Monday, November 30, 2020

Christmas Reading List and Some News


Shall we hear the news first? We welcomed a new little granddaughter into our family on Saturday. More details will follow, but everyone is well. We had Big Sister Iris (almost 18-months) stay with us for three days and had so much fun with her. However, having children is definitely for the younger set. 

Christmas decorating was set aside while I sang songs, played games, and cuddled with a sweet little one. I'll get back into it later this week.  

A few weeks ago I wrote about books and stories I like to read at Christmas time, and asked for your suggestions. I've compiled a list for your reading delight. I've not read everything on the list, but on your recommendation I found a copy of Christmas at Fairacre (includes No Holly for Miss Quinn, The Christmas Mouse, and another story), and thoroughly enjoyed it. 

Christmas at Fairacre - Miss Read

No Holly for Miss Quinn - Miss Read

Miss Read's Christmas - Miss Read

Shepherds Abiding - Jan Karon

Winter Solstice - Rosamunde Pilcher

Debbie MacComber - Angels books about Shirley, Goodness, Mercy

A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

A Redbird Christmas - Fannie Flagg

Snowflake - Paul Gallico

Miracle in the Wilderness - Paul Gallico

The Night Before Christmas - Jan Brett

Home for Christmas: Stories for Young and Old - Plough Publishing House

Papa Panov's Special Day - based on a Tolstoy story

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Barbara Robinson

The Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas - Madeleine L'Engle

I Saw Three Ships - Elizabeth Goudge

God is in the Manger - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

An Irish Country Christmas - Patrick Read

A Christmas Memory - Truman Capote

A Star for Christmas - Trisha Romance

I Spy Christmas, A Book of Picture Riddles - Scholastic

A Pussycat's Christmas - Margaret Wise Brown and Anne Mortimer

Christmas with Anne and other Holiday Stories - L. M. Montgomery

Christmas in My Heart: A Timeless Treasury of Heartwarming Stories - Compiled by Joe Wheeler

Christmas Classics from the Modern Library - 1997 Random House

Christmas Not Just Once a Year - Heinrich Böll

Letters from Father Christmas - J. R. R. Tolkien

Hercule Poirot's Christmas - Agatha Christie

The Mistletoe Murder and other Stories - P. D. James

Skipping Christmas - John Grisham

The Christmas Chronicles - Nigel Slater

Linking to No Place Like Home, hosted by Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage. 


  1. Welcome to Iris's little sister - they will be good companions and friends for one another.
    That was such a great idea you had to compile a Christmas book list. We shall all probably be reading much more over the Christmas period with so few family get-togethers happening.

  2. Congratulations, such lovely news. I bet Iris is delighted to have a baby sister. Thank you for the reading list :) B x

  3. Congratulations! There's double toddler fun in y'all's future.
    Love the reading list, a holiday theme will help lift one's spirits.

  4. Oh wonderful news! A new little girl to love. May Iris and her new baby sister be the very best of friends.

  5. Congratulations to all of you on this most happy news!!

  6. Congratulations! Such happy news!

  7. Congratulations Lorrie. What a lovely Christmas gift your family received.

  8. Congratulations to you all! Such good news. The best Christmas gift in 2020. And thanks for the list of good reads for the season!

  9. Congratulations! I can't think of anything more exciting than the birth of a new baby! Our children and grandchildren are the ones that make our world go round. Where would we be without them? I hope you will be able to share a photo soon and give us all a little treat. You have a nice selection of Christmas reading material there. I have read Charles Dickens and Shepherds Abiding but no others. Thank you for sharing your good news with us at my party. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  10. Congratulations, another little sweetie to love.

    We have our three grandchildren for two days later this month. It will be exhilarating and exhausting.

  11. Wonderful news about the safe arrival of the newest grandbaby.

    I love the Christmas Reading List and I'm pleased to see many of my very favourites.

  12. How lovely to have a little new member of the family. Such a joy after all the horrors of the world at the moment.
    I would read/have read every one of those books! Winter Solstice is my Christmas book.

