Its day 19! Only a few more days to go! whoop, whoop! today I thought that it was about time that I did another festive book post. This time it is all about my top Christmas anthologies. If you have followed me for a while, then you will know that I am a huge fan of anthologies. I love them. I especially love anthologies that centre around a common theme, such as Christmas. So here are my top Christmas anthologies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 have it. Those are some of my top Christmas anthologies. What is your opinion on anthologies? Do you love them or hate them? I just find that they are such a good way to discover new authors, and, particularly the Christmas ones, instantly make me feel festive. What about you? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again tomorrow.