Christmas Reading

The end of November is drawing near, and even all lf the Grinches are soon going to have to accept that the Christmas season has well and truly begun. With the American thanksgiving but days away, everywhere is about to be twinkling with fairy lights and unexplainable amounts of glitter, and I, for one, cannot wait.

Since my last post was about not being able to enjoy reading, I thought that for this post I would take some time to talk about a couple of books that I hope to find myself reading over the Christmas season. It’s going to be a short post, and I really do just mean a couple of books, but I’ll say a little bit about each of them.

Hogfather, Terry Pratchett

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Despite thoroughly enjoying Terry Pratchett’s writing from the couple of works of his that I’d read, I’d never read any of the Discworld books until recently. Hogfather was a book that my partner loved and used to listen to the audiobook of every year at Christmas, so a couple of years ago I bought her a beautiful copy of it and at Christmas she read it aloud to me for the first time, and I fell in love immediately.

Reading Hogfather has now become something I look forward to all year and one of my favourite parts of the Christmas season. If you haven’t read it, then I encourage you to pick it up. You surely don’t need me to tell you what a wonderful writer Terry Pratchett was, but I will tell you that this immediately became one of my all-time favourite books. It’s funny, it’s exciting and thrilling and it’s honestly magical. It’s also not really, truly about Christmas – it’s set at Hogswatch – so if you don’t enjoy Christmas then you can still get into the Hogswatch spirit instead by reading this.

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

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I said during my Victober post that I had never really read any Dickens, and that I was going to save A Christmas Carol for Christmas. It’s still one of my favourite stories – I saw it a few times on stage growing up and I’ve seen countless adaptations of it (my favourite one is the Muppets adaptation because I love Kermit the Frog) and they’re a staple of my Christmas, but despite this I’ve never actually read the book. That’s really weird, because I love reading and don’t really know why I’ve never bothered to pick it up before now.

Since I’ll be reading Hogfather with my partner, A Christmas Carol is going to be my solo-read this season. I haven’t decided yet whether I’ll be reading it on my kindle or splashing out on a lovely copy, but I’m excited nonetheless. I already know that it’s a story I love, and I can’t wait to see if I love the book as much as everything else. I can only imagine that I will.

So those are my Christmas reading plans! Like I said, just a couple, but stories that I love. What are you reading this holiday season? Do you have any staples or are you trying something new?

Until next time, stay cool.

-K

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