December 7th

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Today I’m going to share with you my favourite Christmas books. I like to read short books over the Christmas period. They’re all Children’s or Young Adult books actually, but that suits me fine.

A new one to this year is Another Night Before Christmas by Carol Ann Duffy and illustrated by Rob Ryan.

I was drawn to this book because I love Rob Ryan’s paper cutting work. I have his calendar this year and intend to get next year’s too. The words he puts in his work are sometimes a bit odd but often so moving and inspirational – I recommend you check his work out. Anyway, this book was described as an updated version on The Night Before Christmas. I saw it discounted on amazon so bought it for just a few pounds. It’s an adorable take on a familiar story written by the 2009 appointed Poet Laureate. If you get the chance to read it then do.

The next is The Smelly Sprout by Allan Plenderleith. I came across this book whilst browsing the book shop one day and read it as I stood there. It’s such a cute tale that I had to buy it. It comes off the shelf every year. I have a soft spot for sprouts.

The last is a book I mentioned in a previous post, that I read every year. It’s not a cute or an easy book to read. It’s a deep thinking, thought-provoking and sometimes very sad book. It evokes the feelings of Christmas and reminds you to count your blessings. It feels snowy and magical, yet deeply emotional all at once. Through a Glass Darkly by Jostein Gaarder isn’t a walk in the park but it’s not a difficult book to read. If you’re familiar with Gaarder’s other books (Sophie’s World, The Solitaire Mystery) you’ll know what I mean. If you can, pick it up. It’s a beautiful book that remains just as beautiful with every read.

So those are my Christmas book choices, but I’m willing to add to the collection. Do you have any books that you like to read every Christmas?

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