Top Ten Tuesday: Holiday Reading


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. For the rules see her blog.

This week’s topic: is Books you love reading during the holiday season. Here are some Christmas themed books I’ve read in the past and one I want to read this year.

  1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, I often re-read this around Christmas time. This was the first Dickens I read. My Great Aunt gave me this for Christmas one year when I was a child and I’ve loved it ever since.
  2. The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries:The Most Complete Collection of Yuletide Whodunits Ever Assembled edited by Otto Penzler is a big book of 647 pages – so I have an e-book version and dip into into it each Christmas.
  3. A Maigret Christmas by Georges Simenon –  the Inspector receives two unexpected visitors on Christmas Day.
  4. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie – Christmas Eve with the Lee family and Poirot.
  5. The Christmas Train by David Baldacci – part detective story, part disaster movie, part romance.
  6. The Santa Klaus Murder  by Gladys Mitchell, a classic locked room murder mystery.
  7. The Christmas Mystery by Jostein Gaarder is a good book to read during Advent.
  8. A Feast for Advent Delia offers help in escaping for a few minutes each day to contemplate the meaning of Christmas, providing a journey through Advent, illustrated with photographs.
  9. Skipping Christmas by John Grisham. This is not the usual Grisham legal thriller, but a very funny little book about the horrors, commercialisation and expense of Christmas.
  10. Snow on the Cobbles by Maggie Sullivan – to read. Christmas on Coronation Street at the end of  the Second World War.


12 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Holiday Reading

  1. Nice choices, Margaret! I have to admit, I’ve not read the Penzler compendium, but it looks terrific, and sounds like something that ought to be in my library. You have some other nice choices here, too.


  2. I’m currently rereading A Christmas Carol with my son. And Skipping Christmas is on my shelf. I need to pick that one up soon! Great list!

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  3. I’ve read and enjoyed The Santa Klaus Murder (I wonder why the K in ‘Klaus’) and keep meaning to get hold of the Maigret Christmas one. And you’ve reminded me that I have the Poirot one on my Nook which might make for a light Christmas read. Enjoy your Christmas reading, Margaret.


  4. I enjoyed The Santa Klaus Murder and as is often the case with these books – I loved the book cover even more.


  5. What a great collection. It is such fun to read Christmas-themed books as we approach the holidays. I’ll definitely be hunting out some of these this year!


  6. Margaret, A Christmas Carol is of course a perfect read for the holidays. I haven’t read any the other books on your list, but I like the sound of some cosy, Christmassy murder-mysteries too. 🙂


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