So it seems I accidentally went on hiatus over November… Oops! But today is the first day of Blogmas and I’m off to brave the Christmas Market in Edinburgh so I wanted to make sure I was back, and what better place to start that with one of Steph’s Six For Sunday prompts! As the start of December it’s also the first prompt from a new theme: It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year! So be prepared for a month of Christmasy things!
Books Set At Christmas
There are so many wonderful books that cover Christmas, whether it’s set solely at Christmas or covers a wider timeline that happens to include Christmas. I’ve tried to go for a mix of books I’ve read, and books I’ve still to read. I hope you enjoy my six!
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens. It was first published by Chapman & Hall on 19 December 1843. Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation resulting from a supernatural visit by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim. The book was written and published in early Victorian era Britain, a period when there was strong nostalgia for old Christmas traditions together with the introduction of new customs, such as Christmas trees and greeting cards. Dickens’ sources for the tale appear to be many and varied, but are, principally, the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and various Christmas stories and fairy tales.
I’m starting this week off with a Christmas classic – and a confession; I’ve not actually read this. I have however watched A Muppet’s Christmas Carol and that’s practically the same thing right? I absolutely adore that movie, and one of my reading challenges for 2020 is to read more classic novels so maybe for Blogmas 2020 I’ll bring you a review of this one!
We Met In December by Rosie Curtis
This December, unlucky-in-love Jess is following her dream and moving to Notting Hill. On the first night in her new house-share she meets Alex, the guy in the room next door. They don’t kiss under the mistletoe, but there’s still a spark that leaves Jess imagining how they might spend the year together – never mind the house rule against dating…
But when Jess returns from her Christmas holiday, she finds Alex has started seeing Emma, who lives on the floor above them. Now Jess faces a year of bumping into the man of her dreams – and, apparently, the woman of his.
Jess is determined to move on and spend the year falling in love with London, not Alex – but what if her heart has other ideas?
This one isn’t set specifically at Christmas, however as the title suggests this one does feature December and Christmas, while passing through the year. I was on the blog tour for this one and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s a proper rom-com style book and just perfect for curling up with before watching Love Actually this christmas!
Love, Secret Santa by S. A. Domingo
All I want for Christmas is . . . you! A festive clean teen romance that could melt even Scrooge’s heart!
It’s nearly Christmas, but Angel Green isn’t celebrating – she’s too busy studying for a scholarship exam. On top of that, she’s organising her school’s charity fundraising campaign to help a local hospice. Unfortunately, her fundraising partner is Caspar Johnson: handsome, creative and fun, but TOTALLY unreliable.
Thank goodness for her Secret Santa who keeps leaving her amazing presents, including an intriguing hand-made advent calendar! Angel is dying to find out who her secret admirer is . . .
As they spend time together planning festive events, Angel realises that Caspar has hidden depths – and a secret that he’s hiding behind his easy-going facade. Her advent calendar encourages Angel to take risks and open her heart – but has she left it too late to tell Caspar how she really feels?
I picked this one up the other week when I was looking for some Christmasy bits to read and review for Blogmas. It sounds like a fun read so I’m looking forward to getting to it!
The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher
This is a story about a boy named William Trundle and a dinosaur named the Christmasaurus.
It’s about how they meet one Christmas Eve and have a magical adventure. It’s about friendship and families, sleigh bells and Santa, singing elves and flying reindeer. It’s about discovering your heart’s true desire, and learning that the impossible might just be possible . . .
I feel it’s probably a little bit of a crime that I haven’t read this one yet! I hear many good things about Tom’s books so I’m looking forward to getting a chance to read this one and it’s follow up The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch
Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle
The worst blizzard for fifty years.
Three wintry love stories.
One magical night.
It’s Christmas Eve and Gracetown has been buried by snow. But the weather is more than just an inconvenience. When one girl unexpectedly steps off a stranded train, she sets off a series of life-changing events.
Soon fourteen pumped-up cheerleaders will descend on the local Waffle House, the Duke’s DVD night will be rudely interrupted for a Twister mission, and a lovesick barista will determine the fate of a single teacup pig …
As the three stories collide, strangers cross paths and romance blossoms with heart-warming consequences.
I picked this one up last year so I could actually review something Christmasy for Blogmas! The three short stories make for an enjoyable read alongside a big mug of hot chocolate! It’s recently been adapted a netflix film so I might have to give that a watch this year!
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
One winter’s night, a snowman comes to life and an unforgettable adventure begins. Raymond Briggs’ favourite classic is a true piece of Christmas magic – narrated entirely through pictures, it captures the wonder and innocence of childhood and is now recognised throughout the world.
How could any list of Christmasy books not include this absolute classic! The original may not contain any words (although I think some of the later film tie in versions do) this book was such a part of my childhood Christmases. The film also played a large part naturally! I’m still not sure I’m completely over the ending…
I’m going to give a bonus mention to The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg, I absolutely adored this book as a child, discovering what was in each of the envelopes, it was magical!
They were my #SixforSunday! If you’ve taken part leave a link to your post below and I’ll be sure to check it out!