Welcome to day 22! Only a couple more days to go. Are you getting excited? Today I am finally concluding my Christmas editions of my seasonal posts, with my Christmas reads post. If you have no idea what I am talking about with that, basically, each season I make a series of four posts, each one regarding a certain topic within that season, for instance, summer reads, winter nails ect ect. well, at Christmas I also do a Christmas version of these posts. All the books in this post are ones that I have been reading so far this festive period and really enjoyed. All of the books are set at or around Christmas time. Basically they are all perfect books for this time of year, so, here are my Christmas reads.
The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig
This is the second book in Haig’s Father Christmas trilogy and it is wonderful. You need to read these books. I won’t talk about this book as it is a sequel, but, the first book, A Boy Called Christmas, follows a young boy as he runs away from home and his neglectful aunt in search of his father, during which he learns more about himself and the world then he could ever have imagined. This is a book full of magic and festive cheer and everything you could want at Christmas. It is a brilliant, timeless trilogy that everyone will love.
The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories by P D James
This is a brilliant collection of four short, murder mystery, stories, all of which are set at Christmas. None of them are massively festive, but all of them are brilliant little reads. From a pepping Tom to a war time revenge to a family scandal, this book has it all. These stories are full of mystery and intrigue, secrets and scandals. This collection is well worth a read.
Winter Magic by Various
I loved this anthology. Winter Magic is a collection of a dozen or so short stories all set during the winter time and all based around magic, in all different shapes and forms. This book has it all. There are adventures, retellings of classic fairy tales, spins on true events and even a murder mystery. There is a story for everyone in this collection. Although this is a winter themed anthology, several of the stories are set at Christmas time, and most of them have a magical, Christmassy feeling to them. you cannot help but feel festive after reading this book.
My New Crush Gave To Me by Shani Petroff
If you are looking for a fluffy little story that will leave you smiling, this is the one for you. This book follows 17-year-old Charlie as she sets her sights on the school football star, determined to win him over and gain a date for a boxing day party. You follow her are she sets out to be Teo’s secret Santa and enlists the help of her best friend and his cousin to help her give him the best gifts and win him over. But not everything works out the way she expects. This is a really sweet story that had me smiling the whole way through. Yes, it is a bit vain and predicable, but there is something very sweet and festive about it.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
How could I not include this classic on this list? I am ashamed to admit that I hadn’t read this book until a few days ago. But I am so glad that I finally have. We all know the story, but the book is brilliant. It is packed full of amazing storylines and brilliant messages. Dickens really was a genius. If you haven’t read A Christmas Carol yet, you really should.
The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher
This story follows 10-year-old William Trundle, a young, wheelchair bound, boy who loves dinosaurs, as he meets a real, living dinosaur and goes on an epic adventure with him. this is a brilliant book. It is fun and sweet and completely magical. And it is also packed full of powerful messages that all children need to learn. I loved this book. It is well worth a read.
Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle
I love this book. It is a collection of three short stories, each one of which is a holiday romance. And all of whom overlap and intertwine with each other. This is a brilliant collection. All three stories are such good reads. They are all light and fluffy and festive. You cannot help but fall in love a little bit while reading this book. It has everything you could ever wish for in a Christmas book. Cute couples, lot of laugh, a snow storm, festive cheer, a dozen cheerleaders and even a tea cup pig. What more could you wish for?
And there we go. Those are the books that I read this December and loved. Where there any festive books that you read this year that you think that I should check out? are any of mine on your list? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again tomorrow.