It’s a love that I have, books and Christmas. So, when they are combined I get very excited. We all have our favourite books that we pull out each December and reread for the millionth time, it’s a tradition, and one that I couldn’t live without. So, here are five books that are my go-to at Christmas.
A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
This may seem like an obvious one to choose, but, I adore it. I think I know it off by heart, and yet it’s still such a magical book to sit down and read. I really feel like Christmas has come when I get my beloved copy off the shelf and read that first line. Apart from it being beautifully written, it is incredibly funny and heartwarming. If you’re not familiar with this gorgeous story, here is a short blurb for you. ‘To bitter miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, Christmas is just another day. But all that changes when the ghost of his long-dead business partner appears, warning Scrooge to change his ways before it’s too late.’
The Cosy Christmas Teashop – Caroline Roberts
This book has the perfect amount of coziness, warmth, and a little dollop of christmas drama thrown in for good measure. I bought this book at the beginning of the year, purely because of its title – does anyone else do that? – and it didn’t disappoint. I loved the setting, the characters, and the writing. But, most of all it was full of festive happiness. ‘After a rocky start, Ellie Hall baked her way into everyone’s hearts at Claverham Castle. Now Ellie has upgraded cupcakes for fairytale masterpieces as the proud caterer for an ever-growing list of weddings at the castle, but can the wedding team pull together when a certain bridezilla pushes them all to boiling point? And a last minute booking with christmas just around the corner, threatens to snow the team under. Will Christmas at the Cosy Teashop be a showstopper to remember?
Christmas Shopaholic – Sophie Kinsella
I picked this one up recently as it was a new release. I love Sophie’s books, and was thrilled that she wrote a christmas one! I’ve only just starting reading it, but so far I’m very happy! Her characters are always so vivid and complex, and her writing is hilarious. Just what you want at Christmas time. ‘Becky Brandon adores Christmas. It’s always the same – Mum and Dad hosting, carols playing, the next door neighbours coming round for sherry in their terrible Christmas jumpers. But this year looks set to be different. Becky’s parents are moving to ultra-trendy Shoreditch and have asked Becky to host Christmas this year. What could possibly go wrong? With sister Jess demanding a vegan turkey, husband Luke determined that he only wants after-shave again, and little Minnie insisting on a very specific picnic hamper – surely Becky can manage all of this, as well as a surprise appearance of an old boyfriend and new pushy girlfriend, whose motives are far from clear. Will chaos ensue or will Becky manage to bring comfort and Joy to Christmas?
Christmas at Fairacre – Miss Read
My mum gave me this book at the beginning of the year, she was clearing out her books as she had a lot of duplicates that had been collected over the years. So, she gave me a stack of her favourite author, Miss Read. I grew up with mum always reading and adoring her books, so I gave her Christmas one a go. It’s a collection of short stories, if you love the English countryside, snow, and stories of village life, you will love this. ‘The people of Thrush Green and Fairacre celebrate Christmas in a traditional style which has hardly changed over the generations. Children eagerly hang up their stockings, families go to church together, and everyone enjoys Christmas cake. For heartwarming reading there is no writer to rival Miss Read, and this collection of novels is packed with unforgettable characters, enchanting stories and festive cheer.
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
I know that this one doesn’t technically come under the banner of ‘Christmas books’, but, it’s one that I dip in and out of during December. As it’s my all-time favourite novel, it didn’t seem right not to include it. This story is one that I find myself, quite often, thinking about. It really stuck with me, I related to Lizzie in a lot of respects. I actually have three copies of this book! That’s how much I adore it. ‘
What books do you read at Christmas?