Text and Photo by Nora Vasconcelos
The Holiday seasason usually give us the chance to take a break and relax, to think about what’s happened during the year, treasure even more the closeness of our loved ones and get a new set of dreams for the year to come.
For this cheerful time when our souls are all full of joy, there are a couple of books I like, Mrs. Miracle and Call me Mrs. Miracle, by Debbie Macomber. In both of them, love and hope are the key elements of these charming stories.
However, every now and then, the moods are not quite in sync with the Christmas joyful spirit, and for this times, there are also some good reading options such as A Rumpole Christmas, by John Mortimer (1923 – 2009), who created a ‘grinchy’ character, Horace Rumpole, who experiences all kind of situations during the Holiday Season.
If mystery is required to light up the spirit, the collection of short stories Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop is the option. The book, edited by Otto Penlzer, owner of the Mysterious bookshop (placed in New York) presents a group of special stories written by mystery authors such as Mary Higgins Clark and Thomas H. Cook, who have placed their characters in all sort of Christmas scenes.
Finaly, Skipping Christmas, by John Grisham, is a good way to release all that frustration that might come due to the crows at the shopping centers and supermarkets during this season and all the preasure that sometimes appears from friends and no friends to organize outstanding parties and to set out-of-the-world decorations.
So, whichever is the kind of book that you feel like reading, I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2013!