December is all about reading old faves and classics for me, specially after Christmas. I collected a variation of books over the years which put me in a festive mood and calm me down so much. Even if I had a stressful full packed day, I fully enjoy my books and since I’ve read them so many times, it doesn’t require too much concentration for me to get through them, which is just perfect.
These books don’t have something to do with Christmas directly but some of them mention Christmas and/or have a winter topic. There are part of my life for quite a while now, I grew up with most of them and they have a huge nostalgic value for me. So here is the list:
His Dark Material Series by Phillip Pullman
As some of you maybe know, I lived in Oxford for quite a while. And it was exactly there when I discovered the His Dark Material Series and fell in love with them. I’m sure that most of you know this books, but here is an overview: The story starts at the Jordan College in Oxford where the main character, twelve year old Lyra, and her daemon Pantalaimon live. One day she discovers a criminal attempt of the Colleges Master to poison Lyras Uncle Asriel and secretly listens to Lord Asriel lecture about a mysterious Dust. On top of that, Lyras friend Roger gets kidnapped by the unknown but feared group of “Gobblers”. Lyra is desperate to find and rescue her friend and a very dangerous journey to the frozen North begins.
Les Miserable by Victor Hugo
One of my all time favourite books anyway and a very special treat for me during Christmas time. I grew up watching the film from 1998 with my family, so I eventually read the book one day and absolutely loved it. It is a very, very big book, but so worth it.
The story starts with the bitter Jean Valjan, who has been in prison for 19 years after stealing a loaf of bread to save his starving family in France 1832, who lives on the streets of Paris after being stigmatized as a former convict. Bishop Myriel let him stay with him and after catching Jean Valjan who attempts to steal Myriels silver, he lets him go by asking him to use all the money of the world to better himself as a human being. And so he does. The book handles topics like crime and justice, poverty, isolation, romantic and familial love, and it is based before the french revolution. It is a masterpiece in my opinion and it honestly makes me so sad that most of people my generation know this masterpiece by the musical/movie adaption of 2012 and never read the book.
The Chronicles of Narnia by Clive Staples Lewis
I’m sure this one is nothing new for you guys, but I had to mention it! The story starts in London with the Pevensie siblings, who discover a magical wardrobe while playing hide and seek, a wardrobe which is the portal to the fantastic world of Narnia. In Narnia they learn that the world is under control by the white witch, who has to be removed of the throne by Aslan, the great Lion and the four siblings mission is to help Aslan to defeating her.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
I know, I mention a Christmas Carol on my favourite films blogpost , but it is also one of my favourite festive books to read. Again, I grew up with this story by listening to an audiobook and it is one of the most magical stories for me.
Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
This is definitely a major classics book and it’s based in Russia after the October revolution. Doctor Zhivago is a dreamer, a poet and a young physician who meets Lara Antipova, after he got wounded in WWI. Lara, who is the wife of a revolutionary, nurses him and they fall deeply in love. After returning from working as a physician in Siberia, Zhivago and Lara move together in a small abandoned farmhouse until Laras husband, Strelnikov, a commander for the Reds, returns.
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
I absolutely love Charles Dickens and honestly it doesn’t really matter which of his books I read during winter, it is always a winner for me and puts me in a festive mood, specially Oliver Twist or David Copperfield.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone by Joanne K Rowling
I mean, this is on so many Winter Reads List and it is quite an obvious one! But I wouldn’t feeling right without mentioning it. Harry Potter is my childhood and I have the best mood while sinking into that world, specially around Christmas time.
So here we are, these are all my favourite Winter Reads. Please let me know which book you love to read during the build up to Christmas!