BEST CHRISTMAS BOOKS EVER
The Best Christmas Books for Adults
(Thank you Victoria Leigh Miller for this guest blog)
Looking for a good book to read this Christmas? Christmastime is a great time to relax and enjoy a book that is set during the Christmas season-and not necessarily a sappy Christmas tale either. Here are some of the best adult books about Christmas.
The Greatest Gift– Philip Van Doren Stern. This 1943 short story was the basis for the classic 1946 movie It’s a Wonderful Life. While many of the names and details were changed for the movie, the basic premise is the same. This is a must-read for fans of the movie.
On Strike For Christmas– Sheila Roberts. This entertaining book is about a group of fed-up wives who decide to go on strike at Christmas time, forcing their helpless husbands to take over the holiday decorating and party planning duties
The Ecco Book of Christmas Stories– Alberto Manguel. This collection of Christmas-themed short stories features selections from Alice Munroe, Muriel Spark, William Trevor, Jeanette Winterson and more. “O’Brien’s First Christmas” (Winterson) is a must-read.
Skipping Christmas– John Grisham. In a departure from his usual writing style, John Grisham’s story about Luther and Nora Krank’s decision to “skip” celebrating Christmas for one year is a hoot. If you saw the movie “Christmas With the Kranks”, keep in mind that this book is much better.
A Christmas Story– Jean Shepherd. This book of essays inspired the 1983 holiday movie, A Christmas Story. Jean Shepherd is a master storyteller and the book has even more charm than the movie.
An Idiot Girl’s Christmas: True Tales from the Top of the Naughty List-Laurie Notaro. If the Christmas season has you feeling stressed, lighten up with this collection of stories from humorist Laurie Notaro.
Holidays on Ice: Stories– David Sedaris. Sedaris’ masterful collection of hilarious Christmas essays includes his popular account of working as a Christmas elf at Macy’s. You will laugh out loud.
The Christmas Sweater- Glenn Beck. There’s a bunch of somewhat sappy Christmas books out there, all with the title “The Christmas (fill in the blank)”. This is not one of them. Radio and TV host Glenn Beck provides readers with a solid story that has a little bit of sugar but not too much sap. This book is based on Beck’s own true story.
The Christmas Train– David Balducci. Here’s another book with the dreaded “The Christmas” title, but it has all the ingredients of a good holiday novel. With a combination of mystery and romance, readers will enjoy this story of a man who takes a cross-country train ride at Christmas.
A Christmas Carol- Charles Dickens. No list would be complete without including this classic story. This book was first published in 1843. The story has stood the test of time, being revamped and adapted for numerous television and movie versions. If it’s been a while since you’ve experienced the original story, a reread is highly recommended must this Christmas.
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