Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Holiday Books!

Top Ten Tuesday again, a weekly meme from the Broke and the Bookish. This week it's favorite holiday books, just in time for Turkey Day!

1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I have read the book and seen countless adaptations of this classic story. I'm also reading a little nonfiction book about how this book changed the way we think about Christmas forever. I don't doubt it. What book can boast that it reinvented Christmas cheer and good will towards all?

2. The Gift of the Magi by O.Henry. This book always brings me to tears, because no matter how bad things are for this couple financially, the love they have for each other keeps them warm.

3. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson. Another touch-me-to-the-point-of-tears book. And so beautifully written too.

4. The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore. My mom read this book to me every Christmas Eve when I was growing up. It will always have a special place in my heart.

5. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss. Love this book. My family used to call me Mindy Lou Who because I loved this book so much.

6. The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. The illustrations in this classic book are fantastic, and the story can warm any cold night.

7. The Littlest Angel by Charles Tazewel. A bit religious but still very sweet, about a little angel who wants his star to shine the brightest.

8. Catmas Carols by Laurie Loughlin. A book of traditional Christmas Carols with a kitty twist. Classics include O Hold Me Right (O Holy Night), O Come All Ye Furful and O Little Town of Cat Mayhem.This book never fails to put a grin on my face!

9. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis. When "always Winter, but never Christmas" begins to melt away, I can't help but feel the touch of the Christmas spirit!

10. The Nutcracker. I don't remember who wrote the picture book version of this story I had when I was a kid, but I remember looking at the pictures an reading along and wishing I was Clara, so that I could be whisked away to an enchanted land by a handsome nutcracker prince too.

well, there's 10. I must say that I had to do some heavy digging through my memory banks for this week's list, but I'm glad I did. These books make me smile with fond memories.

How does your list compare?


Red said...

I'm always surprised they can make another version of A Christmas Carol. I love the Muppet version though. Glad you appreciate it as well :)

Anne Bennett said...

Good call on the Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe. I love the scene when Santa comes and gives the children his special gifts.

readerbuzz said...

Excellent list!

Here is my list of Top Ten Books to Read During the Holidays.

bibliophile brouhaha said...

Awww, I had A Christmas Carol and The Little Match Girl, too! I kind of like tearing up around the holidays - makes you count your blessings, doesn't it?

-Linds, bibliophile brouhaha

smellincoffee said...

I once saw a version of the Christmas Carol called "A Carol Christmas", and it featured an aging William Shatner as one of the ghosts.

Very strange.

Anonymous said...

You're the only other person I've seen list The Snowman as a favorite book on this list. I included it as my favorite book, although I don't own the book. I have the short film, though--have you ever seen it?

MJ said...

@livethroughbooks: I loved the short film of the Snowman. It was so beautifully done!

@smellincoffee: William Shatner, huh? Not quite sure how that would work, but hey why not? Ever seen Scrooged with Bill Murray? That one was awesome.

Bibliophile said...

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe is a good choice. I had forgotten about the Christmas angle in that one.

Birdie said...

I've never HEARD of the Catmas Carols! It sounds like a definite WIN! Thanks so much--I'll have to check it out.