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FanIQ Book of the Month Club: December, 2012
Four holiday themed books to choose from, each of them very different from the others - YAY! Would you expect something different from me? Also - one of these is a Christopher Moore book. Thanks to Leigh, I'm addicted to him...I've read this but it was about 13 books ago, so I will gladly re-read if that gets voted in. 

The Stupidest Angel
FanIQ Book of the Month Club: December, 2012 Photo'Twas the night (okay, more like the week) before Christmas, and all through the tiny community of Pine Cove, California, people are busy buying, wrapping, packing, and generally getting into the holiday spirit.
 
But not everybody is feeling the joy. Little Joshua Barker is in desperate need of a holiday miracle. No, he's not on his deathbed; no, his dog hasn't run away from home. But Josh is sure that he saw Santa take a shovel to the head, and now the seven-year-old has only one prayer: Please, Santa, come back from the dead.
 
But hold on! There's an angel waiting in the wings. (Wings, get it?) It's none other than the Archangel Raziel come to Earth seeking a small child with a wish that needs granting. Unfortunately, our angel's not sporting the brightest halo in the bunch, and before you can say "Kris Kringle," he's botched his sacred mission and sent the residents of Pine Cove headlong into Christmas chaos, culminating in the most hilarious and horrifying holiday party the town has ever seen.

Visions of Sugar Plums
FanIQ Book of the Month Club: December, 2012 PhotoIt's five days before Christmas and things are not looking merry for Fugitive Apprehension Agent Stephanie Plum. She hasn't got a tree. She hasn't bought any presents. The malls are jam-packed with staggering shoppers. There's not a twinkle light anywhere to be seen in her apartment. 
 
And there's a strange man in her kitchen.
 
Sure, this has happened to Stephanie Plum before. Strangers, weirdos, felons, creeps, and lunatics are always finding their way to her front door. But this guy is different. This guy is mysterious, sexy-and he has his own agenda. His name is Diesel and he is a man on a mission. And Diesel is unlike anyone Stephanie has ever met before in her life. The question is, what does he want with her? Can he help her find a little old toy maker who has skipped out on his bail right before Christmas? Can he survive the Plum family holiday dinner? Can he get Stephanie a tree that doesn't look like it was grown next to a nuclear power plant? These questions and more are keeping Stephanie awake at night. Not to mention the fact that she needs to find a bunch of nasty elves, her sister Valerie has a Christmas "surprise" for the Plums, her niece Mary Alice doesn't believe in Santa anymore, and Grandma Mazur has a new stud muffin. So bring out the plastic reindeer, strap on your jingle bells, and get ready to celebrate the holidays-Jersey style. Visions of Sugar Plums-the world of Plum has never been merrier!

Skipping Christmas
FanIQ Book of the Month Club: December, 2012 PhotoImagine 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 from a beloved storyteller, John Grisham’s Skipping Christmas offers a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that have become part of our holiday tradition.

 

Gingerbread Cookie Murder
FanIQ Book of the Month Club: December, 2012 PhotoIn this merry collection of holiday mysteries, murder is making its own special delivery. . .
 
"Gingerbread Cookie Murder" By Joanne Fluke
When Hannah Swensen finds her neighbor Ernie Kusak with his head bashed in and sprawled on the floor of his condo next to an upended box of Hannah's Gingerbread Cookies, she discovers a flurry of murder suspects that's as long as her holiday shopping list.
 
"The Dangers Of Gingerbread Cookies" By Laura Levine
Jaine Austen has been enlisted to help with her parents' retirement community's play The Gingerbread Cookie That Saved Christmas. Playboy Dr. Preston McCay is playing the role of the gingerbread cookie when he "accidentally" falls to his death during the final act. Now Jaine must figure out if one of the doctor's jealous lovers was capable of murder.
 
"Gingerbread Cookies And Gunshots" By Leslie Meier
When Lucy Stone discovers the body of Rick Juergens, whose five-year-old son Nemo disappeared, she senses foul play. Crumbs from a gingerbread cookie Lucy gave to Nemo are found in the back seat of Rick's car. With the hours quickly ticking till Christmas, Lucy races against the clock to find a killer before he strikes again.
 
Includes Over 10 Luscious Holiday Recipes!
| Closed on 12/10/12 at 11:00PM
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40%a. The Stupidest Angel
27%b. Visions of Sugar Plums
7%c. Skipping Christmas
20%d. Gingerbread Cookie Murder
0%e. I probably won't participate this month
7%f. I don't read any of the book club books

 &nbp;
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#25 | 595 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
You're probably right, but if I chose to do so, I need the option a little early since I always start late. Unlike sooooome, I can't read 16 books in 28 days... mmmhmm. 

