The idea of reading books over Christmas might seem unfittingly antisocial, but perhaps that’s the point – especially if parties are cancelled anyway. Maybe you’re a particularly introverted bibliophile. Maybe you’ve exhausted our Christmas film list. Maybe you want an excuse to escape your support bubble. Whatever your situation, books may well be the solution. Besides, Christmas books can also serve to put you in what is commonly known as the ‘festive mood’. In turn, you’ll feel a resurgence of love towards your friends and family that simply cannot exist alongside any angst – it’ll be a Christmas miracle!
In need of a Christmas reading list? We recommend these:
Any respectable Christmas reading list would be incomplete without this novella by Charles Dickens – an utter classic and perhaps the ultimate tale of Christmas redemption.
Truman Capote didn’t only give us the masterful non-fiction novel In Cold Blood and the celebrated novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s. A Christmas Memory is a largely autobiographical short story that recounts his early experiences of Christmas with the utmost sweetness.
We know that this is a children’s book, but it’s still as wonderful as when we first read it (or – to be precise – had it read to us). To be the first person to introduce younger relatives to it would be a privilege.
In both the real world and that of Agatha Christie, violent crime happens throughout the year. It’s fortunate, then, that Hercule Poirot did not request to have Christmas off at any point during Hercule Poirot’s Christmas.
If you’re bored of fiction, Maya Angelou’s collection of poetry might be a welcome alternative to your more typical Christmas books. She recited ‘Amazing Peace’ at the 2005 National Christmas Tree lighting event, having written it specifically for the occasion.