Festive Reading

After postponing the Christmas music, mince pies and decorating for a few weeks later than most, I’m finally letting myself enjoy the run-up to Christmas. And what goes best with a glass of mulled wine? A good book, of course. Here are a few cheery, uplifting and warming books (in my opinion – feel free to contest) to enjoy over the next few weeks.


Here are some recommended books in the Southfield Public Library catalog with commentary by the article’s writer. If you don’t see a copy available, contact a librarian to place an item on hold for you!

The Snowman
Briggs, Raymond
Whether it's the TV adaptation or the book with its wonderful drawings, The Snowman epitomises childhood Christmas memories for me. If it brings back happy memories for you too, I say find a copy for your living room this Christmas.
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84, Charing Cross Road
Hanff, Helene
A book about friendship, letters and great reading material that I think all worshippers of the written word should dedicate a few hours to. A warming novel that reminds me of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (another great book!)
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The End of Your Life Book Club
Schwalbe, Will
Yes, the title is quite pessimistic, but it's a superb celebration of life, family and reading that is one of my favourite choices for Christmas reading. A novel I'd do well to read again (and soon, if possible!)
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The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 2
Lweis, C.S.
A landmark children's fiction series that should by all means be revisited in adulthood!
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All the Light We Cannot See
Doerr, Anthony
"Doerr's gorgeous combination of soaring imagination with observation is electric. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another."

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How to be Both
Smith, Ali
"Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, structural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real - and all life's givens get given a second chance."
-The Man Booker Prize

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The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories
Keegan, Marina
"An affecting and hope-filled posthumous collection of essays and stories from the talented young Yale graduate whose title essay captured the world's attention in 2012 and turned her into an icon for her generation."

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