– THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED –
Congratulations to Shawn Kennedy from California, the winner of our Department 56 Dickens’ Village giveaway of “Russell Street Books”! Thank you to everyone who entered.
No winter doldrums here! Read on for your chance to win our Department 56 giveaway, the Dickens’ Village piece “Russell Street Books.” Along the way, snag some great Department 56 winter display ideas.
RUSSELL STREET BOOKS
Department 56 village artist Barbara Lund designed the Dickens’ Village piece “Russell Street Books” for debut in 2019. Hence, Bronner’s was one of only three retailers delighted to host Barbara for a signing of the limited edition piece before she retired at year’s end.
“Russell Street Books” reflects the architectural details and old-fashioned warmth of a Victorian England bookstore. Barbara’s father and retired village artist, the late Neilan Lund, originally brought the idea of Dickens’ Village to Department 56 in the mid-1980s. He taught Barbara the art of design when she joined the company just a few years later. In fact, “Russell Street Books” gets its name from the street the Lund family lived on for many years!
ENTER OUR DEPARTMENT 56 GIVEAWAY!
To enter to win our Department 56 giveaway, “Russell Street Books,” simply leave a comment at the end of this post. In your comment, name a book you are reading or planning to read this winter. We will accept entries (U.S. only) through January 27. Then we’ll randomly select a winner and announce it here and on our other social media channels January 28. (See complete rules below.) Good luck to all! This is a great village piece to display throughout the winter months and is signed by Barbara Lund!
D56 DICKENS’ VILLAGE DECORATING IDEAS
In fact, Department 56’s Dickens’ Village lends itself to display not only at Christmas but all winter long. Department 56 village pieces on display bring light and warmth to your home during a cold and dark time of year.
Not to mention, your village display doesn’t have to break the bank. Even one village building in a thoughtful tabletop display catches your eye and warms your heart.
For example, I set up a simple 4-piece Dickens’ Village display atop our bookcase each fall. It’s on display through Christmas and all winter long. Undeniably, this village endears itself to lovers of literary works, especially those of Charles Dickens. So it seems so appropriate at our house that our limited display graces our bookcase.
The love my girls and I share for literature and old-world charm was evidenced by many bookstore shops and library stops on our tour through Europe. You can follow our “Libka Girls Take Europe” series to follow the fun.
DICKENS’ VILLAGE FOR YOUR KITCHEN
In the event you’re looking for something for your kitchen or dining room tabletop, Department 56 has a piece for you. A single piece from the collection with accents is all you need. I chose to showcase: “Joseph Edward Tea Shoppe” and “Holy Family Church.”
Department 56 lights its buildings a few different ways. “Joseph Edward Tea Shoppe” is lit with a removable electric cord and bulb. In this case, you can simply replace the cord and bulb with a battery-operated string of 16 white lights. That way you have no cord running from your kitchen or dining room table to a wall outlet!
However, I needed to come up with a clever way to hide the battery pack and excess cord. A complementary white and gold mug came to the rescue! In addition, it elevated the building.
“Holy Family Church” comes with a built-in LED light and cord. However, it can be displayed cordless with battery-operated candles, etc.
Love D56 year-round?! If so, you may enjoy these other posts sharing home decorating ideas for seasoned or new Department 56 collectors:
- Department 56 For Fall, highlighting a cozy Apple Barn boxed set and Day of the Dead decorating idea.
- A s-MASH-ing idea for Halloween, featuring Department 56’s Monster Mash Party House and even more books!
- Full scale Halloween village display ideas from Bronner’s and our friends! (Also including tutorials for a DIY chicken wire cloche and slime waterfall.)
- A smaller scale Department 56 shadow box idea for enthusiasts-not-yet-collectors.
ENTER OUR DEPARTMENT 56 GIVEAWAY!
Comment below and tell us what book you’re reading or plan to read this winter to be entered to win “Russell Street Books.” The contest runs through 11:59 p.m. January 27, 2020. Winner announced on January 28, 2020.
Rules for Department 56 Giveaway
To enter, leave a comment below letting us know what book you are reading or planning to read this winter. No purchase necessary. One entry per person, Bronner staff and immediate family not eligible. Entries (U.S. only) must be posted by 11:59 p.m. January 27, 2020, to qualify. We will select the winner at random and announce them January 28, 2020. In conclusion, Bronner’s will award the winner the Department 56 Dickens’ Village piece “Russell Street Books” signed by Barbara Lund!
564 thoughts on “Department 56 Giveaway and Winter Display Ideas”
One hundred one Famous Poems by Roy Cook
Scent of Lilacs by Ann H Gabhart
Scraps of Paper by Kathryn Meyer Griffith
Marked Masters,Bodies of Art Mysteries by Ritter Ames
I read all the time 🙂 so I have a pile always waiting and
I read several at time, keeping them in each room.
I am currently rereading The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks.
I plan to read Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.
Love the blog! Just received a recommendation & book from my girlfriend that I’m getting ready to read. It is The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.
Next on my reading list is Jesus and Lao Tzu By David Steindl-Rast and look forward to reading many more books over the next few months.
I am currently reading Breakfast at Sally’s: One Homeless Man’s Inspirational Journey. It’s a memoir by Richard LeMieux. My mom started me on my Dickens Village when I was a teen. She would give me a different piece every year for Christmas, and now I display my village from fall through winter. This Christmas I bought my 12-year-old daughter her first Dickens piece to begin building her collection.
I am an addicted-to-books junkie and retired teacher/administrator! Can’t pass a good bookstore and not ‘contribute’ to their revenue! Have a tradition for our five grandchildren’s birthdays of buying a book, related to their chosen birthday theme, and inviting all their guests to sign the book; a little memory that will follow them for life! Currently, I have 3 books going: Charles Krauthammer’s, The Point of It All, Brian Kilmeades’ new book, Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers, and a mystery by Donna Andrews, Gone Gull.
Love Bronners, even though I’m a couple 1000 mi. away in So. TX! So, thank you for having both a great blog and a great website!!!
I am reading Blood Magick by Nora Roberts
I am currently reading A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
I am currently reading Little Women again.
Retired Inspired by Chris Hogan
Currently, I’m reading The Flavors of Faith : Holy Breads by Lynne Meredith Golodner
Hello. I am reading “The Eucharist Foretold: The Lost Prophecy of Malachi” by Mike Aquilina.
My wife and I have had a village since before we got married. And now our children enjoy gazing at it. This winter I am reading the graphic novels ”Locke and Key”
Reading the non-fiction Liars, Leaker, and Liberals by Judge Jeanine Pirro. I only read non-fiction books. With our country in such a divide, even over certain holidays, I like to see where people in power stand.
I am currently reading”The Last Wish” 1st book of the Witcher Series (the rest are on my nightstand) being Polish, it resonates with my history. I collect Dept. 56 pieces for my daughter who started as a teen and as an adult, her collection spans her living room at 3 levels.
Daniel Silva’s The New Girl
Just finished RIVER TO REDEMPTION by Ann H. Gabhart and now currently reading MORNINGS ON MAIN by Jodi Thomas.
I really enjoyed watching the interview of Barbara Lund, and learning the history of Dept. 56 Dickens, and her career. Wishing her all the best in retirement! This winter I’m enjoying reading a couple of Janet Evanovich books, The Chase and Twisted Twenty-Six. My mother always displays her Dickens’ Village and Snow Village each Christmas, collections which she started over 30 years ago. I have a few Dickens’ Village pieces that I’m now inspired to find ways to display individually, or in small groups, during wintertime. Thank you for the suggestion.
I am currently reading The Secret Wife of Aaron Burr by Susan Holloway Scott
I’m reading the Harley Merlin series.
I am currently reading MotherTeresa and when I finish this, I’m going to read Steven Curtis Chapman.
We’ve taken our kids to Bronners since they were little and now they can take they’re kids! We LOVE Bronners!
i’m reading Richard Paul Evans The Christmas Box.One of my favorites.
