I’m doing my own theme for Top Ten Tuesday this week, Christmas-themed stories. With the Ho Ho Ho Read-a-Thon beginning in two days, I thought I’d give folks some suggestions in case you’d like to participate but haven’t put together a list. It’s a five-day event, so you don’t need too many. I don’t usually read holiday themed books for any holiday, but last Christmas I was very Scrooge-ish, so I thought something early might get me in the mood this year. Really I think someone in my family needs to be having babies because all the kids have hit that stage where they are too cool for Santa stuff, but too young for adult walks down Memory Lane, and little children make Christmas magic real. Here’s a variety of books for the Christmas season.
The first book I ever reviewed for a publisher was The Paper Bag Christmas by Kevin Alan Milne. It’s a very sweet story and appropriate for everyone in your family. I highly recommend it.
I recently reviewed a classic British drawing room mystery, The Santa Klaus Murder by Mavis Doriel Hay, that I really enjoyed.
Another cute Christmas story I reviewed last month was Merry Mistletoe by Emma Davies. It’s a romance about a woman trying to save her family’s mistletoe farm. Loved it!
Kathy from BermudaOnion reviewed Blue Christmas by Mary Kay Andrews last year. I read this a few years ago and loved it. Mary Kay always writes such funny stories with believable characters.
Beth Fish brought An Irish Country Christmas by Patrick Taylor to my attention. It is the third in a series, but can be read alone, she says. I think Christmas in Ireland might definitely put me in the holiday spirit, especially if someone took me there!
I heard about Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe by Rebecca Raisin through Amy at A Novel Start. The cover art grabbed me first, then the review. I love books about local shops where friends hang out. This is the first in a series.
Debbie Macomber gives us a Christmas novel every year, some of which have become TV movies for the Hallmark Network. Mr. Miracle was her offering for 2014.
I always laugh out loud when I read Donna Andrews’ Meg Langslow cozy mysteries with a bird theme. Mark, from Carstairs Considers says The Nightingale Before Christmas can easily be read with no prior knowledge of the series. There’s also Six Geese a Slaying and Duck the Halls.Looking for a Christmas themed book to get in the spirit? Check out this list! Click To Tweet
When Richard Paul Evans wrote The Christmas Box in 1993 I’m sure he didn’t know he’d become a go-to author for Christmas stories of redemption and love. This year he has The Mistletoe Inn, and a few years ago Sheila at Book Journey reviewed The Christmas List.
Hot Toy by Jennifer Crusie is a quick read about a woman trying to buy this year’s most desired toy. Jennifer Crusie is always funny and Kathrine from Book Date is one of my go-to reviewers, so I expect this to be a good one.
At Socrates’ Book Reviews, Felony Fruitcake by Linda P. Kozar caught my eye with the fun pink cover. I often think I’d like to do a pink Christmas theme, even though I’m not really a pink person.
Maybe you just want to read some short stories. Shannon from It Starts at Midnight reviewed My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins, a collection of twelve stories by young adult authors.
This is what I plan to read during the Read-a-Thon.
Candlelight Christmas by Susan Wiggs I love the Lakeshore Chronicles and this one is #10. I recently reviewed #11, Starlight Willow Lake. There is also Lakeshore Christmas and several winter-themed books in the series that are all available at my library, so I may pick up another to have on hand.
Bella’s Christmas Bake Off by Sue Watson is something I got from NetGalley to review.
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie Classic mystery at Christmas; gotta read it!
I hope this puts you in a merry mood and you consider joining the Ho Ho Ho Read-a-Thon with Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Herding Cats & Burning Soup.