Gabe’s Dublin office day after day. In an uncharacteristic burst of generosity, Lou buys Gabe a cup of coffee and Lou’s life begins to change. Gabe magically is able to be two places at once and Lou realizes how useful this would be in his career and personal life. The more powerful gift Gabe (is it a coincidence that his name is similar to a certain powerful angel) brings, is an appreciation of the truly important things in life and a realization that time is precious. ~ Brenda
Plum Pudding Murder by Joanne Fluke ~ Readers looking to pick up some new cookie recipes for Christmas along with a cozy mystery, Minnesota style, need search no further. The characters in this book are so darn nice, and this, coupled with the fact that they all seem to be able to eat sweets all the time without gaining weight made me wish I could live in Lake Eden myself. ~ Sonia
The Perfect Christmas by Debbie Macomber ~ A cute, fun, spirited, light-hearted Christmas romance. An enjoyable read involving best-friends and the search for their perfect husbands with the assistance of Simon, the $30,000 match-maker. Likeable characters inspire a great Christmas read, with a warm-hearted, although too predictable plot ~ Jackie
If you would like to read any of these books, just one click of the mouse on the bookcover will bring you to its listing in Syosset library’s catalog, where you can place a hold on it. Enjoy!!
– posted by Sonia, along with Jackie, Lisa J.(all Readers’ Services) and Brenda (Reference Services)