Note: If you’re here from Reddit looking for the “controversial sex post”, it’s right here. It was published Wednesday, looking at whether making love when you don’t feel like it is the same as marital rape. So go read that, or just enjoy today’s post below.

One of my favourite things about Christmas is that I actually get to read. I stock up on novels that I want to read over the year, and then during the holidays I devour them. And it’s for a pretty silly reason. You see, I have the opposite of ADD. I am not distractible at all. So if I start a novel on a normal day, and intend to just read for twenty minutes, I can’t stop until I’m finished. So I’ll read all day, ignoring my kids, not making meals, and letting everyone fend for themselves. That’s why I don’t read unless it’s during a time when I don’t have other commitments.

So I thought I’d share some of the reading that I’ve been doing lately, and some of my Christmas reading traditions!

First, one book I can’t recommend enough is The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson. We’ve read it aloud every Christmas Eve for years, although we might skip this year because my husband’s on call. We started the year the kids were 4 & 6, and they have loved it ever since. It is absolutely hilarious. It’s about a church that puts on a Christmas pageant, but the absolute worst family in the world decides they want to be in the pageant, too. And these kids are horrible. And they’ve never even heard the Christmas story! When you hear the story through their ears, it’s actually quite touching.

It’s not an overly long book, but it is absolutely wonderful, up there with A Christmas Carol as a readaloud. And it’s not too late to order it through Kindle to start reading to your kids now!


I’ve also just finished reading Deeanne Gist’s newest, Love on the Line, focusing on the love life of a telephone operator in a small town in the early 1900s. Her life is complicated when an undercover U.S. marshall comes to town, trying to apprehend some train thieves who have farms in the area. I must admit this sort of book is more my daughter’s cup of tea than mine, because I like a more complex plot. And the romance is a little on the breathless side, rather than on the more serious side, but it is a fun read. If you want something a little mindless and fun to take you through the holidays, this will fit the bill.

I’ve read some other books lately, too, that I found quite meaty and interesting (though they are not Christian books, so some readers may have issues with some sexual content/violence):

1. Jodi Picoult’s Nineteen Minutes was so good, though almost scarring. But really made me think.

2. I love Kate Morton’s The Distant Hours.

3. And The Friday Night Knitting Club, which I read a few years ago, was one of the few books that has made me cry recently.

4. If you want something long to devour, Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth series is amazing (though I had to skip some of the more sexual passages, especially the violent ones).

If anyone has any other suggestions on good, meaty books, I’d love to hear them!

I won’t break out any new reading until after the Christmas rush is done, but I am looking forward to having some uninterrupted reading time. For now, though, I’ll just break open my well-worn copy of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. What about you? Have any suggestions?

Love on the Line was provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

UPDATE: Revised to reflect some warnings about content.