'Tis the Season to Curl Up With a Good Book

by Shh_ImReading@evpl on Monday, December 1 2008, 5:01pm. Viewed 1,238 times.

Most years I try to pick out and read at least one Christmas novel during the holidays. I thought I would share some of the titles I've enjoyed in years past.

Some of the novels I've read are fairly traditional. I've never been a fan of Charles Dickens, but A Christmas Carol really is worth your time. The Christmas Train by David Baldacci is one of my favorites. The Handmaid and the Carpenter by Elizabeth Berg is a story about Mary and Joseph.

   

There are two that I thought were well-written and enjoyable, but don't have the happy endings some people expect from a Christmas novel. One is a collection of short stories by Maeve Binchy called This Year it Will Be Different and the other is a small book by Stewart O'Nan called Last Night at the Lobster.

 

When I can find them, I really enjoy off-the-wall Christmas stories. The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore is certainly off-the-wall. I have one word for you: ZOMBIES. Hogfather by Terry Pratchett is another great one, especially for fantasy readers. You might also try The Shepherd, the Angel and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog by Dave Barry. It's short and funny.

   

Some of these titles are available in large print and audio! Also, the edition of A Christmas Carol that I've linked to is the annotated one. There are smaller copies without notes available as well if you prefer.

I'm always looking for Christmas reading suggestions, so be sure to sign in share what you've enjoyed in the comments below!


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kiya@evpl wrote
on Tuesday, December 2 2008, 4:56pm

Thanks - you've got some of my favorites, and some new ones to try.  Others I would recommend:

For silliness and happy endings, Debbie Macomber's angel books ("Shirley, Goodness & Mercy"; "Where Angels Go"; "Those Christmas Angels"; "Angels Everywhere")are a delight.

Jim Grimsley's bittersweet "Comfort and Joy" is about the gap between what we want from our families and what is available from our families at Christmas, and why we keep trying.

Lee Smith's "Christmas Letters" covers several generations of Christmases for one family, and gives me both chuckles and a lump in my throat.

If you haven't listened to Jim Dale's performance of "A Christmas Carol" by Dickens, then get a copy of that audiobook as soon as you can - it's a real treat!

on Tuesday, December 2 2008, 5:16pm

Several years ago I read This Year It Will Be Different by Maeve Binchy  -- great!

seeker@evpl wrote
on Wednesday, December 3 2008, 11:16am

For the season, I recently reread the screwball mystery "Rest You Merry" by Charlotte MacLeod.  Even though I know who done it, I enjoy revisiting Balaclava Agricultural College's eccentric characters.

Bufkinite@evpl wrote
on Friday, December 5 2008, 2:47pm

We used to read "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!" every Christmas when my daughter was small.  The Herdmans are a family we all have run across, and this story never loses its ability to make me laugh.

Another one worth reading is "Christmas In Harmony" by Philip Gulley.  It's just the right mix of small town humor and warmth.