—-George R.R. Martin
The new year is quickly upon us, and it is up to us to use the time wisely. We can chose to bemoan the fate of our planet, criticize the politicians who are seemingly oblivious to human suffering and longingly reflect on the “good old days,” or we can accept that there have been obstacles to overcome throughout history, and lessons that we took from those obstacles. We can make our surrounding space as stress free and accepting as possible, and we can go out into the world strongly supporting our causes.
I have noticed that newspapers are now interspersing feel good human interest stories throughout their pages. We are being shown daily that for every bigot there are a thousand humanitarians, and for every bully there are hundreds of kind souls offering their friendship. We must take heart in the fact that there is a reason that Americans have been known for their generosity through the years. As a whole, we are quick to lend a hand, and I believe that the majority of us will never change.
One way to use time wisely is to spend it with a good book. For as long as I can remember books have comforted me. They have kept me company when everyone else has been too busy to spend time with me. They have soothed my anxieties by giving me something else to think about when life gets difficult. They have sat with me in doctors’ waiting rooms, on long plane flights and in foreign hotel rooms. Yes, I have surely lived, loved and traveled on the written word.
I am excited to say that the coming year offers us some great reading choices. Most of my favorite authors are coming out with books in 2019. I reviewed Joseph Finder’s Judgment earlier this month and really enjoyed it. The Warriors by Paul Batista was published last week. I am in the midst of reading it, and WOW! Batista really knows how to feature strong women.
John Lescroart is coming out with his next Dismas Hardy book in January, and James Grippando brings us Jack Swyteck in February. Rick Mofina’s February title, Missing Daughter sounds promising, and I read and really enjoyed Phillip Margolin’s March offering, The Perfect Alibi.
March 12 is a fictional bonanza with James Patterson’s The First Lady, J.D. Trafford’s Without Precedent and David Rosenfelt’s Black and Blue all hitting the bookstores that day. March also brings us Harlan Coben’s Run Away and April offers up The Final Reckoning by Robert Bailey.
I just finished reading an advanced reader’s copy of A Matter of Will. This June title by Adam Mitzner was truly impossible for me to put down. I can’t wait to print my review of it in a few months.
I finished the year by reading and reviewing Look for Me by Lisa Gardner. It was a heart wrenching book, but it was definitely a well written page turner.
So the coming year looks promising in many literary ways, and we here at Madderly Review wish all of you a very happy and healthy year of reading.
As always, a complete review of this book follows my blog.