Happy Tuesday to you all. The countdown to Christmas is well on its way and what is Christmas without books? There are books for every occasion and there is nothing more festive than tucking into a book to get your holiday spirit going. Now, I’m choosing to spotlight books I’ve read that might not be conventional Christmas books, but are atmospheric for the winter.
1. Beartown by Fredrik Backman: My current read and I am 99% certain that this book will be a 5-star read and make me an emotional wreck. Now, Beartown does not take place over Christmas, but it does focus on a Swedish small-town dynamic, ice hockey, and sports culture. These elements combined offer an air of foreboding and tension, but it’s also a perfect combination for a wintery book.
2. My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins: This anthology is the perfect book to read over Christmas. A collection of short Christmasy stories that are guaranteed to get you in that festive spirits. Naturally, with any anthology, you are bound to get a mixed bag of stories, but with contributions from Stephanie Perkins and Laini Taylor, there is something for everyone in this collection.
3. Coming in From the Cold by Sarina Bowen: This is not Sarina Bowen’s strongest book, but if you’re looking for passionate romance in a snowstorm, this is the book for you. It’s not a long book and one that can easily be devoured.
4. Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan: The concept of this book is adorable, with this book of dares taking Dash and Lily all over New York City, a city that embraces the holiday festivities like no other. It’s adorable, hilarious, and just the book to get you swooning.
5. Half a King by Joe Abercrombie: A highly unconventional book to read this Christmas, but one that is perfect for readers looking to dive into a harsh fantasy world. Half a King is brutal, it’s cold, and while it won’t give you warm and fuzzy feels, it does serve as a reminder of the brutal conditions winter can bring. It’s a brilliant fantasy, one that should not be dismissed.
What are some of your favourite Christmas books?