Fab Five Friday- Christmas Novellas

Fab Five Christmas Novellas I’ve Read

I know it’s past Christmas, but that’s when I read my Christmas books! Here were the best five Christmas short stories I read, this season and in season’s past.

1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens: This is the classic Christmas tale of a guy turning from a Scrooge to kind-hearted, generous philanthropist due to the visits from Past, Present, and Future ghosts. I know everyone has seen the remakes and different versions of this story, but I think everyone should read the original story at least once.

2. The Christmas Bus by Melody Carlson: This is a cute novella that mirrors the Bible story of Jesus being born. Christmas Valley is a touristy town for those obsessed with Christmas, but this year is not going according to plan for the residents.

3. Fairy Tale In New York by Nicky Wells: This Christmas tale is about a rock star, his girlfriend, and their baby girl. They get stranded in New York for Christmas after giving their seats up to a man so he can make his child’s birth. While stranded, they re-learn the spirit of Christmas and make a lot of new friends along the way. This was a really cute chick-lit Christmas story that warmed my heart.

4. ‘Twas the Nate Before Christmas by Sophie Sloane: This was an adorable story about a girl who has always been obsessed with England and the Beatles who is spending her first Christmas in England. She keeps running into a handsome guy and doesn’t know if she can trust him or not. She knows he has some sort of secret. I loved the main character and her over-dramatic first-person voice.

5. The Christmas Shoppe by Melody Carlson: Melody Carlson is the queen of cute, warm holiday novellas. We meet another little town called Parrish Springs that is full of different kinds of residents. A strange woman named Matilda comes to town and opens a thrift store of sorts, but her items have more of an effect on people than the typical thrift store fare. This book had a great message of redemption.

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Fab Five Free Books

Fab Five Free Books

I love ebooks! I love physical books as well, but something awesome about ebooks is that you can get a lot of public domain books for free! So listed here are the fab five free public domain books, in my opinion.

1. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle: Although I am a huge Sherlock Holmes fan, I must say it can be difficult to get through his full-length novels. However, I’m a huge proponent of his short story collections! The mysteries move quickly and the cunning plan is revealed more quickly. Get your free eVersion here:

2. Emma by Jane Austen: As I have shared with you all before here,Emma is the best Jane Austen book I have read. She is a flawed heroine, but her escapades make for an interesting read. The love interest in the story is the only one who sees her for who she really is. Not only can you get it for free for your eReader, you can also download on audio version at librivox.org. Get your free Kindle version here:

3. The Works of Edgar Allan Poe: Volume 2 by Edgar Allan Poe: Poe is the genius behind such tales as “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Raven,” and “The Pit and the Pendulum.” This particular collection includes 19 short stories, including “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “The Black Cat,” “The Masque of Red Death,” and “The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar.” I listed only the stories I myself have read. :) Beware, there are many eBook versions of Poe’s stories that are not free (don’t know why!). However, they are in the public domain and I scoured the internet to find a free version for you here:

4. The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry: Speaking of short stories, The Gift of the Magi is the classic Christmas story of two newlyweds. It’s O. Henry’s best-known short story and one of the few I could find free. If you end up enjoying this free tale, I suggest you read The Last Leaf and The Ransom of Red Chief.

5. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens: The Gift of the Magi made me think of Christmas tales, which led me to this classic! Everyone knows the classic story and it has been re-done in various TV shows and movies, but that doesn’t make the original any less fun to read. It’s truly a story that warms your heart and puts you in the Christmas mood! The free version is here:

Bonus book: You can also read Little Women by Louisa May Alcott free on Kindle! Read it here:

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