(I'll be better after football season though :))
You can read that many if the choices were Dr. Seuss books.
The Stupidest Angel  
  
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#1 | 599 days ago

This was a tough vote for me.  I'll be happy with whatever we choose to read, and I may go ahead and check them all out since my semester is almost over.  I'm just now making headway through Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. (due back yesterday, i can't renew it b/c it's been requested...so I need to get with it). 
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#2 | 599 days ago

I'm in the mood for Gingerbread Cookies and Murder.


(excellent selections Jess, the Krank family one was a movie, wasn't it?)
Gingerbread Cookie Murder  
#3 | 599 days ago

I've checked out The Stupidest Angel and Visions of Sugar Plums.  I own Skipping Christmas and haven't read it yet.  Gingerbread Cookie Murder is available as a download from my library and I have that on hold right now.  My semester is over in less than a week and I am ready to do some reading.
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#4 | 598 days ago

I have read it, and I love the Stephanie Plum series. Did anyone see the movie ONE FOR THE MONEY, the first book in the series? If so, how was it compared to the book?
Visions of Sugar Plums  
#5 | 597 days ago

I also vote with The Plum series since Evanovich is the only author i am familiar with, plus I have to cautch up with a lot of the others, last Plum book i read was 7-Ups
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#6 | 597 days ago

hmmm
The Stupidest Angel  
#7 | 597 days ago

Hah  - Ashlie, why the "hmmm"? 

I thought it would be a lot of fun to do holiday themed books for December...I will probably read all of these too...re-read the Stupidest Angel and Visions of Sugar Plums, actually, and read the other two. 

Jenn - I'm not sure if that Krank one was a movie or not; I remember a movie called Christmas with the Kranks, but I never watched it...it might be!

Anthony - I loved One for the Money but I think I might be the only person among Plum fans who did. Common complaints are that Ranger was a little too talkative and not mysterious enough (I don't agree about the "mysterious" - and he was more like Ranger in later books than in the first one, which was fine by me because his character in the first book wasn't as lovable. I also always wanted Daniel Sunjata to play him from day one when I found out she'd sold the rights to Universal, so there's that.) I'm not usually a Katherine Heigl fan but I thought she was perfect as Steph. Of course there were a few things missing, which is to be expected, but it was nothing important. They did change the ending up a bit, but dare I say...I actually liked the ending better. I have to be honest - the first Plum book wasn't my favorite; I didn't love them until Four to Score. Maybe that's why I really enjoyed the movie.
The Stupidest Angel  
#8 | 597 days ago

Oh, it seems fun. LOL, but I know I won't read any of them. IMM, it read like Kat's list.
The Stupidest Angel  
#9 | 597 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
Oh, it seems fun. LOL, but I know I won't read any of them. IMM, it read like Kat's list.
Killer Gingerbread?! What's not to love about them?
Gingerbread Cookie Murder  
#10 | 597 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
Oh, it seems fun. LOL, but I know I won't read any of them. IMM, it read like Kat's list.
indecision 
The Stupidest Angel  
#11 | 597 days ago

Not interested in the nerdy, non-fiction books I just bought? wink
#12 | 597 days ago

Eric_ wrote:
Not interested in the nerdy, non-fiction books I just bought? wink
Uhm yea, no. cheeky If I'm going to read non-fiction it's got to be something I find exciting. You and I are entirely different creatures in that respect, even if it is sports related.
The Stupidest Angel  
#13 | 597 days ago

You and I everyone are entirely different creatures in that respect

Fixed it for ya. cheeky
#14 | 597 days ago

The Stupidest Angel has my vote, as I have read several of Moore's books.  Haven't had a chance to get to this one yet.

Jess, you're correct.  That's the basis of Christmas with the Kranks with Tim Allen.  Not sure how closely it follows the book, but as those things usually go, I'm pretty sure the book will be better. 
The Stupidest Angel  
#15 | 596 days ago

I read "Skipping Christmas" 2 years ago during the Holidays and it's a very enjoyable book.  I could relate to it from beginning to the end :)  Even tho the end wasn't what I expected, lol   It's also by one of my favorite Authors and sooo different from anything else he's written :)
Skipping Christmas  
#16 | 595 days ago

I started Vampire Hunter y'day :D
The Stupidest Angel  
#17 | 595 days ago

Y'all are behind :/ (heh). Not that there's anything wrong with that.

