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.
- 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."