Three books I’m reading this Christmas

There is nothing better than sitting down with a good book at Christmas-time. These are the three books I plan to read over the next two weeks.

1. The Book of Christmas by Jane Struthers

Why it’s on my list?

I was drawn to it because I love Christmas and it looks like a fun, quick read. It promises to explain new and old traditions of the festive period. This will most definitely get me in the spirit of Christmas.


Did you know that, long before turkey arrived on our shores, it was traditional to serve a roasted wild boar’s head at Christmas? Or that our Christmases were once so cold that Frost Fairs were held on the River Thames? 

Christmas Day was first celebrated on 25 December in the fourth century CE. But when should our Christmas decorations come down – Twelfth Day, Twelfth Night … or Candlemas? And why? 

Packed with fascinating facts about ancient religious customs and traditional feasts, instructions for Victorian parlour games and the stories behind our favourite carols, The Book of Christmas is a captivating volume about our Christmas past.

2 The Ghost of Christmas Past: A Chilling Collection of Modern and Classic Christmas stories by E. F. Benson, Edith Nesbit, JAMES., Jenn Ashworth, Jerome K. Jerome, Kelly Link, L. P. Hartley, Louis de Bernières, Neil Gaiman, and Robert Aickman

Why it’s on my list?

This book holds a collection of 13 stories set during the holiday season. It interested me because it is said to be a range of unconventional and uncommon tales. A scare-fest is very different from what I would usually choose to read at this time of year so I thought I would broaden my horizons a little bit.


A present contains a monstrous secret.
An uninvited guest haunts a Christmas party.
A shadow slips across the floor by firelight.
A festive entertainment ends in darkness and screams.

Who knows what haunts the night at the dark point of the year? This collection of seasonal chillers looks beneath Christmas cheer to a world of ghosts and horrors, mixing terrifying modern fiction with classic stories by masters of the macabre.

3. Stories We Tell Ourselves by Sarah François

Why it’s on my list?

I received this in my first subscription box from Reading in Heels. I was drawn to it because it doesn’t seem like any other Christmas book I have read. I think the family drama that pans out over the holiday will be an eventful read. This doesn’t seem like the type of book that is limited to being read in December either.


Frank and Joan’s marriage is in trouble. Having spent three decades failing to understand each other in their unfinished house in the French alps, Joan’s frustrations with her inattentive husband have reached breaking point. Frank, retreating ever further into his obscure hobbies, is distracted by an epistolary affair with his long-lost German girlfriend. Things are getting tense. But it’s Christmas, and the couple are preparing to welcome home their three far-flung children.

The children, though, are faring little better in love themselves. Maya, a gender expert mother-of-two, is considering leaving her family and running off with a woman; Wim is considering leaving his girlfriend; and Lois, who spends her time turning war documentaries into love poems, is facing a change of heart.

Tell me what Christmas books you have been reading by commenting below or send me a tweet @bookwormgirl_24. 

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