I love reading Christmas books. They are happy, inspirational and really get you in the mood for the season. But reading Christmas books can be a tricky proposition. This is really the only time of the year you can read Christmas fiction. Not because they aren’t available, but because most people find it disorienting to read books about Christmas at any other time of the year.
At the same time, if there is one time of the year that people have less time to read, it the time between Thanksgiving and the New Year. The interesting thing I’ve noticed about Christmas fiction, though, is that the books are all about half the size of normal books. I guess publishers know that people don’t have a lot of time to read and are helping us readers out.
At any rate, now is the time to start your Christmas reading. Here are three of my top picks, though we have hundreds more in paper, eBook and audio:
· Christmas in Harmony by Philip Gulley – One of my very favorite series of eccentric village characters, this volume of the Harmony series will be enjoyable even if you have not read the other books. Always looking for a way to increase the church's profit margins, Quaker church member Dale Hinshaw brainstorms a progressive nativity scene that will involve the whole town, against the wishes of Pastor Sam and the other members. Meanwhile, Pastor Sam has his own concerns: he's having his annual argument with his wife, and he's worried that the four-slotted toaster he bought for her may be too lavish a gift.
· Dashing through the Snow by Debbie Macomber – This sweet book, now a Hallmark Channel film, follows student Ashley and former Army officer Dashiell, as they try to get from San Francisco to Seattle before Christmas. Sharing a car after being unable to book flights, the two get mixed up in trouble and maybe even fall in love.
· The Christmas Chronicles: the legend of Santa Claus by Tim Slover - A 14th-century woodworker dedicates his life to making children happy, but when age and infirmity catches up with him, he is made a saint and moves north to make children happy forever.
If you would like to provide a gift to the library this season, there are several ways you can help us. Due to mid-year budget cuts, we currently are only able to purchase the highest demand books. Your gifts will go toward purchasing reading material.
· Make a year-end tax deductible donation. The donation can be made on the library’s webpage at http://library.stillwater.org via PayPal or by a check mailed to Lynda Reynolds, Library Director at 1107 S. Duck, Stillwater, OK.
· Use the library’s Amazon link when shopping. If you are going to shop online, please consider using our link. Amazon gives the library a percentage of the sale at no cost to you. Anything you purchase at Amazon, not just books, count.
· Purchase a gift for family or friends by buying a $3 book tote or a Friends of the Library book sale gift certificate up at the checkout desk. Visit the business office to make a book purchase in the name of your loved one.
For more information, contact the Help Desk at 405-372-3633 x8106