Middle Grade:The Shepherd, The Angel and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog by Dave Barry - This is such a funny book! I enjoy some of Barry's humor but this one is by far my favorite. While this is a fictional story I think he drew heavily from his own childhood and characters feel absolutely wonderfully real. There are so many laugh out loud moments in this one though I think my favorite is the Nativity scene wars between the Episcopalian and Catholic churches. While this is appropriate for children it's a wonderful read for adults too. Definitely worth picking up!
Christmas with Anne by L.M. Montgomery - This short story collection just makes me happy. One of the stories is from Anne of Green Gables where Matthew gives Anne the dress with the puffed sleeves and is just wonderful. The rest are similar in terms of feel good type stories. They do stray a bit over into sappy territory but I love them so much I don't mind!
Women's Fiction/RomanceThe Christmas Wedding Quilt by Emilie Richards, Janice Kay Johnson, and Sarah Mayberry - I had forgotten about this one until I stumbled upon the review but it was so wonderful! Basically there are three cousins who are working on a quilt and each author writes the story for a different cousin. I adore Emilie Richard and I loved Sarah Mayberry's story and while Janice Kay Johnson's wasn't my favorite it was still a nice read. This is a book I'd love to revisit.
Christmas in Snow Angel Cove by RaeAnne Thayne - This was my first Christmas book by Thayne and I promptly fell in love. Now I look forward to her new Christmas books every year!
Christmas Town by Donna VanLiere - I discovered VanLiere this year with this book and so enjoyed it. So often the only way to get the warm fuzzy Christmas book vibe is a romance so I really enjoyed this story which was all about growth and fining family.
Christmas Comes to Main Street by Olivia Miles - I've come to really enjoy this small town romance series that tackles some pretty serious issues. I enjoyed the main characters in this book and I loved all the talk about cookies! There's one cookie that's mentioned called Red Velvet Cream Cheese Candy Cane Cookies that sounds absolutely amazing and I haven't been able to find anything even remotely like it! I need them to be a thing!
Christmas in Eternity Springs by Emily March - The more of this series I read the more I love it. March does a fantastic job of taking characters that feel so real with gut wrenching issues and making them feel like friends all with a dash of warm and fuzzy feelings. This one was one of my absolute favorites!
Mystery:Lowcountry Bordello by Susan M. Boyer - Because nothing says Christmas like a murder in a high end bordello! This is such a fun series and such a great book. I enjoyed spending Christmas in Charleston and getting a peek into both high end society and the seedier side as well!
What I'm Reading Now:Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - I know I attempted to read this as a kid and I at least read pieces of the end because I know how it all works out but while I read Jo's Boys and Eight Cousins dozens of times I don't think I ever revisited this book so I don't remember much about it. So far I'm enjoying it though I'm not sure it'll become a favorite.
A Holiday for Murder by Agatha Christie - Her bloodiest book and one I always enjoy revisiting!