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Author: 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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Episode 13: Witches, Hospitals, and Christmas RapBooks reviewed in this episode:Grandpa’s Witched-Up Christmas 8/10The Drummer Boy 8/10Geronimo Stilton: Christmas Catastrophe 8/10Deck the Halls, We’re Off The Walls 8/10Holly Claus: The Christmas Princess 8/10Podcasts mentioned in this episode:Christmas ClatterCarrie Mercer can be reached at ChristmasBookReview@gmail.comInstagram 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/ChristmasBookReviewSent from my iPadSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/ChristmasBookReview)
Christmas Book Review Episode 17Marley the Miserable and Lyle the CrocodileShow Notes:Meg and Jo –8/10Marley’s Ghost – 7/10Miss Marley – 9/10Lyle at Christmas 8/10 Carrie Mercer can be reached at ChristmasBookReview@gmail.comInstagram—there are photos for this episode—for the show is at https://www.instagram.com/ChristmasBookReview/ If you’d like to throw a couple bucks my way to help with the costs of doing the podcast, go to my Ko-Fi page at https://ko-fi.com/christmasbookreviewIf you’d like become a Patreon supporter and get a Christmas goodie, you can doso at patreon.com/ChristmasBookReview Thanks for listening!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/ChristmasBookReview)
Christmas Book Review Episode 16:Ingalls, Tugboats, and Helping Your NeighborsShow notes:The Carpenter’s Gift 9/10The Christmas Tugboat 10/10Christmas Stories 8/10Dasher 7/10 I also mentioned Red and Lulu, also by this author, which I reviewed in episode 7Carrie Mercer can be reached at ChristmasBookReview@gmail.comInstagram—there are photos for this episode—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 doso at patreon.com/ChristmasBookReviewSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/ChristmasBookReview)
Christmas Book Review Episode 15:Ghosts Wishes Dreams and YarnShow notes:Dream Soul 8/10There is one other book by Laurence Yep about this same family, the Lees, and it comes chronologically before this book, and is called The Star Fisher.55 Christmas Balls To Knit 8/10Mr. Dickens and His Carol 10/10The Story of Holly and Ivy 8/10Here's the link to the tv special version of The Story of Holly and Ivy, on YouTube:The Wish That Changed Christmas tv specialCarrie Mercer can be reached at ChristmasBookReview@gmail.comInstagram 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 doso at patreon.com/ChristmasBookReviewSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/ChristmasBookReview)
Episode14: Werewolves Hazardous Dukes and Christmas LettersBooks reviewed in this episode: Marley  9/10 novelWolfsbane and Mistletoe 9/10 short storiesEvergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners 8/10 novelHow The Dukes Stole Christmas: A Christmas Romance Anthology 8/10Christmas Podcasts mentioned in this episode:Christmas ClatterChristmas PastSleigh Bells and Mistletoe ChristmasBook 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.comInstagram 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 doso at patreon.com/ChristmasBookReview Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/ChristmasBookReview)
Episode 12: King Moonracer on An Ice FloeBooks reviewed in this episode:Back To Christmas middle grade fiction 8/10Holly Blues  adult mystery 8/10The Island of Misfit Toys  kids graphic novel 7/10The 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 7/10African 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.comInstagram 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/ChristmasBookReviewThanks 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!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/ChristmasBookReview)
Episode 11: Krampus, Cookies, and Cross StitchBooks Reviewed in this Episode:A World of Cookies for Santa: Follow Santa’s Tasty Trip Around the World 8/10Krampus: the Yule Lord 7/10The Last Christmas 7.5/10Krampus:Shadow of Saint Nicholas 9/10The Magic of Christmas to Cross Stitch: French charm for your stitchwork 9/10Other Books Mentioned in this Episode:American GodsI 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 ChristmasMY 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.comInstagram 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/ChristmasBookReviewSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/ChristmasBookReview)
Episode. 10: LEGOs, Old Dogs, and ExpectationsThe LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book Volume 2 7/10Old Dog Cora and The Christmas Tree 8/10The Christmas Extravaganza Hotel 8/10Yes, Virginia, There is A Santa Claus  6/10The Road To Ever After 10/10The Adults 7/10Podcast mentioned in this episode:Weird ChristmasMY 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.comThere’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/ChristmasBookReviewSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/ChristmasBookReview)
Episode 9: Toy Nostalgia and Christmas CinemaShow Notes:Books reviewed in this episode:Have Yourself A Movie Little Christmas 10/10Murder, Served Simply  6/10Under the Tree: The Toys and Treats that Made Christmas Special 1930-1970  8/10Pick A Pine Tree  9/10Podcasts mentioned in this episode:(some of) Alonso Duralde’s film podcasts:Linoleum KnifeWho Shot Ya?Carrie Mercer can be reached at ChristmasBookReview@gmail.comThere’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/ChristmasBookReviewSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/ChristmasBookReview)
