A Literary Christmas 2018

I’m linking up here for A Literary Christmas again.

I actually planned and researched better this time (I have a list for holiday books to choose from now), and below is my Christmas reading list; I’ve  ordered these already (because previous years I didn’t think, that you know, other people might have requested books near Christmas), and I should be able to put off reading them until December (or at least until after Thanksgiving) to read.

I’ve used up my interlibrary loans for this month, but I think I might try to order some Christmas ones in December, we shall see.

Most Christmas books I seemed to see are either kids books (I’ve included a few from my childhood), Hallmark style (I’ll stick to the movies), moralizing (no thanks), or Christmas histories. So most of my choices are kids books and histories of Christmas traditions, carols, etc.

I’ve also included the Christmas baking books from the library I want to peruse along with the one I own for some Christmas goodies.

Juvenile Fictions
The Holly and the Ivy Rumer Godden
The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story Lemony Snicket
Silver Packages: An Appalachian Christmas Story Cynthia Rylant
The Christmas Day Kitten James Herriot
The Lump of Coal Lemony Snicket
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Barbara Robinson

Grown-Up Fiction
Christmas At Fairacre Miss Read

Christmas History
Christmas In Williamsurg: 300 Years of Family Traditions K. M. Kostyal
Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas Ace Collins (I didn’t get to finish this previously)
Pagan Christmas: The Plants, Spirits, And Rituals at The Origins of Yuletide Christian Rätsch

Christmas Baking
Scandikitchen Christmas: Recipes and Traditions from Scandinavia Brontë Aurell
Classic German Baking: The Very Best Recipes for Traditional Favorites, from Pfeffernüsse to Streuselkuchen Luisa Weiss
Festive Baking: Holiday Classics in the Swiss, German, and Austrian Traditions Sarah Kelly Iaia


  • Tarissa

    Woohoo! Thanks for joining up again this year, Livia.

    You’ve got an incredible list of Christmas books here. I’m impressed, and I hope you make it through the whole list!

    You know, I might just be interesting in looking at one of those Christmas baking books myself. That sounds like an awesome idea.

    Merry reading!!


    • Livia Rose

      Thanks. I think I should likely to finish because 1) Lots of kids books and 2) Got more of the hang of holiday book planning (ordering in time and understanding I may not get renewals since others will want these; usually, I can renew as often as I want, so I forget). Fingers crossed anyway.

  • Sarah

    Enjoyed seeing your list! I am currently reading “Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas” by Ace Collins. It is a very interesting book. I noticed you are reading Collins’ other Christmas book, so I thought you might enjoy “Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas” as well. : )

    • Livia Rose

      Thanks, I’ll have to see if my library has that one! If it does, I’ll add that to my list because I’m particularly interested in the history of the traditions this year.

    • Livia Rose

      I just finished it for this year. I’m doing well so far (of course all the books I’ve read have been kid’s books . . .)

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