Blogmas 2020 Book Recommendations

Good books to get adults in the Christmas mood!

Welcome to day 3 of Blogmas! So today we’re going to go through some Christmas themed books, maybe something to get you in the mood or something to suggest for your monthly book club. If you’ve read any of these or have any other suggestions let me know! 

A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens

So what’s it about?

Everyone knows what this book is about and if you don’t then watch the muppets Christmas Carol. 

And why I’m recommending it.

This is obviously a classic Christmas tale, I love watching the movies every year and reading the book would just be the perfect way to bring in Christmas. 

Letters from Father Christmas

by J.R.R. Tolkien, Baillie Tolkien (Editor)

So what’s it about?

Can you imagine writing to Father Christmas and actually getting a reply? For more than twenty years, the children of J.R.R. Tolkien received letters from the North Pole – from Father Christmas himself! They told wonderful stories of mischief and disaster, adventures, and battles: how the reindeer got loose and scattered presents all over the place, how the accident-prone Polar Bear climbed the North Pole and fell through the roof of Father Christmas’s house, and many others.

And why I’m recommending it.

I mean do I really have to say much? Can you imagine anything more magical than this book? It just sounds so perfect and it’ll definitely get me in the Christmas spirit. 

The Penguin Book of Christmas Stories: From Hans Christian Andersen to Angela Carter

by Jessica Harrison (editor)

So what’s it about?

This is a collection of the most magical, moving, chilling and surprising Christmas stories from around the world, taking us from frozen Nordic woods to glittering Paris, a New York speakeasy to an English country house, bustling Lagos to midnight mass in Rio, and even outer space.

And why I’m recommending it. 

I love collections of short stories and this is such a mixed bag all bringing you back to the Christmas session. It’s so perfect, each story being different and magical in it’s own way. 

The Gritterman

by Orlando Weeks

So what’s it about?

As the rest of the world sleeps, the Gritterman goes out to work. Through the wind and the snow. Through the blue-black hours when time slips away, he grits the paths and the pavements and the roads. For him, a life without gritting is no life at all… A song for the unsung hero, this is a story about stoicism, dignity and a man leaving behind the work that he loves. It is accompanied by the author’s own illustrations.

And why I’m recommending it.

I love picture books, I collect them in fact, so when I see a beautifully illustrated adult book it makes me so excited. And the story just sounds so emotional. 

Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days

by Jeanette Winterson

So what’s it about?

For years Jeanette Winterson has loved writing a new story at Christmas time and here she brings together twelve of her brilliantly imaginative, funny and bold tales. For the Twelve Days of Christmas—a time of celebration, sharing, and giving—she offers these twelve plus one: a personal story of her own Christmas memories. These tales give the reader a portal into the spirit of the season, where time slows down and magic starts to happen. From trees with mysterious powers to a tinsel baby that talks, philosophical fairies to flying dogs, a haunted house and a disappearing train, Winterson’s innovative stories encompass the childlike and spooky wonder of Christmas. Perfect for reading by the fire with loved ones, or while traveling home for the holidays. Enjoy the season of peace and goodwill, mystery, and a little bit of magic courtesy of one of our most fearless and accomplished writers.

And why I would recommend it. 

It would seem short story collections are the name of the game. But there’s just something so magical about sharing magical memories with someone. 

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