It’s December first, which means the first day of Advent (yassss chocolate!) and the first day of Blogmas. I’ve never done Blogmas before, but decided to do it this year because it sounds like a lot of fun, and I wanted the challenge of posting every day for 24 days.
The posts I have planned will be a combination of my usual reviews, tags, and weekly features, with some festive Christmas posts added into the mix. I thought I’d kick things off with two posts today: my usual Friday 56 feature, and this post about festive reads.
I’m not usually a seasonal reader; I’ll read summery books in winter and wintery books in spring, but there is something cosy about reading festive books in December. These are just a few books I’ve rounded up because they fit the Christmas vibe.
The Book Thief
The Book Thief isn’t necessarily a Christmas-themed book, but it’s cosy and heart-warming and a joy to read at this time of year.
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
The ice and snow when we first reach Narnia always makes me feel wintry when I read this, and the message of good triumphing over evil is perfect for Christmas.
Harry Potter seems to have become a lot of people’s go-to read for the Christmas period. It’s a comforting, family-orientated read about friendship and courage, and I can completely understand why people choose to snuggle up with it in December.
Snow Like Ashes
Set in a world where the seasons are not just time periods, but different areas of the kingdom, Snow Like Ashes is an ideal festive read; it has snow, cold, and magic in wonderful excess.
A Christmas Carol
Perhaps the most famous of them all, A Christmas Carol is arguably the original Christmas story. It’s dark, it’s twisty, and doesn’t have an altogether happy ending, but the moral of the story is one that we associate with Christmas: be generous and kind to others and their kindness will shine back on you.
Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares
Set in the Christmas period, this is a cute, wintry romance about two people who meet and communicate though a notebook they find in a bookstore. It’s an enjoyable read to warm up your cold days.
A Shiver of Snow and Sky
As another snowy adventure, this time about stars and monsters, A Shiver of Snow and Sky is a cacophony of dark and light that will make for a fun Christmas read.
The Night Circus
The magic of the Night Circus makes it perfect for any time of year, but the costumes, fire displays, and enchantments will sweep you away splendidly.
What are some of your most festive reads? Are there books you always re-read during the Christmas period? Let me know!