Rebekah and Kate gave us the option to replace one genre during this Five Fall Favorites party. While most of the other people will be posting about books published recently and set in a contemporary time period, I chose to share my 5 Favorite Christmas BOOKS!!
But before we get on to those, there’s something exciting…
Yup, you guessed it!
Today I get to be the blog offering a free book! Cool, right?!!
I reeeaaaally need to read this story!!! ❤ Here’s why–
Harvey wasn’t interested in books and didn’t read anymore, so inheriting a library from his great uncle was definitely not a dream come true. His only desire was to get rid of it quickly–until a rainy afternoon exploring his uncle’s apartment made him reconsider.
Top 5 Christmas Books
The Father Christmas Confessions, by Emily Ann Benedict
“What if Santa Claus isn’t one man? What if he is a secret organization?
Jeremy Ogden has 25 day to accomplish his mission. Just like every man in his family, he has a list of people whose lives can be changed forever if he makes it to them in time. But he has one big problem…And her name is Virginia.
Virginia Kipyard is the last girl in the world Jeremy wants to hold his family’s ancient secret, until it becomes apparent that she might be the key to handling the hardest assignment he has ever faced. He just has to keep her out of trouble in the meantime. But that is easier said than done, even for a Father Christmas.”
I laughed and cried over this heart-warming Christmas story. The message is so precious, the characters real and adorable, and the setting cozy. The perfect read to curl up with if you want a solid not-so-fluffy holiday tale! ❤
2. age recommendation: 10+ for understandability
“Always winter but never Christmas.”
“They open a door and enter a world. Narnia… a land frozen in eternal winter… a country waiting to be set free. Four adventurous siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie—step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice.”
If you have seen the movie version of this book, just know that although they did a remarkably good job… it did not do C.S. Lewis’s deep-themed novel justice.
All I can really do is throw a bunch of quotes at you and try to get you to understand why every person must, must read at least this first book in The Chronicles of Narnia to really get a good view on life.
“If there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most, or else just silly.”
Daddy has made it a tradition to read these books aloud to us, a special one-on-one experience with him, and those cozy evenings reading by the woodstove are still my favorite memories. ❤ The message of each book is so deeply planted down inside of me, it will always stay there.
“Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight,
At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more,
When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death,
And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.”
I have nothing more to say about it… just read it. 😉 ❤ And thank you immensely, Jack, for writing this.
3. age recommendation: 10+ for sweet friendship romance
“When Desirae Richey agrees to go home with some college friends for Christmas, she expects a small family gathering. Instead, she is taken to the Christmas Lodge in the snowy mountains of Canada to a noisy, fun loving, adventurous group of family and friends who welcome her as one of their own. Everything seems to be going as planned until an unexpected snowfall occurs.”
Snowed in for Christmas and a rollicking time, anyone? I’ve honestly dreamed of this happening after reading this sweet short story! *hides* 😉
And guess what?! The (friendship-) “romance” is only a side plot to an amazing, cozy, not-forced Gospel message! Love it!!
This quickly became one of my favorite Christmas stories the moment I finished rushing through the snack-of-a-wintery-book, and it SHALL become one of yours too if I have anything to do with it. 😉 😛
4. age recommendation: all
“In Little Town on the Prairie, the young town of De Smet has survived the long, harsh winter of 1880-1881. With the arrival of spring comes invitations to socials, parties, and “literaries.” Laura, who is now fifteen years old, attends her first evening social.
In her spare time, she sews shirts to help earn money to send Mary to a college for the blind. Laura also receives her teaching certificate and can work at a school. And, best of all, Almanzo Wilder asks permission to begin walking her home from church. Life in the little town certainly is exciting!”
A classic, yes, but I read this book for the prairie town events, snowball fights, warm evenings, and aaahh I just adored this book! I totally binge-read Little Town on the Prairie during chilly winters in the Northwest!
For sure a top favorite.
5. age recommendation: all
“Randy and Oliver Melendy awake one fall morning full of gloom. Their brother and sister are away, the house seems forlorn and empty, and even Cuffy, their adored housekeeper, can’t pick up their spirits. Will they have to face a long and lonely winter? But a surprise message in the mailbox starts a trail of excitement and adventure that takes them through the cold season. When summer finally comes around again, the children have found fourteen messages in all, and the end of the search brings them a rich reward.
Full of unforgettable moments (like finding a secret note tucked under the dog’s collar) and delightful twists of language (the more challenging clues, the better), this fourth book in Elizabeth Enright’s Melendy Quartet makes for a grand finale to an equally grand collection of stories. Spiderweb for Two is the fourth and final installment of Enright’s Melendy Quartet, an engaging and warm series about the close-knit Melendy family and their surprising adventures.”
Randy and Oliver, only secondary characters in the earlier books, are the primary cast in this one and wonderfully creative, quirky people who made me completely fall in love with their world, ideas, mannerisms, and story. The mystery is very clever and captivating, and trying to figure out their clue-writers’ identities will keep you on your toes the entire time!
I love all the books in the Melendy series, but this one is probably my most favorite of them ever! ❤
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