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PostPosted: 15 Dec 2016, 19:01 
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I was wondering if anyone had a festive reading list or books they like to comfort read over the holidays. I'm a bit late getting into the festive season this year but hopefully i will start feeling it when I put the tree up tonight whilst watching the Holiday, and then Meet me in St Louis and It's a Wonderful Life over the next couple of days.

I will hopefully read Jo of and Heather leaves school (at least the christmassy parts). I also like the Christmas in Sally's family by Gwendoline Courtney.

Apart from that I have been saving my last two DLS so I will probably curl up with Gaudy Night and Busman's honeymoon when I have some quiet moments. I can also feel a re-read of Agatha Christie's Man in the Brown Suit coming on which is as far from Christmassy as possible but which is a favourite comfort read of mine.

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I read seasonal books all year round, but one of my favourite wintry ones is Winter Holiday.

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I have some books that I usually read around Christmas - although not the same books every year! These include "Wind In the Willows" (for Mole's Christmas), "The Box of Delights", three Dickens Christmas stories (A Christmas Carol, The Cricket on the Hearth and The Chimes), "The Liion, the Witch and the Wardrobe", "The Hogfather" and "Winter Holiday" for after Christmas.


This year, however, I have a collection of new-to-me books which are all Christmas-time based. These include "Christmas at High Rising" by Angela Thirkell, The CS Christmas Story Book, "Billy Bunter's Christmas Party" by Frank Richards and two of the British Library Crime Classics - "Mystery In White" and "The Santa Klaus Murders" by Mavis Doriel Hay.


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Christmas in Innsbruck, and the Christmas scenes from Little Women, What Katy Did At School, the Little House books, the early Sadlers Wells books and The Lost Staircase.

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THe dark is rising, Little Grey Rabbit's Christmas, Sister of the Angels. Winter Holiday, Chistmas chapters from What Katy did at school and Sally's family, maybe Christmas at Nettleford (if I can find which bookcase it's in!)


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I try and read a chapter or so of my favourites and must-reads are The Horn of Merlyns Christmas chapter and ditto from The Emerald Crown. I like The Lost Staircase too. I also - and I know this sounds mad - sneak out to the garden on Christmas morning and sing Christians Awake to the dog and three cats buried at the bottom of the garden (and the two cats buried in the woods), then I have a little sniffle because they're not here now, even though the dog would be 33!

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Children of Green Knowe by Lucy Boston has a lovely run up to Christmas. Also bits from the Four Storey Mistake by Elizabeth Enright, What Katy Did at School and the Little House books particularly By the Shores of Silver Lake and the Long Winter.

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Thanks for mentioning Sister of the Angels ivohenry. I had never heard of it....

I was very daunted by the prices, however, until I went onto ebay and found one copy in Germany for an unbelievable £1.60! It's headed to my friend over there so I won't get to read it this Christmas though.

I have set up a Christmas folder on my kindle and am busy filing things in it, mainly Christmas related krimis. J.Jefferson Farjeon's Mystery in White is indeed an excellent Christmas read....

Christmas in Innsbruck is a must....

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I forgot I have Mystery in White sitting on my bookshelf, I guess I will move that to the top of my to read pile :D

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I like to read Dark is Rising, Children of Green Knowe and the Hogfather at this time of year, too. Also Jenny Overton - Thirteen Days of Christmas is quite fun - though I don't think it stands reading every year.

Also, though they don't take up much reading time, I like to read Thomas Hardy's The Oxen and Kiplings' Eddi's Service - both are in the Oxford book of Christmas poems - and Susan Cooper's The Shortest Day.

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I love the Christmas scenes in Little House on the Prairie Books, especially the Long Winter.


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I can't read Eddi's Service without hearing it in my head as recited by Lawrie Marlow!

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JayB wrote:
I can't read Eddi's Service without hearing it in my head as recited by Lawrie Marlow!


Me too!!


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ivohenry wrote:
JayB wrote:
I can't read Eddi's Service without hearing it in my head as recited by Lawrie Marlow!


Me too!!


I knew it before I read Antonia Forest

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Hogfather by Terry Pratchett and A Christmas Carol by Dickens - also watch The Muppet Christmas Carol on DVD which is actually a really faithful adaptation! (Well apart from the frog, pig etc)

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Little Women is vaguely annoying me this year. Why didn't Mr Laurence send all the cake and ice-cream to the Hummels, instead of to the Marches?! But Christmas in Innsbruck is as wonderful as ever :D .

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I started my Christmas reading last night after much dithering as to how long to wait. First one up is an anthology of short stories (not usually a fan) Crimson Snow. Good so far and it includes a delightfully festive Margery Allingham which has almost swept me into a proper Christmas mood :santa:

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Victoria wrote:
I have some books that I usually read around Christmas - although not the same books every year! These include "Wind In the Willows" (for Mole's Christmas), "The Box of Delights", three Dickens Christmas stories (A Christmas Carol, The Cricket on the Hearth and The Chimes), "The Liion, the Witch and the Wardrobe", "The Hogfather" and "Winter Holiday" for after Christmas.


The Box of Delights, A Christmas Carol, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and Hogfather are all favourite Christmassy reads for me. But I think when I was a kid my most Christmassy book was The Wolves of Willoughby Chase. Another one (now, not from when I was a kid) would be The Tiger in the Smoke, which is so atmospheric and set at Christmas if I remember rightly.

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Hogfather by Terry Pratchett and A Christmas Carol by Dickens - also watch The Muppet Christmas Carol on DVD which is actually a really faithful adaptation! (Well apart from the frog, pig etc)


It is isn't it? I also love Little Women (the Winona Ryder verison) and The Grinch and (new one) Frozen.


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This year I managed Winter Holiday, Jo of and Exploits. I missed The Lion , the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Dark is Rising and Starlight Christmas.


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This year I didn't get round to reading a SINGLE one of my usual Christmas books/chapters. The sky didn't fall in so I think I'll just read them when I'm in the mood instead of being a tad OCD about 'must read'. :)

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