HUSH: a podcast from your library – Episode 32 – Great Christmas Reads

Thad Hartman and Lissa Staley host a roundtable discussion with our guests around an engaging and interesting topic — Great books to read (or re-read) at Christmas!

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Great Christmas Reads 

 Our guests this episode include Lynn Shirley, Anne Pepper, Kate Hughes & Kelli Smith. 

 Books mentioned

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  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • “Scrooge” a 1951 Christmas Carol movie starring Alastair Sim, Jack Warner, Kathleen Harrison, Mervyn Johns
  • Christmas from the Heart of the Home by Susan Branch
  •  Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore (illustrated by Jan Brett)
  • Who’s that Knocking On Christmas Eve by Jan Brett
  • When Elves Attack: a Joyous Christmas Greeting from the Criminal Nutbars of the Sunshine State by Tim Dorsey
  • An Idiot Girl’s Christmas: True Tales from the Top of the Naughty List by Laurie Notaro
  • The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror by Christopher Moore
  • The Eight Days of Hanukkah
  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
  • The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
  • The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
  • The Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris
  • Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris 
  • In God we Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd
  • A Christmas Story (1983 film) 

Your turn to talk

Continue the conversation about Great Christmas Reads. Have you read any of the books our guests   recommend? What can you recommend? Talk to us here on the blog, or on the library’s Goodreads group at our Great Christmas Reads discussion.

If you have questions, comments or suggestions for future topics please comment on our blog post or send us an email at

Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Health Information Librarian, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book group leader, NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison, Community Novel Project leader, HUSH podcaster, and frequent library customer. She reads a new book every few days, but recently enjoyed Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley.

2 thoughts on “HUSH: a podcast from your library – Episode 32 – Great Christmas Reads

  1. I really enjoyed listening to this episode! Lynn, your story is wonderful and a great way to kick off the podcast. On a personal note, I’ll never forget how hard I laughed the first time I read Santaland Diaries… Kim

  2. Thanks, Kim! After I said in the podcast that my kids (at 2 and 4) were too young for the Herdmans in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever — we started reading it together. They LOVE how bad they are! Unfortunately the book is long enough that my kids haven’t heard the end yet, so they just think it’s a Christmas book about bad kids….

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