I enjoy reading Christmas books after Thanksgiving through the end of the year. Tarissa at In the Bookcase hosts a Literary Christmas challenge for that purpose. You can find the details here, but the basic idea is to read Christmas books and write posts about them.
I have ten unread Christmas books on my Kindle app, plus one I’ve read but don’t remember and would like to reread. I don’t think I can get through them all in a month. I don’t want the challenge to be pressured, especially during a month with a lot else going on. So I’ll start with these and add some in if I have time and inclination.
An advent devotional—either Joy to the World: Daily Readings for Advent by Charles Spurgeon or A Christmas Longing by Joni Eareckson Tada. Haven’t decided yet.
Loving My Actual Christmas by Alexandra Kuykendall, nonfiction.
A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson. This appealed to me because I grew up on the Texas coastline, so my early Christmases were more seaside than wintery.
Mistletoe and Murder: A Christmas Suspense Collection of ten novellas by different authors. Not the usual Christmas fare, eh? I’ve only read two of the authors and heard of a couple more. I’m mainly reading it for Adam Blumer’s entry, but I hope to enjoy all of them.
A Very Bookish Christmas by Sarah Holman, J. Grace Pennington, Kate Willis, and Rebekah Jones. A series of stories based on classic books. I loved the Thanksgiving version so much, I couldn’t wait to get the Christmas one.
That gives me a good start! Do you like to read Christmas stories? Do you have plans to read any this year?
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Every year I listen to a Christmas novella or two or . . . by Donna VanLiere. My book club is reading The Christmas Table this year. All I have read are set in the same small town and include returning characters. I love them. It’s like going home!
oh i can’t think of anything better right now than curling up with a Christmas themed book, by the fire, under a quilt, with a cup of tea.
thanks for the inspiration, Barbara!
Barbara, I love Advent devotional books as they so help me to prepare my heart. This year I am revisiting Because of Bethlehem by Max Lucado. In addition, I am working through two new ones: The Advent Narrative by Mary Geisen and Unexpected Jesus by Anna Robbins. Both of these are proving to be excellent.
I usually don’t read Christmas books — Bookish Christmas is intriguing me, though …
I do enjoy Christmas reads. I’ve read Ann Voskamp’s Advent book in past years. I have also read novels around this time of year. I’m so far behind on my reading I have no idea if I’ll be reading any Christmas-themed books this year. Sigh. 😉
What excellent holiday reading material you’ve chosen, Barbara! I can definitely vouch for A Very Bookish Christmas. I just know you’ll love all the stories!
Thanks for joining A Literary Christmas yet again!
I am working on a book of Luci Shaw ‘s Christmas poems and one of John Piper’s devotional books.
I need to add some of these for next Christmas! ‘A very bookish Christmas’ sounds intriguing. Will be looking that one up for sure! : )
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