We need to start actually discussing the books we're reading/have read from this.
The Stupidest Angel  
#18 | 595 days ago

Jess wrote:
Y'all are behind :/ (heh). Not that there's anything wrong with that.

We need to start actually discussing the books we're reading/have read from this.
i already started the killer gingerbread book. Has a winner been declared?
Gingerbread Cookie Murder  
#19 | 595 days ago

JenX63 wrote:
i already started the killer gingerbread book. Has a winner been declared?
Nope, not until the 10th. I think I'm gonna just read them all though lol

And I just now realized that last post looked like the two things were related - they're not. It doesn't matter how behind people are...we can discuss when everyone's read the books, even late! I don't know what we would ask, but we could just talk about favorite things about the book or things we didn't like, or *something*.
The Stupidest Angel  
#20 | 595 days ago

the 10th?! How about today or tomorrow :\
The Stupidest Angel  
#21 | 595 days ago

JenX63 wrote:
i already started the killer gingerbread book. Has a winner been declared?
Killer gingerbread?! Is Shrek in this horrid tale?!
The Stupidest Angel  
#22 | 595 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
the 10th?! How about today or tomorrow :\
Woman, you're not gonna read one of them anyway! 
(If it looks like there's gonna be a clear winner later today or tomorrow morning I will close it.)
The Stupidest Angel  
#23 | 595 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
Killer gingerbread?! Is Shrek in this horrid tale?!
Noooooooo! (lol)
Gingerbread Cookie Murder  
#24 | 595 days ago

Jess wrote:
Woman, you're not gonna read one of them anyway! 
(If it looks like there's gonna be a clear winner later today or tomorrow morning I will close it.)
You're probably right, but if I chose to do so, I need the option a little early since I always start late. Unlike sooooome, I can't read 16 books in 28 days... mmmhmm. 

(I'll be better after football season though :))
The Stupidest Angel  
#25 | 595 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
You're probably right, but if I chose to do so, I need the option a little early since I always start late. Unlike sooooome, I can't read 16 books in 28 days... mmmhmm. 

(I'll be better after football season though :))
You can read that many if the choices were Dr. Seuss books.
The Stupidest Angel  
#26 | 595 days ago

(Edited by kobe_lova)
Oddfool wrote:
You can read that many if the choices were Dr. Seuss books.
You rock my boat!


(now go to that christmas poll and work out that math problem for me. show your work, thanks)
The Stupidest Angel  
#27 | 595 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
You rock my boat!


(now go to that christmas poll and work out that math problem for me. show your work, thanks)
I did that yesterday.

(I heard on the radio a couple days ago.  I had never counted all them up before yesterday, but I counted them out in my head driving home the other night.)
The Stupidest Angel  
#28 | 594 days ago

(Edited by anthonyrichardlouisnaught)
Jess wrote:
Hah  - Ashlie, why the "hmmm"? 

I thought it would be a lot of fun to do holiday themed books for December...I will probably read all of these too...re-read the Stupidest Angel and Visions of Sugar Plums, actually, and read the other two. 

Jenn - I'm not sure if that Krank one was a movie or not; I remember a movie called Christmas with the Kranks, but I never watched it...it might be!

Anthony - I loved One for the Money but I think I might be the only person among Plum fans who did. Common complaints are that Ranger was a little too talkative and not mysterious enough (I don't agree about the "mysterious" - and he was more like Ranger in later books than in the first one, which was fine by me because his character in the first book wasn't as lovable. I also always wanted Daniel Sunjata to play him from day one when I found out she'd sold the rights to Universal, so there's that.) I'm not usually a Katherine Heigl fan but I thought she was perfect as Steph. Of course there were a few things missing, which is to be expected, but it was nothing important. They did change the ending up a bit, but dare I say...I actually liked the ending better. I have to be honest - the first Plum book wasn't my favorite; I didn't love them until Four to Score. Maybe that's why I really enjoyed the movie.
Good, because I have read up to  #17, Smokin' Seventeen, and I love the entire series. What gets me is the visual image she conjures up describing the outfits Lula wears. which fried chicken chain is being substituted for with Cluck In A Bucket? 
Visions of Sugar Plums  
#29 | 590 days ago

The Stupidest Angel is the winner this month! Enjoy!
The Stupidest Angel  
#30 | 590 days ago

anthonyrichardlouisnaught wrote:
Good, because I have read up to  #17, Smokin' Seventeen, and I love the entire series. What gets me is the visual image she conjures up describing the outfits Lula wears. which fried chicken chain is being substituted for with Cluck In A Bucket? 
That was one of the things that didn't make it in.
The Stupidest Angel  

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