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!
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- 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
- 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)
- 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
- 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.