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.


2016 Book Review Summary

In 2016 I managed to review 61 books – both fiction and non-fiction, self published and traditionally published, paperback/hardcover & e-book, across a wide range of genres and from all around the world. I have too many favourites to pick a winner for the year. I look forward to my 2017 reading and will be opening for review submissions in February. Enjoy the rest of your holidays and happy reading!

Authors to watch out for in 2017:

  • Jim Nesbitt
  • Sarah Key
  • Frankie Bow
  • Uday Murkerji
  • Katie Rose Guest Pryal
  • and of course me! Sarah Jackson

You can download the review list from this page: 2016 Book Reviews

Fiction – Mystery/Adventure/Crime

  1. ***** “End of Watch” by Stephen King
  2. ***** “The Last Second Chance” by Jim Nesbitt
  3. ***** “The Dandelion Clock” by Sarah Key
  4. ***** “Dead Down East” by Carl Schmidt
  5. ****1/2 “The Cursed Canoe” by Frankie Bow
  6. **** “The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine” by Alexander McCall Smith
  7. ***1/2 “Bogman” by R. I. Oulfsen

Fiction – Chick Lit/Romance

  1. ****1/2 “Hollywood Lights” by Katie Rose Guest Pryal
  2. ****1/2 “Chasing Chaos” by Katie Rose Guest Pryal
  3. **** “Dangerous Obsessions” by Bob van Laerhoven
  4. ***1/2 “The Judgment” by D.J.Niko

Fiction – Sci Fi/Horror/Fantasy

  1. ***** “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” by Jack Finney
  2. ****1/2 “The Signalman – A Ghost Story” by Charles Dickens
  3. ****1/2 “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” by J.K.Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne
  4. **** “The Eye of the Sibyl and other classic stories” by Philip K. Dick
  5. **** “Bizarre of Bad Dreams” by Stephen King
  6. **** “Jen Air” by J Coutelier
  7. **** “Sol of the Coliseum” By Adam Gaylord
  8. **** “Rarity from the Hollow” by Robert Eggleton
  9. **** “Ignite” by Danielle Rogman
  10. ***1/2 “Wild Card Run” by Sara Stamey
  11. ***1/2 “Speculative Story Bites” By Sarena Ulibarri (Ed)
  12. ***1/2 “Fall of the Cities – Putting Down roots” by Vance Huxley
  13. ***1/2 “Elemental Kingdoms: Darkness Descends” by Peter Arvo & Lauren Arvo
  14. *** “The Shattered Stars – Breach of Contract” by Vance Huxley

Fiction – Literary Fiction/Other/Comedy

  1. ***** “Love, Life and Logic” by Uday Mukerji
  2. **** “The Resurrection of Frédéric Debreu” by Alex Marsh
  3. **** “Random Word Stories: Volume 1” by Eli Goldfarb
  4. ***1/2 “Fractured Angel” by Ken Williams

Fiction – Children

  1. ***** “Minkie Monster Saves Christmas” by Ceri Clark
  2. **** “An Unlikely Friendship” by Jasmine Fogwell

Non-Fiction – Memoirs/Biographies

  1. ***** “No Problem Mr Walt” by Walt Hackman
  2. **** “A Street Cat Named Bob” by James Bowen

 Non-Fiction – True Crime

  1. **** “All Fall Down” by Matthew Condon
  2. *** “Anita Cobby The Crime That Shocked The Nation” By Alan J. Whiticker
  3. *** “Derek Percy: Australian Psycho” by Alan Whiticker

Non-Fiction – Reference

  1. ***** “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft” by Stephen King
  2. **** “Courtyard Kitchen” by Natalie Boog
  3. ****1/2 “Essential Horror Movies: Matinee Monsters to Cult Classics” by Michael Mallory
  4. ****1/2 “Hidden Histories – Herbs” by Kim Hurst
  5. ****1/2 “The Greatest Books You’ll Never Read: Unpublished masterpieces by the world’s greatest writers” by Professor Bernard Richards
  6. ****1/2 “Theory Of Irony: How Jesus Led to Moon Golf” by Erik Von Norden
  7. ****1/2 “Seven Flowers and How They Shaped Our World” by Jennifer Potter
  8. **** “1001 TV Series you must watch before you die” by Paul Condon and Steve Moffat
  9. **** “Trumped – Beyond Politically Correct ” by Peter Davidson
  10. **** “The Wisdom of Bees” by Erik Berrevoets
  11. **** “Australia’s best Garden Guides: Climbers and Creepers” by Allen Gilbert
  12. ***1/2 “John Hughes: A Life in Film” by Kirk Honeycutt
  13. *** “Whistler’s Mother” by NGV Press

 Non-Fiction – Self Help/Instructional/Reference

  1. ****1/2 “The Vintage Tea Party Book” by Angel Adoree
  2. **** “Return to Your Senses: Save yourself before technology kills you” by Ronald D Eastman II
  3. **** “The Two Week wait Challenge” by Lindsay Fischer
  4. **** “Anyone can get an A+: How to Beat Procrastination, Reduce Stress and Improve Your Grades” by Geetanjali Mukherjee
  5. **** “fearLESS: How to Conquer Your Fear, Stop Playing Small, and Start Living an Extraordinary Life You Love” by Nathalie Thompson

Non-Fiction – Travel Guides/Reference

  1. ***** “Top 10 Prague” (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide) by Theodore Schwinke
  2. ***** “Top 10 Berlin” (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide) by DK
  3. **** “Los Angeles: A Portrait of a City” by Jim Heimann
  4. ***1/2 “Vienna: Architecture & Art” by Tobias Kunz
  5. ***1/2 Marco Polo Spiral Guide – Perfect Days in Prague
  6. ***1/2 “New Zealand North Island” by Darroch Donald
  7. *** “Berlin” by CitiX

Christmas Reading – Suggestion 2

“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.