Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Top Ten Holiday Books

Ten books to read for the holidays? Well! I don't know ten Christmas-themed books, so I'll also tack on a few books I may read during the next month.

1. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

This story is one of my very favorites. I watch the Patrick Stewart version every year (several times) and last year read the novella for the first time. I plan to do so this year and every year hereafter.

2. Skipping Christmas, John Grisham

Luther Krank is starting to believe this whole Christmas thing is one big racket. Why on earth should he spent thousands of dollars on banal gifts and parties, or put himself through hours of stress decorating and throwing said parties, for the sake of a single day? Shouldn't he enjoy the season? And so Luther Krank blows seasonal madness a raspberry,  arranges to go on a cruise, and happily spends November and December working on his tan and preparing himself to look good in a speedo while his neighbors fume. And it almost works...until the phone rings.

3. The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror,  Christopher Moore.

Moore wrote Lamb and A Dirty Job, both of which were riots, so I'm expecting good things.

4.  Santa & Pete: A Novel of Christmas Present and Past, Christopher Moore.

Didn't know this was even in the library. Maybe I'll read it. I have no idea what it is about, but as mentioned prior I like Moore.

5. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, David Sedaris

Sedaris' essay collections are always good for a laugh, but this book contains a section ("Six to Eight Black Men") about Christmas in the Netherlands which is seasonally appropriate and hilarious of course. Listen to him read it here. ("Wait, St. Nicholas would kick you?")

6. Holidays on Ice, David Sedaris

Home of the SantaLand diaries!

7. The Grand Design, Stephen Hawkings

Science is awesome.

8. The Kobayashi Maru and The Romulan War: Beneath Raptor's Wings by Martin & Mangels

I've had these for going on a month now, but I'm still waiting on another before starting in.

9. The Age of Faith, Will Durant

I have fallen right off the Story of Civilization treadmill, but I aim to get back on.

10. Typhon Pact: Zero Sum Game, David Mack

I did it! I said I'd catch up with the Relaunch books this year, and here I am planning to read a book released just in October.

Honorable mentions: Isaac Asimov's Christmas and his Twelve Frights of Christmas. These are not by him, but edited. I've never read them, but I found their book covers when googling for a picture of him dressed as Santa Claus.

(I was, alas! Unsuccessful.)


  1. Great choices for holiday reads. Will Durant, eh?

    Here's my list of Top Ten Books to Read During the Holidays. I could have easily made a Top Fifty Books for this list!

  2. Interesting choices! Mine are all children's books. I haven't read a Xmas book in forever. I love the cover of Holidays on Ice. Here my Top Ten Tuesday.

  3. I love your list! I didn't realize Moore had so many Christmas books but I will need to run out and get these. I love everything from Moore I've read so far.

  4. Ha, I also had Sedaris on my list! Awww, I miss working at a library!

    -Linds, bibliophile brouhaha

  5. I've been dying to get to more Christopher Moore books. I have Lamb, and will probably read that soon. His sense of humor is fantastic.

  6. Did you like the Stupidest Angel by Moore. I think I may try it this year. I had more than 10 suggestions. Guess it reflects the family habit of reading holiday stories aloud together.

  7. Holidays on Ice is definitely a must on my list! So hilarious! I really need to pick up A Christmas Carol and The Stupidest Angel!

    Here's mine:


  8. @readerbuzz: Nothing says Christmas like the fall of the Roman empire and centuries of medieval warfare!

    @ Anne: I have not yet read it. I may pick it up in the next week or two, though.

  9. I love The Christmas Story with Patrick Stewart! My all-time favorite version. I put a mystery twist on my holiday books: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2010/11/top-ten-tuesday-top-holiday-reads.html


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