Pandemic Reading List 2020 – Christmas Books! – Short Stories, Mini Reviews


A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Available at the library.

Book Description From Goodreads:

“‘If I had my way, every idiot who goes around with Merry Christmas on his lips, would be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. Merry Christmas? Bah humbug!’

Introduction and Afterword by Joe Wheeler
To bitter, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, Christmas is just another day. But all that changes when the ghost of his long-dead business partner appears, warning Scrooge to change his ways before it’s too late.

Part of the Focus on the Family Great Stories collection, this abridged edition features an in-depth introduction and discussion questions by Joe Wheeler to provide greater understanding for today’s reader. “A Christmas Carol” captures the heart of the holidays like no other novel.”

I have read this book every year for the past couple of years because quite frankly it is a Christmas Classic that deserves to be read every year! I love watching the TV adaptations of this story and it wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I actually decided to read the original. I loved it and have since made it one of my Christmas traditions!

I love the characters, the classic victorian settings and the message behind it. It really gets you in the mood for Christmas.

Rated 5/5

A Very Country Christmas by Zara Stoneley

I got this free on Kindle.

Book Description From Goodreads:

“A short Christmas story of three courses.

Love is in the air in Tippermere as Lottie dreams of a white Christmas with no trimmings – other than her hot and hunky eventer, Rory. But things are never quite that simple on the Tipping House Estate.

Festive fervour takes over and it isn’t all seasonal peace and goodwill as expectations rise and it soon escalates from cosy dinner for two, to all the trimmings for ten!

With missing turkeys, loose horses, troublesome terriers and randy huntsmen, Lottie is hard pushed to find time for a kiss under the mistletoe, let alone find the opportunity to woo Rory with her sexy Santa costume.

But there is only one thing Lottie really wants for Christmas, and only one man can deliver it…”

I found this when I was looking for Christmas stories. It was an enjoyable short story with likable characters. It was well balanced and didn’t leave me hanging like some short stories can! There was nothing wow about it so I gave it an average rating of 3/5. If you just want a nice short Christmas read then this is it!

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Clara At Christmas by Lacey London

I got this free on Kindle.

Book Description From Goodreads:

Clara is back!

With snowflakes falling and fairy lights twinkling brightly, it can only mean one thing – Christmas will be very soon upon us.

With just twenty five days to go until the big day, Clara finds herself dealing with more than just the usual festive stresses.

Plans to host the perfect Christmas Day for her American in laws are ambushed by her BFF’s clichéd meltdown at turning thirty.

With a best friend on the verge of a mid life crisis, putting Christmas dinner on the table isn’t the only thing Clara has got to worry about this year.

Taking on the role of Best Friend/Therapist, Head Chef and Party Planner is much harder than Clara had anticipated.

With the clock ticking, can Clara pull things together – or will Christmas Day turn out to be the December disaster that she is so desperate to avoid?

Join Clara and the gang in this festive installment and discover what life changing gifts are waiting for them under the tree this year…”

I found this when searching for free Christmas books to get me in the festive mood. It was written in a diary format with each chapter being a day in December and starting off with an amusing quote.

It was a lightly written and enjoyable read about the lead up to Christmas. The characters were amusing and relatable in some way.

Overall it was an enjoyable book and one that I would consider reading again this year. If only for the amusing quotes at the beginning of each chapter!

Rated 4/5

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