Writer’s Block: Need A Get Away? Read A Book

writers-block-200x200by Corinne Wnek

Ah, December. Crisp air and starry nights usher in the month where everything shines a little brighter than usual. And if the Farmer’s Almanac is right, there will be lots of snow this year. I always hope it’s on Christmas Eve because that would be magical. Either that, or it’s time I turn off the Hallmark channel where every happy ending occurs on December 24th with falling snow.

And that might not be a bad idea after all. There are other things to do on these gray days of winter besides watch TV, like read some really good books. So, without further delay, I would like to recommend to you three of my 2013 favorite books, just in case you still need ideas for Christmas presents.

For those who like suspense, mystery and the supernatural, need I say more than Stephen King’s “Joyland”? This is the story of a young man who gets more than he bargained for when he leaves New England during the summer of 1973 to take a job at a carnival in rural North Carolina. If you like “The Shining” or TV’s “Cold Case”, you’ll be held captive when supernatural entities interfere with a homicide.

If mystery is not your thing, try an autobiography, like “I Am Malala”. This is the true story of the thirteen year old girl from Pakistan who was shot in the head by the Taliban as she rode the bus home from school. Her crime? She spoke openly of the need for educating young women in her country. Although she has recovered, she is still on the terrorist’s hit list.

For the history buff, try Bill O’Reilly’s “Killing Jesus”. Don’t let the names scare you. This book has less to do with religion than it does with the historical events leading up to the crucifixion. O’Reilly connects history to human nature and presents a spellbinding account of biblical titans.

So put down that remote control and deck your halls with books so jolly, just in case you don’t have boughs of holly.

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