Just a "warning" --- there will be a wide variety of books posted here!
First in is Redding Walters romance, Even Seahorses are Free.
Next is a military history of a valiant, but doomed, expedition, Pleshakov's The Tsar's Last Armada, about the epic voyage to the fateful battle of Tsushima in 1905.
And, finally, there's my own book of poetry and short stories, Scenes, which I have had the honor to share this holiday.
Me as a critic (be careful! the harshness will be well concealed!)