Once I’ve finished one of my current books (Howard’s End) I’ll be starting my Christmas reads. I usually just read A Christmas Carol but this year I have more to add to my reading list:
Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan
It’s Christmas in the Cornish coastal village of Mount Polbearne – a time for family, friends and feasting.
Polly Waterford loves running the Little Beach Street Bakery. She’s at her happiest when she’s creating delicious treats and the festive season always inspires her to bake and knead something extra special for the village residents. In fact, the only thing she loves more than her bakery is curling up with her gorgeous boyfriend, Huckle. She’s determined that this Christmas is going to be their best one yet, but life doesn’t always work out as planned…
When Polly’s best friend Kerensa turns up with a secret that threatens the life Polly and Huckle have built together, the future begins to look uncertain. And then a face from Polly’s past reappears and things become even more complicated. Polly can usually find solace in baking but she has a feeling that’s not going to be enough this time. Can she get things back on track so that everyone has a merry Christmas?
This is the third book featuring Polly and her puffin Neil. I loved the other books set at Little Beach Street, they’re lighthearted stories with a bit of drama and an amazing setting off the Cornish coast at Mount Polbearne/St Micheal’s Mount. I have been looking forward to reading this next instalment, I’ve missed the characters, it’s going to be one of those feel-good books that is perfect for this dark (weather wise) time of year. I don’t often read books like this but it’s a balm sometimes. I know I have quite a few books on the go but I usually read these ones very quickly because I can’t put them down.
Hogfather by Terry Prachett
It’s the night before Hogswatch. And it’s too quiet.
Where is the big jolly fat man? There are those who believe and those who don’t, but either way it’s not right to find Death creeping down chimneys and trying to say Ho Ho Ho. Superstition makes things work in Discworld, and undermining it can have Consequences, particularly on the last night of the year when the time is turning. Susan the gothic governess has got to sort everything out by morning, otherwise there won’t be a morning. Ever again…
The 20th Discworld novel is a festive feast of darkness and Death (but with jolly robins and tinsel too). As they say: ‘You’d better watch out…
I’m hoping to start this book first, I’ve tried reading it before and you may think I’m mad for trying again but sometimes when I try a book for the second time I get into it. I still haven’t watched the tv series but I might. I read one Terry Prachett and enjoyed it but haven’t managed to get into any others. So I may end up giving up this book but I will try it again.
Ghost Of Christmas Past and Other Festive Tales by Sam Kates
Four festive tales of the supernatural, apocalyptic and blood-sucking variety—an antidote for anyone who occasionally finds Christmas overly sentimental or commercialised and likes to escape to somewhere darker.
In Ghosts of Christmas Past, a newly-wed couple spend every Christmas in the same remote country cottage. It’s their ‘thing’ and they’re not about to let tragedy get in the way.
In I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, a small boy creeps downstairs to see his mother in the embrace of a crimson-robed stranger. But Jake’s not convinced: since when did Santa have long teeth and red, glinting eyes?
In Rottin’ Around the Christmas Tree, Nia decorates the tree while her parents look on. But this is not just another Christmas—it is the time of The Cleansing, the time when family life and the world as we know it are ending.
In Christmas ‘Midst the Zombie Apocalypse, two survivors sit out winter on the edge of an overrun city. Their efforts to enjoy Christmas Day as normally as possible turn out to be a mistake; a potentially fatal one.
I’ve always wanted to read Christmas horror stories and when I found out an author I liked had one I had to put it on my reading list. I’ve read and enjoyed The Cleansing which is book one of a trilogy (one I haven’t finished) so I know that this is going to be good.
This time of year just seems like the time to read Dickens, last year I bought a copy of Complete Ghost Stories which has Christmas themed stories including A Christmas Carol. I don’t think I’ll get around to reading the entire book but I have to read A Christmas Carol, it’s become a tradition (sorry to admit but I have to watch the Muppets’ version every Christmas eve for the song- ‘one more sleep ’til Christmas’). I did have another Dickens book of stories but they’re very obscure and I couldn’t finish them, its’ hidden in my pile of books somewhere.
I don’t actually remember if I have a physical copy of A Christmas Carol, this is how bad my pile of books is, I’ve forgotten what I have and I’m trying not to have a blind panic and go through my stacks of books to find two.
So that’s the plan, it never goes to plan 🙂 I didn’t plan for this list to feature alternative Christmas reading, not warm and fuzzy reads but odd: if you count Hogfather and Sam Kates’ book. But then how often do I read warm and fuzzy? More recently. Maybe not often enough.
What will you be reading this festive time? Have you read any Dickens?