What we're reading in December 2006
Ever wonder what the folks who work at a mystery bookstore like to read? Well, here's your answer. Each month we ask everyone here to pick a book, current or older, that they truly enjoyed and are enthusiastic about. Of course, if you visited the store, we'd tell you directly what we like but for those of you who can't come see us, this is the next best thing. Our special thanks to Judi for pulling this feature together and to all the staff who contributed their picks.
Presented here are the picks for this month, an archive of earlier months is available from the menu at the left.
What Judi likes for the holidays
Start a new family tradition with 24 stories to read through the month of December with fantastic illustrations by Austrian illustrator Silke Leffler.
What Mary Katherine Reschini likes for the holidays
A wonderful book to read with a child. It's like a puzzle book but with enough words that it helps early readers. Each page has a list of items to find within the myriad of objects. If you've never seen one of these books, you need to check them out - and if you like the I Spy books, you'll love these too. We used to play a game and take turns finding all the items. As the kids got older, they'd make it a race. Also great for kids who claim they don't like books - they have to read the words to solve the puzzles.
What Mary Alice is cooking up
One of the popular Holiday treats at Mystery Lovers is the Molten Chocolate Cake Mix that was the talk of the gourmet food shows and netted many prizes Here’s a treat for lovers of chocolate and caffeine. A shot of Kona coffee is melded into a Molten Chocolate Cake mix that just takes eggs, butter, 8 ramekins, a heavy cookie sheet and 9 to 11 minute baking time. When ready, this luscious cake just oozes chocolaty goodness. Easy, swift and elegant for any special chocolate lover on your list. The Gourmet Retailers magazine’s #1 Editor’s Choice and as rich a dessert as any fine restaurant. Call today for a chocolate lovers’ basket with treats like this, books and puzzles. 888-800-6078
What Kathy S. is working on
If you're only going to buy one puzzle book this year, this is the book. For newbies or experts, this book has a great sampling of the various Sudoku formats at different levels of difficulty. Then pit yourself against the champs with the actual puzzles used in the first ever international competition. And remember - these are not 'math' puzzles - these are primarily logic puzzles that use numbers. I love Sudoku because, if you do them right, there is no guesswork. Mastery through brain power - if only we could solve everything that way!
What Kathy is reading
"Don't endure one more boring day in the office!" Looking for something to delight and amuse the cubicle-dweller in your life? This collection of activities and projects ranging from Eraser-henge and a Hole-punch Snow Globe to Workplace Reenactments and Synchronized Chair Spinning will keep the office crowd entertained through numerous downsizings and endless meetings.
What else Kathy is reading
I am really going against my usual holiday choices with this one.
I am not ordinarily a devotee of 'gag' books, but I will make an exception for this two-book set, which honestly had me laughing until I cried. Sick, sick, sick humor - but engagingly funny (and it IS just cartoons, after all). And the added bonus with this boxed set is that you can separate them and make it gifts for TWO people on your list!
What Richard is reading
From geology to canoes John McPhee has enthralled with his essays on almost any subject under the sun. Uncommon Carriers is no exception as McPhee takes us on an 18 wheeler going cross country, into the UPS sorting facility, on a tow boat on the river and even to a training school for sea captains in the middle of the Alps. What a trip!
What Margo is playing
Adults have as much fun bluffing their way through this game as kids (8 and up). Add a little deductive reasoning and strategizing and you have a terrific game for all ages. Two to six players visit safe houses and foreign embassies, check out disguises and elude shady characters in the Mega-award winning Spy Alley, which The Washington Post calls "the Perfect Gift" and Mensa calls Best Mind Game. A fun family game for the long winter months!