Top Ten Tuesday: Holiday Reads

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Ornaments, snow-covered pine cone, tinsel, and a wrapped present.While I don’t really celebrate any winter holidays with anything other than a nice meal, I still enjoy reading books about or set in this part of the year.

1. Yuletide Tales A Festive Collective by Peter John

I’ve never seen such a diverse assortment of stories related to Christmas. The references to the horror genre in the blurb are particularly interesting.

2. The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

One of my favourite Language Arts teachers assigned this story to us when I was a teenager. I’ve loved it ever since.

3. The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror (Pine Cove, #3) by Christopher Moore

How can anyone read this title and not want to find out what happens next?

4. A Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd

How did I just now find out that this is a novel as well as a classic Christmas movie?

5. Yule: A Celebration of Light and Warmth by Dorothy Morrison

There’s something fascinating to me about learning where the various winter holiday traditions started.

6. The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen

I was obsessed with Mr. Andersen’s stories when I was a child. He was the person who introduced me to many of my favourite classic fairytales and legends!

7. The Cat Who Ate Christmas by Lil Chase

This is another one of those titles that is completely irresistible to me.

86 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Holiday Reads

  1. I struggled with this week’s prompt. I adore Christmas, but I tend to go in more for movies than books. I have a few books that give me a cosy feeling that I associate with this time of year, but that’s about it! I am trying to find some Christmas books for younger readers to share with my kid, though, and so far that’s fun. This year I got How Winston Delivered Christmas so we can attempt her first chapter book. Not sure what she thinks so far (it’s a chapter a day through to Christmas, so we’re only two chapters in) but I figure it’s one we can read together each year as she gets older and can invest more. Here’s to trying to find some new ones this year!

  2. Great list. A Christmas story is such a classic! I knew I was forgetting one on my list. The Cat Who Ate Christmas sounds like such a cute and fun read. I totally agree with you on the title, too irresistible not to want to pick up.

  3. I do like books that are set in a holiday type setting at this time of year, there’s something about the festive season that makes it fun to read about too!

  4. In some dark recess of my brain I knew A Christmas Story was a book, but only remember whenever someone brings it up. Then I promptly push it back in my brain and forget that I want to read this book!

  5. Oh my gosh, The Gift of the Magi! I read that, but I never knew what it was called. xD

    “The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror” — There is so much to this title that I don’t even know where to start, but it has me aaaaall sorts of curious about it. I’m definitely gonna have to check that series out!

  6. I’m not sure exactly which version of The Snow Queen I read as a kid; I feel like it was probably a retelling, but I do know the Queen made an impression one me because she was genuinely scary, moreso than any Disney villain I’d seen up to that point. I loved it precisely because of that.

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