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Monday, November 21, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


This weekly meme is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.

I'm reading: 

This is one of my picks for the Christmas Spirit Read-a-Thon. This has been on my TBR mountain for a long time!

AUTHOR: Heather Graham 
PUBLISHER: Topaz
PUBLICATION DATE: November 1, 1997
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 330 pages
GENRE: Holiday/Christmas, Romance
ISBN: 9780451407962
Jon and Julie Radcliff are facing the last Christmas of a marriage in trouble. The love they once shared has been tattered by time and torn apart by divergent goals. Their teenagers, Christie and Jordan, are rebellious, and their youngest child, six-year-old Ashley, is showing the hurt and confusion of her family's turmoil. Yet somehow the Christmas season must be gotten through even if it is only a game of let's pretend we are the way we always were. The perfect place for this make-believe is the Oak River Plantation in Virginia, a place of simple values, far from their sophisticated and difficult life in Miami. Here the Radcliffs are promised a traditional Christmas with all the Yuletide trimmings. So imagine their surprise when they are met by the quaint couple in charge, Jesse and Clarissa Wainscott, dressed in costumes dating from before the Civil War. Have they somehow entered another world that spans the gulf between past and present? Before Jon and Julie and their children can uncover the secrets surrounding their mysterious but marvelous hosts, they become aware of some profound truths about themselves. And suddenly they discover that love lost can be found again, making the bond of marriage and family strong enough to survive, even triumph.


I'm listening to:

Here's another pick for the Christmas Spirit Read-a-Thon.

AUTHOR: Debbie Macomber
NARRATOR: Allyson Ryan
PUBLISHER: Random House Audio
PUBLICATION DATE: October 6, 2015
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 4 hrs and 31 mins
GENRE: Holiday/Christmas
Savor the magic of the season with number-one New York Times best-selling author Debbie Macomber's newest Christmas novel, filled with warmth, humor, the promise of love, and a dash of unexpected adventure.

Ashley Davison, a graduate student in California, desperately wants to spend the holidays with her family in Seattle. Dashiell Sutherland, a former army intelligence officer, has a job interview in Seattle and must arrive by December 23. Though frantic to book a last-minute flight out of San Francisco, both are out of luck: Every flight is full, and there's only one rental car available. Ashley and Dash reluctantly decide to share the car, but neither anticipates the wild ride ahead.

At first they drive in silence, but, forced into close quarters, Ashley and Dash can't help but open up. Not only do they find they have a lot in common, but there's even a spark of romance in the air. Their feelings catch them off guard - never before has either been so excited about a first meeting. But the two are in for more twists and turns along the way as they rescue a lost puppy, run into petty thieves, and even get caught up in a case of mistaken identity. Though Ashley and Dash may never reach Seattle in time for Christmas, the season is still full of surprises - and their greatest wishes may yet come true.



I just finished:


AUTHOR: John Grisham 
PUBLISHER: DoubleDay
PUBLICATION DATE: November 6, 2001
FORMAT: Hardcover
LENGTH: 177 pages
GENRE: Holiday/Christmas
ISBN: 9780385505833
Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, 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 Hemlock Street without a rooftop Frosty; 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.

A classic tale for modern times, Skipping Christmas offers a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that have become part of our holiday tradition.




TITLE: Finding Noel
NARRATOR: Richard Paul Evans
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Audio
PUBLICATION DATE: September 25, 2006
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 4 hrs and 33 mins
GENRE: Holiday/Christmas
The Christmas season is supposed to be full of joy, but not for Mark Smart. Life has dealt him one blow after another, until one snowy November night, when he meets a beautiful young woman who will change his life forever. Macy Wood has little memory of her birth parents, and memories she'd rather forget of her adopted home. A Christmas ornament inscribed with the word "Noel" is the only clue to the little sister she vaguely remembers, a clue that will send her and Mark on a journey to reclaim her past, and her family.



TITLE: We Were Liars
NARRATOR: Ariadne Meyers
PUBLISHER: Listening Library
PUBLICATION DATE: May 13, 2014
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 6 hrs and 27 mins
GENRE: Young Adult, Mystery
"Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable." - John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars.

A beautiful and distinguished family.

A private island.

A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.

A group of four friends - the Liars - whose friendship turns destructive.

A revolution. An accident. A secret.

Lies upon lies.

True love.

The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Listen to it.

And if anyone asks you how it ends, just lie.



AUTHOR: James Patterson with James O. Born 
PUBLISHER: BookShots
PUBLICATION DATE: August 2, 2013
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 113 pages
GENRE: Thriller
ISBN: 9780316317221
Make believe I love you...

Both survivors of the divorce wars, Christy and Martin don't believe in love at first sight and certainly not on a first date. But from the instant they lock eyes, life becomes a sexy, romantic dream come true. That is, until they start playing a strangely intense game of make-believe-a game that's about to go too far.



What are you reading? Have you read any of these books and, if so, what did you think? Please let me know in the comments and, if you are also participating in this meme, leave me a link to your blog post so that I can stop by!

4 comments:

  1. I'm going to have to check out some of these Christmas books! I'm almost done with my "must read" books for the year and am looking for fun holiday books!

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  2. I thought We Were Liars was interesting! And those Christmas books, especially Dashing Through The Snow, definitely have a Christmas look to them!

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  3. The Christmas book will get you right into the swing of the season! enjoy them all.

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