Welcome to day 6 of Blogmas! During 2017 I started a series called ‘my top ___ reads’, where each month I talk about my favourite books in a certain genre, with a certain theme or whatever. I’ve done everything from Vampire based books to middle grades to mental health books. And it is a series that I am really enjoying doing. So I thought that I would do a Christmas edition and talk about my all-time favourite Christmas Reads. This won’t include any Christmas books that I am reading this year, they will get plenty of coverage in the next few weeks. This is just going to be my best of the best. I have waffled for ages, so let’s get to this.
My True Love Gave To Me by Various
This is a beautiful YA anthology containing 12 short love stories all set over the festive period. There is a story for everyone in this anthology. Each story will leave you wanting more and make you feel super festive. What is brilliant about this is that every story is very different. You have Santa’s daughter, an adorable gay couple, Krumpus, a young arsonist, the cutest couple in existence and so much more. Also the stories are scattered over the whole festive period, some at Christmas, some at new year’s, some throughout the whole season. This is such a lovely book and such a brilliant way to discover new authors. I have read it twice and I loved it just as much the second time around. Kind of tempted to read it this year as well.
A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig
This beautiful story will make you ‘believe in the impossible’. Have you ever wondered how Father Christmas became Father Christmas? Have you ever wondered who he was before? Or how he teamed up with elves? Then this is the book for you. This new festive classic will leave you speechless You follow young Nikolas as he undertakes a dangerous adventure to save his family, and ultimately, discover Christmas This book is absolutely stunning and will really put you in the festive feel. It has vibes similar to those of the first Harry Potter book and I can guarantee, you won’t be able to put it down. This one is perfect for the whole family. I loved this one so much that I actually have the sequel ‘The Girl Who Saved Christmas’ on my TBR this year (and a third book in the series came out recently).
Dash And Lily’s Book Of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Leviathan
if you are looking for a book that will make you smile, laugh and fall in love, then this is the one for you. The story revolves around two 16 year olds, Dash and Lily, who have never met, but share a lot in common. Set over the Christmas period, you watch as the pair communicate with each other through a little red notebook, filled with dares, and slowly fall for each other. I love this book. The characters are absolutely adorable, the story is incredible and several times I found myself laughing out loud on trains because of it. The sequel, The Twelve Days Of Dash And Lily is also worth a read, although it isn’t quite as good as the first one.
I’ll Be Home For Christmas by Various
This festive anthology is the perfect book for the season. Explore 14 short stories and poems, each written by a different UK, YA author. Every tale in this book explores the theme of ‘home’ and what it means to different people. Each story is set at Christmas, and most have a secondary theme, crisis. Not only will this anthology put you in the festive spirit, but it will help a good cause. At least £1 from every sale of this book goes to the charity CRISIS. This is such a wonderful book with stories from Non Pratt, Holly Bourne, Juno Dawson and many more. It is the perfect book for the season, particularly if you don’t have the spare time to dedicate to full book.
What Light by Jay Asher
This little book is guaranteed to put you in the Christmas spirit. You follow 17-year-old Sierra as she takes the annual month long trip to California to help her parents run their Christmas tree lot, but this year, things take an unexpected turn in the form of Caleb. This is a story of friendship, family and love. And most importantly, Christmas This story is so gripping and loveable and at only 300 pages, it is a very easy, quick read. I listened to it as an audiobook and got through it in a day, I could not put it down. As soon as I finished it, I wanted to buy a Christmas tree farm!
Girl Online by Zoe Sugg
This is the first book in the bestselling Girl Online series. You follow teenager Penny as she leaves her home town of Brighton and flies to New York with her family for Christmas. While there she meets young musician Noah Flynn and their blossoming friendship soon becomes something more. In this story of growing up and falling in love you can’t help but love the characters. With deeper issues woven throughout the book, along with Christmas spirit, this book is bound to put you in the festive spirit (assuming you don’t accidentally read it in the summer like I did, -cough-)
Harry Potter by J K Rowling
To my generation Harry Potter is the definition of magic. These books transport you to a whole new world. A world full of love, friendship and magic. They contain so many life lessons and fantastic characters. These books are just flat out incredible. They are fun, imaginative and so beautiful. You cannot help but love these books. No matter your age, these books will suck you into this incredible world and surround you with magic. If you have never read this series, you need to. I know this one isn’t a book set at Christmas but to me Potter has always felt like a Christmas book. What with the magic and love and the warm feeling that this series gives you, it is perfect. If you haven’t read them, Christmas is a great time to sit down and fall in love with this series.
And there we have it. most of these I actually read last Christmas and completely fell in love with. I am actually tempted to re-read some of these this year. All of these books will instantly put you in the Christmas spirit. Have you read any of these? What is your favourite Christmas book? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again tomorrow.