We are right in the middle of final exams week and my students are all really busy… So we are going to have to wait until next week to read Alicia & Nazaret’s entry about The Host, a less-known novel by one of our favourite authors, Stephenie Meyer.
Meanwhile, and given that Christmas is now around the corner and the official countdown has already started (only 11 days to go!), I want to give you five book recommendations so you can spend the holidays with some cosy Christmas reads ….
We will start with a classic… A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, one of the giants of English literature, is probably the most popular Christmas novel in English. It tells the story of a miserly man who revises his views of the world after receiving the visit of three ghosts, the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Past and the Ghost of Christmas Future. A Christmas Carol is the quintessential, feel-good Christmas read, just like It’s a Wonderful Life is the quintessential Christmassy film.
But, in you prefer reading a story set in a modern setting, there is a huge variety of fiction and romance works in the genre, such as The Gift, by popular American author Nora Roberts. It contains two stories of holiday magic and romance–“Home for Christmas,” in which a reporter returns home to win the love of a woman from his past, and “All I Want for Christmas,” in which two mischievous twins get the best Christmas present ever, a new mother.
And just who does not feel like reading a heartwarming, fairy-tale style story at Christmas? A Redbird Christmas, by American contemporary writer Fannie Flagg, is such a book. It is sweet and simple, and just the kind of book that makes you leave all your worries behind. Settle down with a hot chocolate and enjoy!
For those teenagers and adults who haven’t forgotten their childhood, I heartily recommend reading Christmas with Anne, a beautiful collection of short Christmas stories set in the world of Anne of Green Gables, created by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. Of course this recommendation is extensive to all of the Anne of Green Gables book. Anne is, for me, the most endearing characters in children’s literature, and I can’t wait for one of my students to tell me that they want to write about the Anne books for their blog entry!
And last, but not least, a bit of British romance! In Twelve Days of Christmas young widow Holly, always sad around Christmas time, takes up the opportunity to spend the holidays taking care of a remote cottage on the Lancashire moors. Of course she wasn’t counting on meeting charming sculptor Luke… This is the one Christmassy book I’ve bought this year, having read the other four… I’ll let you know what I think about it!
More to come next week!
As for today… merry christmas, and happy reading!