I got Elton John’s autobiography, Me, for Christmas. I’ve got some days off coming and with the winter weather this is a great time to learn about a legend.
I am reading “Ulysses” by James Joyce Tried reading it 15 years ago never finished, then 10 years ago tried again. Now for the third time I will get it finished.
I am reading The Book of Signs by Dr. David Jeremiah.
I am currently reading “Where The Crawdads Sing” Fantastic book.
Love the Russel Street Building.
My club is 56 On The Square and in Feb. we are putting up two displays in the Woodstico, Il library.
One will be a Valentine display and the other is a Dickens display to celebrate Charles Dickens 208th birthday.
I’m reading “The Hidden Power of F*#%ing Up” by the Try Guys!
What a fun contest!
Love the ideas. My village stays up all winter.
I have actually started reading all of my old Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden books. I’m just a kid at heart and since I have been recovering from surgery, I’ve really been enjoying them. I couldn’t get my Christmas village out and set up this time because of restrictions from surgery, but I plan on doing it next time
I am currently reading Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Great book. Brings back memories of the 70″s.
I am currently reading The Pioneers by David McCullough. It is the heroic story of the settlers who brought the American ideal west to Ohio.
I still have my lighted houses out for these dreary dark days of winter.
I’m reading Great Expectations and Bleak House!
I’m going to start reading, Ladybug Farm.
I will be reading Come to me Alive by Leah Atwood.
I never stop reading. I love books and bookstores. I’m currently reading The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware.
I’m your huckleberry by Val Kilmer
Unfreedom of the Press by Mark Levin
I’m a retired librarian and have been reading since I was 5 years old. My favorite places to visit are
libraries and bookstores. My favorite reads are mysteries. Currently I am re-reading a collection of
Agatha Christie’s mystery novels. I highly recommend all of them!
I am reading The Giver
I am finally getting around to reading The Hobbit!
I am reading my favorite book The Secret Garden .
It has been my favorite since I was in the fourth grade many years ago
“The White Queen” by Philippa Gregory
I have just finished Doris Kearns Godwin’s Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. I am now reading Andrew Roberts’ Churchill: Walking with Destiny.
I’m reading the “Outlander series right now. It’s so good!!
For non-fiction I’m reading Alan Turing: The Enigma. For fiction I just finished The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and am now starting To the Land if Long Lost Friends.
Any book by the late, great writer, Maeve Binchy is always time well spent. Her books have always transported me and my sisters to another world. I miss looking forward to a new adventure written by her so I will have to reread them.
I am currently reading, The Autobiography of Santa Claus as told to Jeff Guinn. It was a Christmas gift to me from my daughter. Then I am going to read Kringle by Tony Abbott for my other daughters English class. I keep several Dickens Village pieces up every year. I like the battery pack idea. I would sure love to have this new piece to sit with my other pieces, including Ye Ole Curiosity Shoppe. I have been collecting for over 30 years. Good luck to everyone.
I’m planning on reading The Mortal Word. It’s the latest installment in the Invisible Library series.
Currently, I am reading my Spanish textbook. After 20+ years, I decided to go back to school and finish my bachelor’s degree. This is my last class and will have lots more time to read my favorite author, Tiffany Reisz.
I love this! How fun! This lady Christmas, I started reading Becoming by Michelle Obama and I have loved every page, feeling her own story reverberate in me has left me emotional but also strong enough to become who I’m meant to be.
I’m Reading my Bible & I will read “Against all odds” The Campana Family.
Loved shopping at your store soooo much to see!!
I am currently reading sold on a Monday, written by Kristina McMorris. An interesting book and a different read from what I would normally read.
I am reading “A Dog’s Journey” by W. Bruce Cameron. I enjoyed “A Dog’s Purpose”.
Reading Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand
Reading Janet Evanovich Twisted Twenty Six. Next will plan on Winter of the World by Ken Follett.
At present, I am reading Dickensian Whodunnits, edited by Mike Ashley.
For me reading has become a favorite pastime. I barely finish the last page of one book, when I find myself reading the first page of the next book.
If there is no next book, I will reread ones that I have, some as many as three times. Thus, I would have to agree with Thomas Jefferson when he said:
“I cannot live without book.” The ” Russell Street Books” would look great in my growing library.
I am currently reading The Chronicles of Sherlock Holmes.by Paul
Hello, I am currently reading, Bright Young Dead by Jessica Fellowes.
I am reading twilight. Hope I win!
I am reading The wondrous world of Russell, to my grandkids, as I lost my husband to cancer and then had a massive heart attack, so lost my Dept 56, and books losing house but at 69 rebuild and what a great combo Bonner’s, Dept 56, and reading again making life bearable. Hopefully replace Dickens village and pray read Bible. Maureen newsome
Currently reading “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens for our book club! Just finished “Dublin” by Edward Rutherfurd
I am reading “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn this winter.
I love to read. I’m currently reading Andy McDermott’s Return to Atlantis. I just rearranged my Dickens village but it needs a bookstore.
Would love to win this Department 56 giveaway for “Russell Street Books,”. I’m currently re-reading To Kill A Mockingbird. Love to re-read the classic in between newer books.
I’m reading Dead Run by P.J. Tracy.
I’m starting to read The Bookkshop of Yesterdays by Amy Myerson. How appropriate and coincidental.
So the book I’m finally going to try and get those is “it”…
Winter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand
This idea works out well, I think. I find the lighted buildings with the books especially fetching. I guess they show that reading is illuminating. For fun, I’m reading mysteries by M C Beaton who sets her Hamish Macbeth mysteries in Scotland. The current title I have is Death of a Dustman.
I also applaud keeping some Christmas up all year ’round.
Thank you for your Contest! I am currently reading ”A Course in Miracles,” by Helen Schucman
I started Department 56’s Dickens Village when my now grown children were young & just in elementary school We bought a new house every year & putting the village together became a full day family’s activity. We are lucky enough to have a wonderful theatre in the next town to us and, we took them every year to see “ A Christmas Carol”. The kids would ask for a friend or two to come over most years to see it being it together. From the green felt on the top of our cabinet t the “snow” and, al the characters it was a wonderful tradition. My son now has the entire collection (16 houses)at his home. He & his wife put the village up for Thanksgiving and it looks just as beautiful in his home as it did in ours when he was a 10 year of boy. He is so proud to have this family
tradition continue at his home. Department 56 has been a part of our Christmas for close to 30 years!
Now, as far as the book I’m currently reading, I’m actually reading two. I am rereading The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. I read this book for the first time about 20 years ago and find myself rereading it often. It’s a captivating book with stories about a missionaries family life in The Congo In the 1950’s.
The second book I am currently reading is titled “Mastering the Art of Pasta”. I am just starting to make fresh pasta and received many pasta making tools & this amazing book for Christmas. I’ve gotten some pasta made but, need to perfect my process.
I am currently reading Welcome to the Jungle Inn by Allan R. May.
Legacy of Spies by John LeCarre
I am reading Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly
I love to read, I am at our local library weekly, sometimes more than once a week. I am currently reading a book by Jenn McKinlay Every Dog Has His Day. Easy, light reading.
I’m reading Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout.
I’m currently reading The Institute by Stephen King.
The Next Always by Nora Roberts
Charlottes web would love to win my wife collects these every year she gets a new piece if not more we have over 40 pieces we live in Kentucky and come to Michigan a couple times a year and bronners is a must stop every time we love this store thanks for giving us all a chance to win
Love the store. Reading (re) Charles Dickens
I am reading The Dead & The Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer.
Reading the Bible, a chapter a day.
I am reading “Stop the Coming Civil War”, by Dr. Michael Savage
I am reading Jeff Lindsay Dexter is Delicious.
I am reading Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Never too old to re-read a classic
Fire and Fury.
Thank you for the opportunity to win Russell Street Books house. My next book I plan to read is Virginia Woolf Mrs. Dalloway.
