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What Are My Favourite Christmas Reads?

Best Christmas Reads

One of the things I love about book shops during Christmas is the sheer number of Christmas reads that appear! Some that are true classics and others brand-new. I love getting the chance to sit down on a freezing cold day with a festive book. I’ve gone through the little list I put together over the last few weeks and picked the ones that I would personally read.

I’ve got a mixture of Children’s, YA and Adult Fiction because we all know I’m a big kid! If you’re looking for a new book to gift to someone in your family, hope these help!

The Christmasaurus (Tom Fletcher)

You might have heard of Tom Fletcher before! He’s in the band McFly and the big brother of Carrie Hope Fletcher! I knooow! They’re a talented family! You might also know his wife Giovanna Fletcher who is a well-known author too! A few years ago Tom started writing books. First he wrote ‘The Dinosaur Who Pooped A Planet’ with Dougie Poynter in 2013 and then, 3 years later, he wrote an incredible book called The Christmasaurus!

There are so many reasons why I love this book!

Not only is the main character Will Trundle in a wheelchair, the book is just full of magic that every kid needs to be reminded of at Christmas! Not long ago he even turned The Christmasaurus into a musical which was a massive hit with everyone. It has one of the best songs which is called ‘Afraid of Heights‘! I literally have played it every Christmas since Tom released it in 2017!

Is it too late to make it a Number 1? Haha!

The cover is from the sequel ‘The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch’ and it sounds like it will be just as amazing!

One year has passed since William Trundle’s incredible adventure with the most extraordinary dinosaur: the Christmasaurus. Now, William is swept back to the magical North Pole, where he meets the mysterious, icy Winter Witch – whose power to control time allows Santa Claus to make the long journey all around the world every Christmas Eve. And when they learn that the fate of Christmas itself hangs in the balance, William and the Christmasaurus must work with the Winter Witch to protect it…

Spot’s First Christmas (Eric Hill)

Spot! I hope there are people who remember good old Spot the Dog.

He was one of the very first books I read from as a kid and still vaguely remember reading it which is great for my awful memory! I spotted this when I was in Foyles last Saturday with Ali and it just brought back so memories. It has to be in the Top 2 of festive stories for children. It’s easy to clean so you can’t go wrong with that!

Spot gets to find out about what Christmas trees are, carol singers and Santa Claus! It’s a perfect way to get your little one super excited for Christmas Day with little flaps for them to lift! Even as an adult, I still can’t resist lifting flaps or pressing buttons on noisy books!

The Night I Met Father Christmas (Ben Miller)

This was a book I hadn’t heard about until last month and it really intrigued me.

The front cover was what caught my attention to begin with since it reminded me of Peter Pan a little bit. Maybe it was the magic and the horizon of London which did it! This was illustrated, along with pictures inside, by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini.

The other was the name of the author: Ben Miller! You might not automatically recognise the name but he’s an incredible actor and comedian! He’s half of Armstrong and Miller, started in Death In Paradise and recently been in the P&O Cruises ads!

Jackson knows all about the flying reindeer, he knows about the elves and the secret North Pole workshop, he knows about the magic that allows Father Christmas to deliver presents around the world in just one night, but there’s one thing he doesn’t know … how did Father Christmasbecome Father Christmas?

That all changes when, one Christmas Eve, Jackson meets Father Christmas and hears his incredible story.

So begins an enchanting fairy-tale into a magical snowy landscape, where Torvil, a mean-spirited and miserly elf, is about to discover the true meaning of Christmas. This might not have been the story Jackson was expecting but, as Father Christmas tells him, no good story ever is…

A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)

It wouldn’t be Christmas without A Christmas Carol and hearing about Scrooch’s journey of enlightenment! I read bits of this when I was at school and it took me a while to understand all the language! I didn’t start to get what it was really about until I started seeing the films on it. They’re all pretty freaky but my favourite has to be ‘A Muppet Christmas Carol’ and I watch it every Christmas Eve!

It’s so fun, musical and actually makes the scene with Death a little easier to watch.

There is one version that scared me so much that I had nightmares about it!

Father Christmas (Raymond Briggs)

The other story in my Top 2 for Christmas Reads has to be Father Christmas!

Raymond Briggs has to be the King of British Christmas because he is the creator of ‘The Snowman’. I adore listening to the music from the film even if I was confused at first! Are you sensing a theme here? Haha.

The reason why I love reading (and watching) Father Christmas is because it’s just such a funny take on Santa. He’s not the jolly guy we usually see but a grumpy bloke with a heart of gold. He grumbles about his work and life but gives his pets presents, eats a festive lunch and clearly loves what he does! Mel Smith did the voice for him in the film and it still makes me smile hearing his voice.

The Christmas Stocking and Other Stories (Katie Fforde)

I don’t read a large amount of grown-up books but, when I do, I tend to go for romance novels with humour. My go-tos are usually Lindsey Kelk and Katie Fforde! They have such a great way of story-telling and having you want to know more about their characters!

Katie doesn’t just give us one Christmas story but a bunch of short ones!!

THE CHRISTMAS STOCKING: Romy is all set to join her boyfriend and his family in France for Christmas, though truth be told she isn’t looking forward to it very much. And then she meets Felix – and her plans for the big day suddenly become a lot more interesting.

CANDLELIGHT AT CHRISTMAS: It was meant to be the perfect Christmas – surrounded by friends and family in their beautiful home in the country. But then the lights go out, and Fenella knows she will have to work very hard to keep everyone happy …

THE CHRISTMAS FAIRY: It’s Christmas Eve in Crinan, and a young man is on his own with only his nephew and niece for company. Then Ella arrives. Dressed as a fairy, she is determined to wave her wand and give them all the best Christmas ever.

Letters From Father Christmas (J.R.R Tolkien)

You might know J.R.R Tolkien for his legendary books on Middle-Earth such as Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and more. I’ve added this to my Christmas Reads because it just sounds such a sweet book.

According to the synopsis, all these letters arrived every December for Tolkien’s children and came from Father Christmas. He would talk about his life in the North Pole, how a polar bear climbed the North Pole and fell through his roof and other tales. They would have some illustrations with them with little notes from the polar bear or from one of Santa’s elves!

This reminds me so much of what my mum and dad used to do with me at Christmas and really got me excited for the day! It’s cool to think they did the same all those years ago.

The Nine Lives of Christmas (Florence McNicoll in partnership with Battersea)

The final book on my list is about a cat!

I love cats with a passion and, upon seeing this book, I knew it would automatically be on my festive book list! I never knew that Battersea also looked after cats until I started watching Paul O’Grady’s For The Love of Dogs and we got glimpses.

Just like the saying goes for dogs, a cat is for life not just for Christmas.

It’s Christmas at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and Laura is desperate to find a home for Felicia, a spiky, bad-tempered moggy with a heart of gold. Her boyfriend, Rob, can’t understand why she’s spending so much time at work, but for Laura, the animals aren’t just a job – they’re her life. She needs a partner who understands that – doesn’t she?

As the December snow falls, Laura encounters nine people, all of whom need a little love in their lives and find it in new pets. Everyone needs somebody to curl up with at Christmas, and when the handsome Aaron walks in, he takes not just Felicia, but Laura’s heart too…

What are your favourite festive books to read?

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