AAR Mini-Polls

Top Ten Holiday Reads

November 24, 2009

Top Ten Holiday Reads
A Season for MiraclesMarilyn Pappano
Some Enchanted SeasonMarilyn Pappano
Winter FireJo Beverley
A Wallflower ChristmasLisa Kleypas
Once Upon a ChristmasDiane Farr
Christmas AngelJo Beverley
A Christmas BrideMary Balogh
Marian’s Christmas WishCarla Kelly
9A Christmas PromiseMary Balogh
10 (Tie)
Memory in DeathJ.D. Robb
10 (Tie)
Holiday in DeathJ.D. Robb
10 (Tie)
An Affair before ChristmasEloisa James

When readers think of holiday stories, the Christmas season comes to mind.  And while a few non-Christmas titles received votes in our latest minipoll, the most popular votegetters were indeed stories set in deep December.

In our 2006 minipoll for holiday reads, half of the top ten titles were short stories.  Not so this year.  Every single title is a full-length read.  And this year’s list contains only four repeat titles from 2006:  Once Upon a Christmas by Diane Farr, Christmas Angel by Jo Beverley, A Christmas Bride by Mary Balogh and A Christmas Promise by Mary Balogh.

While Regency stories dominate the list, two of Marilyn Pappano’s contemporary Bethlehem series titles came up huge in this poll, with both A Season for Miracles and Some Enchanted Season finishing far ahead of the other contenders.  And two J.D. Robb stories managed to sneak onto the list.  So this poll represents three different genres, historical (UK settings), contemporary and futuristic.  Hopefully something for everyone’s holiday appetite.

Of course short stories received lots of votes but so many good ones have been written that people tend to have particular favorites.  Authors who received votes for three or more short story titles are Mary Balogh, Carla Kelly and Barbara Metzger.

Two classic authors also received votes.  Let’s raise a glass of eggnog to Charles Dickens and O. Henry!

We invite you to consider these questions and post about these poll results:

  • Have you read a Christmas anthology, and if so, which one[s]?
  • Do you read any other themed anthologies, and if so, what are those themes?
  • Do you tend to read anthologies by theme or by author, and if you buy an anthology for a specific author, are you satisfied if their contribution is the only one you enjoyed?
  • Do you look forward to certain annual anthologies?


Lee Brewer, LinnieGayl, and Cindy Smith

Post to the Romance Potpourri Forum Compare these results to the 2006 Mini-Poll for Favorite Holiday Reads