I have begun reading Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens. First time since High School!
Currently reading “Lord of shadows” by Cassandra Clare.
I am reading “The Pillars of the Earth “ by Ken Follett
I’ve been collecting Department 56 Dickens Village for many years. My late husband gave me my first piece in our 1 year anniversary. It was Victoria’s Station. That was 24 years ago. Every time I look at one of the pieces I’ve collected, I am flooded with special memories. I’m currently reading my Bible.
I am reading Where the Crawdads Sing.
I currently am reading the Hannah Swensen mystery series. Good read for this time of year. CREAM Puff murder is my current read of the series.
It’s summer here in Australia, and I am reading through the longlist for our book club – at the moment, it’s In Cold Blood, not particularly Dickensian. But! When it’s winter, we will be doing A Tale of Two Cities!
I am gonna read Futureland
I am currently reading Little Women.
I am reading Bleachers by John Grisham . Thank you
I’m reading Murder Grins Bears It by Deb Baker
My daughter shared with me several books she has already read. So I started with “The Woman who Smashed Codes.”
I am reading Resilience by Eric Greitens and I always have the Harry Potter series close for when I want to read but want something familiar. I’ve started the series over with my 9 year old niece and nephew.
Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. You read the book, then picture it in your mind. So many versions, some better than others. Love your site, thank you.
I would love to win this for my mom! Such a beautiful house. This winter, I plan on reading Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott. The new movie inspired me!
I just finished The Irishman which is also a movie now. I love to read a variety of books. I have a collection of the Charles Dickens houses . This would be a great addition
I am reading twisted twenty-six by Janet Evanovich.
Reading Grave Expectations a dickens of a crime by Heather Redmond
I’ve been collecting the Dicken’s series for years. Christmas finds them shining under our tree, adorning my Great-Grandma’s table and atop our kitchen peninsula. Christmas also finds every branch of our tree sporting a Bronners’ ornament, or two, or three, or…what can I say, I love the season! I’m reading “What a Wonderful World” by Marcus Chown and have discovered that it is indeed a remarkable and wonderful world we live in.
The Sum of all Fears by Tom Clancy. Like the movie but the book is better!
I am reading Wandering Through Winter by Edwin Way Teale. Edwin and his wife document nature as they travel around the southern USA, in the 1950’s.
I am currently reading Born in Death by JD Robb (Nora Roberts)
Just finished..Gaudi: A Biography by Gijs van Hensbergen , inspired after a trip in August to Barcelona. Wanting to read– Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell.Travel encourages knowledge.
I am reading a book called A Tale of Two Murders a dickens of a crime and Grave Expectations by heather Redmond.
Cortney Nellis this winter I will be reading Pride and Prejudice!
I am currently reading Introduction to Law” (6th Edition) by Joanne B. Hames!
I am planning on re-reading Little Women. I read it when I was in high school 40 years ago. I need to read a book that is purely enjoyable!
A day without books is a day without sunshine! I’m currently reading a 1902 copy of George Madden Martin’s “Emmy Lou Her Book and Heart”.
I am actually reading A Christmas Carol by Dickens right now…as a Christmas junkie I try to live Christmas year round, so I start off the year with this classic.
I am starting Loving Jesus by Mark Allan Powell. Almost everyday I read Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.
I am reading “Tuesday’s with Maurie” by Mitch Albom. He’s an excellent writer and I plan on reading all his books this winter.
I’m currently reading Mary Higgins Clark “You Don’t Own Me” which is #5 in her Under Suspicion series.
I have 3 Department 56 Villages that are seasonal and are displayed on top of my kitchen cabinets year around. The Dickens Village (Winter), the Retired Seasons Bay Village (Spring & Summer) and the New England Village (Fall). Each Village is accessorized for the particular season.
I am re-reading the Left Behind Series. I’m currently on the 6th book of the series.
I have been collecting these buildings for a while now and I really love this one.It would fit into my village so nicely, I been reading just about all of Steven Kings books and right now I am reding the outsider.
I am currently reading the The 4:2 Formula by Jeff Shore.
I just started Promise Me by Harlan Coben. His books are so enthralling that I have trouble putting them down. My husband has missed many dinners while I’ve been curled up reading his books.
I have been a Stephen King fan for years. I am reading “The Outsider”. I have around 30 Dept. 56 pieces, love them all. I leave different ones out each year, just for me.
Catching up on Joanne Fluke.
I love and highly recommend her “Hannah Swenson” “Murder She Baked” mysteries.
I read all the first grade books my great grandson brings home from school. Every day he has a new one.
Reading “Dean and Me” by Jerry Lewis! Also reading “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis. Have been coming to your place since I was little. We made it a Christmas tradition with our kids who now bring there kids. GREAT Memories and fun. Thank you! The Losee’s
Love the book store! Looking forward to reading more Dicken’s this winter. I’ve started David Copperfield.
I plan to re-read Little Women this winter. I don’t want to see the movie without reading the book again first. Thank you for the newsletter that brightens my inbox on a regular basis.
Started reading Tom Clancy’s “The cardinal of the Kremlin”
I just started reading The Walk by Richard Paul Evans. Very interesting so far.
I’m reading Exhale by Any Carroll then a Tale of two Cities
I am currently reading The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale and The Middle Matters: Why That (Extra)Ordinary Life Looks Really Good on You by Lisa-Jo Baker.
I’m reading Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons, and Echo by Jonathan Fisk. Would love to add this book store to our Dickens Village Collection!
I love this Dickens village. I am going to read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.
Any of these would look beautiful with my village!
I am reading Debbie Macomber’s Where Angels Go. I really enjoy her books and feel they should be included in any library.
Reading Killers of the Flower Moon. A movie is being produced from the book in this area.
After years of collecting these remarkable Dickens Village buildings, i’m finally going to settle down by the fireplace and read “A Christmas Carol”, of which I’ve seen every screen version ever made! A yearly favorite Christmastime tradition.
Finally start reading the Outlander series!
Trying to read the Bible all the way thru.
I am reading the Drop by Michael Connelley good winter reading
I am currently reading Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift, however I love reading A Christmas Carol every year at Christmas.
I am reading 18th Abduction by James Patterson.
I am reading “A Gentleman In Moscow” for my book club. I love your store and Dept. 56! Thanks for the chance to win!
I am currently finishing Starsight by Brandon Sanderson. The next book that is on my list is The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern.
I love all of the Department 56 pieces. Would love to have more. I just finished reading High Stakes by Fern Michaels
I am getting ready to read Pilgrams Progress. I’ve never read it. I hear it’s very good.
Love this. I am reading the Debbie Macomber holiday books right now.
Where the Crawdads Sing
I’m currently reading the personal memoirs of Ulysses S Grant. A big book, but I’ve always wanted to read it.
I am reading Lady Clemetine. It’s all about the life of Lady Clementine Churchill, and how she supported Winston’s political career. She was way ahead of her time.
I plan to read “All the Ways We Said Goodbye” by Beatriz Williams, Karen White, and Lauren Williams.
I am currently reading “Survive” by Vera Nazarian. I also intend to read “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. My daughter-in-law gave me a copy for my birthday.
The book store would make an awesome addition to my growing display.
The Autobiography of Mark Twain by Mark Twain
I pan to read “A Christmas Carol” which I received as a Christmas gift this past year. I have only seen the many assorted movies. Now I get to experience it in my mind as I read
I am reading A Little Book on Joy by Rev. Matthew Harrison and Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser.
I’m currently reading the Dragonwatch Series by Brandon Mull and then I will pass them along to my grandchildren. Just finished Cutthroat by Clive Cussler which is set in Victorian England and is about Jack the Ripper who leaves London and moves to America.
I am reading It All Comes Back To You by Beth Duke. Just finished reading a great book Tinsel: A Search For America’s Christmas Present by Hank Stuever. Love your ornaments!
I’m currently reading Wool by Hugh Lowry
Since I haven’t read “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens in years I think it’s time to read it again! And I also love Debbie Macomber books.
