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Subject: Ideas for Christmas-themed reading?
Date Posted: 11/8/2009 11:34 AM ET
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Can you recommend some good "Christmas-y" fiction to curl up with over the holidays? I'd prefer no mysteries or strictly romance, please.

Date Posted: 11/8/2009 2:49 PM ET
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My very favorite Christmas book is, Skipping Christmas
John Grisham .

It is laugh out loud funny and one of my few keeper books.

Date Posted: 11/8/2009 4:11 PM ET
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A Dog Named Christmas by Greg Kincaid is also a feel-good, happy Christmas themed book. It is simply fiction, nothing romantic or mysterious, just a great holiday read.

Date Posted: 11/8/2009 5:13 PM ET
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Debbie Macomber's Christmas books are always fun. They are about 3 angels named Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy who are always getting into all forms of hilarious trouble trying to help people they get "assigned" to them by heaven each year.

Richard Paul Evans has some good Christmas stories out as well.

Donna VanLiere has a 5 book series that starts with The Christmas Shoes (yes based on the song). Her books are rather sappy though so avoid them if you don't like that sort of thing.

Date Posted: 11/8/2009 8:16 PM ET
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I second Skipping Christmas..I was laughing out loud on that one.  I also enjoyed Finding Noel by Richard Paul Evans.  He also wrote one that was called The Gift.  I wouldn't say it was strictly Christmas but the book did take place around Christmas. 

Date Posted: 11/10/2009 7:59 PM ET
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A Redbird Christmas - Fannie Flagg  Not your typical Christmas story but reminds us that there is still a magical element in the world especially at Christmas.  Read it many years ago and still remember and recommend it when someone asks for a Christmas read.

Subject: Great suggestions!
Date Posted: 11/11/2009 2:09 PM ET
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Thanks for the input - more suggestions welcome... i'm a voracious reader!!!

Date Posted: 11/12/2009 7:36 PM ET
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I second the Grisham And Flagg books.  (Haven't read any of the others!)  These are some others I have enjoyed... neither mysteries, nor romance. 

The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck

"We weren't wealthy, we weren't poor -- we just were. We never wanted for anything, except maybe more time together..."

When Eddie was twelve years old, all he wanted for Christmas was a bike. Although his life had gotten harder -- and money tighter -- since his father died and the family bakery closed... Eddie dreamed that somehow his mother would find a way to have his dream bike gleaming beside their modest Christmas tree that magical morning. What he got from her instead was a sweater.

"A stupid handmade, ugly sweater" that young Eddie left in a crumpled ball in the corner of his room. Scarred deeply by the realization that kids don't always get what they want, and too young to understand that he already owns life's most valuable treasures, that Christmas morning was the beginning of Eddie's dark and painful journey on the road to manhood. It will take wrestling with himself, his faith, and his family -- and the guidance of a mysterious stranger named Russell -- to help Eddie find his path through the storm clouds of life and finally see the real significance of that simple gift his mother had crafted by hand with love in her heart.
Christmas Jars by Jason F. Wright

Keep some tissues on hand for this holiday story that is sure to be a Christmas classic!
Where had it come from? Whose money was it? Was I to spend it? Save it? Pass it on to the someone more needy? Above all else, why was I chosen? Certainly there were others, countless others more needy than I...Her reporter’s intuition insisted that a remarkable story was on the verge of the front page.

Rising newspaper reporter Hope Jensen uncovers the secret behind the "Christmas Jars" – glass jars filled with coins and bills anonymously given to people in need. But Hope discovers much more than she bargained for when some unexpected news sets off a chain reaction of kindness and brings above a Christmas Eve wish come true.

On Strike for Christmas by Sheila Roberts

At Christmastime, it seems as though a woman's work is never done. Trimming the tree, mailing the cards, schlepping to the mall, the endless wrappingbah humbug! So this year, Joy and Laura and the rest of their knitting group decide to go on strike. If their husbands and families want a nice holidayfilled with parties, decorations, and presentswell, they'll just have to do it themselves. The boycott soon takes on a life of its own when a reporter picks up the story and more women join in. But as Christmas Day approaches, Joy, Laura, and their husbands confront larger issues in their marriages and discover that a little holiday magic is exactly what they need to come together.

Sheila Roberts gives the best gift of all in this funny, heartwarming novel that touches the very core of Christmas spirit.

Date Posted: 11/12/2009 10:19 PM ET
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Even though it's pretty much a romance, I recommend
Date Posted: 11/19/2009 4:21 AM ET
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Miracle and Other Christmas Stories by Connie Willis--I just pulled it out for my seasonal re-reading.

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 11:59 PM ET
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If you like snark, go for David Sedaris's Holidays on Ice!

Date Posted: 12/2/2009 7:49 AM ET
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I just read Ferrol Sams' Christmas Gift!.  It's his recollections of his family Christmas traditions.  It's very short and describes his Georgia family Christmas traditions from the Depression era onward. 

Date Posted: 12/2/2009 12:46 PM ET
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I have one on my TBR pile for this month called Zanna's Gift by Scott Richards.  Looks interesting.

Date Posted: 12/3/2009 11:37 AM ET
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Christmas On Jane Street by Billy Romp.  It's nonfiction but reads like a story-short, but very sweet book.  I loved it. 

A Redbird Christmas-Fanny Flagg was great too!

And there's one out by Lorna Landvik.  Haven't read it, but it's on my PBS WL.  I like all her other books, so I know I'll like this one!

If you don't mind reading books for young readers (ages 10 on up or so), try The House Without A Christmas Tree by Gail Rock.  I still love that one and the pencil-type sketches for illustrations are just beautiful.

Date Posted: 12/3/2009 1:01 PM ET
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I really liked A Redbird Christmas but I also loved Christmas Train by David Baldacci.  I don't read his other books but listened to this and loved it.

Date Posted: 12/5/2009 7:22 AM ET
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I loved Christmas in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder.