Sunday, December 04, 2016

My Christmas Reading List

My Christmas Reading List

Winter has set in and it's begun to look a lot like Christmas. To set the mood perfect for the season, I've decided to read just Christmas themed books till the New Year and here's revealing my Christmas reading list. 

As you already know, I'm hosting the #WYChristmasReadathon at Writerly Yours and I've so far received a heartening response from blogger buddies and book lovers from around the globe, who have joined the readathon through their blogs and Bookstagram. In fact, it is their enthusiasm that motivates me to blog on in spite of my lately crammed schedule.

So I'm finally putting together my Christmas reading list so that many of you might as well pick a book or two from the list to add to yours or to gift someone whom you think might like it.

My Christmas Reads 2016

A Christmas Surprise

A Christmas Surprise by Emily Murdoch
Genre: Regency Romance
Author: Emily Murdoch
Publisher: Endeavour Press
Every year for thirty years Lord Robert, the Viscount of Marchwood, throws a Christmas Ball.
But this year the Marchwood Christmas Ball holds extra importance.
His daughter, Lady Audrey, has just turned eighteen, and it is time for her to be introduced into society.
It is Audrey’s first, best, and potentially only chance of securing a husband.
Especially seeing as there are rumours that the Marchwood money is running dry.
But headstrong Lady Audrey is not sure she wants a husband.
Ever since her mother died she has been left to her own devices.
Though she is very close to her father, it was often the servants she turned to for companionship, particularly Thomas, who, five years older than her, was always the person she depended on for conversation.
She is not ready to leave everything she knows, and the thought of abandoning her father breaks her heart.
She is determined that only someone truly special will take her away from her home.
But with the ball centred around a masquerade theme, everyone is in disguise.
And a handsome stranger threatens to steal Audrey’s heart.
Could he hold the key to her heart?
And when she unmasks him will it be a good, or bad, Christmas Surprise? 

The Christmas Cake Café by Sue Watson

The Christmas Cake Cafe by Sue Watson
Genre: Women's Fiction, Chick Lit, Holiday Romance
Author: Sue Watson
Publisher: Bookouture
As the Prosecco chills and Bing Crosby croons, Jen Barker just knows that her long-term boyfriend is about to propose.  But instead of a diamond ring nestled in her champagne flute, Jen finds cold flat rejection.  Her once perfect life and dreams of a husband and family seem even further from reach.
A working holiday to the Swiss Alps with her younger sister Jody might not be the Christmas Jen had it mind, but it offers her the chance to recharge her batteries and recover from heartbreak.
When Jen meets handsome ski instructor Jon Zutter her hopes for a happy-ever-after seem within her grasp again. Jon is kind and gorgeous and as they bond over Sachetorte at the picturesque Cake Café, Jen thinks he might just be her perfect man. But a relationship with him comes with a catch – and there are some things even cake can’t fix.
As the snow falls and Christmas approaches, could this be the place that restores Jen Barker’s faith in love?

All I Want For Christmas 

All I Want for Christmas by Jenny HaleGenre: Women's Fiction, Chick Lit, Holiday Romance
Author: Jenny Hale
Publisher: Bookouture
Snowflakes are falling, there’s carol singing on every corner, and Leah Evans is preparing for a family Christmas at her grandmother’s majestic plantation house in Virginia. It won’t be the same now that her beloved Nan is gone, but when Leah discovers she has inherited the mansion, she knows she can give her daughter Sadie the childhood of her dreams.
But there’s a catch. Leah must split the house with a man called David Forester. Leah hasn’t heard that name in a long time. Not since they were kids, when Davey was always there to catch her.
Now David is all grown up. He’s gorgeous, successful, and certain of one thing: Leah should sell him her half of the house.
They can’t agree, but as they share memories over wine by the log fire, Leah notices a fluttering in her stomach. And by the look in his eyes, he’s starting to feel it too.
Will it be Leah or David who must give up their dreams? Or, with a little bit of Christmas magic, will they finally understand Nan’s advice to them both about living life without regrets … and take a chance on true love? 

Marty and the Christmas Eve Surprise

Marty and the Christmas Eve Surprise by Sharon Durgin
Genre: Children's Picture Books, Christmas
Author: Sharon Durgin
Illustrator: Joan Coleman
Publisher: Lanier Press
Marty, the resident house mouse, bands together with his group of Christmas friends to plan their annual Christmas Eve show. With fun friends like Betty the Ballerina, Bruno and the Teddy Bear Brigade, and the two mischievous house cats, Leo and Emma, the night will be full of surprises.

Ornaments of Love

Ornaments of Love by Sharlin Craig
Genre: Children's Illustrated Books, Christmas
Author: Sharlin Craig
Illustrator: Helen Monwuba
Publisher: Harmony Hearts Publishing
A touching Christmas story with glowing illustrations, Ornaments of Love is a story to cherish for years to come. A beautiful tale of Ayana, an endearing ten-year-old who excitedly anticipates that special time of year when the entire family joins together to decorate and admire the Christmas tree.
But sadly this year is different. Ayana realises that her mom and dad are far too busy with everything else to enjoy the tree with Ayana. Then, something unexpected happens and the family is brought together with tenderness and joy.
Filled to the brim and overflowing with charming moments, gentle humour, and timeless illustrations, this beautiful story is a wonderful reminder of what’s important not only during the Christmas season, but every day of our lives. Ornaments of Love is destined to become one of your favourite holiday stories. One that will remain in your heart forever.  
These are the books on my Christmas reading list and I'm really excited about reading them as much as I am about going home for Christmas. I've been reading A Christmas Surprise with my blogger buddies at Writerly Yours and it has been a great experience so far, discussing each chapter through the weekly Twitter chats as we read along. If you have read this book or are reading right now, you can join in our Twitter chat by browsing #AChristmasSurprise on Twitter.

This post is also part of the #WYChristmasReadathon 2016 - a fun challenge to read and blog this holiday season ! Find out all about it HERE
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What's on your Christmas reading list? Are you reading any of the books on my list? Let me know in the comments!