In the upcoming weeks of Christmas I’m planning to read as much as possible, I want to truly relax as this year ends and allow myself to recharge my batteries for the year ahead. So once I’ve got all my shopping done and presents wrapped I’m going to curl up under a blanket with a good book and a mince pie and while away a few hours.
My current reading plans include festive reads, old favourites and new worlds to discover.
Festive Reads: These are the books that make me feel all Christmassy and happy and surrounded in a giant Christmas hug.
A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig – I fell in love with this one last year and I have plans to reread it before the end of the year. Both the story and the accompanying illustrations are wonderful and fill me, as the reader, with all the festive cheer. I’m also hoping that Santa Claus adds the sequel to my stocking this year.
Twas the Night Before Christmas – I don’t know who the original author of this poem is, however it’s a firm favourite on Christmas Eve to help get me into the Christmas spirit. Not that I need any help, but if I did, then this is the one.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – The only Dickens book, other than Great Expectations, that I have read. I always love the idea of reading this each Christmas, but I never get around to it. 2016 is going to be the year.
Old Favourites: for when you want the familiar worlds to wash over you like a warm comfort blanket. Or in the words of Louisa M Alcott…
‘Some books are so familiar that reading them is like being home again‘
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling – My favourite of the Potter books and one that I like to read at least once a year.
Little Woman by Louisa M. Alcott – This book, or in fact the whole series, is such a comforting read but I’ve not read it for awhile and I want to change that this month.
New Reads: these are the books that I’ve been saving to read at this time of year. The ones that are too heavy to lug around on my commute, or that I’ve received as Christmas presents, or the ones I’ve saved so that I can savour every word in one sitting.
Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda – I can’t wait for this show to be in London, until that happens I will feed my Hamilton addiction by listening to the music and reading this book.
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult – I have the hardback version of this one from an event I went to at the end of November, but it’s just too heavy for my train journey. So I’m saving it for my Christmas break. Once I get into one of Picoult’s books I get engrossed and end up finishing it super fast.
Ctrl, Alt, Delete How I grew Up Online by Emma Gannon – I borrowed this from Fi yonks ago but haven’t actually gotten around to reading it. But I’ve now listened to a few of Gannon’s podcasts and so the time feels right to get reading the book.
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – The second and final book in the Six of Crows series. This is on my Christmas list, and I’ve stopped myself from buying it so many times over the last few months so here’s hoping it ends up under my Christmas tree this year.
The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig – As mentioned above I really really hope this one makes it’s way to me this year.
What are you planning to read this festive season. Do you have any favourites that you always re-read at Christmas?
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