Christmas Reading | Booklist

Friday, 20 November 2015

Christmas is a great time to snuggle up on the sofa and read a good book or two, so I thought I would share with you all some of my favourite books to read at Christmas time! Some of these books will be some that I own and some that I haven't read yet but like the look of/want to read.

Most of the books mentioned in this list are fantasy. I love fantasy books, and thought that with it being such a magical time of the year, a little extra magic wouldn't do any harm! So grab yourself a cup of hot chocolate and a blanket because this is going to get cozy!

1 - Harry Potter & The Philosophers Stone - J.K Rowling

I know it's not a book solely dedicated to Christmas, but something about this book makes me feel cozy and fuzzy inside. Maybe it's because I have grown up with this book and the rest in the series for most of my childhood, or maybe it's the way that JK Rowling presents Christmas within this book. The reason that I have chosen the first book is because whenever I read it, I feel like I've returned home. I feel like the first book, because it's readers at the time of publication would have been young, feels more magical and full of wonder and the way that the settings, events and world are presented just makes our own world feel like it has a little bit of magic in it too.

2 - The Northern Lights - Phillip Pullman

I read this book in my early teens and really fell in love with the world Pullman had created. It is set in a parellel universe to the one we know and tells the story of a young girl named Lyra who goes on an adventure to the Arctic to save her best friend. This book is filled with fantasy and imagination and is a great read for all ages!

3 - The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe - C.S Lewis

This is a great read for children (and the film is really good too!). But not known by many, this book is actually the second in a series of seven books taking place in the world of Narnia, In this book, the Pevensie children have to save Narnia from the White Witch who has ruled Narnia for 100 years and has forced the land into a deep Winter, and Father Christmas also makes an appearance too! If you have loved the films, you will definitely love the books even more!

4 - A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

This is such a classic Christmas tale! I read this whilst at school (as I think most schools in the UK study this book at some point). Even though the vocabulary used within this book might be a bit confusing for some, it is definitely worth the read and holds a heart warming message about Christmas and the act of giving and generosity. My favourite adaptation f this classic book is The Muppets Christmas Carol starring lots of familiar faces from the Muppets and Michael Caine.

5 - Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - J.R.R Tolkien

Although this book isn't Christmas-y at all, I read it over the Christmas period last year and loved it! I have grown up watching the Lord of the Ring films and now in my late tees have seen the book of the Hobbit been adapted into films, so this book and the rest in the series have been with me for a while and also mean a lot to me. This book is recommended for older readers from about 14 upwards as the story does get quite dark at some points and the sheer magnitude of the story-line can be quite confusing for some (think Game of Thrones story-lines).

6 - The Polar Express - Chris Van Allsburg

Now, I have never read this book, but I loved the film! This is a great red for young children as the book is only 32 pages long and tells of a heart warming story of a young boy who finds a train waiting outside his house one night which takes him to the North Pole. This small book is all about the magic of Christmas and one of my favourite lines from the film, and is also in the book is: "At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I've grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe"

7 - The Snowman - Raymond Briggs

Everyone has seen the beautiful film of The Snowman! Well, why don't you take a look at the book! Although this book consists of pictures and no words, it's illustartions captivate Christmas and is a delight for young readers! 

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