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Old 12-06-2012, 08:03 AM   #1
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A good Christmas Book

I want a really good Christmas book (or two) to read. I don't want a fluffy romance. I want a good book that just happens to have something to do with Christmas. I've started a few of the romances but just can't get into them. A friend suggested "A Tree Grows in Brookly" but based on its description I'm not sure how Christmasy it is. Any suggestions?
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:11 AM   #2
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I want a really good Christmas book (or two) to read. I don't want a fluffy romance. I want a good book that just happens to have something to do with Christmas. I've started a few of the romances but just can't get into them. A friend suggested "A Tree Grows in Brookly" but based on its description I'm not sure how Christmasy it is. Any suggestions?
If you enjoy mysteries, Anne Perry has written a series of Christmas novels. They're not bloody, gory stories but well-written interesting stories with richly-developed characters. They're set in Victorian England if that makes a difference. I think she's published about eight or nine of them; I get the newest one each year to open on Christmas eve.

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Old 12-06-2012, 09:37 AM   #3
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I have a Christmas book basket -- we only put Christmas books in it, and store them with the decorations and pull them out every year. You'd think I could remember some of them!

One favorite is The Everything Christmas Book. My MIL gave it to me 20+ years ago -- there are a number of Christmas short-stories in it, as well as recipes, songs, facts, etc.

If you like the Mitford series, Jan Karon's Shepherds Abiding is good.

Charles Dickens wrote a number of other Christmas stories besides A Christmas Carol (and if you haven't read the original, I'd strongly recommend it -- the many movies don't give it justice). Old Christmas by Washington Irving is poignant as well.

We've got a whole mess of others in our basket - when I go home tonight, I'll look up some others.
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:51 AM   #4
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I really enjoyed The Christmas Train by David Baldacci.
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:55 AM   #5
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I want a really good Christmas book (or two) to read. I don't want a fluffy romance. I want a good book that just happens to have something to do with Christmas. I've started a few of the romances but just can't get into them. A friend suggested "A Tree Grows in Brookly" but based on its description I'm not sure how Christmasy it is. Any suggestions?
Do you like mysteries? I recently finished 'Water Like a Stone' by Deborah Crombie. The plotline is more mystery than Christmas story, but it takes place In England during the holidays and has a strong Christmas theme.
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:07 AM   #6
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I just finished a Kindle book called Family Cursemas. (not sure if it's in print too)
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:23 AM   #7
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I have a Christmas book basket -- we only put Christmas books in it, and store them with the decorations and pull them out every year. You'd think I could remember some of them!

One favorite is The Everything Christmas Book. My MIL gave it to me 20+ years ago -- there are a number of Christmas short-stories in it, as well as recipes, songs, facts, etc.

If you like the Mitford series, Jan Karon's Shepherds Abiding is good.

Charles Dickens wrote a number of other Christmas stories besides A Christmas Carol (and if you haven't read the original, I'd strongly recommend it -- the many movies don't give it justice). Old Christmas by Washington Irving is poignant as well.

We've got a whole mess of others in our basket - when I go home tonight, I'll look up some others.
Winner! I had actually thought about one then dismissed it due to all the movies. But you've convinced me.
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:28 AM   #8
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:29 AM   #9
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The Christmas Jar books. Kind of sappy, but a nice story that has turned into a real life christmas giving tradition for many.
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Not sure if it is still in print or not, but "Christmas On Jane Street" tells the story of the Romp family from Vermont who sold ( and maybe still sell) Christmas trees on the corner of Jane St. and Hudson St. in Greenwich Village in NYC. Charming little book about a father lamenting over his daughter growing up and growing apart....as they live in a small camper on a corner in a bustling city.

They are an actual family and I bought my tree from them each year I lived in NYC.

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P.S. You can find it on Amazon....
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:20 PM   #11
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http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Pear...a+benton+frank



I really like this one.


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Old 12-06-2012, 06:32 PM   #12
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The Autobiography

of Santa Claus.

It's written by Santa and explains how he came into existence and has evolved through history. Tons of true info (interslaced w/some crazy fiction). Will make a believer out of anybody.

There are two other books in the series if you enjoy that one. I liked them all very much.
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:05 PM   #13
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I just recently read The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck, I really liked it.
It's kind of like It's A Wonderful Life, but about a teenage boy.
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:34 PM   #14
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Skipping Christmas
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:49 PM   #15
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these are surprisingly good

http://www.goodreads.com/series/65168-cape-light
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