December 23, 2012

20062003200920life20of20piI couldn’t go an entire month suggesting gifts for Christmas and not suggest a book, a “real” book.  If nothing else my husband – an avid reader – would be very disappointed in me.  By “real” I mean a work of fiction or a non-fiction novel.  I’m not an avid reader, I’d prefer to get a cookbook, a picture or coffee table book or anything cashmere ( just for the record) but tobe completely honest there IS a book for EVERYONE on your list. No it’s not one magical book that will please 5 to 50, man or woman, that book does not exist… I don’t think it does anyway.  What I mean is there is a book to please any age, any interest, any level of capacity.  I like a good read, but I am quite far from an avid reader.  If the book requires a thesaurus alongside it, count me out, but a well told story with interesting characters and story line that draws you in can definitely hold my interest.  The trick:  Knowing the person on your list well enough to know what book they might enjoy.  Here’s the New York Times best sellers list: (hope it helps)

1 2 GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn. (Crown Publishing.) A woman disappears on the day of her fifth anniversary; is her husband a killer?
2 4 THE RACKETEER, by John Grisham. (Knopf Doubleday Publishing.) An imprisoned ex-lawyer schemes to exchange this information about who murdered a judge for his freedom.
3 TWO GRAVES, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. (Grand Central Publishing.) Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast pursues a serial killer as well as his abducted wife.
4 3 THE FORGOTTEN, by David Baldacci. (Grand Central Publishing.) The military investigator John Puller probes his aunt’s mysterious death in Florida.
5 10 FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, by E. L. James. (Knopf Doubleday Publishing.) A college student falls in love with a tortured man with particular sexual tastes; the first of a trilogy.
6 1 THREAT VECTOR, by Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney. (Penguin Group.) As China threatens to invade Taiwan, the covert intelligence expert Jack Ryan Jr. aids his father’s administration — but his agency is no longer secret.
7 8 MERRY CHRISTMAS, ALEX CROSS, by James Patterson. (Little, Brown & Company.) Detective Alex Cross confronts both a hostage situation and a terrorist act at Christmas.
8 7 NOTORIOUS NINETEEN, by Janet Evanovich. (Random House Publishing.) The New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum tracks a con man who disappeared from a hospital.
9 6 THE BLACK BOX, by Michael Connelly. (Little, Brown & Company.) The Los Angeles detective Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to the killing of a young female photographer during race riots in 1992.
10 11 LIFE OF PI, by Yann Martel. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers.) A teenage boy and a 450-pound tiger are thrown together in a lifeboat after a shipwreck; now a movie.

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