I will start Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. We have a new tea shop that is perfect for reading. My son has wanted me to read this book for years.
I will be reading The Shadows by JR Ward! Love her series!
I’m currently reading “The Sun Sister” from the Seven Sisters Series by Lucinda Riley. Love looking thru everyone’s comments to see what you all are reading…..gathering ideas for my next good read.
I am reading A new Model By Ashley graham. It is a book about a plus size super model. So far it’s really good! It shows women empowerment and body positivity. I would love to win this village piece and add it to my collection! My villages are my favorite holiday decorations.
This Winter I’m reading my Charles Dickens books collection for the first time. So I might found ideas for my next Christmas setup of my Dickens Village Collection from Department56
Seeing all the new pieces really brings me back to my childhood (which was a really long time ago). Thank you for giving me so many wonderful memories. We set our village up every year with our 4 precious grandchildren.
I am reading The Stonewycke Trilogy.
I will be reading Debbie Macomber’s holiday and Christmas books.
Good morning, I am currently reading “The Blood Royal” by Barbara Cleverly.
My Department 56 Dickens Village pieces are still up!
Next on the list:
The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe
by Angela Kelly, which was a Christmas Gift!
I am reading D-Day Girls. I would love to win this from Bronners!!!
Reading Final Exam by Carol J. Perry. Not exactly Dickens but it’s entertaining for a cold winter night.
Reading a new author I came upon. Ronald H Balson. Easy reading and intriguing.
I’m going to read Gone With the Wind, one of my mother’s favorite books!
It’s a beautiful piece! I am reading Quicksilver by Amanda Quick. With doing daycare all day I don’t get much of chance to read! But I do love Amanda Quick!
I am reading Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.
I am reading “Lost and Found: a Traveller’s Guide to Newfoundland and Labrador”
I am reading “Forever Blue” by Michael D’Antonio.It is the true story of Walter O’Malley owner of the Dodgers of Brooklyn and Los Angeles.I also happen to live on Russell St.in Brooklyn so this piece would be a perfect addition to my Dickens village collection.
I love mysteries and is presently reading a book by one of my favorite authors, Patricia Cornwall.
Joan of Ark by Mark Twain
Thank you Bronners for being a magical part of every trip “up north” since I was a kid! Still get just as excited pulling into the parking lot with my own kids! I love leaving our little village out all winter. Thank you for the new display ideas.
I made a mistake, my book “Glad Tidings” by Debbie Macomber and not Nora Roberts, just finished one of Nora’s and got mixed up. Sorry.
Beautiful Mercy. by:Pope Francis
I am reading Red Rising with my son
Reading ‘A Breath of Snow and Ashes’ book 5 of Outlander series. ❄
I love bookstores! I’m ridiculously happy just taking in that “new book” smell. I could spend all day running my fingers over the shelves. It’s heaven.
I’m planning to read: A Very Stable Genius by Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig
Wonderful , what a great read
I plan to read “A Stable Genius” sometime this year. Thanks.
Wonderful blog! I could live in a book store. I am reading Christmas Letters by Debbie Macomber. I read Christmas all year long!! Next is Where Angels Go…
I love “The Bookstore”! I also love reading mysteries but this winter I plan to read “Lilac Girls” by Martha Hall Kelly, “The Hamilton Affair” by Elizabeth Cobbs because I saw Hamilton last year and “Little Fires Everywhere” before Reese Witherspoon’s movie.
Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris
I am planning on reading Gone with the Wind
This winter I’m reading “The Old Curiosity Shop” by Dickens. The quiet of winter is my favorite time of year to read Victorian works, and this year I’m trying to work my way through all of Dickens books I haven’t read yet.
I reread Winter Solstice by Rosamund Pilcher almost every year during December—such a feel-good book. Right now I’m enjoying Mr. Dickens and his Carol by Samantha Silva, which really brings Mr Dickens to life!
“Prairie Fires”… a biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder. 🙂
I Love Christmas Villages. I collect and restore the ShinyBrite SparkleTown cardboard and mica antique houses. I am reading The Enchanted World of Twin Flame by Sylvia Escalante.
Would love to win this!
Just love all the Christmas buildings you guys make, they look so real and make me want to live in them or be a part of the neighborhood. Right now I am in the process of reading yet another great mystery book by Lisa Jewell, called: “Then She Was Gone”. Bronner’s keep up the great work!
What a great and amazing piece! I am currently reading “Obsession Falls” by Christina Dodd.
I appreciate the interview with Barbara and was happy to hear she had designed Swift’s Stringed Instruments. It is one of our favorite pieces in our village and is always featured in the front of our display. I’m currently reading Organic Outreach by Kevin G. Harney with our church.
I just finished James Patterson Criss Cross and getting ready to read his book lost. I just love his books.
As I was packing up my village this Christmas I was not wanting to put it away quite yet and I was thinking it was time to add a new piece. I haven’t added anything in several years. The store where I used to buy Department 56 has gone out of business. Really enjoyed the interview. The book I’m currently reading is “Counting Stars in an Empty Sky” by Michael Youssef.
I’ve been collecting Dept. 56 for many years. I plan to read A Walk to Remember
I am reading”I will find you” by Detective Joe Kenda. My husband and I would like to add this to our collection.
I am reading Black Notice by Patricia Cornwell.
I am currently reading Fire Within by Thomas Dubay.
The 19th Christmas (Women’s Murder Club) by James Patterson
I am reading “Skipping Christmas” by John Grisham.
Going to re read the Harry Potter books with our grandson.
I always read Dickens’ A Christmas Carol every Christmas, along with Oliver Twist. I am currently reading a Christmas present from my husband, Nora Roberts’ The Rise of Magicks.
We Must Be Brave by Frances Liardet
Plan on re reading the book Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein.
Reading murder at the manor by Diane Harman
I have been reading the mystery book series by Guide post. My favorite is the Tearoom series.
Reading A Mrs. Miracle Christmas by Debbie Macomber
What a beautiful piece…I read A Christmas Carol every December…Currently reading Irish Folk and Fairytales by Michael Scott.
To be able to display such beautiful Christmas scenes brings back memories of days gone by. I love putting up the Village and playing make believe With the grandkids as well as creating more memories.
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I love this piece!❤️ Christmas Carol has always been a favourite, as well as many other Dickens’ novels. I’m currently reading Diana Gabaldon’s Written in My Own Heart’s Blood.
I just finished The Crevice by Isabel Ostrander and will be starting Island of Intrigue by the same author tonight. I’m also reading Martin Chuzzlewit by Dickens and plan to read Dombey & Son by Dickens when I’m finished. And I’d like to read the novels of C. N. Williamson this winter.
I plan on reading “The Impossible First” by Colon O’Brady.
Rereading “Where the Wild Things Are.” It’s a monthly read to remember the joy of my childhood. Then reading “Killer Instinct” by James Patterson.
Post Season’s Greetings and Hope all have a safe, sane, happy, healthy, successful, prosperous NEW YEAR! That having been said, would love the entire collection of these fantastic pieces for any Christmas display. As for reading – besides the usual Civil War Times. Civil War Illustrated, Food and Wine, National Geographic and National Geographic History, Cook’s, Cook’s Illustrated, Bibliographical, American Archaeology, Archaeology, books from Library Thing.com, and Library of America offerings I am also reading current and about to finish The Crown of Content the third in the series of The Becket Chronicles by Jason Grunewald who is the brother of a good friends and a budding author. Medieval in time and a well written period piece. Good reading if you enjoy historical novels.
I will be reading Treason by Stuart Woods
“Russell Street Books” would make a perfect addition to my living room decor! I am planning on reading Gifted Hands by Dr. Ben Carson this winter.
