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A Novel Holiday: Holiday Books to Read This Season

Marple Public Library Assistant Director Jennifer Stock shares her list of favorite holiday books this season.

Broomall–Marple Public Library is getting into the holiday spirit through reading. Jennifer Stock, assistant director of , shared her list of recommended holiday books to read this season.

Traditional Holiday Series:

  • Anne Perry–A Christmas Journey; A Christmas Visitor; A Christmas Guest; A Christmas Secret; A Christmas Beginning; A Christmas Grace; A Christmas Promise; A Christmas Odyssey
  • Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark–All Through the Night; Deck the Halls; He Sees You When You're Sleeping; The Christmas Thief; Dashing Through the Snow; Santa Cruise
  • Jan Karon–The Mitford Snowmen; Esther's Gift; A Mitford Christmas Story; Shepherd's Abiding
  • Debbie Macomber–These Christmas Angels; Where Angels Go; Cedar Cove Christmas; Mrs. Miracle; Call me Mrs. Miracle
  • Donna VanLiere–The Christmas Shoes; The Christmas Blessing; The Christmas Hope; The Christmas Promise; The Christmas Secret; The Christmas Journey
  • Richard Paul Evan–The Christmas Box; Finding Noel; The Gift, Grace; The Christmas List; Promise Me
  • Thomas Kinkade–A Christmas Promise; The Christmas Angel; A Christmas to Remember; A Christmas Visitor; A Christmas Star; A Wish for Christmas; On Christmas Eve

Stock said she has read many of Perry's holiday book series but personally enjoyed A Christmas Odyssey, which she describes as a "darker" holiday story. But like many of Perry's stories, Stock said "things cme together in the end and you do have a happy Christmas ending."

Unique Holiday Readings:

  • Celia Ahern–The Gift
  • Paul Auster–Auggie Wren's Christmas Story
  • David Baldacci–The Christmas Train
  • Holly Chamberlin–One Week in December
  • Amy Clipston–A Plain and Simple Christmas
  • Roni Denholtz–Lights of Love
  • Charles Dickens–A Christmas Carol
  • Fannie Flagg–A Redbird Christmas
  • Heather Graham–Home in Time for Christmas
  • Andrew Greeley–A Christmas Wedding; Home For Christmas
  • Earl Hamner–The Homecoming
  • Oscar Hijuelo–Mr. Ives' Christmas
  • Kate Jacobs–Knit the Season
  • Gloria Kirchheimer–Goodbye, Evil Eye: Stories
  • Lisa Kleypas–Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor
  • Kat Martin–The Christmas Clock
  • Fern Michaels–Family Blessings
  • Ann Pearlman–The Christmas Cookie Club
  • Francis Ray, Shirley Hailstock and Donna Hill–Winter Nights
  • Francine River–The Shoe Box
  • Sheila Roberts–Snow Globe
  • Jean Shepherd–A Christmas Story
  • Tim Slover–The Christmas Chronicles
  • Susan Wiggs–Lakeshore Christmas
  • Lauren Willig–Mischief of the Mistletoe

A new genre that has been appearing on the bookshelves lately are from Amish novel writers. Stock said Amish novelist Clipston shares her story A Plain and Simple Christmas with themes like "redemption" and "coming home again."

"It's a very sweet story and she uses old German terms which are explained in the glossary," said Stock.

A few Hannukah novels on the list include Denholtz's Lights of Love and Kirchheimer's Goodbye, Evil Eye: Stories. A recommended Kwanzaa novel Stock says is Ray, Hailstock and Hill's Winter Nights.

Holiday Mysteries:

  • Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop
  • Nero Blanc–A Crossworder's Gift
  • Janet Evanovich–Visions of Sugar Plums
  • Monica Ferris–Crewel Yule
  • Joanne Fluke–Sugar Cookie Murder; Plum Pudding Murder
  • Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine and Leslie Meier–The Candy Cane Murder; The Gingerbread Cookie Murder

Stock highlights Fluke, Levine and Meier's holiday mystery series The Gingerbread Cookie Murder.

"They're all gingerbread-based stories," said Stock. "And Joanne Fluke's stories always have recipes in them. I have to say, I've tried the recipes and they always work out. They're wonderful."

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