5 Books you should have read over Christmas

Christmas, it was a time for merry-making! Eggnog with friends and family! Vacations to less chilly and rainy climes! Or curling up by yourself with a nice book, whatever pulls your sleigh. Here is a list of five novels that you should have definitely found time for over Christmas. Okay, we accept that it’s now 2017, but you can always save these for next Christmas (which is only 353 days away!)

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens


Most people are familiar with the story: an old miser gets visited by three ghosts representing his past, present, and possible future, and is inspired (sufficiently spooked) to change his ways and become a better person, just in time for Christmas. After hearing the story from so many adaptations and re-imaginings, perhaps it’s time to revisit the original novel and discover what made it so famous in the first place.

Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

hogfather-terryThe magic in any novel of Sir Pratchett’s comes from the wonderfully fantastical and  humorous scenarios, and the immense likability of each and every character be they minor or major players. Imbuing this winning formula with the spirit of Christmas only makes it more delightful to read. The titular Hogfather has been kidnapped, leaving children potentially present-less at Hogswatch Eve until fellow figment Death (yes that one) steps in to take over his role, leaving his granddaughter Susan to fill his role as psychopomp and solve the case.

Nicholas St North and the Battle of the Nightmare King by William Joyce

nicolas of the north.jpgThis is the first of the Guardians of Childhood series of children’s novels, and a darn worthwhile read for the illustrations alone. Like Hogfather, this is a fantasy story set in a world where figures such as Santa Claus and Grand Wizards are real, but their stories given such refreshing twists it is hard not to get engrossed in this short but grand tale about a war between a humble magical town and an army of Nightmares. Also it features young pre-Santafication Santa as a swashbuckling Russian swordsman. There is much snow and stabbing.

Winne the Pooh by A. A. Milne

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Christmas is a good time for nice, nostalgic fuzzy feelings, and Pooh bear definitely delivers. Aside from the high childhood nostalgia factor from the main characters of Christopher Robin and his variety of stuffed toys, the storytelling, writing style and illustrations are enough to charm the humbug out of any scrooge.

Very Good, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse

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Or specifically, the short story ‘Jeeves and the Yule-tide Spirit’, for something with a tad more festive flavour. Who doesn’t like reading about the idle rich? Especially when said idle rich are one educated airhead who keeps getting himself into ridiculously unnecessary situations, and his practically perfect butler who pulls him out of the fire with class and sass each time. This book contains 11 short snippets of their life, all humorous, clever and entertaining with a consistently cheery tone, and always ridiculous enough to not be insufferable.

-Jing Lau

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