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What's a great book to read at Christmas time?

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message 1: by Nicky (new) - added it

Nicky Hi everyone, I've just finished a book and can't decide what to start next. I fancy getting my teeth into a really great book and as it's on the run up to the festive season I wondered if anyone had any suggestions of a really good 'Christmassy' read? I was thinking about 'A Christmas Carol as I haven't actually read much Dickens but I feel I know the story too well.

message 2: by Lora (last edited Nov 22, 2013 12:09PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Lora If you know the story only from tv and film versions, then the book will feel fresh for you. It has so much more spirit in it, lol.

message 3: by Rebecca (last edited Nov 22, 2013 12:21PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Rebecca Pierce Actually, I felt the same way until I read it. But it really is a good read. I found an especially good copy with these gorgeous pictures. And Lora is right, it will feel fresh to you if all you know is movie adaptations. You could also try Letters from Father Christmas if you are a fan of Tolkien. If you like really good picture books with beautiful drawings and beautiful stories you should try Holly and Ivy. I still read that one every year.

Lora Ooh, yes, indeed. Thanks.

Verena Skipping Christmas by John Grisham is a lot of fun, as is Wishin' and Hopin': A Christmas Story by Wally Lamb.

Cayla Definitely read "A Christmas Carol." I read it every Christmas! "Gift of the Magi" is a good one too. A great picture book is "The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey." Beautiful.

message 7: by Nicky (new) - added it

Nicky Thanks for all your suggestions - I'll check those out, I'm planning a bookshop visit tomorrow! Tolkien's Letters from Father Christmas looks lovely I think I'll definitely get that, I've a feeling that could become a family favourite.

Rebecca Pierce Cayla wrote: "Definitely read "A Christmas Carol." I read it every Christmas! "Gift of the Magi" is a good one too. A great picture book is "The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey." Beautiful."

Ooh! Yes, those are good ones!

Michael Alan Grapin A lot of people who have read my book, Santa 17, seem to have thought that reading it around the holidays was appropriate.

Chris Heddon I often read Winter Holiday by Arthur Ransom to get me in the mood. What could be better than a frozen lake and extended school holidays thanks to Nancy's mumps!

Julie I start reading only holiday books starting on Thanksgiving. I'm also looking for some more ideas. Spirit of Christmas by Kyle Andrews, it's a short book that you can get cheep through amazon if you have a kindle, The Last Train Home by Tony Wilson and The Sneezing Christmas Tree were my favorites from last year.

message 12: by Anna (new) - rated it 4 stars

Anna Also try Richard Paul Evans' "The Gift", "Promise Me", and "The Christmas Box", to name a few. He has other books, the later of which are fun reads (talking about his "The Walk" series).

Christine Although it is a children's book, my favorite Christmas read is The Polar Express The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

I also like Christmas Treasury by Louisa May Alcott Louisa May Alcott's Christmas Treasury by Louisa May Alcott

message 14: by Anna (new) - rated it 4 stars

Anna Can't believe I forgot "The Polar Express"! One of the best. "The Night Before Christmas" has to make the list as well. :)

Laura Cottam Sajbel Yes, A Christmas Carol is really a terrific book. Our family read it aloud one icy Christmas Eve when no one wanted to venture out. Even my then-seven year old son loved it--so well-written. Another highly entertaining book is The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson. Side-splittingly funny and poignant without being sappy. Enjoy!

message 16: by Pat (new) - rated it 5 stars

Pat Padden "A Child's Christmas in Wales" by Dylan Thomas is a gem. The language is luminous and lyrical, the story is timeless, and although the setting is a small seaside town on the Welsh coast,the characters will remind you in the best of all possible ways of your own relatives and neighbors.

message 17: by Pat (last edited Dec 05, 2013 12:33PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Pat Padden There's a very beautiful part of Kenneth Graham's "Wind in the Willows" called Dulce Domum. (It's Chapter 5.) Absolutely charming.
Mole and Ratty are returning home from a winter walk when Mole senses his old home nearby. You can listen to a reading of it here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schoolradio/subj...

April I found a fun book: The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries compiled by Otto Penzler


message 19: by Pat (new) - rated it 5 stars

Pat Padden The only Sherlock Holmes Christmas story is "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". If you like a little mystery with your mistletoe, try it!


message 20: by April (last edited Dec 05, 2013 01:10PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

April Oops, double post.

message 21: by Pat (last edited Dec 05, 2013 01:21PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Pat Padden Ghost stories are a Christmas tradition, as well, and no one did them better than M.R. James. They're cozy, they're donnish in a mild-mannered Cambridge sort of way, and they're terrifying. "Oh, Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad" is the show-stopper. Even the title makes me a little uneasy.

Lesley Arrowsmith The Children of Green Knowe by Lucy Boston is lovely for Christmas, too - Tolly is sent to a big old house for Christmas, and meets ghosts of some of the children who lived there centuries before. It's based on a real house, too - Hemingford Grey in Huntingdonshire, where Lucy Boston lived.

message 23: by Pam (new) - rated it 5 stars

Pam I suggest The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore, a Christmas murder with zombies. Very funny.
Also Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory is a lovely read.

message 24: by M.G. (new) - rated it 5 stars

M.G. Mason Try "'Tis the Season" by China Mieville. A short read that lampoons the commercialism of Christmas. You need a bit of a warped sense of humour to get it but it's very funny with a kind of serious message.

Amanda Neiley David Sedaris' "Holidays on Ice" is spectacularly funny. Darkly comedic without being completely cynical.Holidays on Ice

message 26: by Anna (new) - rated it 4 stars

Anna A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas is lovely.

Jeanie A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg
Shepherds Abiding by Jean Karon
and I second The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

message 28: by Kim (new) - rated it 5 stars

Kim I have read "Skipping Christmas" and it was a very good book. I head "The Fir Tree" is a good one. "The Christmas Blessing" and "The Christmas Shoes" are supposed to be good.

Sarah Coffee House Angel is wonderful!

Kathy Anne Perry has a series about Victorian Christmas. Various stories that have been short spinoffs from her regular series, but have also just been short mysteries not connected.

There is one that is either coming out soon or has just come out by Donna Andrews; Duck the Halls. I have not gotten it yet, but have it on hold. If it is even half as funny as her other books, then it will be very entertaining.

message 31: by Kim (new) - rated it 5 stars

Kim Kathy wrote: "Anne Perry has a series about Victorian Christmas. Various stories that have been short spinoffs from her regular series, but have also just been short mysteries not connected.

There is one tha..."

I love Anne Perry and have most of her Christmas collection. Her Christmas Collection's a great read so far I read 3 of them.

message 32: by Rugg (new) - rated it 5 stars

Rugg Ruggedo There's a collection of Christmas tales told by Washington Irving that he wrote for Sketch Book. This is the same book that The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle came from. The collected version is called Old Christmas. The version with illustrations by Randolph Caldecott is really very impressive, and Irvings was of telling a story really makes you live in the season.

(Alice) Aley Martin Christmas Holiday by Somerset Maugham

message 34: by Al (new) - rated it 4 stars

Al Maki Connie Willis's "Miracle and Other Christmas Stories" and also Robertson Davies's "High Spirits".

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