  13. That's an extensive list for sure! Congratulations on your new little precious bundle!

  14. Many congratulations, lovely to read about the safe arrival of your new grand-daughter.

    All the best Jan

  15. Congratulations on the new addition to the family. i can't wait to see pictures. Another precious one to shower with love.

  16. Anonymous4:25 PM

    Congratulations on the new granddaughter. Thank You for the list of Christmas books. I love to read Christmas books. Wishing you and your family 0 Blessed and Merry Christmas season.

  17. Congratulations, Lorrie! I saw the photo of your new granddaughter on IG. So adorable!

  18. How wonderful, Lorrie! Congratulations! And thank you for the book recommendations. I could spend a very happy afternoon browsing through that pile you've shown us.

  19. Such wonderful news, Lorrie! It will be fun to see Iris in her role as big sister, being just a baby herself! Busy times ahead for the family and I’m glad they are close to you. Looks like the baby news took over. I looked through that list of books and realized I have not read any of them. With more time this season, maybe I should read a book.

  20. Congratulations, such wonderful news!
    Thank you for the interesting book recommendations. I would start with Paul Gallico. If those books are like the ones I have read by him, they must be lovely. :)
    Happy Advent!

  21. For mystery fans see the Shedunnit podcast pages for Christmas mystery reads...enjoyable podcast!

  22. Ah, Miss Read - my favorite for forty years. I have them all, reread one whenever Ineed to be amused and relax. I’m so glad I wrote a letter of appreciation before she died, which her daughter sweetly responded to.

  23. I see several books I would like to read! And I'm so happy the baby is here and everyone is doing well! What a joyous holiday you are having already! Hugs!

  24. Good evening, Lorrie. Such a selection list of books. I have a list as well, and should have shared them. However, a few on your list caught my attention.

    Now, to your most beautiful Christmas gift ~ a beautiful baby girl. I can't wait to hear her name, because any couple who chose Iris would certainly provide another lovely name.

    Wishing you a wonderful and happy December, Lorrie. And, many blessings to you and your family.

  25. Lorrie - congratulations! Glad the baby and mom are both well! And thank you for the extensive reading list!

  26. It is so nice to hear some good news. Congratulations to all of you on the newest addition to your family. What a wonderful way to begin the holiday season.
    I look forward to exploring your book list.

  27. I'm so happy for your family, Lorrie! The arrival of a new granddaughter is the best gift of all. I have an 8 year old granddaughter and her little sister just turned 6 and they are the joy of my life. It will be so much fun seeing these two sisters grow up together. You and your husband will have a bevy of grandchildren now and I know they love their time with you.

    I see that you treasure the old speckled Christmas ornaments too! Years ago when I started collecting them people thought I was crazy but I do adore them. I've written down a few of your Christmas book suggestions. I know I would love to have the Anne stories.

    Blessings on the newest baby and her family,

  28. Back again, Lorrie, to say that I saw your Shepherds Abiding in your reading stack. Did you know there is a wonderful Facebook book club on Jan Karon's work? There are quite a few FB groups for her but Mitford Book Club is dedicated strictly to joint reading and discussion of her books and Mary Jo Tate is the administrator and does an excellent job of keeping the discussions geared toward the books with the blessing of Jan. Right now they are reading Shepherds Abiding!

  29. Congratulations to you and your whole family on the birth of a new little one. How wonderful for little Iris to have a little sister.
    Your Christmas reading list is extensive, Lorrie. I’ve read a few of them...Winter Solstice and Red Bird Christmas are two that I noticed right of the bat. Let us know your reviews. Happy December and first week of advent.

  30. Oh how wonderful! Congrats! So glad Iris could come visit you for awhile. 😊 Kit

  31. Thanks for the reminder. I have the Christmas Chronicles and must get it out. It is so fun to read at this time of year. I did just get a Christmas fiction to read, which I will start this evening.


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