RECOMMENDING CHRISTMAS READS

Okay, so I’m not exactly a Grinch (giving presents is the most fun a gal can have!) but I am also not the most positive about Christmas each year, so I thought for 2018 I would try my hardest to get into the Xmas spirit! In the past couple of months I have been reading a bunch of Christmas books and today I’m going to recommend a bunch of them to you!

I tried to read books for all ages, and with different storylines and ideas so I could recommend all different types of books to you! There are middle-grade/childrens – Adult recommendations, so hopefully, you guys will find this helpful! PS. I write this post in bullet points so that I can try and mention as many things as possible about each book!

Click on the covers to go to the Goodreads pages!

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The Christmasaurus

THE CHRISTMASAURUS

  • Fun illustrations!
  • Really easy to read – I recommend as something to read to or with kids because it’s a fun story for younglings!
  • The book is printed with different fonts which, visually makes it more of a fun experience to read!
  • Fun and easy for little kids
  • Rep: Mc has a wheelchair, Single parent
  • TW: Bullying, Death of a parent

A Christmas Carol

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

  • It’s a classic!
  • It really showed me that I am more of a Grinch than a Scrooge.ย I thought I was going to relate to Scrooge but holy hell I was wrong.
  • Interesting story – it was cool to see the original story that so many Christmas adaptations are based on.
  • I ended up reading it in a few hours and I think that’s the best way to read it. Sit down, grab a drink and read it in one sitting, it’s totally worth it!
  • You could definitely read it to a child over a night or two but there might be a word or two you may have to explain.

The Afterlife of Holly Chase

THE AFTERLIFE OF HOLLY CHASE

  • A really quick and easy read – I finished it in two days!
  • A really cool twist on A Christmas Carol (seriously, it’s such aย  brilliant idea)
  • Definitely re-readable
  • A Christmas Carol & Monsters Inc. vibes
  • A morally grey main character
  • A fun YA Christmas read, good for bus trips because the writing is so easy to read.
  • TW: Death

A Boy Called Christmas

A BOY CALLED CHRISTMAS

  • Super easy to read! & Good for all ages
  • A bit more complex (plot, themes) than The Christmasaurus
  • Feels a bit more like Roald Dahl, a darker tone and contentย (lack of food/money, child abuse – not from a parent)
  • Different time period 19th century
  • A different twist on the Santa aspect of Xmas
  • Rep: Single parent
  • TW: Death of a parent, Child abuse, Starvation

Hogfather (Discworld, #20)

HOGFATHER

  • Honestly, this book was so much fun and now I need to go and read everything by Terry Pratchett (who apparently is a man, what???)
  • It’s part of a series but you can read this as a standalone. I haven’t read anything else in the series before and I understood everything just fine!
  • This is adult, and a darker kind of tale – it’s literally Death trying to be Santa Clause and I love it.
  • There are footnotes but they’re not very common throughout the book, the audio is really good about reading them as soon as they’re relevant.
  • Reading this has made me want to go back and read all of the other books in this series and I’m so excited about it

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS

  • Kinda overhyped – might be more fun to read this and then watch the movie
  • The rhyming might be more fun with a kid
  • It’s got that fun nostalgia if you read this as a kid, but I never did so honestly I was just reading it so I knew what to expect from the movie.
  • As an adult, I wasn’t fussed on this one, but I can see why so many kids love this!

Letters from Father Christmas

LETTERS FROM FATHER CHRISTMAS

  • This story is told in letters, it’s definitely a quick read
  • A fun audiobook with dual narration
  • letters – quick to read
  • Really interesting and different illustrations which made it pretty fun
  • Interesting interactions between Santa and a Polar Bear
  • Not suitable for children that still believe in Santa (the letters are written by Tolkien to his kids, pretending to be Santa) – make that decision yourself but itย might not be interesting to kids tbh.

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ARE ANY OF THESE ON YOUR TBR?

DO YOU LIKE HOLIDAY READS?

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15 thoughts on “RECOMMENDING CHRISTMAS READS

    1. If you liked A Christmas Carol I recommend The Afterlife of Holly Chase, it’s a really unique twist on the classic!
      Letters From Father Christmas is a really fun audiobook, I hope you enjoy it!

      Happy holidays! โค

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  1. Really great list of books! ๐ŸŽ„ I loove A Christmas Carol and Holly Chase, the latter is such a great retelling, it really captivated me the first time I read it ๐Ÿ˜ A Boy Called Christmas looks like a nice read too, so I might check that out ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you! โค They are so much fun and reading Holly Chase just after A Christmas Carol was such a good experience! I’ll definitely be re-reading it next year!

      A Boy Called Christmas is a really cool twist on the origns of Santa. I think it’s a trilogy of standalones so hopefully you’ll find some fun Christmas reads!

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