Christmassy Books on My Wish List

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 to read 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 who, unfortunately. It is a compilation of letters written by J.R.R. Tolkien to his children in which he pretends to be Father Christmas. Continue reading

Bookish Christmas Gifts Ideas

Christmas is coming, and I thought some of you may be in need of some ideas for bookish gifts to either offer your dear ones or to ask Santa Claus for. Expect not only books but also other items which are in one way or another connected with them. Some of them I own, while others are on my wish list. Not that I expect many book related gifts, as nowadays people offer me other things, since they are not sure about which books I already own.

 

Books

A book with a beautiful cover is always a fantastic idea for a Christmas gift. Even if the person already owns that book, it may not be in particular stunning edition. For Jane Austen lovers, I hugely recommend the Vintage Classics Austen Series. I have Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey in these editions, but you can get all of her main novels wrapped up in gorgeous covers with French flaps.

But if you don’t know anyone who is a Jane Austen fan (which I doubt), you may have a friend who loves Russian classics. The Vintage Classics Russian Series features many books I’m also looking forward to reading and that may appeal to many people. Anna Karenina and War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky and The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov are some of the books in this series. Continue reading

Favourite Films to Watch During Christmas Time

Christmas is the perfect time to curl up on the sofa with a blanket and watch great films while eating tasty food. I’m not a big fan of films like Elf or Grinch. In fact, some of my favourite films to watch during this time of the year are not necessarily even set during Christmas time. I prefer the ones that either remind me of my childhood or that used to be broadcast on TV during this time period so often that I started to associate them with Christmas.

Disney films are always a must for me during Christmas, as none are better to take us back to our childhood days. In Portugal, Christmas Eve is the most important day of the celebrations. Families gather to have dinner and spend time together until midnight, when the presents are open. So, films aimed at younger audiences are broadcast usually on almost all TV channels. This is why I always watch one or two Disney films around Christmas. My favourites are The Little Mermaid and The Lion King.

Other films that scream Christmas for me are the Harry Potter ones. I’m not even sure why. Were they released during Christmas? Maybe it is because I associate magic and fantasy elements with Christmas, and they are all great to watch with the family too. Continue reading