Its that time of the year again where everything feels merry and cozy. Where you scramble to buy gifts and start decorating and where theres no guilt in indulging in lots of hot cocoa and plum cakes. Haha. Am not guilty of all these but I do like indulging here and there. I have been meaning to read the following books for christmas but I haven’t had the time! I took one week to finish my last book and so by the time I review these books Christmas would be over! Nevertheless these are the five books I have picked to read for Christmas this year. I do not specialise in such genres as my patience is low but I scouted the entire internet just so that I could bring these recommendations to you. I will try posting the reviews if possible but for now these are what I recommend!
Seven Days Of Us by Francesca Hornak
Family is very important to me, though I don’t know if am any good at been one but I try. So like every other festival, Christmas too is a time to be with your family – the good, the bad and the Ugly. Hence I picked this book which is all about surviving with your family when you come home for a break. Heres the blurb:
It’s Christmas, and the Birch family is gathering for the first time in years. Emma is elated at having everybody under one roof, but her oldest child, Olivia, is only home because she has nowhere else to go. She’s just returned from treating an epidemic abroad and must stay in quarantine for a week – and so too should her family. For the next seven days, no one can leave the house and no one can enter. It doesn’t sound too hard. But a week with your nearest and dearest can feel like an eternity, especially when they’re all harbouring secrets. One of whom is about to come knocking at their door…
Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor, Heather Webb
There’s something nostalgic about Christmas – a time gone by but that keeps returning for new experiences. But Christmas is about spreading love too and one such story is set during World War I. Lovers apart and spending time yearning for the other. There’s something elegant in such stories that I really like and hence this is my second pick. Mini blurb here:
August 1914. England is at war. As Evie Elliott watches her brother, Will, and his best friend, Thomas Harding, depart for the front, she believes—as everyone does—that it will be over by Christmas, when the trio plan to celebrate the holiday among the romantic cafes of Paris. But as history tells us, it all happened so differently…
Evie and Thomas experience a very different war. Frustrated by life as a privileged young lady, Evie longs to play a greater part in the conflict—but how?—and as Thomas struggles with the unimaginable realities of war he also faces personal battles back home where War Office regulations on press reporting cause trouble at his father’s newspaper business. Through their letters, Evie and Thomas share their greatest hopes and fears—and grow ever fonder from afar. Can love flourish amid the horror of the First World War, or will fate intervene?
Christmas 1968. With failing health, Thomas returns to Paris—a cherished packet of letters in hand—determined to lay to rest the ghosts of his past. But one final letter is waiting for him…
Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
Not everything about christmas has to be so poignant, it can be light hearted and fun too which is what it is all about. I have to admit I have seen the movie based on the same book and that’s why this was an easy choice when I decided to pick my Christmas recommendations. Its a light hearted comedy which can leave a smile on your face. Heres the mini blurb:
Luther and Nora Krank are fed up with the chaos of Christmas. The endless shopping lists, the frenzied dashes through the mall, the hassle of decorating the tree… where has all the joy gone? This year, celebrating seems like too much effort. With their only child off in Peru, they decide that just this once, they’ll skip the holidays. They spend their Christmas budget on a Caribbean cruise set to sail on December 25, and happily settle in for a restful holiday season free of rooftop snowmen and festive parties. But the Kranks soon learn that their vacation from Christmas isn’t much of a vacation at all, and that skipping the holidays has consequences they didn’t bargain for…
A modern Christmas classic, Skipping Christmas is a charming and hilarious look at the mayhem and madness that have become ingrained in our holiday tradition.
A Christmas Promise by Mary Balogh
There cannot be a list complete without a true blue romance. But this one is more about two people discovering each other in the backdrop of christmas. I wanted to read something that will make your heart flutter cause Christmas is a time to make your heart go all mushy inside. Heres the mini blurb:
Weddings are supposed to be joyous occasions—especially when a couple seems as well matched as Randolph Pierce, Earl of Falloden, and his bride-to-be, Eleanor Transome. Ellie brings to the marriage a vast dowry, while Falloden, though distant, is handsome, tremendously desirable, and possessed of a title most young ladies can only dream of sharing. Yet Ellie is not most young ladies. She knows that she must honor her dear father’s dying wish for her to wed the proud earl, but she dreads a lifetime in a union without love—and how can Falloden claim to love her when he married her only for her fortune? As Christmas descends upon the Falloden manor, the warmth of the season may yet melt away the trappings of duty and wealth, leaving behind only a man and a woman destined for each other’s arms.
The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen
Of course Mystery and Christmas is a good mix too. I didn’t want to include anything gory or frightening during such a merry time and hence decided to go for a cozy mystery which I think can still satisfy any mystery lover. Its always good to put on your detective hat, even for Christmas! Heres the mini blurb:
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me – well, actually, my true love, Darcy O’Mara, is spending a feliz navidad tramping around South America. Meanwhile Mummy is holed up in a tiny village called Tiddleton-under-Lovey with that droll Noel Coward! And I’m snowed in at Castle Rannoch with my bumbling brother, Binky, and sourpuss sister-in-law, Fig.
So it’s a miracle when I contrive to land a position as hostess to a posh holiday party in Tiddleton. The village is like something out of A Christmas Carol! But no sooner have I arrived than a neighbourhood nuisance, a fellow named Freddie, falls out of a tree dead. On my second day, another so-called accident results in a death – and there’s yet another on my third. Perhaps a recent prison break could have something to do with it?that, or a long-standing witch’s curse. But after Darcy shows up beneath the mistletoe, anything could be possible in this wicked wonderland.
Have you read any of these? If so what did you think? I am sure you will find something in this list that suits your taste for it sure does mine! What books are you planning to read for the holiday season? Be sure to share!