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10 books you need to read this Christmas! – Blogmas Edition.

Hey guys! Welcome back to my blog. If you’re reading this I’m glad we made it!

Yeah, we made it to December. It’s that time of the year again where we traditionally give out gifts and receive presents from our loved ones and it’s time to get cozy with Christmas books. Where are my bibliophiles at? So I complied a list of books we should all read this Christmas!

1. A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens.

Summary by slideplayer.com

This book is about an unhappy, greedy and quite unpleasant man named Scrooge who gets a second chance for happiness and redemption, of the cursed fate of his relatable friend Bob Marley. He will be hunted by three ghosts – The ghost of Christmas past, present and yet to come. As he sees his happy life as a kid, the hurtful things that could have to people he has grown to love, and the tortured fate of death. He changes and then transforms into the most jolly and beloved man in England. This book takes place in Victorian, England.

2. LETTERS FROM FATHER CHRISTMAS BY J.R.R. TOLKIEN.

This classic festive book of Tolkien’s amazing Father Christmas letters written to his children between the 1920s and the 1940s has been reworked into a new and attractive edition. It contains brand new high-quality digital reproductions of his amazing letters and pictures, including a number them that have never been printed before.

‘My dear children, I am more shaky than usual this year. The North Polar Bear’s fault. It was the biggest bang in the world, and the most monstrous firework there has ever been. It turned the North Pole black!’

Every December an envelope bearing a stamp from the North Pole would arrive for J. R. R. Tolkien’s children. Inside would be a letter in strange spidery handwriting and a beautiful coloured drawing or some sketches. The letters were from Father Christmas.

3. AN AFRICAN CHRISTMAS BY IFEOMA ONYEFULU

For children between the ages of 6-9.

It’s Christmastime, and Afam has decided to create and dance his own Mmo, or masquerade, just like the big celebratory mmos he sees performed at the festivals. But he each time he starts collecting things to make his costume, family preparation for Christmas — haircuts, visiting the tailor, a church service, a trip to their village — gets in the way. Will Afam ever get to perform his Mmo? This brilliant photo- essay vividly depicts African village life, while the simple, endearing story uses a favorite holiday to gently point out the difference — and similarities — between cultures.

4. JAGAJAGA BY EMMANUELLA OGBEIDEOKOH

A short story

What happens when youve planned this perfect Christmas and never knew a new piece would have to be added?
What happens when the Christmas comes with something or someone? A childhood enemy

Eighteen year old Eboseremen Irabor was given the opportunity to plan the perfect Christmas for her family but she knew it was bound to go one way with the arrival of someone whom she never planned for, Jagajaga.

5. THE SNOW QUEEN BY HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN.

Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, the classic tale of friendship, love, and bravery, is beautifully retold with lavish illustrations by master artist Bagram Ibatoulline.Best friends Kai and Gerda would do anything for each other. When Kai starts to behave cruelly and disappears, Gerda sets out on an epic quest to save Kai from the evil Snow Queen. But can Gerda break the Snow Queen’s enchantment and complete the final task?

6. A TIARA UNDER THE TREE BY CAROLYN HECTOR.

Former beauty queen Waverly Leverve can barely show her face in public after an embarrassing meme goes viral. But now fate and a misdelivered pizza have brought her dreams back to life. Gorgeous bad boy turned business mogul Dominic Crowne wants to sponsor Waverly in a pageant scheduled for Christmas Eve. Waverly vows to keep their arrangement purely professional—but soon their arrangement quickly takes a sensual turn…

Dominic knows that his golden touch can fix almost anything—including Waverly’s tilted tiara. Against his own will, Dominic is mesmerized with his stunning new client. He’s falling for the pageant princess and the vulnerable yet sexy woman within. But when Waverly’s ultimate goal finally comes within reach, can he help her achieve professional redemption and find his Princess Charming under the mistletoe?

7. SEVEN DAYS OF US BY FRANCESCA HORNAK.

It’s Christmas, and for the first time in years the entire Birch family will be under one roof. Even Emma and Andrew’s elder daughter—who is usually off saving the world—will be joining them at Weyfield Hall, their aging country estate. But Olivia, a doctor, is only coming home because she has to. Having just returned from treating an epidemic abroad, she’s been told she must stay in quarantine for a week…and so too should her family. 

For the next seven days, the Birches are locked down, cut off from the rest of humanity—and even decent Wi-Fi—and forced into each other’s orbits. Younger, unabashedly frivolous daughter Phoebe is fixated on her upcoming wedding, while Olivia deals with the culture shock of being immersed in first-world problems.  

As Andrew sequesters himself in his study writing scathing restaurant reviews and remembering his glory days as a war correspondent, Emma hides a secret that will turn the whole family upside down.    

In close proximity, not much can stay hidden for long, and as revelations and long-held tensions come to light, nothing is more shocking than the unexpected guest who’s about to arrive… 

8. MERRY INKMAS BY TALIA HIBBERT.

The infamous tattoo artist’s been watching geeky Bailey Cooper for months, but that’s all he’ll ever do: watch. Bailey’s too sweet, too smart, too good for the likes of him, and he knows it. So Cash keeps his distance… until a Christmas miracle makes him Bailey’s boss.

Socially awkward Bailey learned long ago that men just aren’t worth the hassle. Take her new boss, Cash: he’s a brooding beast who avoids her like the plague, but he also fixes her plumbing, helps the homeless, and offers Bailey a place to stay for Christmas.

She’s never met anyone so confusing—or so impossible to resist. And the more Bailey learns about Cash and his demons, the more she thinks it’s time to stop fighting. 

9. WRAPPED BY REBEKAH WEATHERSPOON.

Following a painful divorce, all pastry chef Shae Kenney wants for Christmas is one good date that doesn’t end in disaster. When Aidan Meyer, a smoking hot hunk from her past, matches with her on a dating app, Shae asks Santa for the strength not to screw it up. But when one perfect date with Aidan rolls into a second date, then a third and a fourth, Shae’s fear of heartbreak might just sabotage one of the best gifts she’s ever received—real love.

This sweet Christmas novella features a slightly anxious plus-size beauty who is a master of all things cupcakes and tarts, and a bespectacled tech guy who just wants to sweep her off her feet.

10. THE CHRISTMAS SISTERS BY SARAH MORGAN.

In the snowy Highlands of Scotland, Suzanne McBride is dreaming of the perfect cozy Christmas. Her three adopted daughters are coming home for the holidays and she can’t wait to see them. But tensions are running high… 

Workaholic Hannah knows she can’t avoid spending the holidays with her family two years in a row. But it’s not the weight of their expectations that’s panicking her—it’s the life-changing secret she’s hiding. Stay-at-home mom Beth is having a personal crisis. All she wants for Christmas is time to decide if she’s ready to return to work—seeing everyone was supposed to help her stress levels, not increase them! Posy isn’t sure she’s living her best life, but with her parents depending on her, making a change seems risky. But not as risky as falling for gorgeous new neighbor Luke… 

As Suzanne’s dreams of the perfect McBride Christmas unravel, she must rely on the magic of the season to bring her daughters together. But will this new togetherness teach the sisters that their close-knit bond is strong enough to withstand anything—including a family Christmas?

Happy holidays!!! Merry Christmas in Advance!