After postponing the Christmas music, mince pies and decorating for a few weeks later than most, I’m finally letting myself enjoy the run-up to Christmas. And what goes best with a glass of mulled wine? A good book, of course. Here are a few cheery, uplifting and warming books (in my opinion – feel free to contest) to enjoy over the next few weeks.
Whether it’s the TV adaptation or the book with its wonderful drawings, The Snowman epitomises childhood Christmas memories for me. If it brings back happy memories for you too, I say find a copy for your living room this Christmas.
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. Image source.
A book about friendship, letters and great reading material that I think all worshippers of the written word should dedicate a few hours to. A warming novel that reminds me of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (another great book!)
|84 Charing Cross Road, 1969|
A brilliant collection of Sherlock Holmes stories to help us wind down this winter, and that allows us, like Sherlock, to create a balance between using our intellectual talents and resting on a good sofa in a warm sitting room.
4. The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language
The first non-fiction choice on this list, but, as a celebration of etymology with lots of quirky facts and peculiar words, it’s a great choice for fiction fans.
One of the lesser known stories from Dickens’s array of Christmas fiction, the warming and festive descriptions in the book make it a refreshing, although much more concise, alternative to Dickens’s most popular story for the Christmas season.
|Albert Chevallier Tayler, The Christmas Tree (1911)|
Yes, the title is quite pessimistic, but it’s a superb celebration of life, family and reading that is one of my favourite choices for Christmas reading. A novel I’d do well to read again (and soon, if possible!)
A landmark children’s fiction series that should by all means be revisited in adulthood!
Novels on my sofa reading pile
(which may or may not be good festive fireside reading)
“Doerr’s gorgeous combination of soaring imagination with observation is electric. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.” Goodreads
“Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, structural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real – and all life’s givens get given a second chance.” The Man Booker Prize
“An affecting and hope-filled posthumous collection of essays and stories from the talented young Yale graduate whose title essay captured the world’s attention in 2012 and turned her into an icon for her generation.” Goodreads
Other noteworthy titles
Do you tailor your reading choices around Christmas? Let me know what you’re reading (or planning to read) in the comments below!
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