Christmas reading suggestions

Looking for something light/fun/seasonal to read over the Christmas break? Maybe one of these will appeal?

“For the Love of Christmas” by Kate Forster

Rating: ****

Genre: Fiction –  Chick Lit, Seasonal fiction

I love Christmas stories, and this Novella is a gem. A family must pull together emotionally after the loss of a baby boy, in order to rekindle their love for each other & the Christmas season.

“The 12 Slays of Christmas” by Abby L. Vandiver et al

Rating: ***1/2 

Genre:  Fiction –  Cosy Mystery/Christmas

I’m a bit of a fan of a Christmas story fan (particularly of mystery/thriller style story) so “The 12 Slays of Christmas” appealed to me as a great holiday reading prospect. I liked the variety of styles (all cosy to a greater or lesser extent), and over all the collection is pretty good. Some of the stories are cracking reads, some good, and others are just okay. Worth a look as its very Christmassy and not a huge financial outlay.

“A Chance this Christmas” by Joanne Rock

Rating: ***1/2 

Genre:  Fiction –  Romance/Christmas

Rachael must return to her home town, the 365 days a year Christmas Village of Yuletide, for a friend’s wedding. Knowing that she must confront her past, she is surprised to discover that she still has feelings for her old crush, Gavin. I must admit that I’m not usually a reader of romance novels and can’t make any judgement on how this book compares to others in the genre. I do, however, love a Christmas story, and am a big fan of the holiday read. I really enjoyed this book. It’s light, fun, and a little silly, but it’s a great holiday read. Enjoy it for what it is.

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Christmas Reading Suggestions

Xmas book sampleOkay, okay! I know that we haven’t even got to Halloween yet and that mentioning the “C” word is taboo, but I’ve had a special request from a friend. I’ve been asked to re-post my Christmas reading recommendations so that folk can source them before the season rolls around.  So here they are:

“Everything I need to know about Christmas, I Learned from a Little Golden Book.”

GoldenDo you remember these little gems from your childhood? This very amusing trip back in time is a wonderful look at Christmas through the ages. This witty guide to the holiday season features illustrations from Richard Scary, Eloise Wilkin and other regular Golden Book artists, and features many classic Golden Books characters Worth getting and reading just for the memories.

Last year my husband gave me a wonderful big bumper book of Christmas themed Mystery and Detective stories – The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries, edited by Otto Penzler. It is a fabulous collection with both classic and modern tales, by a wide range of authors. Available in bookstores and via Amazon.

The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries, edited by Otto Penzler.

The Big Book of Christmas MysteriesIf you are a fan of detective stories or just a bit of a Christmas aficionado this may be a book for you. It is a fabulous collection with both classic and modern tales, by a wide range of authors. Available on-line through Amazon, Book Depository and   http://www.mysteriousbookshop.com

 

 

“Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop” edited by Otto Penzler

OttoI’m a big fan of Otto Penzler’s mystery story compendiums and am particularly fond of his Christmas collections. I picked this one up on my trip to New York. This collection of short stories is inspired by the Christmas holiday and all stories (be they funny, creepy, clever et al) are set (at least in part) in the Mysterious Bookshop. It features stories by Mary Higgins Clark, Lawrence Block, Ed McBain, Donald Westlake, Thomas Cook, and more. Really worth a look and a great addition to your holiday reading list. Available on-line through Amazon, Book Depository and http://www.mysteriousbookshop.com