Books to Read during Christmas

If you’re an enthusiastic reader of Christmas books, this post is probably not going to be particularly useful to you. You’re certainly already familiar with the most celebrated ones. However, if you, like me, only rarely read books set around this time of the year, I have four book recommendations that may turn you into a seasonal reader in the blink of an eye. From novels to short stories and novellas, these books will either get you into the Christmas spirit or make you think about those whose Christmas is not being as joyful as it used to be. You just need to get under your blanket and get cosy!

 

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Probably the most famous book about the season, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is a short book that explores the true essence of this time of the year. The main character, Scrooge, is a bitter man. In order to teach him about compassion, the spirit of his former business partner, Marley, guides him through Christmas past, present and future.

 

Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days by Jeanette Winterson

Jeanette Winterson’s book presents twelve short stories that are interspersed with recipes connected with a personal experience. They are all related to Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Various of the stories feature magical and supernatural elements. While some are astoundingly atmospheric, others shine because of their believable characters.

 

Winter by Ali Smith

Told from the perspectives of Sophie and her son Art, Winter by Ali Smith is one of the books in the Seasonal Quartet that I liked the most. It explores how different perspectives about the world we live in can cause conflicts within families. Art was supposed to take his former partner, Charlotte, to spend Christmas at his mother’s house. However, since she broke up with him, he decided to pay a young woman to go with him instead. The plot may not be stupendous, but the characters make this book almost always absorbing.

 

The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter

Although The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter is not set around Christmas time in its entirety, the scene that takes place during this period of the year deserves to be read by many. When the parents of the main character, Melanie, died, she and her two siblings had to move in with uncle Philip, their mother’s brother, who is a toymaker in London and nothing more than a brute. While at his house, their Christmas day is completely different to what they were used to. But that is just one of the many challenges that Melanie has to face in this coming-of-age novel, which also delves into her sexual awakening.

 

Which books set around Christmas time do you recommend? Tell me in the comments!

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