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A Lot Like Christmas
A Lot Like Christmas | Connie Willis
This new, expanded edition of Miracle and Other Christmas Stories features twelve brilliantly reimagined holiday tales, five of which are collected here for the first time. Christmas comes but once a year--which is too bad, because the stories in this dazzling collection are fun to read anytime. They put a speculative spin on the holiday, giving fans of acclaimed author Connie Willis a welcome gift and a dozen reasons to be of good cheer. Brimming with Willis's trademark insights and imagination, these heartwarming tales are full of humor, absurdity, human foibles, tragedy, joy, and hope. They both embrace and send up many of the best Christmas traditions, including the Christmas newsletter, Secret Santas, office parties, holiday pageants, and Christmas dinners (both elaborate and spare). There are Rockettes, the best and worst Christmas movies, modern-day Magi, Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet to Come--and the triumph of generosity over greed. Like the timeless classics we return to year after year, these stories affirm our faith in love, magic, and the wonder of the season.
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Avanders
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So I learned a few things. I struggle w reading short stories bc the narrative arc is short & it‘s over as soon as I‘m invested. I don‘t mind when a story doesn‘t really end or have a happy ending, so long as there‘s a good reason. I really love the way Willis writes .. or thinks about the holidays — hopeful & with eyes ahead. Short stories take me “too long” to read.

Overall, I loved this collection, even though I finished after🎄🎄!

🌟🌟🌟🌟

keithmalek Maybe you just need to read longer short stories? 8mo
elkeOriginal There is something special about this book for sure! 8mo
Avanders @keithmalek maybe! These aren‘t all that short… but clearly I need something meatier 😁 (these days! Not always…) (edited) 8mo
Avanders @elkeOriginal it really is - special is the perfect word! 8mo
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Avanders
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Still reading Noir — it‘s definitely grown on me - nearly done! ☺️

Started A Lot Like Christmas — haven‘t gotten very far, but loving it so far! This is also my first Willis 😄

And received #Bestof2021 #BO21 package!!! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 So excited - thank you!! 🎆💙

#AVeryMerryReadathon

BethM Moore‘s books always sound amazing but then have a hard time hooking me, 9mo
Avanders @BethM I can see why… I‘ve actually only read one other by him, and haven‘t yet finished it (Lamb)… but my sister loves him so I‘ve been meaning to give it another go for years…. With this one, there was a definite hump to get over for me… maybe they‘re all like that? But it‘s great once you get past the insistent “schtick”… 9mo
TheSpineView Awesome! 9mo
candority Woohoo! 😊 9mo
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kwmg40
A Lot Like Christmas | Connie Willis
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A nice collection of stories with a sci-fi/fantasy twist. These feature many references to Connie Willis's favourite Christmas books, movies and songs.

I recommend this for participants of #WinterGames looking for Christmas books. I'd have save it for December except it's for a book club this month.

First book finished for #NovelNovember and another one for #BookSpinBingo! @TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65

Andrew65 I enjoy her writing so need to check this out. Well done 👏👏👏 10mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 10mo
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wanderinglynn
A Lot Like Christmas | Connie Willis
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Mehso-so

Finished this one yesterday. It was okay. These are more like novellas than short stories as the audiobook clocks in at 22hrs (13 stories, so nearly 2 hrs per story). Nothing really stood out.

#wintergames #teameeadnosedreindeer #littenlisten

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Karisa
A Lot Like Christmas | Connie Willis
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Finished off the last story in this collection, "Just Like the Ones We Used to Know." It was all over the place (literally many towns, many rotating glimpses of characters). It centered around a planetwide "White Christmas" that was the delight of a few but a huge headache for many. #WinterGames #TMSkellington @Crimson613 @StayCurious @Clwojick

coffees 21pts!! 12-23 3y
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Karisa
A Lot Like Christmas | Connie Willis
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Mehso-so

These next two in the collection were just okay. "Newsletter" is about a woman whose family loves to try and outdo each other in their holiday missives. It has a little nod to classic scifi (Stepford, invasion of the body snatchers). "Epiphany" questions the line between religious zeal and madness but tends to wander along the way. #WinterGames #TMSkellington @Crimson613 @StayCurious @Clwojick

coffees 41pts!! 12-23 3y
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Karisa
A Lot Like Christmas | Connie Willis
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Mehso-so

2 more scifi stories from this collection:

* "Cat's Paw" is a Sherlock Holmes meets Island of Dr. Moreau story set during Christmastime. Really the most holiday thing about it is his Watson type wanting to go to family for Xmas.

