A Literary Christmas

I’m linking up here for A Literary Christmas. I think I’ll also make this list a page.

Whew, this list took well, hours I think, because I wanted to format it, so that if I went to the library, I could find books faster. I also wanted plenty to choose from this year and beyond. It is composed of books from a least four lists with books that became Hallmark movies and other similar books for adults, adult classics, children’s classics, and illustrated children’s books. Some of the latter (maybe the last three) categories, I’d like to buy. From the rest, I ordered some from two libraries, hoping some will come in in time and of those I will like some.

Snow Queen Andersen, Hans Christian
The Fir Tree Andersen, Hans Christian
The Little Match Girl Andersen, Hans Christian
The Steadfast Tin Soldier Andersen, Hans Christian
The Santa Suit Andrews, Mary Kay
Amazing Peace Angelou, Maya
The Christmas Train Baldacci, David
Madeline’s Christmas Bemelmans,Ludwig
The Berenstain Bears’ Christmas Tree Berenstain, Stan and Jan
The Children of Green Knowe Boston, Lucy
Gingerbread Baby Brett, Jan
Jan Brett’s Christmas Treasury Brett, Jan
The Wild Christmas Reindeer Brett, Jan
Christmas Day in the Morning Buck, Pearl
Snowmen at Christmas Buehner, Caralyn
Little Lord Fauntleroy Burnett, Frances Hodgson
Truman Capote Collection Capote, Truman
Dream Snow Carle, Eric
A Christmas by the Sea Carlson, Melody
The Christmas Cottage Chase, Samantha
Christmas Bells by Chiaverini, Jennifer
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas Christie, Agatha
Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus Church, Francis Pharcellus
The Christmas Dress Cole, Courtney
Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery Colgan, Jenny
Christmas at the Island Hotel Colgan, Jenny
The Christmas Bookshop Colgan, Jenny
The Dark is Rising Cooper, Susan
Miracle on 34th Street Davies, Valentine
The Christmas Book: An Early American Christmas DePaola, Tomie
Merry Christmas, Strega Nona DePaola, Tomie
The First Christmas DePaola, Tomie
The Legend of Old Befana DePaola, Tomie
The Legend of the Poinsettia DePaola, Tommu
A Christmas Carol/The Chimes/The Cricket on the Hearth Dickens, Charles
What Christmas is as We Grow Older Dickens, Charles
The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle Doyle, Arther Conan
Deck the Halls with Buddy Holly: And Other Misheard Christmas Lyrics Edwards, Gavin
A Winter Dream Evans, Richard Paul
Grace Evans, Richard Paul
The Christmas Box Trilogy (The Christmas Box, Timepiece, Letter) Evans, Richard Paul
The Christmas List Evans, Richard Paul
The Christmas Promise Evans, Richard Paul
The Gift Evans, Richard Paul
The Mistletoe Inn Evans, Richard Paul
The Mistletoe Promise Evans, Richard Paul
The Noel Diary Evans, Richard Paul
A Redbird Christmas Flagg, Fannie
Redbird Christmas Flagg, Fannie
Christmas Trees Frost, Robert
When Santa Fell to Earth Funke, Cornelia
Last Christmas in Paris Gaynor, Hazel and Heather Webb
I Saw Three Ships Goudge, Elizabeth
The Elves and the Shoemaker Grimm, Jacob, and Wilhelm Grimm
Skipping Christmas Grisham, John
A Lighthouse Christmas Hale, Jenny
We’ll Always Have Christmas Hale, Jenny
Comfort and Joy Hannah Kristin
A Cup of Christmas Tea Hegg, Tom
Winter in Paradise Hilderbrand, Elin
Winter Street Hilderbrand, Elin
Winter Stroll Hilderbrand, Elin
The Nutcracker Hoffman, ETA
Seven Days of Us Hornak, Francesca
Christmas at the Chalet Hughes, Anita
Christmas in London Hughes, Anita
Christmas in Vermont Hughes, Anita
Magical New York Christmas Hughes, Anita
A Prayer for Owen Meany Irving, John
The Snow Child Ivey, Eowyn
Moominland Midwinter Jansson, Tove
Shepherds Abiding Karon, Jan
The Little Drummer Boy Keats, Ezra Jack
A Dog Named Christmas Kincaid, Greg
The Bridge Kingsbury, Karen
The Battered Bastards of Bastogne: The 101st Airborne and the Battle of the Bulge Koskimaki, George
The Glorious Impossible L’Engle, Madeleine
Christmas in Noisy Village Lindgren, Astrid
The Crippled Lamb Lucado, Max
Alaskan Holiday: A Novel Macomber, Debbie
Dear Santa Macomber, Debbie
Jingle All the Way Macomber, Debbie
Merry and Bright Macomber, Debbie
Hiddensee Maguire, Gregory
Holly and Ivy Michaels, Fern
The Christmas Sisters Morgan, Sarah
The Christmas Escape Morgan, Sarah
Christmas Joy Naigle, Nancy
Dear Santa Naigle, Nancy
If You Take a Mouse to the Movies Numeroff, Laura Joffe
Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas O’Connor, Jane
Christmas in Camelot Osborne, Mary Pope
A Christmas Legacy Perry, Anne
A Christmas Resolution Perry, Anne
Winter Solstice Pilcher, Rosamunde
The Trees of the Dancing Goats Polacco, Patricia
Hogfather Pratchett, Terry
Christmas at Fairacre Read, Miss
The House Without a Christmas Tree Rock, Gail
Norman Rockwell’s Christmas book Rockwell, Norman
Christmas by the Book Ryan, Anne Marie
Holidays on Ice Sedaris, David
A Christmas Story Shepherd, Jean
Mr. Dickens and His Carol Silva, Samantha
The Man Who Invented Christmas Standiford, Les
Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at The Winter Wonderland Swain, Heidi
An Irish Country Christmas Taylor, Patrick
The Littlest Angel Tazewell, Charles
A Very Nantucket Christmas Thayer, Nancy
Christmas at Holiday House Thayne, RaeAnne
Season of Wonder Thayne, RaeAnne
Sleigh Bells Ring Thayne, RaeAnne
The Dolls’ Christmas Tudor, Tash
Take Joy Tudor, Tasha
A Letter from Santa Claus Twain, Mark
The Greatest Gift Van Doren Stern, Philip
The Christmas Blessing VanLiere, Donna
The Christmas Hope VanLiere, Donna
The Christmas Shoes VanLiere, Donna
The Christmas Town VanLiere, Donna
It’s a Wonderful Christmas: The Best of the Holidays 1940-1965 Waggoner
A Treasury of Christmas Stories Webb, Garrison
Silent Night: The Story of the WWI Christmas Truce Weintraub, Stanley
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey Wojciechowski, Susan
The White Christmas Inn Wright, Colleen

