Thursday, November 25, 2010

Things to be Thankful for: Reading Lists

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here at the SinC Blog, we’re thankful for the many contributors who keep this blog rolling along. We wouldn’t have anything to read at this site without your contributions, your ideas and your kind assistance. (And please keep in mind that new contributions are always welcome.)

We’re especially grateful to our blog readers. You’re the reason that everyone works so hard to create what we hope is content compelling enough to interrupt your crime fiction reading and writing. We enjoy your comments – and we love our lurkers!

Thank you, to every one of our BlogSisters in Crime!

In honor of the holiday, we’re publishing a list of lists (!) of reading material related to Thanksgiving.

A big thank you to author B.V. Lawson for sharing her wonderful list of lists, which is included in this blog entry, and to author and SinC past president Marcia Talley, who introduced me by email to crime fiction reviewer and promoter Lizzie Hayes of the United Kingdom, who also shared her wonderful list collection. The lists contain some overlap, but all are wonderful creations.

And now… The List of Thanksgiving Reading Lists

B.V. Lawson created a Thanksgiving mystery list, which appeared in 2007 on her blog, In Reference to Murder. This week, her “Mystery Melange for Turkey Week” blog entry points to some culinary-related mysteries, both on the page and in the kitchen.

Janet Rudolph, founder of Mystery Readers Journal, published a list of Thanksgiving mysteries at her Mystery Fanfare blog earlier in the week.

The Lucius Beebe Memorial Library in Wakefield, Mass. provides an online list of Thanksgiving fiction, including mysteries.

The Morton Grove (Illinois) Public Library offers a list of fiction (including mysteries) with a Thankgsiving setting compiled by the subscribers of the Fiction_L mailing list. includes a Thanksgiving Mystery Book List focused on, as you might expect, cozy mysteries. features age-appropriate and genre-specific Thanksgiving reading suggestions in categories including infant to preschool, ages 4-8, ages 9-12, youngster/young adult, general fiction, romance, mystery and nonfiction.

After checking out these lists, I pulled two Thanksgiving-related books from my shelves for a second look: Southern Fried by Cathy Pickens and Still Life by Louise Penny. I’m also spending time this weekend with Secrets of the Cat: Its Lore, Legend and Lives, which was revised and updated by its author, Barbara Holland, a woman of uncommon wit and literary accomplishment, shortly before her death in early September.

Tell us: What’s on your reading list this weekend, once the holiday mayhem has died down?

Written by Kathie Felix, with information provided by B.V. Lawson and Lizzie Hayes.

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