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!
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
It’s a classic!
It really showed me that I am more of a Grinch than a Scrooge. 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
A really quick and easy read – I finished it in two days!
A really cool twist on A Christmas Carol (seriously, it’s such a brilliant idea)
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.
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 content (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
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
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
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 it might not be interesting to kids tbh.