Holiday books for fun reading, gifts and your to-do list

As we enter the holiday season, we have suggestions for books that might make good reading for you, gifts for your family and friends, and helpful guides for accomplishing your to-do list.

New how-to books at your library include “The New Christmas Tree,” with more than 100 handcrafted projects by Carrie Brown; “5 in 5 for Every Season,” with 165 quick recipes for the holidays by Michael Symon; and “A Year of Gingerbread Houses” by Kristine Samuell to help you make and decorate gingerbread houses. Another new interesting nonfiction book is “The Snowflake Winter’s Frozen Artistry” by Kenneth Libbrecht and Rachael Wing.

New holiday-related novels at the library include “Winter Stroll” from the Christmas in Nantucket series by Elin Hilderbrand; the Christian romance “The Lopsided Christmas Cake” by Wanda E. and Jean Brunstetter; “Dashing through the Snow,” a Christmas novel by Debbie Macomber; “Christmas Bells,” a novel by Jennifer Chiaverini that begins in 1860 with a Christmas celebration in the Longfellow family; and “The Immortal Nicholas,” about the true meaning of Christmas by Glenn Beck.

As you prepare your gift list, remember that books make great presents, whether they are hardcover, paperback, audio books or e-books. They are affordable. They provide hours of surprise, escape and discovery. There is a book for every special person in your life — adventure, romance, mystery, science, history, fantasy, how-to, self-help, biographies and more. And as Amy Sedaris, Comedy Central actress, author and comedian, quipped, “Books make great gifts because they’re easy to wrap!”

Closed for Thanksgiving

We will be closed Nov. 26-29 for a long Thanksgiving holiday weekend for our staff and to make time for carpet cleaning in your library. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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This story was posted on November 19, 2015.