There's an ever growing pile of books I want to read…
When I first came up with this CRAZY blog challenge for myself, I knew that I would just not have the energy to write ANYTHING on Saturdays in December. Luckily, the super nice team at Carina were good enough to write a guest post for me on their favourite Christmas reads.
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For that pure hit of sparkling Christmas magic Jenny Oliver is my go-to festive treat. It’s perfect for getting you back into the Christmas spirit when your day of Christmas shopping has left you exhausted… and broke! Funny, heart-warming, and filled with everything that makes Christmas Christmas she never fails to delight.
While it’s not strictly a Christmas book, I do read Noel Streatfield’s Ballet Shoes every Christmas while holed up at my in-laws. It’s the perfect Christmassy retreat, and will forever remind me of sitting by a roaring fire eating (far too many) mince pies.
Mine is Little Women. I read it for the first time as a little girl and felt my heart go out to the March family – Christmas without any presents?! Who wouldn’t be tearing up! The whole story, whilst not necessarily a Christmas book always makes me feel incredibly Christmassy. But if I could have one Christmas wish come true – I would wish that this year, when I read Little Women, Jo ends up with Laurie…
Clio, Editorial Assistant
What a lovely question! I know it’s the obvious answer, but mine’s got to be A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. NOTHING makes me feel more Christmassy than that; I’ve read it every year since I was small. A couple of years ago I finished it on a packed train, racing home to my family on Christmas Eve: a sure-fire way to add sparkle to a commute, instil the joys of Christmas, and build an appetite for all things festive (bring on the goose)!
And I love The Little Match Girl, too. Such a tear-jerker, it always reminds me of how lucky I am to be tucked up cosily with the people I love at Christmastime.
Elise, Marketing Executive
It’s not strictly a Christmas book, but when the long dark nights start setting in I can’t resist getting out my battered old copy of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. Snow and Christmas just go perfectly hand in hand for me and Narnia provides the ultimate, magical, snowscape setting. But if I’m not transporting myself to Narnia, Christmas in New York City is a pretty great alternative and you can’t get much better than Dash and Lily’s book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn if you’re after NYC, bookshops and festive romance.
Sara, Digital Account Executive
I used to read The Lord of the Rings every Christmas, back when my Christmas holiday stretched for weeks. Now I tend to use Christmas as a time to catch up on books I’ve been meaning to read all year, especially series (some habits die hard) – the past few Christmases included The Hunger Games, Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next, and Fifty Shades of Grey, and this Christmas I’d like to read Divergent. I’m also planning on reading Driving Home for Christmas, but I’ll probably read sooner rather than later. As for other Christmas stories, I’ll always have a soft spot for The Jolly Christmas Postman and Patrick Harding’s The Christmas Book, which delightfully explains all the myths and traditions around the Christmas season.