The city is turning dark and when you open the window a small gust of wind comes inside and chills you to the bone. Christmas songs are everywhere, on the radio, TV, and even in your head because you heard them earlier somewhere. There’s the smell of cinnamon and traditional cake, bells ringing when you’re trying to put them on the Christmas tree and people discussing your choice of colors for the embellishments on the tree – usually telling you it’s either too many colours or too few. At least for me, all these events are a must for Christmas and are something that Christmas wouldn’t be the same without; but, the thing that reminds me most of Christmas and of childhood is getting up really early in the morning, snooping around the gifts and picking one of the books from there – afterwards I used to sit in a comfy chair and read as much as possible while outside snowed and it was silence.
The habit of reading during Christmas is one of the best things (in my eyes, at least) and there are certain books that for me have a special bond with this time of year, that’s why I decided to make a short list with some of the books I think are appropriate for this time of year and which I think you, my dear readers, will enjoy.
1. THE HOGWARTS LIBRARY by J.K. Rowling – a beautifully packed series that I received last year for Christmas and it couldn’t have come at a better time; you will find here: The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; the design of the cover reminded me of some old books which could be collected as antiques and the content of each one is incredibly fun, especially for those of you who are fans of the Harry Potter series or plan to become one soon. I recommend this series wholeheartedly as it is and interesting and easy read for Christmas! Goodreads link: The Hogwarts Library
2. HARRY POTTER series by J.K. Rowling – I don’t know about you guys, but I spent my childhood waiting for Christmas because that was when I always received my brand new Harry Potter volume – the waiting was tough but every time it was worth it; I still remember the thrill of reading the book while the scent of cinnamon cookies was in the air and snow was sticking to the window. Not to forget about the moment when you reach the Christmas scene in the book – it is priceless, I myself always wanted to go to Hogsmeade that time of the year. If you read it you don’t need a reason to re-read it for Christmas, if you haven’t… what are you waiting for? Goodreads link: Harry Potter
3. HERCULE POIROT’S CHRISTMAS by Agatha Christie – there’s no better way to prep up for the holidays than reading a mystery story. This one revolves precisely around Christmas and “puts your little grey cells” to work. You can always combine the book with the episode from the TV series inspired from this book! Goodreads link: Hercule Poirot’s Christmas
4. A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens – I must confess I am not a very big fan of the classics genre, but there are always some exceptions from this unwritten rule. I particularly chose this book because it is one of the few that also has a moral and discusses the meaning of Christmas – it is a nice reminder that Christmas isn’t about the presents and all this hustle and bustle that is now going on. So if you feel like going back to the old times and being classy again you should totally read this! Goodreads link: A Christmas Carol
5. SHERLOCK HOLMES by Arthur Conan Doyle – well, as I have already mentioned, there’s nothing better for oneself than some mystery before Christmas. I always envisioned Sherlock sitting in his burgundy chair with the pipe in his hand and watching through the window as snow was gently falling and it always gave me a wintry Christmas feeling. That’s why I associate this book with this time of the year and I believe it could be quite fun to read while everybody around you is doing their thing for Christmas. Goodreads link: Sherlock Holmes
6. HOGFATHER by Terry Pratchett – I love Terry Pratchett deeply and I cannot wait to write a full review about one (or hopefully many) of his books and that is one of the reasons I chose this book. I believe it is humorous but at the same time it paints the picture of a different kind of Christmas and of some very serious matters that happen in the Discworld universe. It is also one of those books with a strong moral and again, I think it helps us reconsider the meaning of Christmas for each one of us. You should totally give it a try, I’m sure you will love this one and be tempted to read the rest from this awesome series! Goodreads link: Hogfather
7. THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA by C.S. Lewis – it is always nice to start an imaginary journey like this before Christmas and that’s why I chose this series. It is not too complex but it builds a diverse universe full of interesting creatures and characters and at the same times it discusses meaningful matters in a beautiful way. I believe you will enjoy this light read for Christmas! Goodreads link: The Chronicles of Narnia
Here, dear readers, our list for Christmas ends, or at least for this year! I hope that some of you will be inspired by the choices and will read or re-read some of the awesome books I just presented. Don’t eat too many cookies and I’ll see you soon!
P.S. You can always play in the background an awesome Christmas mix while you read! Here’s a recommendation: Christmas mix