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Book Talk [Public] / Re: What Christmas reading do you recommend?
« Last post by Maggie Ann on Today at 09:54:56 AM »
I was so excited about recommending my favorite holiday story, I forgot to post my own.



https://www.amazon.com/Santana-Coming-Twelve-Months-Romance-ebook/dp/B00GX0QYYM/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Santana+is+coming+to+town&qid=1576108400&s=digital-text&sr=1-1

Santana Oliva’s favorite holiday is Christmas and this is the first Christmas she’s been home in three years. But her joy at being home turns into shock and fear when she faces the near loss of her family.

As the Olivas work together to reclaim their lives, Santana realizes that, if she wants it badly enough, the spirit of Christmas just might bring her the greatest gift she’s ever received.
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Book Talk [Public] / Re: What Christmas reading do you recommend?
« Last post by Vijaya on Today at 06:09:06 AM »
My favorites: A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas. Great Joy by Kate di Camillo. Silent Night by Mary Higgins Clark.
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Book Talk [Public] / Re: What Christmas reading do you recommend?
« Last post by spin52 on Today at 01:57:22 AM »

 A collection of classic Christmas mysteries, from Arthur Conan Doyle to Ian Rankin.
And of course, you can never go wrong with Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol'.

I'll also quietly plug my own book, 'Spirit of the Season', a Victorian mystery.

https://www.amazon.com/Spirit-Season-Victorian-Mystery-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B07L5X57X3


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Book Talk [Public] / Re: What Christmas reading do you recommend?
« Last post by Maggie Ann on December 11, 2019, 11:12:21 PM »
The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens.

John Peerybingle, a carrier, lives with his young wife Dot, their baby boy and their nanny Tilly Slowboy. A cricket chirps on the hearth and acts as a guardian angel to the family. One day a mysterious elderly stranger comes to visit and takes up lodging at Peerybingle's house for a few days.

The life of the Peerybingles intersects with that of Caleb Plummer, a poor toymaker employed by the miser Mr. Tackleton. Caleb has a blind daughter Bertha, and a son Edward, who traveled to South America and is thought to be dead.

There are 104 formats and editions of this novella. I chose this one because it's associated with the audiobook, narrated by Jim Dale. I never read the book, but listen to the narration every year.

https://www.amazon.com/Cricket-Hearth-Fairy-Tale-Home-ebook/dp/B005UFPH94/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1576069379&sr=1-1

Here's the Audible book.

https://www.amazon.com/The-Cricket-on-the-Hearth/dp/B00MW8YU18/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1576069379&sr=1-1

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Book Talk [Public] / Re: What Christmas reading do you recommend?
« Last post by Michelle Louring on December 11, 2019, 04:31:00 PM »
Hogfather by Terry Pratchett is the only Christmassy book on my bookshelf, and I'm 100% rereading it this month.
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Book Talk [Public] / Re: What Christmas reading do you recommend?
« Last post by Shoe on December 11, 2019, 04:16:53 PM »
The Christmas Carol by Dickens, of course (I own three copies, one printed in 1864).
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Book Talk [Public] / What Christmas reading do you recommend?
« Last post by TimothyEllis on December 11, 2019, 03:49:19 PM »
I thought I'd start a thread for Christmas themed books you recommend people read.

You can plug your own book, but preferably with someone else's.

Twelve Days of Christmas, by Helen Ellis


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PGNOHDW

Rosanne, Dorrie, Ethel and Charmaine are four Seniors – friends – each battling with their own problems. Why shouldn’t they battle together? The ditzy, loveable, seniors face their first Christmas challenge together, with every one of the twelve days before Christmas causing hilarious situations to be dealt with in their inimitable down-to-earth style...
Christmas is imminent. Ethel decides to festoon the front of the new house and garden with Christmas themed decorations. It’s not as easy as it seems, but Ivan and Bert, new friends, help in their own shambolic way. As Christmas Day approaches, each day throws up a new challenge: from Rosanne’s dysfunctional children, Cherise and Shane; to the visiting, nightclubbing, football team; Raelene’s pool party; Delia’s delicious, but almost lethal Christmas treat, Berry Splurge; Aurora Hepplethwaite’s manic Reading and Discussion Circle; and Roland Ramsay, the wannabe Formula 1 driver, and his talkative budgerigar…
It’s a laugh a minute!

Jane's Christmas, by Timothy Ellis


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B019POOSCW

Christmas in space will never be the same again!

The Hunter family stopped celebrating Christmas not long after they left Earth, nearly 600 years ago.

So it comes as a surprise to Jon to be wished a Merry Christmas on what he otherwise thinks is just another day.

As his grip on the day starts to unravel, he's confronted with a crew expecting him to know what is going on. After all, it is his ship, and they think he's the captain, so he must know everything. Jon wishes that were so.

As his day lurches from one thing to another, it seems that only Santa knows the whole plan.

Join Jon, Jane the AI, and the Alpha team, for Christmas day in space.
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TV/Movie Talk [Public] / Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Last post by Laughing Elephant on December 08, 2019, 02:21:42 PM »
Jesus Christ Superstar (1973 film) - Rock Opera.

Gets the vocal cords flexing. 

:band: :band: :band:

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TV/Movie Talk [Public] / Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Last post by Lynn on December 08, 2019, 01:05:49 AM »
The Mentalist.

I love that show. So glad I'm finally getting the chance to see it all, but man, I'm losing so much writing time because I can't stop watching. :D
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TV/Movie Talk [Public] / Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Last post by VanessaC on December 08, 2019, 12:19:27 AM »
It's winter in Scotland which means long, dark nights. Perfect for TV! I am making full use of my Amazon Prime subscription.

I dropped in on this thread a while back and someone had mentioned Wire in the Blood - thank you, went and watched them all and had forgotten how good they were!

Recently finished re-watching Killjoys (now complete at 5 seasons) and currently re-watching Dark Matter.

On "normal" TV, I'm also watching the new series of the Brokenwood Mysteries, which I really enjoy. Only one more episode, though.
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