A Few Disclaimers: Don't expect anything deep here as I have come to the realization that I read mostly "light" works (often from the children's book section). This doesn't mean that I like trashy, poorly written novels - I require well written literature with good plots. However, life has enough depth and seriousness, so reading is a bit of an escape for me - if I want reality I'll just live life, thanks. And before you jump to the conclusion (which is another book soon to be reviewed) that I'm simple - hmmm - I do read some deeper books (books by John C. Maxwell, C.S. Lewis, Phillip Yancey, etc), but that's probably not what I'm going to recommend most of the time.
So with that said, I present this weeks Wednesday Book Recommendation...
This weeks book is "The Westing Game" by Ellen Raskin. This was a birthday gift from my oldest sister when I turned 13. I turned my nose up at it - offended that she would give me a "childrens book" when I was practically an "adult". Ah, the folly of youth. Fortunately for me, she talked me into reading it and I have continued to read it at least once a year (if not twice) since then. I can say that this book can truly be dubbed a favorite! It helps that I have a horrible memory for books - makes re-reading books over and over again very enjoyable (unlike Peter, who can read a book once and 15 years later tell you details from the plot).
From the back cover
"One fateful day, sixteen people gather for the reading of the very strange will of the very rich Samuel W. Westing. To their surprise, the will turns out to be a contest, challenging the heirs to find out who among them is Westing's murderer - and the winner may become a millionaire! Forging ahead, through blizzards, burglaries, and the attacks of a mad bomber, the race is on. Only two people hold all the clues. One of them is a Westing heir. The other one is you!"
The writing is excellent, the plot is engaging, the characters are memorable, and the ending is priceless. Unfortunately this book is no longer in print, but the link I have above (by clicking on the book title) will take you to Amazon where you can purchase a used copy. Also check Abebooks and your local library - it's worth the time (at least in my humble opinion). Read it to your kids, your classroom, or just for your own amusement. I have two other books by Ellen Raskin, both of which I enjoyed, though not as much as "The Westing Game".
So...what book would YOU recommend? Leave me a comment and tell me about a book that I'm missing out if I haven't read it.
Until next Wednesday...Happy Reading!