December is one of my favourite times to read. Never mind summer sun loungers, sprawled out desperately trying to keep your book balanced on your boob shelf, whilst simultaneously not blocking out the sun. Never mind autumnal picnics, battling the elements of wind, rain and those pesky little runaway ants. Christmas is one of the best times to get stuck into a book, curl up with a novel, plough through your favourite tomb or even flick through that TOWIE autobiography you were given last year as a joke.
With so much to do this time of year, it’s so important to carve out a little portion of time for yourself, just to relax and de-stress for a while, and snuggling up with a good book is such a great way to escape the Christmas chaos. So here are my favourite reads to pick up this holiday season!
The Girl On The Train – Paula Hawkins
This is a book I could not stop reading earlier on in the year. The writing sucks you in and you feel so completely drawn to the characters that every bump and twist of the story feels real. Telling the story of lost soul Rachel, who takes the same train to London and back every day, as she spots something on a rooftop that changes her life completely. Although the less said about the film version of this book the better (New York? Really? I’m heartbroken), it’s one of those books you just don’t stop thinking about. You’re walking round the supermarket wondering about it – who killed her? Why? How did they do it? You’ll be lying awake in bed mulling it all over, you’ll be glazed over at the dinner table dreaming of these lives that have never even existed.
And if that doesn’t sum up a seriously good book, then I don’t know what will.
Harry Potter – J.K Rowling
We all know the Harry Potter films will be filling up our TV schedules this Christmas, so why not let the books fill up our fingers as well. There’s something strangely festive about Harry Potter – whether it’s the enchanted castle, the cutesy Weasley jumpers, the glittery candles of the Great Hall or that magical escapism that makes you want to pick up a wand. If you’ve never read the books (don’t worry, you’re not alone – more and more generations are being born without HP in their lives, it’s ok) this is the perfect time to get started…and perhaps even inspire those you love of some particularly magic themed Christmas gifts this year?
And if you have, sit down, snuggle up, and relive the magic – just in time for the film to start this evening.
Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles – Arthur Conan Doyle
Much like Harry Potter, the screen equivalent of this franchise will be popping back onto our screens this December, so why not get back into the Sherlockian spirit with a good old classic Holmes re-read. If the modern festive world is getting just a little bit too much for you, then take a trip far back to Victorian England, and far away to the dark moors of Dartmoor and escape. Many of us have never even read the original version of the televised Sherlock episode, so why not take a chance on some good old Conan Doyle this Christmas?
After You – Jojo Moyles
If, like me, you were one of the lucky few to fall in love with Jo Moyles’ completely beautiful book ‘Me Before You’ this year then wait no further – the sequel is ready. Whilst not completely capturing the charm and quirky sweetness of the first book, this is a much grittier and more realistic page-turner, yet still as addictive and moving as the first. For a little bit of down-to-earth drama and Bridget Jones-esque calamities, this is an incredibly powerful book to curl up with this winter, but one that will definitely tempt you to stay inside and read to the end. Grab the tissues, the hot chocolates and the cosiest blanket you can find (and perhaps a private room…unlike the innocence of the first book, After You seems to get hotter and hotter with every chapter you read) and enjoy.
Twelve Days of Christmas – Debbie Macomber
And finally, a book no festive-fan should ever go without reading. Following the story of a blogger chronicling her attempts to befriend her grumpy next door neighbour before Christmas, it’s a light, fun book with enough warm hearted energy to keep you giggling until the New Year. If the dark dramas of 2016 are topics you want to escape from this Christmas, this is the perfect book for you. This is definitely best consumed with a cheeky glass of wine, cosy pjs and your favourite festive playlist on the go. I’m only halfway through at the moment, but oh boy am I loving it so far!
So if picking up a new book to get your teeth into is top of your to-do list this week, I hope my recommendations have helped!
Have a fantastic day, and see you tomorrow for Blogmas Day 7!