Written by Al Stover
With December here, the weather can be cold at times to the point where you cannot be outside without covering yourself in layers of clothes and coats.
If you’re stuck indoors during the holiday season, one of the ways you can enjoy the day is to delve into a book. If you are unsure what books you would like to read, here are 10 books that can be found at bookstores or at the Roosevelt County Library.
1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens: One of the classic stories by acclaimed author Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol is a tale that revolves around rich businessman Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the ghost of his old business partner Jacob Marley on Christmas Eve. Throughout the night Scrooge is visited by three more specters, who take him on a journey throughout past, present and future. Once the evening is over, Scrooge’s life will be changed.
2. Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson: If you are looking for a thriller set during the holidays, Merry Christmas, Alex Cross catches up with famous detective Alex Cross as he spends Christmas Eve chasing a robber who has stolen from the church’s poor box. Cross’ day escalates as he must diffuse a hostage situation, all while trying to get home to spend Christmas with his family.
3. Christmas in My Heart by Joe Wheeler: In Christmas in My Heart, Joe Wheeler has compiled some of the most heartwarming Christmas stories that readers can enjoy by themselves or with their loved ones. If you’ve have already read the first Christmas in My Heart anthology, there are three more editions to check out at the library.
4. The Christmas Child by Max Lucado: Formerly known as The Christmas Cross, The Christmas Child is a novella that takes place in a Texas town on Christmas Eve with a journalist from Chicago who comes across a hand carved manger. This encounter turns into a journey that will lead him home. In 2004, The Christmas Child was made into a holiday movie titled Christmas Child.
5. How Do Dinosaurs Celebrate Christmas? by Jane Yolen: If you have children who like dinosaurs, How Do Dinosaurs Celebrate Christmas? is a good way to gather the children around the fireplace and learn how dinosaurs get into the spirit of Christmas.
6. Gingerbread Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine and Leslie Meier: The authors have put together three holiday murder mysteries into one book. In addition to dead bodies, all three stories have gingerbread cookies at the crime scenes. In addition to the stories, Gingerbread Cookie Murder also includes gingerbread cookie recipes.
7. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Families can relive the tale of one of Christmas’ most beloved characters, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, in book form. Due to a blizzard coming through the North Pole, Santa Claus will not be able to ride his sleigh on Christmas Eve. There is only one red-nosed reindeer that can help guide Santa and his sleigh.
8. The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever by Steven Kroll: Another children’s book, Steven Kroll crafts a tale of Clayton, the town mouse, and Desmond, the country mouse, who both embark on a quest to find the biggest Christmas tree and bring the spirit of the holiday to their home in Mouseville.
9. Snow Angels by Michael Fern: Michael Fern’s anthology titled Snow Angels, brings together stories about love and miracles centered around the holiday season. Other contributors to the anthology include authors such as Marie Bostwick, Janna McMahan and Rosalind Noonan.
10. The Joy of a Peanuts Christmas by Charles Shultz: This book features a collection of Charles Shultz’s famous Peanuts comic strip. Readers are treated to 40 years of holiday stories featuring Charlie Brown, Linus Van Pelt, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang.