Whether reading at Christmas is a way for you to embrace the festive cheer, or a way to escape the shrieks of visiting family members, it’s undoubtedly a cosy way to let the copious amounts of food you’ve consumed be digested. Here we round up four of the best books to read this festive season, however you’ll be spending the day itself...
The Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories
During the Victorian era, it became traditional for publishers of newspapers and magazines to print ghost stories during the Christmas season, as a perfect wintery accompaniment to the long dark nights. This collection gathers a range of spooky gothic tales from well-known to forgotten authors, but all with the same dose of creepy ghostliness. Forget ‘A Christmas Carol’, delve into these entirely new classic gothic tales.
Seven Days of Us - Francesca Hornak
Quarantine is now unfortunately a familiar experience for all of us, but not for the Birch family. For the first time in years they are gathering for Christmas, however eldest daughter Olivia has been exposed to an epidemic abroad and must isolate with her family for seven days. The family are locked together for a Christmas season of drama, secrets, hidden love affairs and humorous miscommunications. If you’d rather read about someone else’s dysfunctional family Christmas than live your own, this book is for you!
Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe - Melissa de la Cruz
This charming gender-swap retelling of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice sees Darcy as a high-flying New York business woman returning home for the holidays. When she meets old neighbour Luke Bennet, the two have instant animosity - and chemistry. The perfect festive romance to make you feel full of goodwill and cheer over the Christmas season.
Hercule Poirot's Christmas - Agatha Christie
Hercule Poirot has no time to rest, even at Christmas…
When visiting a friend in a local village, Poirot hears of a family union devastated by the death of it’s patriarch, Simeon Lee. He offers to assist and finds that everyone had their own reasons to hate the old man, drawing him into a typically satisfying Christie mystery with no clear answers.