*"Now Showing" was more of a scifi philosophical rambling endeavor: What will movie of the future be like if consumerism reigns just small nods to Xmas.

#WinterGames #TMSkellington @Crimson613 @StayCurious @Clwojick

coffees 41pts!! 12-22 3y
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Karisa
A Lot Like Christmas | Connie Willis
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I really liked these two stories from the tagged collection:

*Adaptation: Christmas Carol meets modern day fantasy. It's a sweet tale featuring the ghosts of the classic helping a single dad.

*deck.halls@boughs/holly: Scifi romcom in a future with professional Christmas companies... I can see it happening!

#WinterGames #TMSkellington @Crimson613 @StayCurious @Clwojick

coffees 41pts! 12-21 3y
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Karisa
A Lot Like Christmas | Connie Willis
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Mehso-so

Finished the next 2 stories in this scifi/fantasy holiday collection:

*All Seated on the Ground- This was was ok, but a bit draggy. It was like a Christmas version of Arrival (the movie).
*In Coppelius‘s Toyshop- Blah humbug. Not much plot and mostly centered around one awful character.

#WinterGames #TMSkellington @Crimson613 @StayCurious @Clwojick

coffees 41pts!! 12-20 3y
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Karisa
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Just finished the second and third stories in this collection. Both felt a bit like wintery Twilight Zone episodes.

"All About Emily" Consider if you will, what happens when the perfect AI shows up on Broadway to meet the legend of her dreams and then decides to become a Rockette?

"Inn" Mary and Joseph show up at a megachurch's door just before Xmas. Will they be turned away?

#WinterGames #TMSkellington @Crimson613

coffees 41pts!! 12-18 3y
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Karisa
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So far I've just read the first story in this collection "Miracle," but I liked it a lot. It had many classic holiday fantasy story elements--spirit, mild romance, nice message. This first sweet, story was a fresh approach.

#WinterGames #TMSkellington @Crimson613 @StayCurious @Clwojick

coffees 21pts!! 12-16 #holidayread 3y
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overtheedge
A Lot Like Christmas | Connie Willis
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Movie: ALot Like Christmas. Popcorn Flix.
The importance of family, forgiveness and love.
#wintergames #ReadNosedReindeer @Clwojick @StayCurious #hallmarkbingo-lets watch one more.

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cwarnier
A Lot Like Christmas | Connie Willis
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1.
2. I hope so, I will participate in the #24B4Monday this weekend and hope to complete it.
3. Black
4. Bed, dresser...
5. Soup
@MinDea #humpdaypost

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AshHisson
A Lot Like Christmas | Connie Willis
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I‘d already read and adored the original version of this anthology and was excited to hear there was an expanded version. The new stories were fantastic, and the extended notes section has added to my to-be-read and to-be-watched lists. Definitely recommend. 5/5 #decemberreads #shortstories #scifi #christmasreads

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quietjenn
A Lot Like Christmas | Connie Willis
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Merry Christmas, friends! Hope you're enjoying the holiday. Or, having a pleasant Tuesday, if it's not your thing. Thanks for being part of my Litsy life!

