Holiday Reads: Thoughts?
Christmas is just around the corner. Something about even typing that out fills me with just a bit of anxiety. It's not that I don't enjoy Christmas. It's more the fact that it seems to speed by and I'm always left feeling two steps behind.
Let me get to the point here... while routinely checking my inbox this morning, I found an email from a book seller encouraging me to stock up on Christmas classics.
Christmas classics? I'm lost.
I know they exist, of course, but do people, like, stock up on Christmas classics? I guess the question I want to pose to the blogging community is this: what's your opinion of holiday books? Do you love them? Do you hate them? Indifferent?
While perusing said classics on this site, I realized that I had never, as an adult, picked up a novel about Christmas. For book club last year, we chose The School of Essential Ingredients, which had nothing to do with Christmas, but was thought to provide a warm feeling with so many promised descriptions of mouth watering dishes. It was sort of related to the holiday, especially since most places you visit after the holiday point out how you should be thinking about losing all the weight you gained from all the food you've probably been eating.
I think I vaguely remember reading a very sad novel about shoes and a family death with an underlying Christian message, as a teenager, because my Nana insisted that it was just wonderful. I think I liked it, but can't, for the life of me, remember the name. I went crazy about the RIP VI Challenge, stocking up on mysteries and thrillers to celebrate Halloween and the inherent spookiness of the Fall season. But I don't think I'd ever sign up for one for Christmas.
Perhaps I just don't really get into seasonal reads; although, it's something I've never quite pondered until now. It could be that this time of year is already so busy that I can't even think of compiling a list and actually sticking to it.
Am I missing out? What are some Winter/Christmas classics that I'm overlooking? Feel free to share some titles that you love!