I am currently reading “In Harm’s Way: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis” by Doug Stanton and then “Ghost Soldiers” by Hampton Sides. I just finished reading “The Polar Bears Quartered in Hell”, the story of the men who fought in Archangel, Russia during WWI. My grandfather was part of that war. Michigan’s Own has a section dedicated to those Michigan men who served there and there is a monument dedicated to the Michigan Polar Bears at White Chapel Cemetery in Holly, MI., for anyone interested in Michigan’s military history.
I only collect the dickens Village and love the pieces that I have my first piece was old curiosity shop. Right now I am reading Nora Roberts The Rise of the Magicks.
Drums of autumn. Outlander series
Currently reading Farmer Boy with my daughter.
Rereading The Source by James Mitchener
What a wonderful piece. Love the idea of displaying with books during the winter. I’m reading the series, Christmas Time. All the books follow the same people before & during WWII.
I am reading Ask Again, Yes. Finally able to get it from the library; the 4th from The Tonight Show’s Summer Book Club!
Janet Evanovich one for the dough
I am reading the original Wizard of Oz first book.
Love this piece.
I do love this piece, a good bookstore is getting hard to find. The book I am reading right now is “Finders Keepers” by Stephen King.
Reading is fundamental! I make sure everyone in my family reads random bible quotes once a week. Just to remind them we must be kinder to each other in society.
I have many New England Village buildings and display them in many.rooms in our home. I love the look of all of them, any additions would be greatly appreciated. Currently plan to read ” Organizing Plain & Simple “
I’m planning to read Where the Red Fern Grows. I love dogs and am a dog writer. A friend gifted me this book. I love all the items I’ve purchased From Bronners.
The 5 am club by Robin Sharma .
I’m hoping to re-read The Hobbit… time to travel back in time to my “youth” and refresh my imagination!
The Neon Lawyer is what I am currently reading. We have been collecting dept 56 for almost 20 years. Although 90 percent of our houses are The Original Snow Village, I love this piece.
I’m sure going to miss Barbara Lund! LOVE Dickens’ Village! I read A Christmas Carol every year, and I’m about to read Great Expectations again!
We love shopping at Bronner’s as a family getaway!! I would love to win the Dept 56 giveaway!! I will be reading FORKS OVER KNIVES.
Our family is obsessed with books and Christmas! Bronners holds such a special place in my heart after my mom surprised me with a trip to Frankenmuth back in 2010. One of the many books I plan on reading this year is The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe…specifically to my 5 kids! We would love to house this book store!
Rereading my favorite novel… LONESOME DOVE
What a great addition to my family’s village this would be!
Reading is my favorite hobby! This piece would look great on my bookshelf. I am currently reading An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen.
Gifted my son another piece for his Dickens Village. I am currently reading High Tide in Tucson by Barbara Kingsolver.
I’m getting ready to read The Obesity Code by Jason Fung, MD.
Russell Street Books would be a beautiful addition to my village. I’m currently reading Montana by Debbie Macomber.
I would love to start my collection of Department 56 village with this piece. I am about to start The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks.
I am reading
Rediscover the Saints by Matthew Kelly
from my church.
Lisa Bingham, I just finished reading “A Well Behaved Women” by Therese Ann Fowler. Not sure what I’ll read next, waiting to meet with my book club this Thursday for our next selection
I love this piece and my mom and I are huge readers <3 I am currently reading Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
Reading “Me” the Elton John book.
We have collected Dept 56 snow village for over 30 years. We have buildings from the 80s. It is interesting to see the difference in painting and the detail in the newer buildings
How beautiful! I’m reading A Tree Grows In Brooklyn (again!).
The beginner’s guide to Beekeeping
Great decorating ideas! I’ll have to try this.
The Shoe addicts Christmas. Beth Harbinson
This would be a get addition to my village. I am reading Out of the Ashes right now. Just finished Night Hummer.
I am reading “The Me I Want To Be, becoming God’s best version of you”.
I love shopping at Bronner’s . It’s some much fun to see all of the wonderful decorations for all holidays and seasons. The book I will be reading this winter will be something about Danielle Steele or Nora Roberts. Not sure just yet.
Currenty reading: Auggie & Me – Three Wonder Stories
Currently reading “The Golden Hour” by Beatriz Williams.
God is Able – Priscilla Shirer, an Agatha Christie that I got for Christmas, the newest Robert Crais, The Princess Bride, The Wright Brothers, David McCullough are all in queue!
I’m planning on re-reading the Hobbit.
Right now I am proofreading a book for my daughter. I can’t tell you the title as it is being released very soon. The author is Heather Young-Nichols. (Local author from Hemlock, Michigan.)
I have several presidential books I’d like to read this winter!
Fire and Blood
I am reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer‘s Stone with my sons.
Prairie Fires, based on Laura Ingalls Wilder
Right now, reading “Three things about Elsie”. Plan on getting in some classics in, Stewart’s king Arthur trilogy, C.S.Lewis, Dickens’s old curiosity shop.
I am reading the highland lord’s series by Amy Jarecki.
The American Story
Coconut Layer Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke
Nicholas sparks the return
Can’t wait to read that one!
Love Department 56 – and book stores! I’m currently reading Michelle Obama’s”Becoming” and hope to finish soon. Wonderful look at her life through her eyes!
I love ALL of this blog! I plan to re-read MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN this winter. Might as well brush up on it before the movie comes out…
Reading Murder a la Mode by Susan Kiernan-Lewis! She and Toby Neal are my favorite authors and pre-buy their books so I don’t miss any!
I am reading the novel Sense and Sensibility.
I’m reading Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner and Class Mom by Laurie Hibberd
Pride and Prejudice.
The Complete Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Ulysses by James Joyce
I am totally in love with “Dearie” the remarkable life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz.
Always a fan of Julia Child and it’s fun to learn more about her and her life.
I plan to read Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.
I am reading Madam Tussaud the story behind the family that created the wax museum! It’s so good!!
I love to read! Currently reading The Weight of Ink
I’m reading “Maybe you should talk to Someone“ by Lori Gottlieb!
I am currently reading the Ranger Apprentice series Royal Ranger by John Flanagan. Nothing like getting cozy on a cold winter day with a good book and a hot cup of tea.
I am reading Birkebiener by Jeff Foltz, a perfect story for a cold and snowy January.
I’m reading the magnolia story
Where the crawdads sing
I really like the bookstore. I leave my village up all year in a corner hutch. This winter I’m reading “following atticus” by Tom Ryan. A little dog who climbs the mountains in New Hampshire with his owner.
The Book Thief is one of the books I’m reading.
Relentless: From Good, To Great, To Unstoppable
Planning on rereading Lauraine Snelling’s “Red River of the North” series.
We went to Bronners yesterday and fell in love with the book store! My current book is “I Am Pricess X” by Cherie Priest.
I love the Villahe pieces and have a few of my own that I put up each year.
It was nice to see a bit of the Dept. 56 beginnings. I didn’t know about the books but plan to locate & read one very soon. I feel like I’m out of the loop lately! ☹️
Thanks for this article!
Hallo, ich habe gerade wieder die Avalon-Reihe angefangen. Fantasy ist im Winter immer schön. Lieben Dank für die tolle Verlosung!
Hello! What a great giveaway! I’ve been collecting Department 56 village pieces for almost twenty years. I’m currently re-reading A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. Thanks for the opportunity to win a beautiful building!
Lucinda Riley – Sun Sister
Reading Harry Potter with my daughter! She loves to read and while she is old enough to read on her own,, we really enjoy the time spent together ready this great series!
I am rereading The Green Mile and then going back to one of my childhood favorites, The Pinballs.
“Everybody Always” is the book I’m reading.
I love reading year round, but there’s something extra magical about cuddling up with blankets, a cup of hot tea or cocoa, and snow falling outside a moon lit window. I’m currently reading Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clark and Dream Thief by Shana Abe.
The decoration ideas are really neat and the Russell Street Books piece is amazing! I especially love that it could be easily incorporated into year round decor so easily and would also give me a reason to display some of my favorite books.