Episode 8: Gandalf, Apple Trees and Junking in SavannahShow notesSanta Sold Shrooms 6/10ok, 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 6.5/10The Christmas Cat 9/10Apple Tree Christmas 10/10Merry Moosey Christmas 8/10Christmas Bliss 7/10Carrie Mercer can be reached at ChristmasBookReview@gmail.comThere’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/ChristmasBookReviewSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/ChristmasBookReview)
Show Notes forEpisode 7 : Redwork, Aliens, and Rockefeller CenterBooks Reviewed in this episode:Just Be Claus: 24 Jolly Holiday Embroideries craft book 9/10Red and Lulu children’s picture book 9/10The Berenstain Bears Christmas Tree 8/10Presents Through the Window: A Taro Gomi Christmas Book  9/10A Boy Called Christmas 9/10Klaus: The New Adventures of Santa Claus 7/10Other 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 WheelsCarrie Mercer can be reached at ChristmasBookReview@gmail.comthere'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!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/ChristmasBookReview)
Episode 6: Small Towns Golden Lessons and Shameless CommerceThe Darling Dahlias and the Poinsettia Puzzle 10/10Susan 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? 9/10The Business of Holidays Yeah, I forgot to mention my rating of this one as well! Where is my brain? 8/10Christmas Price Index https://www.pnc.com/en/about-pnc/topics/pnc-christmas-price-index.htmlSanta Claus School founded by Charles W. Howard http://www.santaclausschool.com/Christmas Miscellany: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Christmas 8/10Carrie Mercer can be reached at christmasbookreview@gmail.comthere's now an Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/christmasbookreview/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/ChristmasBookReview)
Books reviewed in this episode:Black Friday by Alex Kava, novel/thriller 2/10Yule Be Dead by L.L.  Bartlett mystery 7/10Lark! The Herald Angels Sing by Donna Andrews,Meg Winslow mystery series  9/10 audiobook Carrie Mercer can be reached at ChristmasBookReview@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/ChristmasBookReview)
Books reviewed in this episode:The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand Syd Hoff’s Danny and the Dinosaur: A Very Dino Christmas By Bruce Hale Pete the Cat’s 12 Groovy Days of Christmas By Kimberly and James Dean Mr. Willoughby’s Christmas Tree By Robert E. Barry Fly Guy’s Ninja Christmas ByTedd Arnold Cooking With the Grinch By Tish Rabe How To Catch Santa By Jean Reagan Hiddensee: A tale of the once and future nutcracker By Gregory Maquire Carrie Mercer can be contacted at ChristmasBookReview@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/ChristmasBookReview)
Books reviewed in this episode:Hark the Herald Angels Scream edited by Christopher GoldenChristmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 days byJeanette WintersonKlaus by Grant MorrisonCarrie Mercer can be contacted at ChristmasBookReview@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/ChristmasBookReview)
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Books reviewed in this episode:Midcentury Christmas: Holiday Fads, Fancies and Fun from 1945 to 1970 by Sarah ArcherIt’s a Wonderful Christmas: The Best of the Holidays 1940-1965 by Susan WaggonerSeason’s Gleamings: The Aluminum Christmas Tree by J. Lindemann and J. Shimon Carrie Mercer can be contacted at ChristmasBookReview@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/ChristmasBookReview)
Want to read a Christmassy book? What kinds of Christmas books are there? Which ones will I be reviewing?Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/ChristmasBookReview)
Christmas Book Review Episode 18Santa’s Daughter, Superheroes, and the EvergleamShow Notes:Christmas Past episode with my interview Christmas Past episode of Two Truths and a Lie Books (and other print media) discussed in this episode:A Kangaroo for ChristmasChristmas with the Superheroes 1 and 2 (try eBay)Jingle Belle’s Cool Yule Paul Dini’s Jingle Belle (try eBay for this one also)Santa Claus Magazine Issue OneThe Evergleam Book: 60th Anniversary DeLuxe Edition (sold out but check www.evergleambook.com)Carrie Mercer can be reached at ChristmasBookReview@gmail.comInstagram—there are many photos for this episode—for the show is at https://www.instagram.com/ChristmasBookReview/ If you’d like to throw a couple bucks my way to help with the costs of doing the podcast, go to my Ko-Fi page at https://ko-fi.com/christmasbookreviewIf you’d like become a Patreon supporter and get a Christmas goodie, you can doso at patreon.com/ChristmasBookReviewThanks for listening!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/ChristmasBookReview)
Books reviewed in this episode:Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak 7/10Sue Cook’s Christmas Cross Stitch Collection 9/10Christmas Cake Murder 6/10Podcasts mentioned in this episode:Book RiotChristmas PastTinsel TunesCarrie Mercer can be reached at ChristmasBookReview@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/ChristmasBookReview)
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