Ah books! They are the single most precious source of happiness. A book can be found for every occasion and if you are looking for recommendations for the holiday season – as books also help you get out of unnecessary social engagements, ignore people you don’t want to talk to, and just generally have a happier December – you have come to the right place.
1. Skipping Christmas – John Grisham
Imagine a ‘normal’ 25th December; a Christmas that does not involve shopping for presents, crowded public spaces, and the generic cheesiness surrounding said holiday – sounds like bliss to our characters who decide to skip Christmas all together. From the king of torts, this one is a surprise where there are no lawyers or courts involved in the plot. Will Mr. and Mrs. Krank be allowed to go ahead with their non-Christmas celebrations or will they be forced to follow the tradition? Read to know more.
2. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas – Agatha Christie
A family gathers for Christmas when a multi-millionaire calls for a meeting. Though the guests arrive, the invitation is met with suspicion as the invitee is not given into overly-sentimental familial theatrics. What follows is a murder, a theft and a house full of potential suspects. Poirot is called in to investigate. For the peeps with dysfunctional families, this one is a slice of home.
3. Letters from Father Christmas – JRR Tolkien
A beautifully illustrated book about Tolkien’s children receiving letters every December in envelopes bearing the ‘North Pole’ stamps, the letters are said to be written by ‘Father Christmas.’ They contain the adventures of Polar Bear, Ilbereth the Elf (of course there is an elf – duh) and reindeers gone loose. Just the premise makes us warm and fuzzy.
4. A Dog Named Christmas – Greg Kincaid
A dog shelter calls for fostering dogs around Christmas. A developmentally challenged young man persuades his family to get one as a present for Christmas. Feeling bad for all the other dogs who didn’t get adopted, the young man manages to persuade his entire village into adopting dogs for Christmas. I don’t think I need to convince you more to read this one.
5. Moonlight Over Manhattan – Sarah Morgan
A “delightful, romantic and sexy tale,” Harriet Knight (a dog sitter) challenges herself by doing one thing that scares her every day in December. She starts with spending Christmas alone and finds herself facing an unusual challenge in the form of an exuberant dog Madi and the dog’s owner. How will Harriet face the challenge of falling in love…read to know more!
6. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
This entertaining tale follows Ebenezer Scrooge’s adventures and misadventures as he travels through Christmases past, present and future and ultimately transforms from an insensitive prick to a warm-hearted human. A Christmas classic, this book has come to epitomise what ‘Christmas’ means.