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Subject: Virtual Romance Book Club - December book
Date Posted: 11/3/2009 11:18 AM ET
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Hi Ladies,

Sorry for the delay, big project here at work.  Things have finally settle down here so, its time to choose the December book.  In past posts we have talked about doing a contemporary holiday book for December so any suggestions would be appreciated. 

Lets get all suggestions by November 7th and then we can choose the book after that.

Thanks

Jen

Date Posted: 11/3/2009 12:26 PM ET
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Hmm, this is harder than I thought. I just took a glance through my TBR and RL and pretty much all of the contemporary holiday romances on there are anthologies. I tried doing a keyword search with Christmas and got a TON of categories, which I got tired of sorting through, lol. So I got nothin', sorry!

Date Posted: 11/3/2009 12:32 PM ET
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I was worried everything was going to come up an Anthology.  What are the pros and cons of reading one of them?  Could we do make it work?

Date Posted: 11/3/2009 12:55 PM ET
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I enjoy a good anthology....my only concern would be that many of them contain stories that fit into a series. That's probably not the case with all of them, I'm sure. Personally, I wouldn't have a problem with an anthology. It might be neat to compare the different stories/writing styles. And I find they're a good way to get a taste of an author you might have an interest in. :-) Just my opinion, though, and I'm open to anything you gals might come up with.

Date Posted: 11/3/2009 1:02 PM ET
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I like your point in being able to compare several authors at once.  I do agree that some of them are part of series though so we should avoid that.  I will see if I can do some research over the next couple of days to find some with stand alone stories.....

Date Posted: 11/4/2009 8:37 AM ET
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QUICK! Someone is offering Behind Closed Doors (January's book) in the "Is This on Your Wishlist?" thread. If you need it, go grab it up! :-D

Date Posted: 11/4/2009 9:07 AM ET
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My experience with romance anthologies is that the Paranormal anothologies are the worst when it comes to including stories that are part of a series.  Heck, that applies to all paranormal books in general.  They are all in a series!   Contemporary romance or historical romance anthologies may contain a story that is part of a series, but they don't usually contain as many (if any) spoilers.  Since we're trying to stay away from historical romance for December, I guess that leaves contemporary romance.

I don't really have any books to recommend - stand-alones or anthologies - so I'll wait to see what everybody else comes up with.   I've read a few contemporary romance holiday anthologies, but none were great enough that I'd recommend them for the group read.

There is only one holiday romance that I hope does not get recommended - Holly by Jude Deveraux.   In general, I'm a fan of the author, but this book really disappointed me.  It was one of my very rare DNF's.

Date Posted: 11/4/2009 9:43 AM ET
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Lynne,

That is a bummer Holly isn't good.  Its on my TBR pile.  It is part of a series though so I wouldn't have suggested it.

What about Nora Roberts - Home for Christmas and All I Want for Christmas which were just re-printed this month into one book: All I want for christmas.  I guess they are like 20 years old, but might fit the bill.  They are old Silhouettes.

Date Posted: 11/4/2009 2:38 PM ET
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Jennifer,  You may like Holly.  Personally, it contained something that totally turned me off.    If you read the reviews on Amazon (not the reviews on PBS - those tell you nothing about the book really), then you'll get a good idea of what turned me and many other readers off of the book.  I have absolutely nothing against sex in a romance, but I really didn't like the way it was done in Holly.

Date Posted: 11/4/2009 2:48 PM ET
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Thanks for the heads up.  I will have to look into that, see what's what.  I just got the book because of the author.  I love her writing. 

Date Posted: 11/5/2009 10:46 PM ET
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I can't think of any Christmas contemporaries off hand.  But if I can easily get the one that's finally picked then I'll try it.

But then I still haven't finished Pale Moon Rider and that book was my idea.  I've just been bogged down with game books. I'm also doing the Out With The Old Challenge and while that book is worth 500 pts-it's longer and I keep putting it down to read little older skinny romances and cozies. 

Date Posted: 11/6/2009 2:43 AM ET
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The only contemporary non-anthology non-harlequin type holiday book I can think of is Must Love Mistletoe by Christie Ridgway. I read it awhile back and it's ok.  If I think of anything else I'll be back.

Date Posted: 11/6/2009 10:33 AM ET
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I've got the Ridgway one on my reminder list... guess I think it looks good too... :) 

Date Posted: 11/10/2009 7:59 PM ET
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Ok, so here are our choices:

Nora Roberts - Home for Christmas and All I Want for Christmas

Must Love Mistletoe by Christie Ridgway.

Or should we skip December and pick up again in January?  

Let me know what you think.  :)

Date Posted: 11/10/2009 11:47 PM ET
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I just saw a review for this book and it looks pretty good:  Holly and Mistletoe by Susan Mallery.     It was published in 2005, so there may be some of who who have already read it, but I thought I would throw it out as an idea.

Otherwise, I'm fine with whatever the group comes up with - or with skipping December.



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Date Posted: 11/11/2009 8:14 AM ET
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 I must have missed something.  Did we decide to do November of the Heart for this month?  And if yes, when is the discussion?

Date Posted: 11/11/2009 10:01 AM ET
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Monica, I think it was pretty much decided in this thread: Virtual Romance Book Club - November Book

Toward the bottom of the first page, Jen posted a schedule for the next few books/discussions.

Date Posted: 11/11/2009 10:23 AM ET
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November of the Heart discussion starts on the 15th of this month.  :)

So our choices now are:

Nora Roberts - Home for Christmas and All I Want for Christmas

Must Love Mistletoe by Christie Ridgway.

Holly and Mistletoe by Susan Mallery

Date Posted: 11/11/2009 4:10 PM ET
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I haven't read this but my library has HOme For Christmas by Heather Graham. Can't tell from the library sight if it's contemporary or historical. 

I'm voting for Holly and Mistletoe because I like Susan Mallery and my library has that book. Shockingly it doesn't have the Nora Roberts book.  I read the Must Love MIstletoe book a couple of years ago.  So I will probably pass if that one is chosen.  I don't really remember it much and I'm not much of a rereader. 

Date Posted: 11/11/2009 4:21 PM ET
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I will put in a vote for Must Love Mistletoe since I have that book in my TBR pile.

Date Posted: 11/11/2009 9:52 PM ET
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Not that you need another title to consider but Debbie Macomber seems to a Christmas title every year ---- I read one "When Christmas comes" that I really enjoyed - understated but a feel good book - just throwing it out there if you are looking for a nice story, even if its not the one picked for the virtual book club.

Date Posted: 11/12/2009 3:42 AM ET
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Trish, I like that idea.  Debbie Macomber is an Author that I have on my TBR that I haven't read anything by her yet.  My vote is for this book.

Date Posted: 11/14/2009 10:00 AM ET
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OK, so it looks like we have a couple of votes for the Debbie Macomber book and the Ridgeway book.  Since several people have already read the Ridgeway book, let's go with When Christmas Comes by Debbie Macomber.

Date Posted: 12/2/2009 2:04 PM ET
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Just a reminder - I will be posting questions for When Christmas Comes on December 15th.  I just finished the book last night.  Its a nice short, fast read - and most of you read much faster than me.

I hope you enjoy it, I know I did.

Date Posted: 12/2/2009 3:42 PM ET
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I'd like to join in the next one - are there any hard and fast rules for book club??  And the next book is Behind Closed Doors for January?

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