2008: #104 – Skipping Christmas (John Grisham)

christmas Book #104 was Skipping Christmas by John Grisham.  The back of the book reads:

Luther and Nora Krank are fed up with the chaos of Christmas. The endless shopping lists, the frenzied dashes through the mall, the hassle of decorating the tree… where has all the joy gone? This year, celebrating seems like too much effort. With their only child off in Peru, they decide that just this once, they’ll skip the holidays. They spend their Christmas budget on a Caribbean cruise set to sail on December 25, and happily settle in for a restful holiday season free of rooftop snowmen and festive parties.
But the Kranks soon learn that their vacation from Christmas isn’t much of a vacation at all, and that skipping the holidays has consequences they didn’t bargain for…
A modern Christmas classic, Skipping Christmas is a charming and hilarious look at the mayhem and madness that have become ingrained in our holiday tradition.

I picked this up as a quick, Christmas-related read, mostly because it was so short I knew I could knock it out in a few hours.  If you take it for what it’s meant to be, a mildly funny Christmas story about giving, then it’s a good little read.  I was a little annoyed by everyone’s exaggerated reaction to the Kranks deciding to go on vacation for Christmas, but the end turns out okay.  Still not a fan of Grisham, though.

Page count: 227 | Word count: 37,698

2007: Crocodile on the Sandbank (Elizabeth Peters)
2006: A Stroke of Midnight (Laurell K. Hamilton)

3 thoughts on “2008: #104 – Skipping Christmas (John Grisham)

  • December 7, 2008 at 10:29 am

    I read this a few years ago and didn’t find it that great either.

  • December 7, 2008 at 11:13 am

    I have The Broker by John Grisham 🙂 Nice little read is cool sometimes!
    I hope I like it!

  • December 8, 2008 at 9:39 am

    I too didn’t understand why it was such a big deal. Still, the movie version, Christmas With the Kranks, is my guilty pleasure during the holiday season! LOL


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