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“Holiday Music”

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I checked in at the Booking Through Thursday blog, which is the host for a weekly book meme or blogging prompt. Here is this week’s prompt:

Do you have a reading equivalent of holiday music to get you in the mood for the holiday season? Any books you make a point of reading this time of year?

Many years ago when I vacationed in Asia during Christmas I stumbled upon The Christmas Train by David Baldacci. It was surprisingly good as I’m usually not a fan of supermarket dime novel. I have found myself returning to it to experience the holiday magic.

Synopsis: Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington D.C. to L.A. in time for Christmas. Forced to travel by train, he begins a journey of rude awakenings, thrilling adventures and holiday magic. He has no idea that the locomotives pulling him across America will actually take him into the rugged terrain of his own heart, as he rediscovers people’s essential goodness and someone very special he believed he had lost.

David Baldacci has created a little rolling world peopled with interesting and varied characters. Then everything comes to a screeching halt as they become trapped in this little world with apparently no way out. I really enjoyed this book, and particularly the subtexts and direction changes, red herrings and subterfuge with a dash or humor.

That said, the seasonal festivity hardly imposes change in my reading habit. I read on a whim and pick up whatever appeals to me at the moment. This holiday the list would most likely be populated by mysteries by Anne perry, P.D. James, Alan Glynn, Scott Turow, and James Runcie.

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