Yes, the Holidays are Upon Us Again.

Have the holiday decorations and holly jolly music already put you in a decidedly Scrooge-ish spirit, and it's not even Thanksgiving? Then we have some reading suggestions for you, all completely saccharine- and schmaltz-free.

Sit back with some nog, pick up one of these books, and rediscover the joys of the season.

And then maybe take a BB gun to your neighbor's inflatable winter wonderland in the front lawn...



The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
by Barbara Robinson

A family of hoodlums gets the Christmas spirit in the middle of hijacking the school Christmas pageant.


A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens

Scrooge is a mean jerk and he comes around in the end and Tiny Tim says that sappy thing about being blessed, but it’s NOT a sappy book.


The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror
by Christopher Moore

It’s sleigh bells for Santa in this holiday horror treat.


Holidays on Ice
by David Sedaris

A healthy dose of holiday snark to temper all that joy.


The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding  (A Hercule Poirot Mystery)
by Agatha Christie 

Because what's a holiday without a murder or two to investigate by a snotty Belgian and your nosy old aunt?


A Christmas Memory
by Truman Capote

No cold blood or warm sap here. Just warm and quirky holiday rituals shared by two quirky individuals.