Friday, November 16, 2012

Christmas Book Suggestions?

Last week I read the children's book The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson. I'd never read it before, but both my kids had and they thought it was hilarious. They were right! I loved it too!


One of my favorite Christmas books is Miracle on 34th Street by Valentine Davies. I first read it when I was in high school. I found it in our school library, and I remember thinking it looked interesting. I couldn't put it down--it just made me smile! Now, whenever I watch the movie or re-read the book, I'm taken back to a winter's snowfall outside the floor-to-ceiling windows in our old school library.

Each year, I read at least one Christmas novel. Many times they're romances.

This year, I would love your help. Could you share suggestions with me? I'd love to read a few Christmas books over the next few weeks, but I don't know which ones to read.

Any tips would be appreciated!!

Do you read Christmas books? What one is your favorite?

Enjoy your weekend!!

21 comments:

  1. I've been hearing good things about Robyn Carr's My Kind of Christmas so that's on my radar right now--but I haven't read it yet.

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    1. I've heard so many good things about Robyn Carr's books, but I've never read her. Adding it to my list! Thanks!

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  2. I just read a wonderful Christmas novella by my friend, Robin Patchen. It was great. http://www.amazon.com/One-Christmas-Holiday-Extravaganza-ebook/dp/B00A1068PA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1353068378&sr=8-1&keywords=robin+patchen

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    1. Ooo, novella's--perfect for this time of year! Thanks!

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  3. I love O. Henry's short story "The Gift of the Magi"

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    1. Putting it on order through our library! I haven't read it, but I'm going to now! Thanks!

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  4. We have the Canadian version of the Twelve Days of Christmas (I can't remember the title). It's hilarious. I bought it for the kids last Christmas (it's a PB) and we crack up every time we read it.

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    1. Oh, good! I love picture books. Jan Brett still makes me swoon--all that detail! I'm checking to see if our library carries this one, thanks!!

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  5. This is the title: A Porcupine in a Pine Tree :D

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  6. The Christmas Scrapbook by Philip Gulley. Hilarious!!! The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans. Touching. Shepherds Abiding by Jan Karon. Enjoy a special Christmas in Mitford. Enjoy!

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    1. Ooo, a whole list! Yay!! Thanks so much for sharing this, Monica!

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  7. Susan May Warren has a novella, "The Great Christmas Bowl." I haven't read it yet but plan to this year!

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  8. Oh Jill, you have to read The Paper Bag Christmas by Kevin Alan Milne. All my book club members loved it last Christmas. Warning: You will have tears streaming down your face at the end-sweet tears. And if you have kids over 12, they could also read it for sure!

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    1. Well, I'm definitely adding that to my list--what a glowing review! Thanks!

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    2. WOW! LOVED IT!!So glad I read this recommendation.

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  9. Dickens' A Christmas Carol. I second CJ's suggestion of The Gift of the Magi (Anything by O. Henry is wonderful. I especially love The Last Leaf {sad} and The Ransom of Red Chief {hilarious.})

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    1. Oh, I forgot about Dickens! Good one! Thanks!

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  10. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is one of my favorites too! I don't read a lot of Christmas books, but I have a pile of Christmas movies!

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  11. Best Christmas Pageant Ever-church drama ministry performed it two years in a row.

    Gift of the Magi-always a sweet story.

    A Christmas Carol- I like the ORIGINAL (1950's) version of the movie.

    The Handmaid and the Carpenter by Elizabeth Berg. (Book)

    The Red Glove Series by Karen Kingsbury (Collection of short books)

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  12. I love to read Christmas books. One I read every year for a while was Skipping Christmas by John Grisham. I also love the Best Christmas Pageant Ever. (When Immogene sings "Son of God, loves pure light" it gets me every time.) I try to find a Christmas mystery if I can. I have read the original Christmas Carol. Loved it. I really wish I could think of some more.

    You know I have never read or seen (other than clips) The Miracle On 34th Street. I need to get that book and read it. What a time that will be.

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