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Christmas Book Review

Carrie Mercer

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Reviewing books about Christmas, both fiction and nonfiction, new and old. Looking for a fun Christmas read? I can help you find it, whether you’re into the history of 20th century Christmas traditions or you love a good Christmas murder, or you're looking for that perfect picture book for your granddaughter. I read them all!
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Episode14: Werewolves Hazardous Dukes and Christmas Letters

Books reviewed in this episode:

Marley 9/10 novel

Wolfsbane and Mistletoe 9/10 short stories

Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners 8/10 novel

How The Dukes Stole Christmas: A Christmas Romance Anthology 8/10

Christmas Podcasts mentioned in this episode:

Christmas Clatter

Christmas Past

Sleigh Bells and Mistletoe Christmas

Book Giveaway! Want to win a new hardback copy of the novel Marley? Just leave me a review and then email to let me know and tell me where (a link would be great!), and I’ll enter you into the drawing! I’ll be giving this one away in the next episode, so you have until February 10th-ish 2020!

Carrie Mercer can be reached at ChristmasBookReview@gmail.com

Instagram for the show is at https://www.instagram.com/ChristmasBookReview/

If you’d like to support the show and get a Christmas goodie, you can do

so at patreon.com/ChristmasBookReview

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Episode 12: King Moonracer on An Ice Floe
Books reviewed in this episode:

Back To Christmas middle grade fiction 8/10

Holly Blues adult mystery 8/10

The Island of Misfit Toys kids graphic novel 7/10

The Queen and The First Christmas Tree non-fiction picture book 9/10; in the description of this book I mention how Queen Charlotte put more helpers and nurses into hospitals for pregnant women so that more "children would survive childbirth" but I meant to say so that more WOMEN would survive childbirth. Oopsie.

The Night Before Christmas adult novella 7/10

African American Christmas Stories collection of poetry and fiction 7/10; in the description of the story "Three Men and A Woman" I mention Ella being from "Southern Carolina"--yeah, I made up a new state! Actually it's South Carolina. Also, in my description of that story, I quote a passage in which the N word is used for a black person (Jerry) and I just say N so it might be confusing. What I quoted was "and the N___ be burned alive at the stake."

Carrie Mercer can be reached at ChristmasBookReview@gmail.com

Instagram for the show is at https://www.instagram.com/ChristmasBookReview/

If you’d like to support the show and get a Christmas goodie, you can now do so at patreon.com/ChristmasBookReview

Thanks to everyone who wrote to me and entered my first book giveaway, I loved hearing from you all, and I’ll have another giveaway soon!

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Episode 11: Krampus, Cookies, and Cross Stitch

Books Reviewed in this Episode:

A World of Cookies for Santa: Follow Santa’s Tasty Trip Around the World 8/10

Krampus: the Yule Lord 7/10

The Last Christmas 7.5/10

Krampus:Shadow of Saint Nicholas 9/10

The Magic of Christmas to Cross Stitch: French charm for your stitchwork 9/10

Other Books Mentioned in this Episode:

American Gods

I mentioned the Snow Maiden Snegurochka in A World of Cookies being in a Connie Willis story I reviewed in an earlier episode. Oopsie, I lied! It wasn’t Connie Willis, it was Seanan McGuire and the story was Fresh as the New-Fallen Snow, and it was in the book of short stories Hark the Herald Angels Scream, which I reviewed in episode 2.

Podcast mentioned in this episode:

Weird Christmas

MY FIRST GIVEAWAY! To celebrate reaching double digit episodes, I’m giving away a brand-new copy of the book The Myths That Stole Christmas: Seven Misconceptions That Hijacked the Holiday (and how we can take it back), by David Kyle Johnson. Just send me an email at ChristmasBookReview@gmail.com and maybe tell me a book you’ve read that you heard about on this podcast. That’s it! Thanks! The drawing will be open until Halloween—October 31st, 2019.

