Book Recommendation: Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

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Last week I did a book vs movie post with Skipping Christmas/Christmas with the Kranks. I’d totally forgotten about this one, but I definitely recommend reading Skipping Christmas, especially if you liked the movie Christmas with the Kranks.

If you’re looking for a fun Christmas read, Skipping Christmas might be a great book to check out.

 

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Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded shops, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That’s just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they’ll skip the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on the street without a rooftop Frosty the snowman; they won’t be hosting their annual Christmas Eve bash; they aren’t even going to have a tree. They won’t need one, because come December 25 they’re setting sail on a Caribbean cruise. But, as this weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences – and isn’t half as easy as they’d imagined.
 

 

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Book Recommendation: The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

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This week’s book recommendation is a classic short story that shows the true meaning of selflessness, which makes it a great read for Christmas.

 

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One dollar and eight-seven cents is all the money Della has in the world to buy her beloved husband a Christmas present. She has nothing to sell except her only treasure — her long, beautiful brown hair. Set in New York at the turn of the twentieth century, this classic piece of American literature tells the story of a young couple and the sacrifices each must make to buy the other a gift. Beautiful, delicate watercolors by award-winning illustrator Lisbeth Zwerger add new poignancy and charm to this simple tale about the rewards of unselfish love.
 

 

 

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Book Recommendation: How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Suess

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Since Christmas is coming up, I thought I would try and recommend some books that have a Christmas or winter theme. I’ve recommended some great ones in the past–The Wolves of Mercy Falls, Wintergirls, and Between Shades of Gray.

 

Today’s recommendation is geared more toward kids, but I think most people can still enjoy it. I recommend if you somehow have not read Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, to do so this Christmas! If you have kids, read it out loud or have them take turns reading it out loud with you if they can read. I also recommend the movies, especially the animated version–a classic!

 

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“Every Who down in Who-ville liked Christmas a lot . . . but the Grinch, who lived just north of Who-ville, did NOT!” Not since “’Twas the night before Christmas” has the beginning of a Christmas tale been so instantly recognizable. No holiday season is complete without the Grinch, Max, Cindy-Lou, and all the residents of Who-ville, in this heartwarming story about the effects of the Christmas spirit on even the smallest and coldest of hearts. Like mistletoe, candy canes, and caroling, the Grinch is a mainstay of the holidays, and his story is the perfect gift for young and old. 

 

 

 

 

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Book Recommendation: Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

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Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin is one of the best horror books I’ve read this month. I saw the movie before I realized it was a book, and while the two are pretty close, it’s still a pretty good book. Recommended especially if you like witches or twisted stories.

 

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Rosemary Woodhouse and her struggling actor-husband Guy move into the Bramford, an old New York City apartment building with an onimous reputation and only elderly residents. Neighbours Roman and Minnie Castavet soon come nosing around to welcome them and, despite Rosemary’s reservations about their eccentricity and the weird noises she keeps hearing, her husband starts spending time with them. Shortly after Guy lands a plum Broadway role, Rosemary becomes pregnant and the Castavets start taking a special interest in her welfare.

As the sickened Rosemary becomes increasingly isolated, she begins to suspect that the Castavet’s circle is not what it seems.

 

 

 

 

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Book Recommendation: The Haunted Mask II by R.L. Stine

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A few weeks ago, I recommended Goosebumps: The Haunted Mask. I also recommend the second book, The Haunted Mask II.  In a way, I kind of enjoyed it more than the original. If you liked the first, you’ll probably enjoy this one, too.

 

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Just call him prune face!
Steve Boswell will never forget Carly Beth’s Halloween mask. It was so gross. So terrifying.
But this year Steve wants to have the scariest costume on the block. So he gets a mask from the same store where Carly Beth got hers. It looks like a creepy old man. With stringy hair. A wrinkled face. And spiders crawling out of the ears!
Steve’s definitely got the scariest mask around. Too bad he’s starting to feel so old. And so tired. And so evil . . . .

 

 

 

 

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Book Recommendation: Pet Sematary by Stephen King

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Pet Sematary is a nightmare for all those who love and own animals. A great read that also has a pretty good film adaptation to go with it. A story you will never forget.

 

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Sometimes dead is better….When the Creeds move into a beautiful old house in rural Maine, it all seems too good to be true: physician father, beautiful wife, charming little daughter, adorable infant son — and now an idyllic home. As a family, they’ve got it all…right down to the friendly cat.But the nearby woods hide a blood-chilling truth — more terrifying than death itself…and hideously more powerful.

 

 

 

 

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Book Recommendation: The Haunted Mask by R.L. Stine

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While Goosebumps: The Haunted Mask is geared more toward middle grade readers, it’s one of those childhood books that I can enjoy even as an adult. While these books never scared me, I have always loved them. If you have kids in your life who like spooky stories, they might enjoy this one. And if you’ve never read it, maybe you’ll like it, too, no matter what your age.

 

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A young girl purchases the most frighteningly lifelike Halloween mask and then, to her horror, discovers that she is unable to remove it from her face.

 

 

 

 

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