For this month, my online group of friends at MHH decided to read Snow Globe by Sheila Roberts. I've seen a movie, based loosely on the book, but don't remember much about it. It's a very short book, so it's the perfect quick, summer CIJ read.
If you've not had a chance to read On Strike for Christmas, it's a hysterical book. We all tease in the Christmas world that it kind of rubs off some of the Christmas cheer and makes you want to go on strike...at least for 5 minutes. They also made a movie based on this book last year and it was absolutely HORRIBLE. So don't base your reading choice around that movie, if you even remember it!
There was one holiday themed book from Sheila Roberts , I hadn't heard of and that's Angel Lane. It also has pretty good reviews, so I'll be putting this on my must find list.
This Fall her new book The Nine Lives of Christmas will be released. I'm thinking this book or the previous book will need to be put on my CIJ reading list for 2012.
On the holiday movie front, I added a few movies to my Netflix list. I did a general search and came up with a fabulous list from Wikapedia. Some of the movies are available and some are not. These are the ones I found today.
This heartwarming drama from Finland follows a young orphan named Nikolas (Hannu-Pekka Björkman), who shows his appreciation to a series of foster families by starting a new tradition: He gives their children gifts at Christmastime. But when Nikolas is forced to move in with a cantankerous old man (Kari Väänänen), the new holiday custom may fade into oblivion in director Juha Wuolijoki's enchanting fantasy about jolly old St. Nick as a boy.
In this modern-day riff on Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life, cutthroat investment banker Jack Campbell (Nicolas Cage), who eschews emotional ties, is transported into the prosaic life he might have had if he'd wed his college sweetheart (Téa Leoni). Instead of a Ferrari, Campbell drives a malfunctioning minivan in the suburbs and is saddled with two screaming kids -- but he learns to love every minute of it.