Christmas Book Picks 2014

Christmas Book Picks

I received complimentary copies of most of the books I mention here from the publishers in exchange for honest reviews, which you’ll find in the posts I’ve linked to.

Yes, so, I initially planned on posting my Christmas Book Picks right after Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S. on the 27th, but I figured posting a little over a week early wouldn’t hurt, in case any of my dear blog readers would like to procure and read a title or two from this list, which I hope you will! Consider the extra week to be more reading time. πŸ™‚

The 20th Christmas

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The 20th Christmas by Andrea Rodgers

Christian Fiction

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A serious-but-still-Christmassy novel from a debut author. Really, how could I not read this book after coming across this beautiful cover that effectively and accurately speaks volumes about the story? Hopefully Rodgers has got more books up her sleeve.

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From Dishes to Snow

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From Dishes to Snow by Kathy M. Howard

Christian Fiction

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Another serious read from a debut author here, and, okay–this isn’t technically a “Christmas” novel. However, there’s quite a joyful holiday theme that runs through it from Thanksgiving to Christmas, and with the snow and all to boot, I feel this book is wholly worthy to be on this list.

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Clara's Wish

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Clara’s Wish by Beth Shriver

Amish Romance

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Nope, I still don’t read much Amish fiction, but yes, I’m glad I read this. It has pretty much everything a good Christmas novel set in modern times in an Amish community should have. (I may not be the ultimate authority on that, on account of my limited experience with this subgenre, but I know when a book leaves me with a nice Christmassy feeling. πŸ˜€ )

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Where Treetops Glisten

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Where Treetops Glisten by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, and Sarah Sundin

Christian Historical Romance

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With all of the World War II fiction I’ve read (and still plan to read) this year, of course I had to include a holiday-themed one in the mix. Here are three romance novellas by three authors that tell the story of one family, the Turners, in a smooth flow from one novellaΒ to the next. The second, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, is my favorite of the three.

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A Christmas Carol

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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Classic Literature

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I finally got to see why this story is such a classic! Well, I’ve seen why by watching its best film adaptation, Scrooge (1951), countless times since my childhood, but I’ve read the book at last, and it’s a delight of a tale. Admission: this isn’t the cover of the edition I read, but the Puffin Classics copy I have pictured captures the story’s delightfulness so very well. God bless us, every one!

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Merry Christmas Darling

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Merry Christmas, Darling by Denise Devine

Sweet Romance

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This book was the biggest surprise for me on this list. It’s exceedingly rare for me to pick up a book with an animal so prominent on the cover, especially if there are no people accompanying the animal, as that makes it come off as an animal tale–which this book, despite the cat, is not. I found this in a collection of sweet Christmas romances; while readers’ expectations of sweet/clean romances vary, nothing here made me blush, personally. Good holiday fun!

There, now. I believe I’ve officially kicked-off Christmas!
Publicly, anyway. I’ve been having Christmas myself since October…

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