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Friday, March 31, 2023

Off the Shelf – Challenges and choices


My mother recently lent me her copy of Mary Higgins Clark’s new novel, Daddy’s Gone A Hunting. I have not picked it up to read yet, since I was strictly instructed not to read the ending first.

Mary Higgins Clark, often referred to as the Queen of Suspense, has written over 40 mystery/suspense books, many which I have read. The problem is I always read the ending of the book first, even Ms. Clark’s books.

My mother highly recommended the book; quite delighted with “the twist” at the end. So do I continue my horrible habit of reading the ending first or follow my mother’s plea to start at the beginning and enjoy the suspense?

WaldoStarting July 1, the IndieBound Naperville community will be holding another Where’s Waldo? on Main Street USA contest. Of course, our house has loved Waldo for many years, dating back to when my son Charlie was given a copy of the Where’s Waldo? book when he was in second grade, 25 years ago. Waldo can be found in participating independent businesses around town.

Find Waldo, collect 16 store Waldo receipts, and drop them off at Anderson’s Bookshop by the end of month-long contest. Check out the www.indieboundnaperville.org website for more details. (Don’t forget to check out the Positively Naperville website for a Waldo siting, too:).

Looking for a summer night time book to read to your children? How about trying Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. You could follow it up with attending the new Jungle Book musical currently running at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.

I am thinking a campout in our backyard this summer would be a perfect night to read a couple of chapters of The Jungle Book to my grandson, Liam.

Hope you have a wonderful summer night of reading.

Mary Corrigan
Mary Corrigan
Mary Corrigan is a Naperville resident, wife, mother of five, and acknowledged bookaholic. Contact her at mary_corrigan@sbcglobal.net.