The weather outside is frightful, and so, it is the perfect time of year for losing yourself in the pages of a book. Whether you are looking for a classic you can return to on a yearly basis or a book of short stories to warm your heart I have some recommendations that are perfect for the Christmas season.
My True Love Gave to Me Edited by Stephanie Perkins
My True Love Gave to Me is a book of short stories by popular young adult authors including but not limited to: Laini Taylor, Holly Black, Rainbow Rowell, David Leviathan, and many others. These stories are all based around the winter season and are not limited to a Christmas theme. Each story is wonderfully written and feels like a complete story within itself.
There is a mix of contemporary and fantasy and plenty of romance to keep you warm in the cold.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
This book is well known to be a Christmas classic. It is a well beloved story that is guaranteed to make you think about how you are treating those around you at this time of year.
Ebenezer Scrooge is a wicked old miser who is miserable despite his wealth. Christmas eve a ghostly apparition arrives in his bedroom to tell him that three further ghosts will arrive show him how his selfishness has affected those around him.
This is a very short novel and is perfect for both those who are familiar with the story as well as those who have always wondered at the meaning of a scrooge.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
What better story for the Christmas season than a book set in a land trapped in an eternal winter?
This is one of the first Narnia stories. Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are children evacuated from their home in London during World War Two. They are bored and longing for home. During a game of hide and seek one of the children make an unlikely discovery in the back of a wardrobe. This discovery will lead them to places beyond their wildest dreams, to a land of magic and danger where they must learn what it is to be courageous and briefly meet a jolly man in a red suit. This is a story perfect for children and adults of all ages.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
This story focuses on family and what it means to be generous. Though not specifically a Christmas book Christmas is a central theme and time within the story.
The March sisters Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy live with their mother. Their father is away at war and they have recently had to learn to live with less money. The girls learn what is truly important in family and in life as they experience many mishaps and develop friendships.
This novel is a perfect choice for remembering the importance of family at Christmas.