Are you feeling that Christmas spirit? I think I have been feeling the most excited for Christmas than I have for a long time. I’m not sure whether it is purely based on moving to London and being around the lights, winter-time events and Christmas adverts plastered all around my transport, but I’m here and ready for it.
The number one question I get asked during this time of year is “what books can I read to feel excited?” I have quite a few but I’ve whittled the list down to 5 of my top favourites.
(Tip: For that extra winter feel – enjoy books with a warm beverage, cozy socks and a fluffy blanket.)
- Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien
“I send as much love as ever, in fact more. We have both, the old Polar Bear and I, enjoyed having so many nice letters from you and your pets. If you think we have not read them you are wrong.”
This is a beautiful collection of letters written and illustrated by J.R.R. Tolkien between 1920-40, for his children, from Father Christmas. They’re either told from the perspective of Father Christmas himself or his elvish secretaries, describing the events that go on for him, with all of his sidekicks. I haven’t met a single person who hasn’t enjoyed it (yet) to this day. 100% a classic and definitely one that everyone should read at least once.
2. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
“Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.”
Most people have seen the movie version of The Polar Express (which is phenomenal – a must watch), but if you haven’t had a chance to view the physical copy of this beautiful book I’d definitely recommend at least going into a bookstore and flicking through it. The illustrations are stunning and highly detailed. It’s heart-warming and an absolute adventure to read through. I’d also recommend this as a present for any young children in your life!
3. My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins, Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de la Pena, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor and Kierstan White.
“He says presents aren’t important, but I think they are – not because of how much they cost, but for the opportunity they provide to say I understand you.” (David Levithan)
This is for the short-story lovers out there! This book is a collection of Christmas-themed short stories, written by numerous authors covering a range of topics and adventures. I will admit that there are a mixed bag of stories. There are some incredibly intricately written pieces and there are some alright ones where (I have to admit) I did end up skipping. But overall, I think this is a collection of highly skilled authors who will undoubtably bring that festive feeling out of you.
4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”
A classic that I feel is on the have-to read for most people. I absolutely adore this story with all my heart. This is a family-themed, stunningly beautiful book that I think most people will enjoy passionately. If you’re male and shaking your head, saying that you don’t think you could relate to four girls, Joey loved it in Friends and you will too. It has a roller coaster of themes and obstacles for the characters to overcome and genuinely is a must-read in your life.
5. Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
“So we save money?”
“When do we leave?”
I feel like you either love or hate this book. I, personally, found it hilarious and a joy to read throughout the winter times. I highly recommend if you’re tucked in at home on a cold evening, grabbing a warm mug of tea/hot chocolate, this is the perfect read for you. Comedic, light and airy, it is the perfect book for this time of year.
Hopefully this helps you out for your winter-reads-list.