A couple of years ago I wrote a post on Christmas films for geeks - a collection of Christmas films that aren’t the usual sentimental rubbish. If you enjoy films with monsters, zombies and lots of action, but you want to feel christmassy too then have a look – you might find something new!
This post is in a similar vein, but covers Christmas books instead of films. I’m including books that are set at Christmas, or have a wintery feel, and are a bit different, a bit unusual. These are all books to curl up with for a cosy night in.
What are your favourite Christmas books?
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie
Published in 1938 this is a nicely old-fashioned Christmas book. Of course there’s a rich family, a big house, and a locked room murder mystery. You can’t get much cosier than an Agatha Christie!
The Boy with the Cuckoo Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu
I’ve written a review of The Boy with the Cuckoo Clock Heart before – it is a dark fairytale about a boy called Jack who is born with a frozen heart. It’s not set at Christmas, but has a wintery feel to it. I feel fairy tales are very appropriate for Christmas, and this is a lovely book for a dark, snowy winters night.
Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling
Well Harry Potter just has to be on the list really. Any of them will do, get out a blanket, light the fire (or a candle) and don’t forget the chocolate!
Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
This was made into a film (twice!) a few years ago, but in my opinion the book is far greater than either film. It’s a dark and bleak read about Eli, a vampire girl and the twelve year old outcast boy she befriends. Set in Sweden, it’s a nice change from the normal vampire story. It’s easy to read and is really a book you can get lost in!
Twelve by Jasper Kent
Another vampire book, this one is set in Russia though the author is English. Set in Autumn 1812 when Napolean’s army is on the march into Russia. This is a fast moving, dark fantasy with plenty of snow and cold weather – you’ll need the hot chocolate while you’re reading this one.
The Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
The film version of this is in my list of Christmas films. It’s one of my favourite books, starring one of the most loved Discworld characters - Death. In this one the Hogfather, Discworld’s version of Father Christmas, disappears and Death has to take his place while his granddaughter Susan tries to find out what has happened. Just brilliant.
M is for Magic by Neil Gainman
A collection of magical, scary, and humorous short stories from Neil Gainman. There are some real gems in this one, my favourite being Chivalry, the story of an old lady who finds the Holy Grail in an Oxfam shop. Rich and imaginative, these are the sort of stories that should be told around the fire on a dark winters night.
Outpost by Adam Baker
Zombies in the Arctic! The word is being overrun by zombies, and this is the story of the fight to survive on a derelict refinery platform moored in the Arctic Ocean. Adam Barker’s debut novel, this is well written and fast paced.
MM9 monster Magnitude by Hiroshi Yamamoto
The Meteorological Agency Monsterological Measures Department keep Japan safe from giant monster, or kaiju, attacks, that happen just as regularly as the other natural disasters. This books focuses on one team, and follows them as they face increasingly dangerous kaiju. It’s a fun and easy read, and who doesn’t love a good monster story on a dark and cold night?