Best Christmas Books

For some reason, I like rereading things at Christmas time, and I specifically like big, thick historical stories.  My favorite is DOOMSDAY BOOK, by Connie Willis, which is historical and slightly futuristic and juicy and deep and heartwrenching and beautiful.   Because, well, Connie Willis wrote it.   If you are unfamiliar, it is a medieval time travel. Sort of.

I’ve actually been reading a lot lately.  Service Included, by Phoebe Damarosch Damrosch, a memoir about working at Per Se in NYC, and Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult are two I liked a lot.   EDIT: dreamed about the memoir last night.  Brought back a lot of memories, and I fell in love with Andre right along with her.

What’s on your nightstand this week? What are great books to read over Christmas?

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6 thoughts on “Best Christmas Books

  1. Jill

    I loooooove Doomsday Book and it does actually have a Christmas part in it with my favorite character Agnes, the little girl. One of the most moving books I’ve ever read.

  2. I love rereading Sandra Brown’s Tidings of Great Joy. It’s funny, sweet, touching classic Loveswept romance. It’s beside my bed now.

  3. Lee Duncan

    The best book I’ve read recently was THE LOST RECIPE. Which I highly, highly recommend. Love the Christmas-y part at the end, too.
    What else is on my list? Hmmm, I may have to pick up a copy of the Doomsday Book. We’ll be flying over the holidays, so I’ll have time to read.

  4. Barb

    I love anything by Madeleine L’Engle at Christmas time because her books have so much to do with family, friends and love and that’s what we all think about during this season. I especially love her book, The Glorious Impossible, at this time of year.

  5. Barbara

    Oh, I forgot it ends at Christmas. Kind of! Thanks, Lee.

    Barb, I haven’t read that L’Engle. I’ll have to look around.

    I’m digging into Doomsday tonight. It really is so very rich.

  6. At the moment I’m reading ‘Talk Gertie To Me’ by Lois Winston, and I’m loving it. With all the chaos and busyness that surrounds this time of year it is SOOO good to pick up something that makes my mind feel refreshed and filled with humour.

    For when we go away on holiday from mid-end January (camping, yay!) I have Linda Howard’s ‘Death Angel’ and Barbara Erskine’s ‘The Warrior Princess’ to sneak in amongst my packing (along with several other books on my TBR pile but those are the most important and I can’t believe I’ve restrained myself for this long 😀 )

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