During December there is nothing better than curling up under a warm blanket, sipping from a glass of mulled wine and reading a good book. To get you in the festive mood we at LIBRARY have made a list of ten great, Christmassy books for you to choose from; five that we all know and love, and five that are a little bit different:
Classic Christmas Books
A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
An absolute, irrefutable classic. It's almost impossible to avoid the story of Ebenezer Scrooge come Christmas, but maybe this is the year you finally decide to read the book.
The Little Match Girl - Hans Christian Anderson
Remembered as being one of the most bittersweet Christmas classics, this book is capable of melting even the coldest of hearts.
The Nutcracker - E.T.A. Hoffman
Also known as The Nutcracker and Mouse King, this is the original book that inspired the ballet production; slightly darker than the version we recognise but just as enchanting.
The Polar Express - Chris Van Allsburg
For adults that might have lost some of their Christmas spirit this is the perfect book to help you find it again.
Miracle on 34th Street - Valentine Davies
A novella based on the film, this is the story of a woman and her daughter encountering the (self professed) real Santa Claus.
Contemporary Christmas books
The Twelve Terrors of Christmas - John Updike
For those with a morbid sense of humour, Updike's book is a quirky, illustrated anthology of all the outlandish reasons to be very afraid of Christmas.
Skipping Christmas - John Grisham
Instead of shopping and cooking and wrapping one family decide to just forgo everything and give Christmas a miss. However, things don't work out quite as they had planned.
Merry Christmas, Mr Baxter - Edward Streeter
Mr. George Baxter is determined to keep his Christmas as sensible and cost efficient as possible. Whether his family agrees with him, however, is an entirely different matter.
Hogfather - Terry Pratchett
Instead of being about Christmas, Hogfather is about Hogswatchnight and a strange but generous man riding a boar drawn sleigh.
The Christmas Mystery - Jostein Gardener
This sweet book is about a girl in Norway that found herself in a familiar old tale amongst angels and shepherds and a young boy in the present time uncovering her story.