Perfect Christmas reads

Christmas is my favourite time of the year – the music, the movies, the decorations and of course, the books. There’s nothing better than a heartwarming, cosy story to get you in the festive spirit, so I thought I’d share some of my seasonal favourites.

Christmas at the Beachhut – Veronica Henry
Veronica Henry is hands down one of my favourite romance authors ever. I read one of her books, How to Fall in Love in a Bookshop, a couple of years ago and I’ve loved her ever since. It’s chick-lit at its absolute best! Christmas at the Beachhut is a brilliant story about how everyday life and pressures can get in the way of what’s truly important at Christmas – spending time with loved ones. Definitely one to warm the cockles!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Dr Seuss
This is my favourite childhood Christmas book. I’ve always been an avid reader, which I think comes from my mum reading to me as a youngster. Dr Seuss was one of her favourites, so nothing screams December to me more than The Grinch. Christmas just isn’t Christmas until I’ve read the book and watched the film. It’s also great to be able to watch a film adaptation that doesn’t ruin a book I love – hallelujah!

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
I actually read Eleanor Oliphant at Christmas time last year and fell completely and utterly in love with the story. Honeyman’s novel is extremely hard-hitting, tackling core issues such as social isolation and mental health, while also being completely heartwarming and an absolute joy to read. It’s an exquisite novel at any time of year, but I’ve labelled it as a Christmas read simply because that’s when I read it, so it’ll always remind me of this time. Plus, the novel is about bringing people together, just like Christmas.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis
Another classic choice. I received the Chronicles of Narnia book set as a Christmas present from my Grandma when I was really young and always love to revisit the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, (by page, not by screen!) There’s something so magical about the series – it’s always been completely iconic for me and I can’t wait to share it with my own children one day.

Jenny Colgan – Christmas at the Little Beach Street Bakery
I’ve just started reading this after receiving it in a book swap with a friend earlier this year. I’m only part way through but already thoroughly enjoying the story. It’s light-hearted, fun and very festive. It’s also the first book I’ve read by Jenny Colgan and I’ll definitely be keen to pick up some more of her work in the future.

What’s on your reading list for this December? I’d love to hear some of your recommendations.

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