What Our Authors Read During The Holidays
Most authors are also voracious readers. Our little group is no exception - we even have a channel in our back office to discuss good writing and great books!
As the snow starts to fall and the chill takes over, you are blessed with the perfect time to snuggle up under a blanket near the fireplace and crack open one of our author's favorite holiday reads. What's that? You don't like Christmas? Don't worry, this isn't your traditional holiday reads list!
'Twas the night (okay, more like the week) before Christmas, and all through the tiny community of Pine Cove, California, people are busy buying, wrapping, packing, and generally getting into the holiday spirit.
But not everybody is feeling the joy. Little Joshua Barker is in desperate need of a holiday miracle. No, he's not on his deathbed; no, his dog hasn't run away from home. But Josh is sure that he saw Santa take a shovel to the head, and now the seven-year-old has only one prayer: Please, Santa, come back from the dead.
Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That’s just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they’ll skip the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on Hemlock Street without a rooftop Frosty, they won’t be hosting their annual Christmas Eve bash, they aren’t even going to have a tree. They won’t need one, because come December 25 they’re setting sail on a Caribbean cruise. But as this weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences—and isn’t half as easy as they’d imagined.
Author Mike Hansen (When Life Hands You A Lemon) had a tough time making up his mind because, as he says, "The New Testament, you know, Christmas and stuff." But, if he had to make a decision, it would be on the completely other side of the specturm and would fall to A Prayer for Owen Meany:
I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice—not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother's death, but because he is the reason I believe in God; I am a Christian because of Owen Meany.
In the summer of 1953, two eleven-year-old boys—best friends—are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary.
Two of our authors from our new 2017 catalogue also chimed in. Amanda Gernentz Hanson, author of Something Beautiful, didn't have a holiday favorite but spoke highly of memories tucked in with Laura Ingalls Wilder and The Little House On The Prairie series. Sadly, it seems many of these are now out of print. If you are hanging on to any of these paperback gems from your childhood, do not let them go!
Leslie Hauser will be releasing her YA debut, Chasing Eveline, in the summer. Her pick for Christmas took me back to my childhood and many of my own Christmas memories. Joan Walsh Anglund was such a large part of my reading time, hidden and tucked away in my closet, paging through Look Out The Window. Needless to say, I let out a sigh and a squeal when Leslie picked Christmas is a Time of Giving.
What is your favorite Christmas read, or, what Christmas read gives you warm fuzzies? Leave yours below. We will be picking one comment from every blog we write until March 1, 2017, to win the ENTIRE 2017 release catalogue in digital format.
Winners will be picked on March 15th, 2017!