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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
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!
I hear you there!
I hope you enjoy How Winston Delivered Christmas.
Great list! The Snow Queen is such a good wintry story, and The Stupidest Angel has a brilliant title – I definitely want to know more!
I hope you like The Stupidest Angel if you read it. Thanks for stopping by. I visited your list before checking the comments on my site. 🙂
Who could resist a book called The Cat Who Ate Christmas? Wonderful list. I have actually read The Stupidest Angel and loved it!
Heh, totally agreed there! And I’m glad you liked The Stupidest Angel.
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.
Glad to hear it. 🙂
Ooo i think i know a few of these, love this list.
The Gift of the Magi is such a beautiful story. And A Christmas Story is one of my favorite holiday films. 🙂
Thank you for stopping by my TTT!
You’re quite welcome. I’m glad you like those stories, too.
The Snow Queen is one of my favorites, also! And now I need to look up the Cat Who Ate Christmas…
Yay! And I hope you like The Cat Who Ate Christmas.
Great list! I love The Snow Queen.
Here are some holiday reads I would like to read: My Top Ten Tuesday.
You had a nice list this week. Thanks for stopping by.
The Cat Who Ate Christmas sounds so cute. I might have to pick that one up for my little niece.
I hope she loves it!
I have always wanted to read The Stupidest Angel and just never got around to it. Maybe this year is the year I finally pick it up!
I hope you love it.
I’ve just taken a notion to read a few holiday books this year. I’ve just found a copy of A Christmas Story and it is on its way to me.
Yay! I hope you enjoy it (if you haven’t read it before).
The Cat who ate Christmas, sounds a lot like mine. Thanks for coming by, Lydia. Have a Merry Christmas.
“The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror” is a ridiculous title! But it makes me want to read it haha.
Heh, exactly. 😀
I remember really liking The Snow Queen was I was little – can’t remember anything about it though!
I don’t remember much about it either. Really need to reread it sometime.
The Cat Who Ate Christmas sounds perfectly charming. I'm adding it to my to-read list! Naughty kitties are just irresistable!
Yay! Happy reading.
I went more general bc I rarely read holiday anything, but yay to A Christmas Story-on my must read someday–I’ve been to the house/film location, so fun.
That makes total sense. I think you’d love A Christmas Story.
The Stupidest Angel is definitely an intriguing title!
For sure. 😀
Thanks a lot.
This week is making me so ashamed I have never read A Christmas Story. :(. Looks like you have some great picks this week Lydia!
Thank you very much. I think you’d love A Christmas Story.
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!
Totally agreed there.
Ooh The Snow Queen is a great holiday read.
I’m glad you think so!
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!
Oh, funny. It’s a great read, for the record, and very appropriate for this time of the year.
The Gift of the Magi was one of my favorites in school. I can’t believe I forgot to put that one on my list.
It’s a wonderful story for sure. 🙂
The Christmas Story is so funny. I highly recommend it to anyone who has and has not seen the movie.
Agreed! Thanks for stopping by.
I have always wanted to read The Gift of the Magi but haven’t gotten to it. Maybe this year.
I hope you will read it this year. I don’t remember how many pages it was, but it was a short story that should be a pretty quick read.
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!
Haha! I hope you like The Stupidest Angel.
Did you like The Gift of the Magi?
The Stupidest Angel is a fantastic book! It made me smile just seeing it here.
Glad to hear it. 🙂
I haven’t read any of these but I’ll check it out! Great list 🙂
Thank you very much.
Hans Christian Andersen wrote the best stories. There’s a line in Frozen II that I think is funny “I found this new Danish author” or something like that. So funny!
Yes, he sure did. And I’d totally forgotten that line from Frozen. How fun.
Ahh I love The Cat Who Are Christmas. I’m now kind of wishing I added it to my list!
Definitely meant Ate Christmas….
No worries! 🙂 I hope you like it if you read it.
Oh I 1000% agree on the titles for no 3and 7 — they are impossible to resist! How’d you find them!?
Thanks. I believe they were books I spotted on the bookshelves of family friends.
Those are some interesting titles. Like everybody else, I’m intrigued by A Cat Who Ate Christmas. LOL Definitely looking that one up later.
Heh, thanks. Enjoy.
Haha, #3 is awesome. I need to look that up and see what it’s about.
I’m glad you liked it!
These books sound fun. 🙂
This list reminded me about The Stupidest Angel! I had forgotten about that book. I really liked it, it legit made me laugh audibly!
Great TTT 🙂
Heh, thanks. I’m glad you liked that book in particular.
The Snow Queen is a good one! It’s been a long time since I’ve read it but now I have a hankering to revisit it with my son!
I do want to try The Stupidest Angel. 🙂
I sure hope you enjoy it!
The Gift of the Magi is such a great story. One of my favorites.
So glad to hear that. Yeah, it’s a classic.
Definitely adding some of these to my TBR!
Yay! Happy reading.
As an ex-Catholic I find this is still the epitone of Christmas for me,
Beneath the tacky songs & decorations (which I’ve never liked), it’s about a minor event few noticed at the time, but which transformed the world, which I find beautiful.
Very interesting! Thanks for sharing.
Great list! These all sound like such perfect holiday reads 🙂
Thank you very much.
Great list! The Snow Queen is one I keep meaning to actually sit down and read!
Thanks. I hope you like The Snow Queen.
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.
Yes, she sure was scary! It’s one of the things I loved about her, too.