by Molly Jo Realy @MollyJoRealy
I know this may come as a shock to y’all, but I like reading. Almost as much as writing.
And while I’m a fan of reading something new, I also enjoy revisiting my favorite stories.
I recently compiled a list of books to read in the next few weeks, and well, let’s just say I think I’m set for the next year.
Here are my five favorite books to read each holiday season:
- The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. So, technically, this is a series of books, but for me, they’re bound into one volume. The saga of the Pevensie children and others as they continue to be drawn into Narnia has always been one of my favorites. Mr. Tumnus, the Beavers, and Aslan are just a few unforgettable characters that make the Gospel Story told in a remarkable way.
- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Hullo. The original self-published book, am I right? The three ghosts, poverty, pride, and a change of heart. What’s not to like?
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. This book shaped my youth and my writing. With Jo March as one of my first mentors, I learned it was okay to not fit in, and as long as I remain true to myself, good things follow.
- The Complete Collection of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Yes, another collection. And I admittedly have not yet read it in its entirety. But it’s still a fascinating read and one that I love to experience on a cozy fireplace weekend.
- Cookbooks. They are too books! And I know, I know. This isn’t one book for the list. But really? You’re gonna make me choose between Better Homes and Gardens’ sugar cookie recipe, or Scharffen Berger’s chocolate liqueur? What about Taste of Home’s casseroles? No. No, I can’t choose just one. Please don’t make me.
So there you have it. My more-than-five favorites for this week.
What books do you like to read during winter?
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I’ve read the first four!
Hi Molly! I love your list. You reminded me how much I love the Chronicles of Narnia. You also included my absolute favorite Christmas story, A Christmas Carol. I have loved the telling of this in the movies: Scrooged and Mickey’s A Christmas Carol. I did not read the book until I was an adult and I love the book. I think I like it best because it is so similar to the good news of Christ’s atoning sacrifice. We all were once like Scrooge but praise God we were redeemed just like scrooge starts out as a bad apple and becomes a new man after being visited by three ghosts. I also like that you mentioned Sherlock Holmes because it reminded me I’ve been wanting to try him out. I so enjoyed this post. Thank you!