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LucyintheOC
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Holiday Reading

I was wondering if any of you have suggestions about holiday reading. The in-person B&N book group that I belong to likes to read something light, uplifting and holiday-ish for December. Last year we read A Christmas Carol and the year before we read The Christmas Train. If anyone has some suggestions for our book group, I would definitely welcome them.

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dulcinea3
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Re: Holiday Reading

A few years ago, when they had B&N University, I took a class on Christmas literature that was a lot of fun.  Of course, we did A Christmas Carol.  Some other short works you might be interested in are A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas, and there is a book available that includes three Truman Capote short stories about his childhood memories, one about Thanksgiving and two about Christmas (A Christmas Memory, One Christmas, and the Thanksgiving Visitor).  We also read various works in The Little Big Book of Christmas, which is a delightful book with poems, stories, carols, recipes, etc., and lots of vintage illustrations.  There are a whole series of these "Little Big Books"; I have purchased several more of them since then (Ireland, Cats, Chills & Thrills), and I really love them.
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Re: Holiday Reading

What about Holiday In Your Heart?. It's the book that LeAnn Rimes helped write after she first came on the scene. There was also a TV movie that she starred in by the same title.

I've never read the book myself, but that title just came to mind.

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Re: Holiday Reading

HI Lucy, I'm in the same boat that yo are. I have to pick the holiday book for our club. I can't think of anything Christmasy but I was thinking of a substantial children's book. Currently I'm thinking of The Tales of Desperaux or another one by the same author. But then again I may just  change my mind and choose something else.

 

Wait! I think John Grisham wrote a holiday book and wasn't there one a few years ago called The Christmas Box or something like that? Or, for a very different feel maybe The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore?

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Re: Holiday Reading


pjpick wrote:

HI Lucy, I'm in the same boat that yo are. I have to pick the holiday book for our club. I can't think of anything Christmasy but I was thinking of a substantial children's book. Currently I'm thinking of The Tales of Desperaux or another one by the same author. But then again I may just  change my mind and choose something else.

 

Wait! I think John Grisham wrote a holiday book and wasn't there one a few years ago called The Christmas Box or something like that? Or, for a very different feel maybe The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore?


I love holiday books! I read as many as I can in the winter time but I'll read them at any time of the year. The Stupidest Christmas Angel is a riot. So is Janet Evanovich's Visions of Sugarplums. John Grisham's funny book is Skipping Christmas from several years ago. It was also made into a movie with Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis. Debbie Macomber has some cute books that are about three angels and each book is a different story and a different adventure. They tend to get themselves in trouble if I recall correctly. Richard Paul Evans has some good ones that pull at your heartstrings, Finding Noel and The Gift. Dave Barry wrote The Shepherd, The Angel and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog a few years ago and I thought it was such a sweet story about a childhood Christmas. The title alone got my attention. Sorry for getting carried away here. I told you that I loved these kinds of books! :smileyhappy:

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Re: Holiday Reading

Our book club truly appreciated the stories by Truman Capote that Dulcinea cites, although we may have done them for November rather than December.

 

Just a short story, but a favorite of mine is "The Other Wise Man" by O'Henry.  Another possibility is one of the many studies of Mary that are available.   December is also a good time for everyone to share their favorite lines from the books that have been read throughout the year, perhaps having the group guess their source.  If the group sings, a book of carols could be fun, especially if it included some background stories.  Winter solstice and other holidays of that time of the year are also possibilities.


dulcinea3 wrote:
A few years ago, when they had B&N University, I took a class on Christmas literature that was a lot of fun.  Of course, we did A Christmas Carol.  Some other short works you might be interested in are A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas, and there is a book available that includes three Truman Capote short stories about his childhood memories, one about Thanksgiving and two about Christmas (A Christmas Memory, One Christmas, and the Thanksgiving Visitor).  We also read various works in The Little Big Book of Christmas, which is a delightful book with poems, stories, carols, recipes, etc., and lots of vintage illustrations.  There are a whole series of these "Little Big Books"; I have purchased several more of them since then (Ireland, Cats, Chills & Thrills), and I really love them.
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Re: Holiday Reading

Dulcinea,

 

You were in the Christmas Classics class?  I was the instructor.  That was a wonderful time- I truly enjoyed that.  We certainly had fun discussing Ebenezer, didn't we? 

 

 

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Re: Holiday Reading

does anyone know of any book clubs in the fairview heights, IL area?
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Brad_W
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Re: Holiday Reading

I highly suggest Autobiography of Santa Claus  by Jeff Guinn.  This is an amazing holiday book that not only is fun, but gives great historical background into many of the traditions of the season..  Very difficult to put down too.

 

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profilerSR
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Re: Holiday Reading

I checked out The Autobio of Santa Claus and it looks great! I'm getting it!

 

I have enjoyed the sci-fi Christmas short story collection by Connie Willis called Miracle and other stories.  She also has a novella called All Seated On the Ground which just came out last Christmas. I don't see many Christmas stories in the sci-fi genre and have found these to be really unique.

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LindaEducation
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Re: Holiday Reading

There is another one by Jeff Guinn that looked good, called "How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas".  I ordered it and am looking forward to reading it.

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