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Recommended Holiday Books

November 19th, 2021
Categories: Adults, News, Reading, Writing, and Storytelling, Reading, Writing, and Storytelling, Seniors
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Non-Fiction

Green Christmas: Little Changes that Bring Joy & Help the Planet by Eilidh Gallagher

394.2663 GAL 2020

A book packed with ideas and recipes on how to make Christmas more sustainable.  Focus tends to be on cultivating experiences more than belongings. Ideas are given for making gifts, decorating, Christmas dinner, and Christmas parties.


Holiday Hacks: Easy Solutions to Simplify the Most Wonderful/Stressful Time of the Year by Keith Bradford

745.59412 BRA 2018

Holiday Hacks is filled with over 600 ways to save money and time and simplify all the tasks associated with Christmas so you can have a stress free celebration.


Making Christmas Bright with Papercrafts: More than 40 Festive Projects By Alice Hornecke, Dominik Meissner and Sabine Seyffert

745.59412 HOR 2020

Forty-three papercraft projects with decretive suggestions for the home and holiday table.  Christmas tree ornaments, advent calendars, homemade gifts, are all included.  A list of all materials needed for the project and all measurements. Projects vary in levels of experience needed.


100 Little Christmas Gifts to Make by Search Press Studio

745.5941 ONE

This book includes many different gifts made from many different skills.  There are stitching projects, papercraft projects, knitting projects, crocheting projects, jewelry projects, sugarcraft projects, and polymer clay projects to choose from.  Most projects are relatively easy, and good for beginners.  Knitting projects may include knitting from a chart.

Mysteries

Best in Snow by David Rosenfelt

MYS ROS

An Andy Carpenter Mystery. When Andy’s golden retriever goes to play in the snow and finds the murdered body of Mayor Alex Oliva. A young reporter is the prime suspect and needs a lawyer. Andy agrees to take the case.


Christmas Card Murder by Leslie Meir, Lee Hollis and Peggy Ehrahart

MYS CHR

Three Christmas mystery novellas where a Christmas card is a main clue to a murder.


A Christmas Legacy by Anne Perry

MYS PER

Millie, who is in service to a family where the staff all seem to be afraid and food keeps going missing, asks Gracie for help finding out what is going on.  Gracie takes Millie’s job temporarily saying Millie is ill, so she can investigate.


Christmas Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke

MYS FLU

A Hannah Swensen Holiday Mystery with recipes. Cookie baker Hannah Swensen finds a man near death in an abandoned storefront.  The man can’t remember who he is, or anything about himself.  Hannah works to solve the mystery of who he is and who is trying to kill him.


God Rest Ye, Royal Gentlemen by Rhys Bowen

MYS BOW

Part of the Royal Spyness mysteries Georgie and Darcy are celebrating their first Christmas as a married couple when they are invited to stay with Darcy’s Aunt Ermintrude a friend to the queen. The Queen is worried someone is trying to kill the Prince of Wales and wants Georgie to investgate.


Twelve Jays of Christmas by Donna Andrews

MYS AND

A Meg Langslow Mystery. When an obnoxious wildlife artist is murdered in her library at Christmastime, Meg Langslow must cope with 12 loose blue jays, 7 Pomeranian puppies, and 2 wombats in the basement, as well as a houseful of relatives and a sprained ankle as she searches for the killer.


Twisted Tea Christmas by Laura Childs

MYS CHI

Part of the Tea Shop Mystery Novels, Theodosia Browning and her tea sommelier are catering a Victorian Christmas party for Drucilla Heyward, one of the wealthiest women in Charleston. Drucilla is so happy with how the party is going she tells Theodosia her secret plan.  But, before she can put it in action she is found unconscious with a syringe stuck in her neck.


When Christmas Comes by Andrew Klavan

MYS KLA

After a small town war hero confesses to murdering his girlfriend, his lawyer asks Cameron Winter, an English professor to prove him innocent.

Fiction

Dear Santa by Debbie Macomber

FIC MAC

Lindy Carmichael is lacking Christmas spirit when she returns home of Christmas. Her mother thinks reading the letters she wrote to Santa as a young girl might help lift her spirits.  With her mother’s encouragement Lindy writes a new letter to Santa. The exercise in gratitude cause her wishes to unfold in amazing ways.


