There is nothing like reading by the fire or lights of a Christmas tree. If you’re like me and just can’t get enough of winter reading, here is a list of books to check out:
House of Cards by Alice Curtayne
This particular gem is not easy to find, so if you want to get your hands on a copy I suggest checking out Cluny Media. It tells the story of a young girl named Anne, who starts out almost penniless, as a struggling school teacher, and works her way to a glittering career in the Italian businessworld. This book presents a beautiful contemplation on what we mean by fulfillment, life, morality, and womanhood.
Dracula by Bram Stoker
This is definitely a curl up by the fire book! And if you haven’t read it, then you really must. No film attempt has come close to making a faithful adaptation of this memorable epistolary novel. Believe me, I have been on the hunt, only to be bemused. Compelling, thought-provoking, and nothing short of spectacular, Dracula is truly a timeless masterpiece.
The World’s First Love: Mary, Mother of God by Fulton Sheen
If you wish to grow closer to our heavenly Mother, Mary, I cannot suggest this book enough. Beautiful and rich, this book will move you and fill you with such love for Our Lady.
Green Dolphin Street by Elizabeth Goudge
A sweeping tale of love and adventure set in the 19th century Channel Islands and New Zealand. Two sisters, Marianne and Margueritte, who could not be more different, are both entranced by the same man, William. When William returns after seeking his fortune, he is determined to claim one as his bride. But of course, life is never so simple.
The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise by Cardinal Robert Sarah
This is a beautiful read, and it is perfect for Advent. We live in such a hullabaloo, constantly bombarded with useless information and noise from our phones, screens, and outside chaos. If you need a spiritual retreat, a time to pause, and grow closer to God, do not overlook this book. Cardinal Sarah will bring you back to the beauty of divine silence, and in doing so, bring you closer to God.
Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot
Why not some poetry? T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats is whimsy and charming. I don’t know how anyone can read these poems without smiling, and I am not even a cat person. In fact, these poems proved to be so delightful that they inspired the hit musical CATS.