“You Can If You Think You Can”
Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? By Caitlin Doughty
I am reading Ash Wednesday by Ralph McInerney. It’s a novel about Father Dowling mysteries.
I am currently reading Gardening made easy and several other books on starting my own garden. I love reading in the winter when the weather outside makes it perfect for sitting with a cup of coffee and a blanket! I love your Russell street bookstore village shop, it would be a nice addition to my village.
The firm by john Grisham
Like Dandelion Dust
I am currently reading “A Tale of Two Cities” by Dickens! It is the first book on my goal list of reading more classic literature this year.
Love Bronner’s and have the fondest memories of Mr. Wally!
Am presently reading The Queen by Catherine Ryan.
These are all so adorable! Would love to have one in my home! I am a librarian so my lost of books to read this winter is quite long! My current read is a sweet children’s book call The Dog Who Lost His Bark.
I am going to read home work a memoir of my Hollywood years by Julie Andrews.
By the way the old curiosity shop was my very first piece I collected in 1991. Thank you. I have been collecting ever since
I am currently reading “Olive, Again” by Elizabeth Strout.
I plan on reading Nicholas Sparks “A Walk to Remember”.
Where the crawdads sing
I am a big reader, sometimes reading as many as 4-5 books in a week! Currently I am reading Connections in Death by J.D.Robb (Nora Roberts).
Planning on reading the Poldark series this winter season here in NYC.
I’m reading “The Man Who Invented Christmas”. It’s about Charles Dickens.
I will be reading Debbie Macomber’s holiday and Christmas books.
Currently reading Where The Crawdads Sing
I currently have 3 books I am reading and a reading list. One of the books is Olive Kitteredge and another is Small Great Things.
I’m starting the Harley Merlin series by Bella Forrest. Also reading the first book published by Michigan author E.P. McKenna. The Query
The book I’d like to read this winter is TIGHTROPE: Americans reaching for Hope.
I’m always reading something, right now i’m reading a Joanne Fluke Book. The book store would go great with my other Dicksen village houses, LOL.
I am reading “Murder at the Masquerade Ball” by Margaret Addison. I love a mystery!
Reading Judge & Jury by James Patterson
I absolutely LOVE visiting Bronner’s! For the past three years, my boyfriend and I make 2 annual trips there from Peoria, Illinois. We will be visiting in early March and bringing another couple to introduce them to Bronners! We are very excited!! Ion the meantime, I am reading “Me” by Elton John!
The book l am reading is ”The Guardians” by John Grisham.
My goal is to read the Bible from beginning to end.
My 8 year old daughter and I are reading Charlotte’s Web together.
I am a teacher in Detroit, my next book will be “understanding poverty”.
I have my grandmothers department 56 village and it is displayed year round in an enclosed cabinet. It is a wonderful vignette.
This would be a wonderful new piece.
The Knowledge: A Richard Jury Mystery by Martha Grimes.
I am reading True Crimes by Reader’s Digest.
The Story People by Heather Kaufman
I have also been rereading some of the classics by Agatha Christie, Jane Austen, and Charles Dickens.
I enjoyed the new ideas of displaying Dickens’ Village pieces.
I am reading “all the light we cannot see” by Anthony Doerr
What a beautiful bookstore! This month I am reading Caliban’s War (by the light of my 7 Christmas trees, that are all still up).
I’m reading the Virgin River series by Robyn Carr.. if I’m lucky enough to win this awesome piece it will have an awesome place for the rest of the winter & will share a shining spot next year in my Christmas village!!
Hells Princess. I lived in Laporte, Indiana and this is one of many books that was written about Belle Gunness a serial killer in the EARLY 1900s who lived in Laporte
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
The Storm Inside
Author – Sheila Walsh
I love books! My Books To Read list is huge but one book that I am rereading is From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
I love reading Mary Alice Monroe books, Not only do you get a beautiful story set in the south but she also gives you a lesson on the plight of the sea turtles and of the birds from the same place i the south.
I love cozy book mysteries. Recently read ghostly Paws by Leighmann Dobson as well as The Shop on The Corner in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola Ma, and Murder at the FBI by Margaret Trueman. My goal is toread 24 books this year.
Russell Street Books would be a great tradition to my collection.
One of my favorite things about Christmas time is my village that includes Dept 56 pieces. I’m reading the Poldark series and am on my 9th novel, The Miller’s Dance.
I’m currently reading a young adult novel entitled, “You Bring the Distant Near,” by Mitali Perkins. I would LOVE to win this! Thank you for the chance.
I am planning on reading “Becoming” by Michelle Obama this winter.
I plan to read Girl, wash your face! That a friend gave me. I try to read at least 2 books a year….. especially when I have a 2 year old. I try to read adult books, I read Elmo, Dr Seuss and many other books too!
Russel Street Books is so sweet, and so is Holy Family Church. I’m reading “Becoming“ by Michelle Obama, with “Virgin River“ next in line.
What a beautiful piece! I am currently rereading the twilight books. I just love them.
I’m currently reading “City of Girls”. I plan on reading “An American Marriage” and “Cilka’s Journey” next!
You: A Novel by Caroline Kepnes
Reading, “I Am C-3PO”’, by Anthony Daniels.
Reading Everybody Always By: Bob Goff with my small group from church ❤️
My husband and I have the North Pole Village. Even though the library doesn’t go with that set I’d love to have it. I read every night. i’m Currently reading Mystery Women.
I just finished reading Where the Crawdads Sing! Next, I’m starting on The Book Thief!
I’m planning to read a historical romance book written by Stacy Reid & published by Amara.
I’ve been collecting dept 56 dickens series for many years . I own 26 houses, people & other small pieces . You can never have too many
Amanda Knox Waiting to be Heard and I Walked the Line. Also, a couple of other true stories.
I’m currently reading Little Women.
I am currently reading The Deep, Deep Snow, which is a mystery/thriller. I would love to add Russel Street Books to my Dickens collection. Pick me please☺️!!!
I am currently reading “Becoming” by Michelle Obama.
Currently reading “Option B”
My Dickens Village display is modest but my favorite Christmas decor! Its so charming and evolves a bit more each year! I would love to add this Russel Street Books piece to my collection!!!
I am currently rereading one of my favorite books, The Friday Night Knitting Club. I would love to have this piece to add to our family collection that my Grandfather started years ago. Thanks for the opportunity.
The left behind series.
I am currently reading a series called PercyJackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. I am on the 5th book of this series and have just recently finish the battle of the labyrinth! I have stronglet recommended this book to all non-fi tion lovers and have been a fan of the series for as long as I have been reading! It is a fun filled action packed book that always keeps me on my toes!
Where the crawdads sing
I am reading Cilka’s Journey
I sell books, I would love to have this! I have so many on my to-be-read pile but one I am working on is Book 1 of The Mapmaker Chronicles.
I am reading the Cape Light Series by Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer. Currently reading A Christmas Secret which is the 19th book in the series.
The Art Thief by Noah Charney
Criss Cross by James Patterson
This winter I am reading, two books.
One to change my life which is financial Peace university, by dave Ramsey and the other is Blessings for the Morning by Susie Larson which was a christmas gift from my son.
I love the little dept 56 houses. I had many and gave them yo my son and his wife when the married . Now I would like to start another collection for myself and a book one would be grand. Reading is the most important thing you can paas.on yo your kids and grandchildren.
I really love the cordless ideas for using Dept 56 buildings in different areas of my home. During the chilly days of January, I am re-reading James Michener’s “Hawaii.” Great memories of an anniversary vacation.
Reading Dare Me by Megan Abbott currently.
Reading “Sisters First” by Jenna Bush-Hager and Barbara Bush!
Reading is my favorite, and I am currently in the middle of The Pebble Creek Amish Series: A Wedding for Julia, by Vannetta Chapman. She’s one of my favorite authors, and I highly recommend her work!
I’m currently re-reading Tempting The Highlander by Janet Chapman.
