Browse Bookshelves Not Netflix This Christmas Season

Chloe Swinney, Reporter

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At this time of year, Netflix is stocked with enough Hallmark movies to last a lifetime, but you can only watch the same old plot line so many times before it starts to take its toll. Luckily, there are many holiday novels to choose from to help you get in the Christmas spirit. So before you settle into the couch to spend another three hours browsing Netflix only to watch and hour and a half movie which you can predict from start to finish just from the title, consider stopping by the library and browsing the shelves for something new.

The time-honored classic, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is an absolute must-read. While most are familiar with the story of  Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey to understand the meaning of Christmas through the abundance of screen adaptations from Mickey Mouse to Jim Carrey, nothing can compare to the original tale with all its vivid imagery and excellent dialogue.

Fast forward a few centuries to the contemporary novel Let it Snow, written by beloved authors John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle which tells the story of a stormy Christmas Eve, a train crash, and the madness which ensues for the teenagers of Gracetown, North Carolina. This series of short Christmas romances is a quick, fun read, especially for all those John Green fans looking for a respite from his usual tragedies.

For those looking for a blast from the past, the beloved children’s book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg perfectly captures the magic of Christmas in a young boy’s journey to the North Pole in a train with a band of other young children, on their way to receive the first gift of Christmas from Santa Claus himself. The Polar Express is a quick, happy read that is sure to warm the cockles of your heart.

From Richard Paul Evans, author of The Christmas Box, readers are once again enchanted with one of Evan’s more recent holiday novels, Finding Noel, which follows the story of a young man, Mark, haunted by his mother’s recent death and his new friend, Macy, a young woman who was separated from her family at a young age. As the two explore the demons of their past, unexpected discoveries are made and each are reminded of the meaning and importance of Christmas and family. Finding Noel is a touching story of tragedy, regrowth, and newfound hope that is perfect for a quiet night at home with a cup of hot cocoa.

Of course, there are so many more books and authors to choose from, so get down to the library and check it out! Who knows, you just might find a new favorite Christmas tradition.

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Browse Bookshelves Not Netflix This Christmas Season