Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Spirit of Christmas Reading

Planning for 2017

  1. A Very French Christmas: The Greatest French Holiday Stories of All Time - reviewed and recommended by Lucy at Fictional 100.

From 2016

  1. Wishin' and Hopin' by Wally Lamb - really enjoyed this nostalgic family romp.
  2. Christmas with Anne, and Other Stories by L.M. Montgomery - 2 with Anne and a sweet set of other stories to get you in the Christmas spirit.
  3. The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories by P.D. James - the setting is Christmas but the stories deal with murder most foul.  

From 2015...
  1. Christmas Bells, by Jennifer Chiarverini - not as good as I had hoped it would be, but an okay 3-star book to kick off the season with.
  2. Christmas at Thompson Hall & Other Christmas Stories, by Anthony Trollope - a mixed bag with some winners and some so-so selections.
  3. The Father Christmas Letters, by J.R.R. Tolkien - a wonderful set of letters that Tolkien wrote to his children over the years, pre-dating the LOTR books.
  4. A Christmas Journey, by Anne Perry - a fun, interesting Regency story--pretty implausible, but that's not really a drawback in this case.  I've never read anything by Perry before, and since she has lots of Christmas novels, I can see reading one a year.
  5. Happy Christmas, by Daphne du Maurier - loved this short story.  Read it!
  6. A Christmas Story, by Jean Shepherd - so much fun!
  7. A Christmas Memory, by Truman Capote - absolute gold.  I can see rereading this annually.


  1. Great to have your recommendations! I will check out the du Maurier and Capote selections for sure!

  2. You read some interesting books for this challenge.

    As I mentioned previously I never know that Trollope or Tolkien had wrote the above books.

    It sounds as if the Tolkien book is worth seeking out.

    Have a Happy New Years.

  3. I knew of most of these, but I still really need to get my hands Tolkien's. However, I was not aware of Capote's work, and based on your review, that will be a definite in 2016 Christmas reading list.

    BTW Jane, you are invited to place a link to your blog on my "Other Bookish Blogs" page. I hope you do. Cheers.

    1. Thanks for the invitation to link up--just did so!

  4. Happy New Year Jane; hope 2016 is a good year for you.

  5. These are great recommendations! I need to check them out, I had no idea most of these existed. I'm especially intrigued by the Daphne Du Maurier short story. What a great challenge. I think I need to look for it and join if it happens next year. I love Christmas books and short stories.