December is a perfect month for some fun, lighthearted reading, am I right? Of course, right! And what a bonus if the books are ALSO powerful, funny, well-written, and clean. I recently discovered new-to-me author Chautona Havig, and I’m just loving her stuff.
She summarizes her writing as “Christian fiction without apology or pretense — lived, not preached.” That PERFECTLY describes her books! Check out her bio and blog here.
I’ve been binge reading her Christmas stories. So far I’ve read Carol and the Belles, 31 Kisses, and Christmas Stalkings. The first of her books that I read was Corner Booth. That one’s not a Christmas story, but it’s a good one! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all of them! I posted a review of Corner Booth here.
Christmas Stalkings is one of the four novellas in Christmas Lights: A Collection of Inspiring Christmas Novellas. The other three stories in this collection are:
- The Heart of Joy by Vikki Kestell. This one reminded me of a Grace Livingston Hill book; a little old fashioned but nice.
- Snow Angels by Cathe Swanson. A great story that begins with a misunderstanding and good intentions.
- Trip the Light Fantastic by April Hayman. What’s not to love about a clumsy FBI agent with a big heart?!?
Chautona JUST released her new book, New Year’s Revolutions, and it’s a joy to read as well. One thing I love about her books is that each book is unique. No formulaic stories for her!
I did read some non-Chautona books too! Here they are:
The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog by Dave Barry. Oh my goodness, this one is FUNNY! I dare you to try to read it out loud to your family! I read this one every December and chortle every time.
Letters from Father Christmas by J. R. R. Tolkien. My daughter and I listened to the audiobook, and we recommend it in print! The letters are great, but the music on the audiobook bugged us.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I read this years ago when I was growing up and didn’t like it at all. I recently decided to give it another go, listened to the audiobook, and loved it. It’s painful in some spots, but boy is it good. Sissy Spacek narrated this book and gave a great performance. Looking back, I bet the book must have shocked me when I originally read it; I think I would have appreciated it more if I had discussed it with my parents.
Do you have any reading goals for 2017? Have you ever revisited a book that just wasn’t right for you the first time you read it? Do you like Christmas books?!? Leave a comment and let me know! I love talking about books!