Wednesday, December 25, 2013


It's Christmas, so here are some reads about Christmas to enjoy this holiday. Hoping you and yours are safe and warm today!


Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle. Three intertwined novellas take place in a Christmas Eve blizzard where everyone ends up at the Waffle House. (When talking about this book with TAB, the school librarian and I had to explain what Waffle House was and why everyone was so obsessed with their hash browns. I'm not sure we did it well.)

Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters by Natalie Standiford. On Christmas Day, the Sullivans are cut out of The Almighty's will, leaving the rich family facing a penniless future. One of them has offended her, and must write and deliver a full confession if the family is to survive. Of course, each Sullivan sister believes herself guilty and writes her confession.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling. I've always thought Christmas at Hogwarts would be lovely, but the Christmas scene in this book is the most lovely, and the most heartbreaking.


Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn. Alone at Christmas, Lily leaves a notebook in the bookstore. Alone at Christmas, Dash finds it and follows the instructions. Levithan and Cohn write in alternating voices and chapters.

Winter Town by Stephen Emond. Evan and Lucy were friends when they were kids, and now they get together every Christmas when Lucy comes to visit her dad. But this year, Lucy's different and Evan doesn't know where his best friend has gone.

The Greek Who Stole Christmas by Anthony Horowitz. The Diamond Brothers are detectives (well, Tim is, but he's clueless and his younger brother Nick is the actual brains) who are down on their luck. Right before Christmas, a famous Greek singer hires the duo to help her with some recent death threats-- but it turns out that all the singer has is enemies! The 7th in a series, it stands alone, but you may want to start with The Falcon's Malteser.


The Princess Present by Meg Cabot. It's Christmas in Genovia, and Mia is there with her friends. It turns into a modernization of Gift of the Magi, as Mia and Michael try to find the perfect gifts for each other.

Forever Rose by Hilary McKay. It's December in the Casson house, but Rose seems to be the only one who remembers that December means Christmas. David seems to have moved in, Caddy's still gone, Bill's always in London, and Eve is always in the shed, painting. Everything's going wrong, and it'll take a miracle to save it-- but this is the Cassons-- a miracle isn't impossible. You'll need to start with Saffy's Angel.

Ex-mas by Kate Brian. When Cooper learns that global warming is melting the ice caps, he and his friend Tyler run away to the North Pole to rescue Santa. Lila's parents have gone away for Christmas, so she was planning the party of all parties, but now she has to go save her little brother before Christmas. The only one who can help her is Tyler's older brother-- who just happens to be her ex-boyfriend.

What are your favorite Christmas reads?

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