Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

Book Description:

Published: November 6, 2001

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.

Review –

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I  listen to this book every year and every year the idea of skipping Christmas sounds better and better.  I’m already to the point of not putting up the Christmas tree every year. It’s just me and my hubby, only one adult children and her husband,  no grand-children, so why go to the trouble, I ask you. Some years I HAVE to have it all, the tree, all the decorations, the music, the cards and of course the baking and other years I don’t care if I do any thing at all.

This year my tree was up before Thanksgiving, Christmas carols playing while I baked Christmas cookies etc.  At times I just sit in the living room and just stare at the tree, looking at all my old ornaments and remembering where they came from or who gave them to me. It’s wonderful and brings me peace.

Back to the book:

I’m sure many of you have seen the movie that is made based on the book, Christmas With The Kranks,but I just saw it for the first time night before last. It was okay, but the book is so much better. Parts of the movie look like slap-stick and other parts are just plain stupid. The book is humorous and the narration is perfect. I love it and that’s why I listen to it every year.

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Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

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Book Description:

 

Published: 2001

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.

 

Review –

I make it a practice to listen to this audiobook at least once during the Christmas season.   I love it.  I think we have all felt like doing what Luther Krank attempted to do but we never do.  Cheers to John Grisham on a fantastic holiday charmer.

 

Sea Sick by Iain Rob Wright

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Book Description

Publication Date: August 30, 2012
IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE RELAXING… Police Officer Jack Wardsley’s life ended the moment his partner died, stabbed to death by a deranged druggie. Now, years later, Jack is a changed man, with a head full of secrets driving him insane. His recent record of police brutality and a reputation for not following the rules has prompted his seniors to give him an ultimatum: take a few weeks off, relax, and find some way to let go of all the anger – or else find another job. That’s why Jack is about to board The Spirit of Kirkpatrick, a cruise liner built for relaxation and fun. Pretty soon, however, Jack realises that a little R&R is the last thing he’s ever going to get aboard the cursed ship. There’s a virus onboard, making people insane and bleeding from the eyes. The whole ship is overrun with blood and death, and there is nowhere to escape. But, just when Jack thinks his number is up and that his life is over, he wakes up. The day is exactly the same. In fact everything is the same. Jack is forced to witness the viral outbreak again and again as it ravages the ship and its passengers over and over, day after day. Jack quickly finds himself trapped in a repeating hell. It isn’t be long before Jack realises that there are others onboard just like him – and some of them know more about the situation then they’re letting on.
Review –
This is a fantastic HORROR story and the character development was great and the twists and turns were good BUT for me the ending as flat. I was like, “oh no, really!”. I do not regret  reading it because it was spooky, creepy, bloody and reminded me of 28 Days Later, so it was a pleasant way to spend an evening if you like that sort of thing and I do.