November 23, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday: Holiday Reads

The "Top Ten Tuesday" meme is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, and this week's topic is books for the holiday season!

My picks, in no particular order...

1.) The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson — this one's a classic Christmas read and a lot of fun!

2.) A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens —of course, this one kind of *has* to make the list.

3.) Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle —this one is such a cute holiday read. I love that the three stories are interwoven and various characters from each pop up in the others!

4.) Skipping Christmas by John Grisham — the hilarious account of what happens when one couple decides to save some money and not "do Christmas" one year.

5.) The Father Christmas Letters by J.R.R. Tolkien —yes, something of Tolkien's NOT set in Middle Earth! Written entirely in the format of illustrated letters from "Father Christmas" to J.R.R. Tolkien's children, about Father Christmas's adventures at the North Pole. He kept these letters up every single year for over 10 years!

6.) The Cat Who Came For Christmas by Cleveland Amory — this is a sweet Christmas read, especially for animal-lovers!

7.) I Spy Christmas: A Book of Picture Riddles — for the young and young at heart! I used to love looking at the pictures in this one and trying to find the items.

8.) How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss —because Dr. Seuss is amazing, and we all love the Grinch.

9.) A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schulz —this one is so well-known that even now we still use the phrase "a Charlie Brown Christmas tree" :D

10.) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott — not strictly a Christmas book per se, but it starts out during the holidays and I think it's a good comfort read.

What are your favorite holiday reads?


  1. Aw, A Charlie Brown Christmas is such a good pick! :]

  2. You know, I'm pretty sure I've read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. It sounds SO familiar. I hate it when I remember books from my childhood but can't remember anything about them. I shall have to look into this! Also - LOVE Little Women =)

  3. Really good list. Of course I like it since we have so many of the same books, especially The Best Christmas Pageant fav!

  4. I have to agree with everything on your list, then I'd add: The Polar Express, Legend of the Candy Cane, The Christmas Sweater, The Wild Christmas Reindeer........

  5. I have to admit that my reading doesn't really change at Christmas although I'll bring out some old picture books from when I was very little to have a look at.
    The only one I've read of your picks is Little Women, which I agree is a wonderful one to read in the Chritmas/ winter season. I want to read it now! I'll be hearing quite a lot of A Christmas Carol now though as my brother is playing Bob Cratchit in his school play :)

  6. Oh I definitely want to read Skipping Christmas now

  7. I read "Let it Snow" last year. I loved how the stories all weaved together, and they were all entertaining too!

  8. I saw Skipping Christmas today while I was grocery shopping and I remembered how much I loved reading it.

    Here is my list of Top Ten Books to Read During the Holidays.

  9. Great choices. I had been wondering if I should read Skipping Christmas and now I think I will put it on my TBR list.

  10. I haven't come across Tolkien's The Father Christmas Letters before, but my library has a copy sitting there on the shelf waiting for me to pick it up! YAY. A new Christmas treat. Thanks.

  11. Oh my gosh I used to own that I Spy book!! It was my favorite as a child. Aww I just the warm fuzzy feeling thinking about it! I was entertained for hours! Great list!


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