Skipping Christmas, Week 2

Welcome to Week 2 of the Online Book Club discussion of Skipping Christmas.

How was the reading experience for you this week? I really enjoyed the first part of this book. It's fun to read a light, silly book after reading darker reads the past two months!

I thought the first chapter was so entertaining. Haven't we all been where Luther was--forced to go in a busy store, knowing you won't find what you need. It just cracked me up how he got so wet. There is little worse than having cold, wet feet. Do you think an experience like Luther had would be enough to make you want to skip Christmas? 

What do you think about doing a Christmas Caribbean cruise? I never really thought about the fact that people take cruises over the holiday season. If you're interested in reading about Christmas cruises, check out this link. Where do you think you'd want to travel on Christmas? Do you think you'd want to go somewhere cold or warm? 

I think one thing that surprised me the most about this first section was how much other people cared what the Kranks were doing. The neighbors were so upset about the Frosty on the roof, the pastor talked to them about their choices, and their friends felt betrayed. I was so surprised that people cared that much about the fact that Kranks were doing something different. I don't think I would really care that much if one of my neighbors decided to head out of town for Christmas. Do you think you would care that much about what other people were doing--especially if they were not in your immediate family?

Could you believe how steadfast the Kranks were able to be? They didn't waver at all. I couldn't believe that they were able to say no to the police calendar and the firemen. They even said no to the carolers! I can't believe the Kranks, especially Luther, could continually say no. I definitely would have had a hard time with that. 

I think one of my favorite things was the fact that Luther kept going tanning. I just thought it was so funny to imagine him at the tanning salon. It seemed like he was getting really dark. He really commited to be completely opposite of Christmas in all ways!

What do you think is going to happen in the next section? What do you think the neighbors are going to do--it seems like they can't get over the Frosty betrayal! I don't think the neighborhood relationships are going to get any better in the next section. 

Before you go, check out the video below to get a glimpse into John Grisham's writing life. And, check out this link if you want to hear about some books that changed Grisham's life. 

We're only doing one more week of this book since I didn't want any blog posts to go up over Christmas, so make sure to finish the book for next week! I can't wait to hear your thoughts in the comments!