Merry Christmas bookish people! Every year I try to read something Christmas-related on the day itself (because I often find myself with a spare few hours with nothing to do). I’ve chosen 5 books that make for good reading during the festive season, either before or on Christmas, or during that weird bit before New Year arrives.
Whatever you’re doing, have fun!
1. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
Okay so this is a CLASSIC. Somewhere on TV there will be an adaptation of this, and it isn’t Christmas unless we’ve witnessed Scrooge learn the error of his ways. But it’s the book that started it all, and ‘invented Christmas as we know it today’ (blurb of my Scholastic edition).
At the time of writing (Christmas Eve) I am up to ‘Stave Four’ where Scrooge has just met the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. I can’t think of a better book to read at Christmas, and nothing comes close to this. If you’ve never read it, then find a copy or ask for it as your Christmas gift!
2. Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling
I might be cheating a little bit here because I’ve never actually read Harry Potter. BUT I have heard that reading the series is a truly magical experience. So on the pure recommendation of other people, I’m putting it on the list. One Christmas I will do it, but I need to get the books first.
(I ask for the series every year for Christmas and am still waiting…HINT HINT).
3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky
This isn’t a Christmas novel, but on page 80 of my edition there’s a letter dated December 25. So there’s a Christmas section, and I think this coming-of-age book is really essential reading for a number of reasons. And it was a Christmas gift from my best friend years ago, so I always think of this book during the festive series because of how happy it made me when I opened it.
Plus, Charlie is a great character, and it’s a good season to make new friends (either real or fictional).
4. Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
This is such a fun, adventurous and clever story that is full of festive feelings. Dash and Lily meet through a red moleskine book that Lily leaves in a bookshop…and there the story begins, and they become a really heartwarming pair. Lily has plenty of Christmas spirit, and Dash is just her perfect companion (in my opinion). If you like YA with a good balance of fun and a little bit of love and snow, then you’re in for a treat.
Recommended with a hot chocolate and/or shortbread.
5. The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily, Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
It’s Dash and Lily again! It’s obvious by the title that the next chapter of this pair’s life takes place in a Christmas setting. I think this one is better for reading on Christmas Day than Book of Dares, but the plot has just a little less of the spirit found in the first. I mean, there’s still a lot of it, but we start this one on a less festive note, and it’s all about falling in love again (with that special someone and Christmastime).