The Noel Letters by Richard Paul Evans

FIC EVA

Noel Post, an editor for a New York publishing house, returns to Salt Lake City to see her estranged dying father.  She planned on a short visit, but when she inherits his bookstore it becomes something more.  Reeling from many major upheavals in her life, Noel begins receiving letters from Tablula Rasa with thoughts and lessons about her life, past and future.


Once in a Lifetime by Mary Monroe

FIC MON

Vanessa Hayes is planning a long awaited dream come true, Christmas in Paris.  But when her passport doesn’t arrive, she has to cancel.  Judith Guthrie accidentally receives Vanessa’s passport.  Judith is overwhelmed with the responsibility of caring for her seriously ill brother, but she decides to deliver the passport in person.  She has no idea her small gesture will set in motion choices and miracles and lifetime rewards.


Santa Cruise by Fern Michaels

FIC MIC

Four friends from high school meet at their 15 year reunion and decide if they don’t have a date for New Year’s Eve they will all take a single’s cruise for the holiday.


The Santa Suit by Mary Kay Andrews

FIC AND

Newly divorced, big city girl, Ivy Perkins buys the 106 year old farmhouse, the Four Roses, without actually seeing it first.  For Ivy it is a labor of love, but she didn’t realize how much work it was going to need. The family she bought it from left all the furniture and junk in the house to her.  While cleaning out a closet, she finds a beautifully made Santa suit.  In the pocket is a letter from a little girl asking for her father to come home from the war. Ivy wants to know what happened to the girl and her father.  In searching Ivy becomes part of the community in ways she never dreamed possible.

Romances

Christmas Wedding Guest by Susan Mallery

ROM MAL

The Somerville sisters believe in love, but don’t believe it will happen for them. When their parents decide to renew their vows at a Christmas wedding, Reggie comes home to help and her first love Toby is back too. Dana is pregnant in her own, on purpose.  She isn’t waiting for the one, but when a song writer checks into her B&B could love be found, now that she isn’t looking.


Eight Kisses: Eight All-New Tales of Hanukkah Romance edited by Mindy Klasky and Lori Ann Bailey

ROM EIG

Eight novellas from different time periods, from Regency Scotland to contemporary, and from sweet to spicy there is a variety of stories of love at the Festival of Lights.


Holly Jolly Diwali by Sonya Lalli

ROM LAL

Niki Randhawa has always made practical decisions, but when she is laid off she books a last minute flight to her friend Diya’s wedding in India.  She arrives just in time to celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights.  She meets Sameer Mukherji, a London musician and immediately feels drawn to him. Niki and Sam join Diya and her husband and their friends on a group honeymoon.


The Lights on Knockbridge Lane by Roan Parrish

ROM PAR

Adam Mills always planned to be a parent, just not a single parent.  Adam and his daughter Gus move to Garnet Run.  Adam is trying to give his daughter the Christmas she deserves.  To fill her wish he needs the help of their reclusive neighbor Wes.


The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer

ROM MEL

Rachel Rubenstein-Goldblatt is a nice Jewish girl with a secret.  For a decade she has hidden her career as a Christmas romance novelist from her family.  However, this year her publisher insist she writes a Hanukkah romance.  Looking for inspiration Rachel heads to the Matzah Ball, a Jewish music celebration on the last night of Hanukkah.  Unfortunately that means working with her summer camp nemesis, Josh Greenburg.


A Yuletide Kiss by Madeline Hunter, Sabrina Jeffries and Mary Jo Putney

ROM YUL

Three holiday regency romances by some of the top regency authors. All the stories take pace a quaint country inn during a snowstorm.

Websites

82 DIY Christmas Decorations to Transform Your Home into a Winter Wonderland

Country Living magazine provides a slide show with simple directions of crafts you can make at home to decorate your home for Christmas.


19 Christmas Stories and Poems by Famous Authors

19 Christmas Stories and poems by famous authors with a synopsis and links to read the actual works.


Christmas HQ

This site offers free holiday design resources, Christmas recipes, traditions, decorations, carols and so much more.