Currently Reading: The Christmas Wedding

James Patterson… yeah.

This is the second Christmas book I’m reading this season. The first was my cheater read of John Grisham’s Skipping Christmas, a wonderful read. But The Christmas Wedding is a bit more serious and family focussed.

Gaby is a 54yr year old mother of four adult children with families and lives of their own. Recently widowed, 3yrs now, she sends a video to her kids telling them she’s getting married on this coming Christmas so they better all show up at the family farm in Massachusetts. The gent’s identity is a secret until that day. They have no idea who it will be and the best part for the reader is… neither does he… Which one of three suitors will it be? Not even Gaby knows yet.

Come along on this family and fun journey and read with me James Patterson’s The Christmas Wedding.

What are you reading? Will you be reading only non-fiction this month? Why not have a go and share.


Non-fiction November wrap up and Christmas in December

Hello again all you wonderful readers out there. Today marks the end of Non-fiction November and the introduction of another yearly reading tradition for me, Christmas Books in December.

Yes, I cheated a bit after finishing Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown, but as depressing and difficult as that and Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick were to read just before Thanksgiving I think I can be forgiven for needing the pick me up that John Grisham provided with Skipping Christmas. The inspiration and basis for the Tim Allen movie Christmas with the Kranks, it’s a yearly read this time of year along with the movie.

I managed to read only four non-fiction books this month but they were all enjoyable and very historically informative. I read…

  • Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City
  • Krakatoa by Simon Winchester
  • Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick
  • And the aforementioned Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown

Now onto Christmas in December. Jolly good reading to all. What are you reading lately? Have you read any of the ones I just finished or am reading? Tell me in the comments below.


Currently Reading: Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee

I’ve just finished Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick about the journey and beginnings of the Plymouth colony and the events of the first 50yrs that set up Native and Westerner relations for the centuries that followed. Wow… Just wow.

I’m a reader and a buff of 19th century interactions between the two people groups, having read quite a few books in recent years on our subjugation and genocidal conquest of the Native Peoples of the Americas, but I had never delved into the actual history of our National Myths of the founding of our country. Again I say… Wow, just… Wow.

From the very beginning the English and Europeans stole, lied to, tortured and murdered their way to supremacy. Philbrick did a great job of telling the history from actual accounts and records on both sides. Whatever you may think of the Pilgrims and Puritans as you celebrate this Thanksgiving… Please read this book sometime in the next few months. It’s well written and researched and it’s depressing.

From here I’ll be turning my attention to the next book in Non-Fiction November reading. The 40yr old classic on the subject, Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown. This one brings us back to the 19th century dealing with testimonies from various Native American sources regarding their interactions with the American Government. Roughly dealing with the period between 1860 and 1890.

I’ve had this book on my shelf from a Bookmans purchase for about 2yrs, but having finished Mayflower I’m feeling inclined to read this one now as well. Hopefully to finish by Thanksgiving or at least the month’s end.

What are you reading? Will you be reading only non-fiction this month? Why not have a go and share.


Kia’s Friday Haiku Challenge: “Anticipation”

Welcome back to Kia’s Friday Haiku Challenge. The rules are simple:

  • Either choose or take a picture related to the theme or word of the week, or feel free to use the Picture provided on my post
  • Create a HaiKu accordingly, three lines of poetry 5, 7, then 5 syllables in length.
  • Post to your blog, link to mine, and post the link to yours here in the comments below. You’ll have all weekend and up until the following Friday to enter.
  • With the next Friday’s post I’ll be doing a Round-up of participants with their links for readers to follow back to yours to enjoy and perhaps add to the fun with their own.

What fun we’ll have. Why not join in? Here is mine for this week… The word for this week is Anticipation.

Never give up

What you would expect

Isn’t always what you get.

But it’s great to Hope.


Whether it’s a hoped for outcome or a long awaited meeting, or just the next holiday on the calandar, expectations and anticipation sometimes surprise us.

Sometimes is not getting we make out better. And sometimes in the receiving we get what we never expected… Better than our dreams.

Leave room for Hope in your Anticipation. And never give up.

Well, there is my try for today. Why not give it a try? Do your own post and drop a link or just comment below. Let’s do this!!


Saturday Six Word Story Prompt (6WSP): “Beauty”

Hi there all you blogger buddies and readers. This will hopefully be a weekly participation post for Saturday Six Word Story Prompt.

You can read the rules and guidelines HERE.

I’m participating in this week’s prompt of Beauty. Why not join in? Here we go with my entry:

“Everyone wants to think they’re Beautiful.”


“Beholder’s eyes don’t always see straight.”

Thank God for honest mommas.

Why not join in with your own entry in the comments, on your blog with a link down below or just on the original blog that startd this Hot Mess. Down below, you know what to do.


Currently Reading: Mayflower

Good morning all you readers out there in WordPress land. I recently finished, Krakatoa by Simon Winchester. Just today actually. It was my fourth book by him that I’ve read.

  • Krakatoa,
  • Korea,
  • The Men who United the States and
  • The Map that Changed the World.

I now turn my attention to Nathaniel Philbrick and his 2006 book Mayflower. My wife read this one a couple of years ago and recommended it as my next Non-fiction November book read. I’ve read and still have on my shelf a book by him titled The Last Stand about Crazy Horse, Custer and the 19th Century American West. I really enjoyed that book and his writing style.

I’m looking forward to reading about the journey and founding of the colonies here in the US. She’s warned me that the last part of the book is most depressing from a historical point of view. Really, what we Europeans did to the Native Peoples who were already here and thriving should be studied and restudied every year around Thanksgiving and Columbus Day. It’s why I have a small collection of books on the impact of European invasion and colonization on the Americas.

So here goes… Currently Reading… Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick. What are you reading? Will you be reading only non-fiction this month? Why not have a go and share.


It goes on…

In three words, I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on. In all the confusions of today, with all our troubles . . . with politicians and people slinging the word fear around, all of us become discouraged . . . tempted to say this is the end, the finish. But life — it goes on. It always has. It always will. Don’t forget that.”

-Robert Frost

Sunday Reading at Barnes and Noble

Im so excited!!! The newest installment of the Irish Country Village series by Patrick Taylor is out, An Irish Country Family. I have most of the rest of the series at home. Looking forward to digging into this one later next year.

Also picked up Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari. I may try to fit this one into my Non-Fiction November reading after I finish Krakatoa. I’m just past the 200pg point on that 400+ page book by Simon Winchester. Should be done by the end of this weekend.

Or I may just pick something I already have on the shelf. But for now, Sunday afternoon, I’m digging into both as I sip iced green tea.

Happy reading. -mike