Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Do you read Christmas novels? I never really understood the point. I enjoyed Christmas scenes in some of my favorite novels (who can forget Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy deciding to give up their Christmas breakfast?) but I didn't understand why people would want entire novels devoted to the season. Who has time to read an entire novel (or even more than one) about Christmas during December? I purchase children's picture books about Christmas, but didn't have any interest in Christmas literature for adults.
Then one year, I saw A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg in the book section at Sams Club. I am a long time fan of Fannie Flagg, and I really needed a pick-me-up that year. Ms. Flagg cracks me up and it's a short novel, so I thought I'd give it a shot. The book was heartbreaking and heartwarming and changed my opinion slightly about Christmas novels.
I lent it to my Mama the next year. She works at an assisted-living home, and lent it to a resident. I'm fairly certain my copy is now with someone's family and I hope it is in a good home. I saw that it's available at Sams again this year, and I think I may just pick up another copy. Another book that I loved by Fannie Flagg has gone out of print, and I'd hate to lose my chance to own this book I enjoyed so much.
I also saw that Gregory Maguire, the author of Wicked has a Christmas novel out this year, Matchless, that is a reimagining of the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale "The Little Match Girl." I am a big sucker for reimagined fairy tales (and fairy tales in general), and I have wanted to read a Maguire novel but never gotten around to it.
I currently have Knit The Season by Kate Jacobs on loan from the library. I finished The Friday Night Knitting Club a few weeks ago, and thought I might continue the series. I don't have the second book, though, so I may not get to this one (the third). It's a full length novel, though, so it won't be finished before Christmas at any rate.
Do you read Christmas novels? Which ones have you enjoyed?