Book Reviews

Top Ten Tuesday: Holiday Reads


My Annual Re-Reads


The Joyous Season by Patrick Dennis is one of my all-time favorite books. It is not up to modern PC standards I suppose, but no racial slurs are used or anything like that. It’s set in very upscale Manhattan in the late 1950s/very early 1960s, so you can use your imagination. Everything about it just “right.” From the dueling society grandmas to the horrible “we were on a break” partners, to the Raygun that shot freezing cold water–it is all a big hoot! It’s not Christmas until the model house has played the Battle Hymn of the Republic and Mom has modeled her feathers!

I’m so glad John Grisham needed a break from lawyers at “year-end” [law-firm speak for December]. This story is a short, easy read, but it is so worth it. The movie version, for once, is just as good–yes, JUST AS GOOD. I rarely say that.  Skipping Christmas: A Novel by John Grisham.

Other Good Grown-Up or Any Age Christmas Books



You can read more about each of these books in my post A Few More Grown-Up Christmas Books



Philp Gulley’s wonderful Home to Harmony and the rest of the Harmony series are so good. The series’ Christmas books are especially fun. If every church had a pastor like this and held their elder’s meetings on the folding table next to the noodle freezer there’d be more people in church each week. Christmas in Harmony by Philip Gulley.


I’ve never been into Tolkein’s books. Not my brother’s beloved Hobbit, nor his beloved Lord of the Rings. The Hobbit has put me to sleep each time. But his Letters to Father Christmas are fabulous–simply the best.


Historical fiction is a favorite genre of mine. This novel, set in one of my favorite eras–between the First World War (one storyline goes up to 1968 briefly) was so wonderful. I loved it.  Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I.


I’ve gotten away from reading an annual Christmas novel–usually a romantic one. This was my choice ain 2017. Christmas in London by Anita Hughes.


What do you like to read each Christmas? or for Chanukah?




Check out the rules at That Artsy Reader Girl and join in next week!

15 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Holiday Reads

  1. Well, here’s a coincidence – 2 of your books are also on my Top Ten Tuesday – Skipping Christmas and The Christmas Train. 🙂

    I must look out for Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. There are a couple of books here I am going to have to make sure to read, if not before Christmas, then some other time. I think Skipping Christmas might be short enough to sneak in though. Thanks for the recommendations!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Well, this is great! I don’t usually read Christmas books, but I’m trying to change that this year! And now I have some great options!

    Liked by 1 person

I enjoy reading your comments!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s