Christmas Storms and Sunshine Gaskell, Elizabeth
Christmas at Thompson Hall Trollope, Anthony
The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices Collins, Wilkie, and Charles Dickens


  • Catherine@basedonthebook

    Great list, I’d like to re-read a Christmas Carol this year. Will look out for that Elizabeth Gaskell one as well. I’ve read a few Jenny Colgans but not a Christmas one yet, the Beach Street bakery one must be a sequel to one I’ve read though, might look for that in the library!

    • Rachel Olivia

      Thanks, I’ve struggled to find Christmas books for grownups, the kids illustrated ones are great and great for everyone, but I’d still likes some grown up options, so I tried to pick some I could try.

      I got this awesome book box which has a gorgeous copy of A Christmas Carol and packages to open on certain pages, so I’m rereading that. I think some of the Dickens and Gaskell and Trollope stories are available on Gutenberg for free (those were on a readalong on Instagram, and I think that’s what they said). The Jenny Colgan one is for a Darling Desi patreon readalong, and the line is waaaay past Christmas at the library, so I’m guessing I’m not going to be able to get that one.

  • Tarissa

    EEEEEP! This list is sooooo awesome! I only recognize a few titles myself. I’d love to just dive right in to everything on this list.

    I look forward to hearing about any of the books you read this December. Thanks for joining A Literary Christmas! 🙂

    • Rachel Olivia

      I used one of the Goodreads list, I got through the 1st two pages, and might go further next year. I’m hoping I can be more successful at reading this year!

  • Elizabeth

    There’s so many Christmas related books out there. Heidi is one that I hadn’t thought of for Christmas but it’s funny how the Christmas scene, at least in the movie, is one of the things I remember best about it

    • Rachel Olivia

      That’s funny, I’m not sure I remember much about Christmas in Heidi, unless it was the sleepwalking part. I watched the 80’s one (over and over and over to infinity as child). I’m definitely due for a reread and rewatch.

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