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Not Your Auntie Muriel’s Holiday Reading List

Posted on December 15th, 2011 by Mickie.
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Have you already watched Elf a dozen times? Are you so full of Christmas cookies that you are likely to bust? Can’t watch one more holiday episode where something magical and beautiful happens and people twirl in their happiness under freshly falling snow? Ready to snap in half your mom’s John Denver and The Muppets Holiday CD?  Are you a little more Jack Skellington and a little less George Bailey?

Ok, then. This book list is for you. These holiday books are full of ghosts and sinister plans…donuts and divas…velociraptors and revenge…and not a single one of them has a reindeer.

Ok, Ok…this one is technically a Christmas classic, but it has ghosts and death and scary tombstones. And what about those starving, shrunken children under dude’s coat!? Charles Dickens is seriously dark and this version is a graphic novel which means it is a pretty quick read– so get your spooky on, Christmas Style.

Fifteen-year-old twins Hayley and Taylor Ryan of Port Gamble, WA, known as “Empty Coffin” because of a local legend, investigate a former friend’s Christmas suicide and, along the way, discover a secret from their own past.
America’s favorite dysfunctional family is ready for Christmas. The Simpson family deals with radioactive Christmas trees, fruit cakes, happy little elves, miserly Scrooges, defective toys, snowmoms, Grinches, secretive Santas, and impossible-to-keep New Year’s resolutions as they celebrate the winter holidays in their own unique fashion.
In New York City to spend Christmas with his father, thirteen-year-old Adam Adlar discovers that he and his father are still targets of sinister forces and, despite his father’s objections, Adam finds himself drawn back into the struggle against hyper-evolved, deadly velociraptors determined to wreak havoc and spread terror.
Paul loves Christmas, but when his house almost burns down, his mom loses her job, and he catches his girlfriend kissing someone else, Paul decides to make the holiday season a time for revenge.
Upon learning on Christmas Day that their rich and imperious grandmother may soon die and disown the family unless the one who offended her deeply will confess, each of the three Sullivan sisters sets down her offenses on paper.
Ok–Ok, This one is Christmas Magic; with love and cutie pies and New York City under a blanket of beautiful snow.
Told in the alternating voices of Dash and Lily, two sixteen-year-olds carry on a wintry scavenger hunt at Christmas-time in New York, neither knowing quite what–or who–they will find.
Enjoy ya’ll! I’m off to watch a Muppet Christmas Carol…again…today. What is your favorite off-beat holiday book or movie?


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