A Short Christmas Reading List

I don’t normal read anything seasonal, but this year I wanted to try something different. With that in mind I searched out novels that appeared to be related to winter or Christmas. With the exception of Tolkien this was my first experience reading the rest of the author’s on the following list.

  1. Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien. I was excited when I accidentally came across this piece by Tolkien. It is a collection of letters that he wrote over the years to his children in the voice of Father Christmas and polar bear. It is really December 24 imagecute and interesting to read. I love the idea and used it as inspiration to write a letter to my boys from Santa Claus this year (I will be posting it tomorrow).
  2. Under the Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis. This was a short and light read, it is actually a mini novel. It was a love story of sorts. However, I would have liked to see more Christmas/holiday built into the story.
  3. Christmas at Harrington’s by Melody Carlson. I was drawn in by the main character in this little tale, and I enjoyed the read. Who doesn’t love Mrs. Claus?
  4. Skipping Christmas by John Grisham. I actually ended up not reading this novel, but I was surprised to find out that it is the novel that Christmas with the Cranks is based on. I enjoyed the movie so I am sure it would have been a good read.

One Night in Winter by Simon Sebag Montefiore is actually loaded on my Kindle and ready to read, but I have not started it yet. Part of the synopsis for it is as follows, “Inspired by a true story, prize-winning historian and acclaimed novelist Simon Sebag Montefiore explores the consequences of forbidden love in this heartbreaking epic of marriage, childhood, danger, and betrayal that unfolds in Stalin’s Moscow during the bleak days after World War II.” You can read the rest at Amazon.

What does your holiday reading list look like?

By Shari Marshall – 2017