I’m not usually a seasonal reader. Reading a book set in summer during winter, or vice versa, doesn’t bother me at all. So, I never seem to have on my shelves the books deemed appropriate for a specific time of the year. To the best of my knowledge, I currently don’t have one single book on my to-be-read pile that is set during Christmas time. However, I have some on my wish list. I just haven’t bought them yet and, to be honest, don’t know when I will.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Ebenezer Scrooge is haunted by three spirits, who teach him the true meaning of Christmas, in this book by Charles Dickens. Until watching a Doctor Who Christmas special inspired by this story a few years ago, I had no interest in reading it, but I then became quite curious to know more about the source of inspiration for that episode.
Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien
I was introduced to this book by a fellow blogger, but I really can’t remember whom unfortunately. It is a compilation of letters written by J.R.R. Tolkien to his children in which he pretends to be Father Christmas.
Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days by Jeanette Winterson
In all honesty, I have this book by Jeanette Winterson on my wish list due to falling in love with the cover. I haven’t bought it yet but plan to do so in 2018, in order to both read the stories and cook some of the recipes during the next Christmas period.
Murder on Christmas Eve: Classic Mysteries for the Festive Season
I do enjoy reading a good mystery once in a while, so this collection caught my eye. It features ten classic murder mysteries, written by various authors, which I believe have in common being set during Christmas time, as the title suggests.
The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas by Arian Sherine
As an atheist who celebrates Christmas (believe me, it’s not that absurd), I’m quite curious about this collection of essays which promises to be really funny. From what I can gather, this is not supposed to be a rant against religion (thankfully), but a humorous view on our traditions and on how we behave during Christmas time.
All these books could also serve as Christmas gifts. Nevertheless, I chose not to feature them on my post on bookish Christmas gifts ideas, because by the time people had received them, Christmas would have almost come to an end.
Are you a seasonal reader? Which books do you want to read this Christmas? Tell me in the comments!