Friday, December 11, 2015

Books For Christmas - The Shopping List

Books For Christmas  
The Shopping List

After the party is over, after the guests have gone.  After I’m done stirring fudge and icing cakes. After the last card is written, the last present wrapped. A cold wind rattles the window as December blows outside.  The fire quietly crackles and hums in the old stone fireplace, the Christmas tree casts jewels of color on the darkened walls and Edward softly snores at my feet.  The setting could not be more perfect.  This is when I pick up a book.   

As much as books are famous for coming with us to the beach, as much as we reach for them on a plane, or a train, or when we’re perched in the passenger seat of a car, there is really nothing better than winter reading by your own fireside.  Is it any wonder books are my favorite gift to give at Christmas?  It’s like giving tickets to other worlds - other voices, other rooms - whenever I wrap up a book for a friend.   Matching the perfect book to the perfect person is a celebration of that friendship, so shopping for them is delicious fun.  You want the book you choose to compliment the interests and personality of the friend you’re shopping for and when you find just the right one, you know it.  I love giving books at Christmas!  And yes, I always find few for myself as well.  Double fun.

Here are a few, well more than a few actually, of the books that have caught my eye this year. 
 I hope they entice you to feel as I do. 
As always, click on the photo to find out more.
 Give Books for Christmas!  
And have fun shopping!

Edward Speaks At Midnight
A Christmas Story
by Pamela Terry
(I have to start off with my favorite!
A special thanks to all of you who have 
sent such adorable photos of your family
reading this book!  I'm thrilled you like it!
Makes me, and Edward, smile.)

The Yorkshire Shepherdess
by Amanda Owen

The House of Owls
by Tony Angell

Love, Style, Life

by Garance Dore

The Private Life of an English Field
by John Lewis-Stempel

A Day at the Beach
by Geoffrey Wolff

The Lake House
by Kate Morton

Thirteen Ways of Looking
by Colum McCann

Do Unto Animals
by Tracey Stewart

The Bronte Sisters
by Catherine Reef

My Kitchen Year
by Ruth Reichl

Call the Nurse
True Stories of a Country Nurse on a Scottish Isle
by Mary J. Macleod

by Mary Oliver

The Summer Book
by Tove Jansson

Stories of Art and Artist
Everyman's Pocket Classics

A Curious Friendship
by Anna Thomasson

The Year of Cozy
by Adrianna Adarme


  1. So many books, so little time. That thought would always come to me each time I visited my public library in my hometown.

  2. Fabulous list, Pamela! I feel the call of several of them. Maybe Santa will be generous. :-)

  3. Thank you. Your lists always intrigue me - and many end up on my bedside table.

  4. I always see something on your lists that I MUST read. A Curious Friendship sounds worth taking a look at.

  5. What a brilliant list Pamela.........I love your lists!!!!
    Thank you so much.
    Anita xx

  6. A beautiful description of the gift of books at Christmas time. The only problem I have is that I live in Sydney where it is likely that the books will be read in front of a fan in our stifling heat. They will still take me to a cold and snowy landscape. Thank you so much for the thought you put into your lists.

  7. What a great list! I think I want to read all the books you recommend but first must read the ones already on my pile

  8. OMG wow, your library is amazing. How cozy it looks and inviting. One day I will have a room like this. Simply beautiful.

  9. What a wonderful selection!
    I'm sure to take you up on many of them!
    Christmas greetings to you, the songwriter and Edward and Apple!

  10. Interesting personal choice Pamela. Some of them I have read. Amanda, the shepherdess, lives relatively near to us - in fact we intend to drive up that way on Sunday for a meal out with friends (weather permitting as it is a bit wild up there). I do agree that sitting by the fire with a good book is wonderful in winter.

  11. Some excellent choices Pamela! I am looking forward to Stories of Art and Artists!

    The Arts by Karena
    More Books for The Holidays!

  12. Pamela, I began with Colum McCann. I copied the list, as I always do, but something about that title made me choose it first. One word...brilliant! I will be gifting this one. Thank you, Angela Muller

  13. Have you read this one? The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife, And the Missing Corpse : An Extraordinary Edwardian Case of Deception and Intrigue by Piu Marie Eatwell.

  14. I always look forward to your list of books for holiday shopping. The Yorkshire Shepherdess reminds me of A Shepherd's Life (published this year), which I enjoyed very much. Congrats on your latest Edward book! I posted a list of best books from 2015 for teen readers if you have any on your list. Books make great gifts.

  15. WOW, your library is amazing. How gorgeous it looks and inviting. Simply beautiful. Have a look in my little corner - I am addict to books...Merry Christmas ; -))

  16. Hello from Britain Pamela. Thank you for the list of books, I am on the look out for new reading material all the time and so incredibly grateful for the inspiration from another avid reader. I have now bought Amanda Owen's 'The Yorkshire Shepherdess' and enjoying it greatly.

    I love your blog! It is one of those places which one comes to rest after a busy week, seek inpiration, ponder and keep delightful company. Thank you for creating such a vibrant and welcoming space!


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