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Jan 03

Christmas Reading

Posted on January 3, 2014 at 12:00 AM by Craig Jacobson

Wolves of Midwinter pic.jpgA few years ago I read John Grisham’s Skipping Christmas, which is the basis for the movie Christmas with the Kranks.  In the story Luther Krank decides that shopping, decorating, hosting and attending parties, wrapping presents, purchasing new clothes, and all the other tasks associated with Christmas are just not worth the money and time that they cost.  He convinces his wife to take a trip overseas with him instead, but of course they discover that skipping Christmas has ramifications they never dreamed of, and hilarity ensues.  It’s a fun book to read in the midst of the busy Christmas season, and as usual, the book is much better than the movie!

A plethora of books with a Christmas theme are written every year, and the Weyenberg Library has quite a few 2013 titles.  Here is a sampling:

A Catered Christmas Cookie Exchange by Isis Crawford—a pair of caterers entering a cookie contest get embroiled in a murder mystery.

A Nantucket Christmas by Nancy Thayer—family conflicts threaten to overshadow Nantucket’s magical Christmas setting.

The Dogs of Christmas by W. Bruce Cameron—a charming holiday tale about the love of humans—and puppies.

Starry Night:  A Christmas novel by Debbie Macomber—a big city columnist pursues a story in Alaska over the holidays, and finds happiness in an unlikely place.

Spirit of Steamboat by Craig Johnson—a mysterious woman serves as the Ghost of Christmas Past, returning a sheriff to the year of a record-breaking blizzard and a risky rescue attempt.

Silent Night:  a Spenser Holiday novel by Robert B. Parker—On Christmas Eve, Spenser meets a young homeless boy who becomes his next case.

Truth in Advertising by John Kenney—an advertising agent is forced to decide between his own personal struggles and helping his estranged and abusive father.

The Wolves of Midwinter by Anne Rice—book 2 in the Wolf Gift Chronicles features the midwinter yuletide festival.

A Simple Christmas Wish by Melody Carlson—a young orphan and her loving aunt meet over Christmas at an Amish farm in Ohio.

Merry Christmas, Cowboy by Janet Dailey—a Denver police officer meets a rancher when both volunteer at the Christmas House to help local children.

Christmas Bliss by Mary Kay Andrews—the latest in the Savannah series about antique dealer Weezie Foley, who finds herself extra busy planning her wedding at Christmastime.

A Seaside Christmas by Sherryl Woods—book 10 of the  Chesapeake Shores series ,  in which Jenny moves back to Chesapeake shores to collaborate on a Christmas production.

A Christmas Hope by Anne Perry—book 11 of her Christmas novels in which Hester Monk’s coworker investigates a Christmas party murder involving some colorful characters.

Candlelight Christmas by Susan Wiggs—book 10 of her Lakeshore Chronicles, in which a single father is in for a Christmas surprise.

Christmas Carol Murder by Leslie Meier—book 21 of the Lucy Stone mystery series, in which a man named Marlowe is murdered, and his partner receives death threats after he recounts a visit with Marlowe’s ghost.

These and other Christmas novels are available at your library, so grab a cup of eggnog, curl up in front of the tree, and enjoy a cozy Christmas story