Christmas Reading

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I love Christmas. I realise that this won’t come as a surprise to anyone who has, you know, met me, but still, it’s worth saying.

And one of my favourite things about an extended Christmas break is the opportunity – practically an obligation! – to spend hours lost in a good book. When I was a child, Father Christmas always made sure there were books in my stocking, to keep me entertained when the rest of my family objected to getting up at five in the morning on Christmas day.

My first book, Room for Love, even features a Christmas Eve wedding at the climax. Of course, by that point in the story everyone has slightly more to worry about than seasonal cheer… Still, any mention of Christmas in a book is enough to make me want to curl up with a blanket, a cup of tea and maybe a mince pie, and wallow in the festiveness.

So, here’s my Christmas reading list for this year:

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis)

For when the weather makes it feel like it might be always winter but never Christmas.

The Christmas Train (David Baldacci)

Amazon description: “Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington to LA in time for Christmas. Forced to take the train across the country because of a slight ‘misunderstanding’ at airport security, he begins a journey of self-discovery and rude awakenings, mysterious goings-on and thrilling adventures, screwball escapades and holiday magic. He has no idea that the locomotives pulling him across America will actually take him into the rugged terrain of his own heart, where he will rediscover people’s essential goodness and someone very special he believed he had lost. In equal parts hilarious, poignant, suspenseful and thrilling, The Christmas Train is a delightful journey filled with memorable characters who have packed their bags with as much wisdom as mischief . . . Part detective story, part disaster movie, part romance, this is a brilliant, heart-warming holiday tale.”

I used to read this every year, but my copy has gone mysteriously missing. Must track it down…

Skipping Christmas (John Grisham)

To remind me, even when things get a little much over the festive season, that I’d never want to miss it. Not even for a 10-day Carribean cruise. Probably.

And, for when I’m in a more romantic mood…

On The First Night of Christmas (Heidi Rice)

The Twelve Nights of Christmas (Sarah Morgan)

Both of which feature London at its most Christmassy, along with a couple of very lustworthy heroes…

So, what are you reading this Christmas?