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Top Ten Christmas Books (with mini reviews)

Hi guys! These books are some of my favorite books to read around Christmas. Their order has nothing to do with me liking one over another, I love them all equally.

The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes finds a missing hat, and a missing goose left behind on a street fight. He gives the goose to his friend, and tracks down the owner of the hat. His friend found a precious stone in the goose while he was preparing it. Sherlock Holmes soon sets off to find out where it came from, and what a man from a street fight has to do with it. This book has hardly any violence at all.

Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie is one of my favorite classic mystery authors. On Christmas Eve, the Lee family’s reunion is ruined by Mr. Simeon Lee’s murder. Hercule Poirot set off to help solve the mystery in which everyone seems to have a reason for murder. This book is slightly more violent (given it’s a murder) but it is not graphic at all. You will never guess who really killed Mr. Lee until the very end.

Mistletoe and Murder by Robin Stevens

Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are spending the Christmas Holidays in Cambridge. Soon after their arrival, there is a terrible “accident” at Maudlin College. At least it looks like an accident until they take a closer look and realize that there’s been a murder. Will they find the murderer and solve the mystery before Christmas? This book is hardly violent and not graphic at all. Mistletoe and Murder is part of the Wells and Wong Mystery series (Murder Most Unladylike in the U.K.).

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

It all started when sixteen people gather for the reading of Samuel W. Westing’s will. A mysterious chain of events has begun. Mr. Westing has chosen a mysterious stranger, and a possible murderer to inherit his estate, along with his fortune. Mr. Westing may be dead, but no one can stop him from playing one last game. This book has hardly any violence at all.

Winterhouse by Ben Guterson

Elizabeth Somers, an orphan was shipped off to the mysterious winterhouse hotel for the holiday. She soon finds its immense library, and discovers a book of puzzles that will unlock the mystery of Norbridge Falls, the hotel owner, and his family.

Greenglass house by Kate Milford

Milo is getting ready to settle in for a quiet holiday at the greenglass house, a smuggler’s inn that he and his parents call their home. On the first night of vacation, several mysterious guests arrive, and soon the greenglass house is bursting with odd, secretive guests. Each one has a story that is connected to the greenglass house. When things go missing, Milo and Meddy, the cook’s daughter set out to untangle the web of mysteries surrounding the greenglass house.

Cranberry Christmas by Wendy and Harry Devlin

Cyrus Grape doesn’t like children, and he insists that he owns the skating pond that the kids spend their winter days on. Mr. Whiskers knows that’s not true, but he can’t prove it. Unless he can prove it, there’ll be no skating in Cranberryport that winter. This book has great illustrations, and is a good book for all ages.

A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz

It is almost Christmas, and everyone is celebrating, even snoopy. Everyone is excited, except for Charlie Brown. Can his friends help him find some true Christmas spirit? This is a classic Christmas favorite for both young and old.

Anne of Green Gables Christmas Treasury by L.M. Montgomery

“The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry

Della and James try desperately to scrounge up enough money to buy each other Christmas gifts, and make sacrifices along the way. They eventually realize what the greatest gift is in this sweet Christmas short story.

I hope you enjoyed this post! I realize most of them are mysteries… but those are my favorite books around Christmas. What are some of your favorite Christmas books? Comment down below, I’d love to know.

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