Winter is creeping in here in the northern hemisphere as we prepare to wrap up presents and wrap up the year. Shorter days and longer nights bring their own rewards with more time for cozying up in a favorite chair with a good book. Here are a few selections from the BW BookShop for your holiday reading...fire and mulled cider, optional.
Comfort and Joy
Ornaments of Love by Sharlin Craig (A charming illustrated story that is a reminder not to let busyness and distractions keep you from taking time to savor the season with your family.)
Ollie and Taavi Celebrate the Holidays by Ellen Press (Two canine companions celebrate all the Jewish holidays, describing their traditions, history, food, and activities to young children.)
A Christmas Kiss by Ursula LeCoeur (Star-crossed lovers whose lives have gone separate ways in New Orleans, meet unexpectedly during their return to their hometown for the holidays in this romance novel.)
Winter Trees by Kim Stokely (Senior matchmakers in an assisted living community conspire to bring the resident director, who is still mourning her fiance, and the chef with-a-secret together in this romance about second chances and the inevitable return of spring.)
Tales for Tots
Snowman Amuck by Cindy Samul (It's boy versus snowman in this comic-book-style illustrated winter tale for readers 6 and up, with fun extras like coloring pages, available on the book's website.)
The Christmas Sector by Robin Schmitt (A rocket scientist and his son discover that Santa operates from a space station and this year Christmas is in jeopardy. 9-12 year-old readers will enjoy this imaginative spin adventure story.)
Christmas Cats by R.F. Kristi (Will Inca the detective cat and her friends be able to solve the mystery and save their neighbor's home in time for Christmas? Find out in this illustrated adventure for young readers)
The Great Snowball Escapade by JD Holiday (A heartwarming story that instills the importance of empathy and not being quick to judge, for 6-8 year-olds, with illustrations by the author.)
Holiday Reading of a Different Flavor
Not all is a merry and bright during the holidays (like fruitcake, for instance, and crowded malls). For those who need a break from Hallmark specials, we offer you these unconventional twists on the season.
One Horse Open Slay by James Mullaney (Plucky P.I. Crag Banyon is on the lam in Santa's headquarters at the North Pole to solve the murder of an elf he's been framed for in this entertaining and humorous romp.)
The Holiday Spirit by Dani Harper (Readers rave about this paranormal romance about Christmas and a ghost...hey, it worked for Dickens.)
We hope you take the opportunity to enjoy one or more of these titles. If you do, please share your thoughts with us and the authors. We encourage you to submit your own suggestions for upcoming reading lists here or on our Discussion Groups topic "Read Any Good Books Lately?".
Wishing all our members a warm and peaceful holiday season from Betty Kelly Sargent and the BookWorks Team.