Heartwarming and reflective stories are inviting on a chilly winter’s evening.

Moving, touching, wonderfully written and inspiring - adjectives that describe all these books and more.

The holiday season always brings about warm, fuzzy feelings to me. Memories of holidays of long ago bounce in and out of my reverie. The winter night that my sister and I spied Santa and Mrs. Santa putting our wished for swing set together in the backyard. It was a revelation for both of us. We never told Mom and Dad and we were “surprised” on Christmas day. The end of innocence.
Heartwarming and reflective stories are inviting on a chilly winter’s evening. You can cuddle up with a hot cup of tea and the solace of a book. “These gentle, comfortable books are sometimes sentimental, always life-affirming, and don't usually have edgy or potentially objectionable content.” The writing styles often provoke images of beautiful settings, vivid fragrances and remembered tastes. The “feel good” books listed below might fit just right in your hands.


The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister.  Eight students sign up for cooking classes and learn much more than skills in cuisine.

At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon.  The cheerfulness of this North Carolina village is born of love and interesting characters.

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler.  This is a book that everyone should read at least once in their life.

¡Yo! by Julia Alvarez.  "This unique tale is a feast of stories that will enchant and captivate readers."

Santa & Pete: A Novel of Christmas Present and Past by Christopher Moore and Pamela Johnson.  This heartwarming tale of the history of Santa and his African-American assistant Pete.

Written by DianeA on December 8, 2011


Jennifer Beichner on December 13, 2011


Great suggestions and a terrific blog inviting us to snuggle up with a good book over the holidays...perhaps by the fireplace! Count me in! Thanks Diane!

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