I am reading “The Untethered Soul”.
Girl wash your face is next on my list!
We have been reading “A Christmas Carol” this year!
I’m reading “The Stonewicke Trilogy.”
Harry Potter #1 with my son.
Reading: ” Sarum: A novel of England ” by Edward Rutherfurd
I’m reading the Pegasus Quincy Mysteries. It’s about a brand new Sheriff’s Deputy in a small town in Arizona. The series is by Lakota Grace. Very good so far!
I am currently reading Nicholas – Will You Believe by Michael Scott. I have also just finished writing a novel about St. Nicholas as a young man, and I am currently starting a novel about a fictional town in Vermont called Dickens Station. So, I would love to have this piece on permanent display in my writing space.
I am currently reading Blood Vow by JR Ward and my nursing school books.
The end of stress by Don Goewey
Lee Child ~ “Blue Moon” is the book I am reading this winter. I have read all of his Jack Reacher novels as he is my favorite fictional character. I am an avid reader and book lover.
Seven Fallen Feathers
19th Christmas by James Patterson
Don’t let anyone steal your sparkle
Reading….The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescot
I would love to win this! As a longtime bookseller and now librarian, this display would be delightful to win and use in the library.
I have currently been rereading all of the Harry Potter books because when I was younger I didn’t care for reading at all until one day when my grandmother got me Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets. I sat down and began to read it Then I couldn’t set the book down. Every time I read one it reminds me of my grandmother.
Reading Barbara Freethy, If I Didn’t Know Better, now.
We must be Brave
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’ engle
I would love to win the Russell Street Bookstore! I worked in bookstores for over 30 years and am now a librarian. We could use this display in our little library, too. Beautiful work.
I’m starting “The Cactus” by Sarah Haywood.
I plan on reading “P.S. From Paris!” Can’t wait 🙂
I am going to tackle Pride and Prejudice this winter. I have started it many times, but now I am commited! This is a beautiful piece, oh how I wish I could live in a bookstore.
I’m currently reading institute by Steven king.
Keto diet for beginners
Love Bronners and the amazing dept 56 display!
I’m currently reading The Good Ones by Jenn McKinlay but my favorite book I’ve read this winter is the sequel called The Christmas Keeper. I live in NC and love books that are set here, even if the town in fictional.
Planning to read The Reed of God and reread Little Women
Planning to read “The Hate U Give”
I’m reading “Empty Mansions” 🙂
I’m currently reading Mystery Woman. Every night before I fall asleep I read. My husband and I plan to have our son remodel a room into a library. Very excited about that. Love the Library.
Wow! I’m taking down my Christmas Village today and just might rethink putting all the buildings away. I’m thinking the Christmas Stocking Store since it has a battery option.
Currently I am reading Overcomer by Dr. David Jeremiah & my Bible.
Reading Star Wars Resistance Reborn
I plan on reading Crazy Rich Asians
Currently reading a dog training book.
A dog’s way home by W. Bruce Cameron
I am currently reading, “The Gifts of Imperfection” by Brene Brown, PhD, LMSW.
I’m a book addict so this piece would be a great start for my own village and would probably be out year round <3
An Unforgettable Christmas
The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin
LOVE READING Just started Dabid Baldacci, A Minute to Midnight!!
Crazy Love by Francis Chan. I heard it was a great book to read about 10 years ago…I’m not a big reader so I’m finally going to read it
I plan on reading Howard Stern’s new book.
I’m reading “Finding Chicka”, by. Mitch Albom – a wonderful book full of love.
I am reading “Home For Unwanted Girls”. I am then going to read the Findlay, OH community read book “Before We Were Yours”
The book I’m reading is called The Homing.
I hope to read “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens
OMG. I need to add these houses to my collection. My family and I try to add at least one house to our villages every year. We try to find things that have a slight connection to our family. My brother’s name is Joseph Edward ( not sure if he drinks tea but..) My parents were married in Holy Family Church. The bookstore looks awesome, and would love to win it for our village. My daughter is actually the reader in the family. I do however read the classics, just finished “The Christmas Carol”, a holiday “must”. I’m not sure what I’ll be reading next but it will probably garden books. I plan on planting several gardens that will go along with the time period of my house that was built in 1826. So I need to do research on popular plants from back then.
Thank you for the opportunity to win the Dickens’ Village piece, “Russell Street Books”. I plan on rereading Kon-Tiki this winter.
Beautiful! For 2020 I’m reading my Bible daily to complete the challenge of reading through it in a year.
I am currently reading The Other Einstein and Carnegie’s Maid, both by Marie Benedict. I also plan to re-read John Adams by David McCullough.
I just finished reading “House Rules” by Jodi Picoult. It was a wonderful book. Very educational. It dealt with a young man who has Aspergers.
I’m currently reading The Fred Factor!
Bronner’s has been a staple in my Christmas ornaments ever since my daughter was baptized and received a baptismal ornament from her godparents. The bins I use to store my ornaments are loaded with the original Bronner’s boxes, holding each ornament closely, waiting for their next appearance on our trees.
Likewise, Department 56 has its own special place in our Christmas decor. Our village is 100% Department 56 – no themes, but a “diverse” community, both in time and occasion.
I’m reading Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers by Brian Kilmead.
I am currently reading Richard III: England’s Most Controversial King by Chris Skidmore. I inherited my grandma’s Christmas village and that little bookshop would be a perfect addition!
I’m reading Little Women
Currently reading a John Sanford book, “Gathering Prey”.
I’m an avid reader. And this Dept. 56 village bookstore would be a wonderful addition to my village. I love books, libraries ,
book stores and any place I can get a book. Reading is a huge part of my life just as Christmas decoration are.
I love shopping at Bronners. We go at least twice a year and buy
ornaments for our entire family.
The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan. I read it for the the first time a couple years ago and I’m looking forward to reading it again!
I am currently in the process of rereading Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton Series along with the related spin off books related to them so I will be ready when the series comes to Netflix.
I love the bookstore!
I am presently reading “The Good Neighbor” by Maxwell King.
I’m currently reading The Last Vampire by R.A Steffan and Jaelynn Woolf.
I plan on re-reading the Harry Potter series.
A long Bright River by Liz Moore
Currently I am reading Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby
Next I have women on food by Charlotte Druckmen
I love this piece! I work for B&N, so I always have a book or 5 that I’m reading. My current reads are “Ten Thousand Doors of January” by Alix Harrow, “The Body” by Bill Bryson, “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith, “Consider This” by Chuck Palahniuk, and “Olive Again” by Elizabeth Strout. My to-be read list for the rest of the winter is mountainous!
I am currently reading Window on the Bay by Debbie Macomber. I love the feel of a “real” hardcover book in my hands, not a Kindle! Thank you!
A Hobbit, A Wardrobe, And A Great War
I am reading “The Last Dickens” by Matthew Pearl
After that “Doctor Sleep” by Stephen King
I’m going to read “: the way I heard it “ by Mike Rowe.
I have just finished 2 of my favorite steven king books. I would love newideas of authors like steven king. I been to bronners once when going through michigan. Wish i lived closer. I designed a christmas tree to hold my villages. I do not have a book store. Would be a very pretty addition
I’ve just started to read Me Elton John, which I received as a Christmas gift.
I would love to win this as I love books! I am currently reading A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan!
I am reading “The Good Neighbor: The life and works of Fred Rodgers” by Maxwell King
I am currently reading The Institute by Steven King.
What Once Was Hidden by Laurie Powers
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
Currently Reading David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Planning to read “Night”
James Patterson. Criss cross
Harry Potter and the goblin of fire
Meant to be Yours by Susan Mallery
I’m going to read The Hidden Life of Trees this winter
I’ll be reading The Art of Theft by Sherry Thomas.
Got a book called “structures, why things dont fall down”!
I started an Amish trilogy my mother in law gave me for Christmas! Im really excited to read 🙂
I just started a new “read the Bible in 1 year” plan.