Carrie Mercer can be reached at ChristmasBookReview@gmail.com

Instagram for the show is at https://www.instagram.com/ChristmasBookReview/

If you’d like to support the show and get a Christmas goodie, you can now do so at patreon.com/ChristmasBookReview

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Episode. 10: LEGOs, Old Dogs, and Expectations

The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book Volume 2 7/10

Old Dog Cora and The Christmas Tree 8/10

The Christmas Extravaganza Hotel 8/10

Yes, Virginia, There is A Santa Claus 6/10

The Road To Ever After 10/10

The Adults 7/10

Podcast mentioned in this episode:

Weird Christmas

MY FIRST GIVEAWAY! To celebrate reaching double digit episodes, I’m giving away a brand-new copy of the book The Myths That Stole Christmas: Seven Misconceptions That Hijacked the Holiday (and how we can take it back), by David Kyle Johnson. Just send me an email at ChristmasBookReview@gmail.com and maybe tell me a book you’ve read that you heard about on this podcast. That’s it! Thanks! The drawing will be open until Halloween—October 31st, 2019.

Thanks for listening!

Carrie Mercer can be reached at ChristmasBookReview@gmail.com

There’s now an instagram for the show at https://www.instagram.com/ChristmasBookReview/

If you’d like to support the show and get a Christmas goodie, you can now do so at patreon.com/ChristmasBookReview

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Episode 8: Gandalf, Apple Trees and Junking in Savannah

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Santa Sold Shrooms 6/10
ok, whoops. I said the Sami are a "nomadic reindeer tribe." Doh! Nope, they are people, not reindeer. They herd reindeer. And are nomadic. Mouth got ahead of brain.

Murder Under the Mistletoe 6.5/10

The Christmas Cat 9/10

Apple Tree Christmas 10/10

Merry Moosey Christmas 8/10

Christmas Bliss 7/10

Carrie Mercer can be reached at ChristmasBookReview@gmail.com
There’s now an instragram for the show at https://www.instagram.com/ChristmasBookReview/
If you’d like to support the show and get a Christmas goodie, you can now do so at patreon.com/ChristmasBookReview

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Episode 7 : Redwork, Aliens, and Rockefeller Center

Books Reviewed in this episode:

Just Be Claus: 24 Jolly Holiday Embroideries craft book 9/10

Red and Lulu children’s picture book 9/10

The Berenstain Bears Christmas Tree 8/10

Presents Through the Window: A Taro Gomi Christmas Book 9/10

A Boy Called Christmas 9/10

Klaus: The New Adventures of Santa Claus 7/10

Other Books Mentioned:

Old Hat New Hat is now a board book, which we didn’t have when I was a kid (and I had to walk to school in the snow uphill both ways, blah blah middle-aged whingeing)

The Berenstain Bears book I was thinking of but couldn’t remember is Bears on Wheels
Carrie Mercer can be reached at ChristmasBookReview@gmail.com
there's now an Instagram for the show at https://www.instagram.com/christmasbookreview/
I will be setting up a Patreon soon, details in the next episode!

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Episode 6: Small Towns Golden Lessons and Shameless Commerce

The Darling Dahlias and the Poinsettia Puzzle 10/10
Susan Wittig Albert's website: http://www.susanalbert.com/
Did I call this a mystery? I think it's just more of a historical fiction novel.

Everything I Need To Know About Christmas I Learned From A Little Golden Book
Oops I forgot to give the numerical rating on this one during the podcast! But you could tell I liked it, right? 9/10

The Business of Holidays
Yeah, I forgot to mention my rating of this one as well! Where is my brain? 8/10
Christmas Price Index https://www.pnc.com/en/about-pnc/topics/pnc-christmas-price-index.html
Santa Claus School founded by Charles W. Howard http://www.santaclausschool.com/

Christmas Miscellany: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Christmas 8/10
Carrie Mercer can be reached at christmasbookreview@gmail.com
there's now an Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/christmasbookreview/

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Books reviewed in this episode:
Black Friday by Alex Kava, novel/thriller 2/10

Yule Be Dead by L.L. Bartlett mystery 7/10

Lark! The Herald Angels Sing by Donna Andrews,Meg Winslow mystery series 9/10 audiobook
Carrie Mercer can be reached at ChristmasBookReview@gmail.com

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