Five Books for the Holidays


December is very much upon us, which for bookish types means escaping the chaos of gift shopping, parties and relatives by curling up with a good read. During the holidays, I love to tuck into old and new favorites. Faithful tales that bring me joy. Here are some of my favorites.

Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott

Support Independent Bookstores - Visit IndieBound.orgOne of my favorite classics to read during the holiday season. The book opens on a scarce Christmas in March family’s home. Four young sisters await the return of their Marmee, who brings home a letter from their father, off fighting in the war. Though their funds are limited that year, they make the most of it by enjoying each other’s company.

Spinning Silver, by Naomi Novik

Support Independent Bookstores - Visit IndieBound.orgI read Novik’s new book earlier this year, but with a plot involving a nefarious Staryk ice king and the impending problem of never-ending winter, I think December is an appropriate time for this one. This is also one of my favorite books of the year.

The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien

Support Independent Bookstores - Visit IndieBound.orgBecause there’s nothing like curling up by the fire and reading about the adventure of Bilbo Baggins as he meets dwarves, a man who becomes a bear, and a dragon. As Bilbo finds life outside of his comfort zone, I’ll gladly enjoy his story from the comfort of my favorite couch and blanket.

“A Christmas Memory”, by Truman Capote

Support Independent Bookstores - Visit IndieBound.orgThe author of Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood wrote this touching short story about Christmas. Semi-autobiographical, this tale is set in rural Alabama and told in Capote’s precise style that paints such a vivid picture.

The Golden Compass (or Northern Lights), by Philip Pullman

Support Independent Bookstores - Visit IndieBound.orgI really just love being whisked away by classic fantasy stories during the holidays, if you can’t tell. Still, this children’s story is partly set in a cold winter land where polar bears wear armor and young Lyra must battle some eerie creatures. Great for a reread or those new to the His Dark Materials series.


What are your favorite holiday reads? Leave a comment!


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  1. Elizabeth, I’m ‘way behind on keeping up with followers. Happy to see you writing as recently as a week ago, and hope your busy career is progressing. Thanks again for visiting Under Western Skies, and happy 2019.

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