DarcysMom Merry Christmas to you! 4y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego 💚 Ho Ho Ho ❤ 4y
Kaye Merry Christmas 🎄 4y
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Dragon Merry Christmas 🎄! 💚🐉 4y
batsy Merry Christmas and same to you! Enjoy seeing your bookish posts 😊🎄📚 4y
Redwritinghood Merry Christmas! 4y
quietjenn @batsy thank you! It's quite mutual! 4y
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mcipher
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My unhealthy lunch break for today... I was too lazy to even make a sandwich after this crazy exhausting week. Cloth napkins make it classy right?! I love this book - I‘ve been dipping in for a story every few days to make it last. Thanks again @heikemarie (also getting a lot of use out of my lovely wooden Cancun bookmark from @shellleigh33 - world‘s best pen pal!)

heikemarie 😍 I am trying to save them for Christmas Dat but you make it look so good!! I‘m glad they‘ve been great ❤️ 💚❤️💚 4y
mcipher @heikemarie Yes! I just finished the book and loved it. I read one every few days to make it last. But it would be a great Xmas Day read. 🎄 4y
shellleigh33 ❤️😊 You are so sweet @mcipher. I couldn‘t ask for a better penpal either 😘. Hope you and your family had a very merry Christmas today 4y
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bookishdawg
A Lot Like Christmas | Connie Willis
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Unexpected #bookandblankie time.... this guy had a long morning at the vet, so we are resting and snuggling today. 💜💛 🐶

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Aimeesue
A Lot Like Christmas | Connie Willis
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TRAPPED BY A PIBBLE!
It must be Sunday afternoon.
#Stella
#Pibble
#PitBullsofLitsy
#DogsofLitsy

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Aimeesue
A Lot Like Christmas | Connie Willis
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While I‘m enjoying this book, it is supremely irritating to me that one of the short stories Willis swoons over (her family reads it every Christmas) is NOWHERE TO BE FOUND as it was published as part of a catalogue insert. Nothing makes me want to read something more than sheer unavailability of said book. I sense an obsessive literary quest coming on. In December! Aaaaaagh!

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mcipher
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Oh my goodness, @heikemarie - I feel so spoiled! What a killer #stuffedstockingswap ! #Chloe thinks it all smells interesting... I love the holiday books - I‘ve been dying for the tagged one, which I‘m betting is your “must-read”?! - the candle smells amazing, I can‘t wait to use the bath bombs (tomorrow after yoga!!), and the charger?! 🥰 Adorable! Plus candy!! Thank you so much!! #sss 🎄♥️🎁
#tuxedokittiesoflitsy #catsoflitsy @MinDea

heikemarie It is!! What a sweetie you got to pose with! I‘m so glad you like. ☺️ enjoy and happiest of holidays!! 4y
mcipher @heikemarie I already started it - really liked the first story. 🎄😆 4y
MinDea 😻😻😻😻 4y
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heikemarie @mcipher I just ordered my copy! 😂 thanks for the recc even if you didn‘t know it!! 4y
Avanders ♥️🎄❄️💙🥰 also I may have to wishlist (edited) 4y
mcipher @heikemarie Yay! I‘m 3 stories in and I love her writing! Thank you again!! 🎄😊 4y
mcipher @Avanders Great title right?!? I loaned it to my mom since I started another one and she said it‘s cracking her up! 4y
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cwarnier
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Please join me for a Christmas swap.
Oct. 20 sign up opens
Nov. 3 sign up closed
Nov. 8- pair ups will be announced
Dec. 1- mail out book swap
Dec. 15 opening day

Sign up at bit.ly/christmasswap

#christmasswap

Burghbookaddict I tried to sign up but there seems to be an issue with the field where you enter your Litsy name ☹ 4y
cwarnier @BurghBookAddict try again, I believe it is fixed. I don't know why it wanted a #. Sorry about that. 4y
Burghbookaddict @cwarnier No problem! I'll try again 😊 4y
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RealLifeReading
A Lot Like Christmas | Connie Willis
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I do not #love this sore throat I seem to be coming down with but this lovely Golden Osmanthus tea from Lupicia will hopefully do the trick. But I do #love this great graphic novel and also my recent discovery that Connie Willis wrote Christmas stories! What are you up to today?
#seasonsreadings2017

UwannaPublishme Feel better! 🤗💕 5y
LoveToReadLiveToRead Love the look of that graphic novel, on the TBR list you go! PS cool teapot 5y
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elkeOriginal
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I really tucked into this book for Christmas day introverting and it‘s as much fun as I remember Miracle and Other Christmas stories being when I first fell in love with Connie Willis. And she clearly loves Christmas!
These stories run the gamut from futuristic robots among us to alien visitation to a real Christmas Nativity—each with their own ‘magic‘.
Lovely way to spend a holiday on the couch and get in the spirit ✨🎄✨

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Sungirl79
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Just started this one and love the first story so far. Looking forward to reading the rest!🎄

CatLass007 Connie Willis!💝 5y
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elkeOriginal
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I needed a bit of a comfort read today and found the perfect one with this updated version of Connie Willis‘s Miracle and other Christmas stories. That was the book that made me love her writing and this updated edition has a bunch more stories! WooHoo! She clearly loves Christmas and adds her own spin & magic & oddness to stories of the season.
Good stuff + just what I needed 😸

LeahBergen I didn‘t know about this book! Is this the same Connie Willis as 5y
LeahBergen Awesome. 👍🏻 5y
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ThatBookishGal
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@Tiffy_Reads tree lights aren‘t on, but look who thinks he‘s an ornament! Get out of my tree! #threeformegiveaway congratulations on reaching 3,000!!!

Rachbb3 😂 That's so cute. 5y
MommyOfTwo Our cat was a kitten last year and she climbed and knocked over the tree! We were up at 4am cleaning up water and glass. 🙀 5y
BibliophileMomma 🤣😍 5y
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ThatBookishGal @MommyOfTwo Oh no!!! I‘m so afraid of that happening!!! My cat Loki (pictured) has already broken my Disney Haunted Mansion ornament by knocking it off. So to prevent further accidents, my husband decided to take 2 automatic air fresheners and have them flank the tree. So far, it has scared Loki away! Why can‘t he be like his big sister Gizmo who doesn‘t want to climb the tree?? 😂 5y
ThatBookishGal @Rachbb3 it was too cute to resist taking a picture of, even if I don‘t want him climbing my tree lol 😂 clearly I will be one of those parents who takes the picture or records the video of their child getting in trouble and doing things they shouldn‘t be doing 5y
LeahBergen 😂😂 5y
jbhops Hahaha this is awesome! Our cat we had growing up used to climb the tree so my dad had to start securing it to the wall! 5y
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Lissa00
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I love Connie Willis and the first story in this collection is SO good. I can‘t wait to read it through the holiday season!

Centique I love Connie Willis too! I don‘t usually read short stories but I do love hers - so stacked! Have you read this one? 5y
Centique Oops just realised this is an extended version of the book I tagged. So now I think I should buy this! 😍 5y
Lissa00 @Centique She hasn‘t written a thing that I‘ve read that I don‘t like! This is just a rerelease if her previous collection. Not sure what she added but it‘s all new to me:) 5y
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Sonnie
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I'm three stories into A Lot Like Christmas and I'm just after putting up the Christmas tree, I'm wondering where I can find Miracle on 34th Street, and I'm tempted to pull up a very old Christmas playlist to listen to while finishing the book. Who am I and what has Connie Willis done with my Scrooge-like exterior?

elkeOriginal Connie Willis is the best! 5y
Sonnie Agreed! 5y
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Tanner
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OMG, it‘s in, it‘s in, and I have it! Yay!
(I think I‘m hyperventilating!)

Lacythebookworm I didn‘t know that this was a thing! Very exciting! 5y
Tanner @Lacythebookworm It is! I ❤️ Connie Willis - she‘s an instant buy for me. 5y
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howjessicareads
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Well when you get sent a Christmas book for review in September... you're practically required to listen to Christmas music, amiright? (I chose JJ Heller's Unto Us. 🎄🎶)

Lcsmcat I think it's a law. 😀 5y
howjessicareads Glad you concur @Lcsmcat ! 5y
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