I’ve also started and hope to finish “The Day is Now Far Spent” by Robert Cardinal Sarah.
Just started “any witch way you can”. I love to read. Trying to get my kids to read more
The Animated Man: The Life of Walt
I’m reading Imaginary Friemd by Stephen Chbosky
I have read so many books lately.
“Mrs. Miracle” – Debbie Macomber
I don’t have to leave my house to find a good book to read! My daughter has an extensive library in her bedroom!
Outsider. Stephen King
Currently reading “After” by Anna Todd
Cemetery Road: A Novel Deckle Edge
Heard good things and love the bookstore!
I am currently reading The Healing Jar by Wanda E Brunstetter.
I am reading the 2nd in a series on the six wives of King Henry VIII by Allison Weir. This book is about Ann Boleyn.
As a substitute teacher, I have the opportunity to read during the teacher’s conference period. Currently I am reading « The Last Baby Boomer » by a Latrobe, PA. Author Chris Rodell, as well as « Seras-tu Là » by the French author, Guillaume Musso. What a joy it is to have time to read be bilingual to experience both cultures. Book stores are a favorite place to be!
I plan on reading Forgotten Garden and Tea Rose this winter. I love reading snuggled up with my blanket and reading a good book.
Currently reading – “The Nightingale” A Novel by Kristin Hannah
I’m excited to read The Glass Hotel when it’s released this year.
I’m reading Granted, Matilda, and Nancy Drew a Chinese New Year’s Mystery Elementary teacher life ♀️❤️
I plan on reading every Colleen Hoover book in 2020 starting with Regretting Me. I also have a goal to read one self improvement book a month as well. This is a gorgeous piece I would love to add it to my grandma’s and mom’s pieces and pass it down to my little girl once day!
I am reading Game of Thrones this winter. I finally have the time to sit and read . Bought them all with this in mind!
The only books I’m able to read now are with my kids!
Been wanting to read “Girl wash your face”
I love setting up my Department 56 Village every year. I want to start a Harry Potter scene. I’m currently reading Harry Potter, again.
I am planning to read The House Next Door by James Patterson.
I am currently reading a 4 book series: The Faithful and Fallen by John Gwyne
How we love by Milan and Kay yerkovich. I’m a therapist so I’m always reading to continue to grow in my knowledge on how to help others.
Such a fun contest.
Save The Cat and Orion’s Revolution.
I am a avid reader. Right now I am reading A Man’s Heart by Debbie Macomber.
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
I am currently reading Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry by Mary Higgins Clark.
I’m reading Janet Evanovich book 26 the Stephanie Plum series.
What Comes My Way by Tracie Peterson
I am rereading Gone With The Wind. I haven’t read it in 47 years!
I have read the book A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
The Twilight Saga!
Currently rereading the Septimus Heap series!
Being that I am a writer and I have started work on my 6th Novel, which will be a horror book, thought I would choose a book(s) to help inspire me. So, thought I would read “The Institute” by my favorite author Stephen King or “NOS4A2” by Joe Hill whom I’ve recently been introduced to. Both should fit the bill quite nicely.
ich möchte noch das buch von charles dickens lesen und der junge muß an die frische luft.
I’m currently reading the Aurora Teagarden mysteries that Hallmark turned into movies
I’m in the middle of reading IT by Stephen King.
I have seen many versions of ‘A Christmas Carol’ on tv but have never actually read the book. We have the book now so this winter I want to finally read ‘A Christmas Carol’
The Harry Potter books
I am reading Sarah Sundin’s new book: The Land Beneath Us. It is book 3 of Sunrise at Normandy series. I have an early chance to read this as it comes out in February.
Love the Russell Street Books shop!
I’m reading the newest Sherlock Holmes (a few years late!)
Would love to add that to my collection. Was tight on cash this year to make my annual purchase for my “Twinkle Town”
I just finished “ Where The Crawdads Sing” by Deila Owens
I am going to read “ Lilac Girls “ by Martha Hall Kelly
I’ve been reading Gytha Lodge’s “She Lies in Wait”!
I just purchased “Gardening with Chickens” by Lisa Steele and I can’t wait to read it and learn how to have our chickens work to benefit our garden this summer!
i plan on reading Fire and Blood by George R R Martin
I am currently reading “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens (hardcover of course) and it’s a lovely story. The “Russell Street Books” store would be an awesome addition to my village 🙂
Love these beautifully crafted designs. I would love to have one in my collection.
Planning to re-read the Harry Potter series this summer.
I’m currently reading the Vampire Diaries but I am planning on reading the Lord of the Rings series this winter!! I love the movies but I have never read the books before!! (:
Beautiful Department 56 piece!! Our family always makes sure to browse Department 56 Village pieces when visiting Bronners. Our girls eyes would light up looking at the Village!
I recently have been following Today with Hoda and Jenna. Jenna’s recommendations of reads all have got my attention but one I would like to start reading now that the holidays are over and winter is settling in is The Dearly Beloved by Cara Well.
Robyn carr virgin river series. I’m on book 2 Shelter mountain
Reading : Women Like Us Changing the World
I am reading two books. The Ultimate Bible Guide and the second one is Reid’s Redemption
I plan to read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
How Happiness Happens by Max Lucado
I plan on rereading “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott. Just saw the movie and it reminded me so much of how I loved the book!
We love all these!
Hello! I’m hoping to read “The Girl On The Train.” My daughter read it and said it was great!
What a great giveaway. I’m currently reading James Rollins’ The Demon Crown.
I’m currently reading the third installment of the Game Of Thrones series called A Storm of Swords. If I get it finished, I plan on moving onto the next. Love the bookstore village piece!!!! As an avid reader and a fan of Christmas villages, I would LOVE to have this piece!!
I am reading “The Gone Dead” – Chantelle Benz
I bought my first Department 56 village piece last year. ❤️
Well, I don’t read many real books but I have TUNISIAN Crochet – Vol. 1: Basic & Textured Stitches (TUNISIAN Crochet Stitches) (Volume 1) that I am very interested in learning more about tunisian crochet by Petra Zimmerman.
Debbie Macomber, A Mrs. Miracle Christmas.
I’m reading the chronicles of narnia to our son.
I plan on reading Becoming this winter.
Love this! I am gearing up to read my Little House on the Prairie set! I do so every winter!
I am reading Blowout by Rachel Maddow this winter. I love books, bookstores, and libraries! I would love to win this Dept. 56 piece!! <3
Frommers National Parks of the American West
I’m planning to re-read all of the Dickens’s classics! I’m not sure what book I’ll start with, but I hope to end with A Christmas Carol by the time December rolls around again!
I read every day my kindle holds over .400 books. I plan on read the testaments by Margaret Atwood
“I am Haunted” a biography of Zak Bagans from Ghost Adventures
I’m planning to read Zak Bagans first two books.
Currently reading “The Rules of Magic” by Alice Hoffman
I plan to read
“The Jubilean Mysteries Unveiled”
by Jonathan Cahn
…..mysteries in which you’ll discover the secret of the ages……
I. also want to read, “Blow Out” by Rachel Maddow, rated fantasic.
I am addicted to books. Unfortunately, I can’t read as many as I want.
I plan on reading The Curse of Oak Island by Randall Sullivan.
I have several books that I am reading. I am currently reading Lily Dale: The Town That Talks To The Dead by Christine Wicker. I am currently on a true-crime/occult kick at the moment.
A Song of Joy by Lauraine Snelling
I just finished reading “The Giver of Stars” by JoJo Moyes for my book club.
Great blog! Thanks for the interview with Barbara Lund. I would love to see a list of all of the pieces she designed over the years. I plan to read What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver
I have just finished The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey and now have moved onto a classic, Moby Dick by Herman Melville! I was introduced to Dickens Village/Department 56 by my mother-in-law, who has been collecting Dickens Village for over 30 years! Having married into a Michigan family, we also have made a visit to Bronners an annual tradition!