My Favorite Books

Last Christmas in Paris

Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

August 1914. England is at war. As Evie Elliott watches her brother, Will, and his best friend, Thomas,, depart for the front, she believes that it will be over by Christmas, when they plan to celebrate the holiday in Paris.

 

 Frustrated by life as a privileged young lady, Evie longs to play a greater part in the conflict and as Thomas struggles with the realities of war he also faces personal battles back home. Through their letters, Evie and Thomas grow close.

Christmas 1968. With failing health, Thomas returns to Paris where one final letter is waiting for him…

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens

n the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, the reclusive curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited on Christmas Eve by four spirits who force him to examine his selfish ways. When Scrooge awakens on Christmas morning, he is a new man.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas 

Dr. Seuss

Every Who down in Who-ville liked Christmas a lot . . . but the Grinch, who lived just north of Who-ville, did NOT!
 

This heartwarming story about the effects of the Christmas spirit will grow even the coldest and smallest of hearts. Like mistletoe, candy canes.

Silent Night

Stanley Weintraub

In the early months of World War I, on Christmas Eve, men on both sides of the trenches laid down their arms and joined in a spontaneous celebration. Despite orders to continue shooting, the unofficial truce spread across the front lines. Even the participants found what they were doing incredible: Germans placed candlelit Christmas trees on trench parapets, warring soldiers sang carols, and men on both sides shared food parcels from home. They climbed from the trenches to meet in "No Man's Land" where they buried the dead, exchanged gifts, ate and drank together.

Christmas on the Island

Jenny Colgan

On the remote Scottish island of Mure, the Christmas season is stark, windy, and icy—yet festive and beautiful... It's a time for getting cozy in front of whisky barrel wood fires, and enjoying a dram and a treacle pudding with the people you love—unless, of course, you've accidentally gotten pregnant by your ex-boss, and don't know how to tell him. 

Meanwhile Saif, a doctor and refugee from war-torn Syria is trying to enjoy his first western Christmas with his sons on this remote island where he’s been granted asylum. His wife, however, is still missing, and her absence hangs over what should be a joyful celebration. 

Polar Express

Chris Van Allsburg

A young boy, lying awake one Christmas Eve, is welcomed aboard a magical train to the North Pole.

 

The Polar Express makes its way to the city atop the world, where the boy will make his Christmas wish.

 

This is a story for all who believe in the spirit of Christmas and those who treasure the sound of a reindeer’s silver bell.

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