So you’ve put up the Christmas lights, you’ve wrapped your gifts and ordered the Turkey (or Nut Roast). But what about you? Have you organised your Christmas book read(s) yet? There’s still time to order or download something to snuggle up with from Christmas Eve. Here’s my 10 Christmas 2020 book suggestions.
10 Christmas 2020 book suggestions
This list is a combination of books that I’ve read and reviewed and would highly recommend. As well as books that are currently getting great reviews and have held top slots in the Book Charts in the run up to Christmas 2020.
Book Notes: Heritage Cove is in full swing for the festive season and as the temperature dips, who will be lucky in love this Christmas?
It’s December in Heritage Cove and along with the village Christmas tree, frosty mornings and the promise of the most wonderful time of the year, the new waffle shack is about to open. And its owner isn’t a stranger to the Cove, because after all this time, Daniel is back to make amends with his brother Harvey – as well as a few other locals he might have offended along the way.
Christmas Shopaholic – Sophie Kinsella
The brilliant laugh-out-loud festive novel from the Number One bestselling author.
Book Notes: Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) adores Christmas. It’s always the same – Mum and Dad hosting, carols playing, Mum pretending she made the Christmas pudding, and the next-door neighbours coming round for sherry in their terrible festive jumpers.
And now it’s even easier with online bargain-shopping sites – if you spend enough you even get free delivery. Sorted!
Nothing Happens After Midnight – Jeffery Deaver
Teaming up with New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver, Suspense Magazine offers up a nail-biting anthology of thriller short stories.
Book Notes: The sun sets. The moon takes its place, illuminating the most evil corners of the planet. What twisted fear dwells in that blackness? What legends attach to those of sound mind and make them go crazy in the bright light of day? Only Suspense Magazine knows…
The Thursday Murder Club – Richard Osman
THE FIRST BOOK IN THE #1 BESTSELLING THURSDAY MURDER CLUB SERIES BY TV PRESENTER RICHARD OSMAN
Book Notes: In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved murders. But when a brutal killing takes place on their very doorstep, the Thursday Murder Club find themselves in the middle of their first live case.
Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. Can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer before it’s too late?
The Midnight Library – Matt Haig
THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
Between life and death there is a library.
Book Notes: When Nora Seed finds herself in the Midnight Library, she has a chance to make things right. Up until now, her life has been full of misery and regret. She feels she has let everyone down, including herself. But things are about to change.
The books in the Midnight Library enable Nora to live as if she had done things differently. With the help of an old friend, she can now undo every one of her regrets as she tries to work out her perfect life. But things aren’t always what she imagined they’d be, and soon her choices place the library and herself in extreme danger.
Before time runs out, she must answer the ultimate question: what is the best way to live?
Where The Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens
A Number One New York Times Bestseller
Book Notes: For years, rumours of the ‘Marsh Girl’ have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand.
The Beekeeper of Alleppo – Christy Lefteri
A RICHARD & JUDY BOOK CLUB CHOICE 2020
WINNER OF THE ASPEN WORDS LITERARY PRIZE
Book Notes: Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo – until the unthinkable happens. When all they care for is destroyed by war, they are forced to escape.
A Nature Poem for Every Night of the year – Jane McMorland Hunter
A calming collection of nature poems to help you relax and unwind at the end of every day.
Book Notes: Now more than ever we’re all in need of a daily fix of the natural world, to comfort and distract us from the cares of everyday life. Keep this beautiful book by your bedside and enjoy a dreamy stroll through nature every evening, just before you go to sleep. All the great, time-honoured poets are here: William Wordsworth, John Keats, Emily Dickinson, Robert Bridges along with some newer and less-well known poetic voices.
The poems reflect and celebrate the changing seasons: read Emily Brontë on bluebells in spring and Edward Thomas’s evocative Adlestrop in summer, then experience golden autumn with Hartley Coleridge and visit John Clare’s Copse in Winter . Beautifully illustrated with scenes from each season, this wonderful book deserves a place on your bedside table for years to come.
Hamnet – Maggie O’Farrell
WINNER OF THE 2020 WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION
TWO EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE. A LOVE THAT DRAWS THEM TOGETHER. A LOSS THAT THREATENS TO TEAR THEM APART.
Book Notes: On a summer’s day in 1596, a young girl in Stratford-upon-Avon takes to her bed with a fever. Her twin brother, Hamnet, searches everywhere for help. Why is nobody at home?
Hamnet is a novel inspired by the son of a famous playwright. It is a story of the bond between twins, and of a marriage pushed to the brink by grief.
Quite – Love. Life and Eyeliner – Claudia Winkleman
A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
Book Notes: This is a love letter to life – the real, sometimes messy kind. Quite celebrates friendship, the power of art, the highs and lows of parenting, and of course, how a good eyeliner can really save your life.
In this, her first ever book, Claudia invites us all into her world. She shares her observations on topics such as the importance of melted cheese, why black coats are vital, how it’s never okay to have sex with someone who has an opinion on your date outfit, how nurses are our most precious national treasure, and why colourful clothing is only for the under 10s (if you’re reading this sporting a bright red jumper and you’re 9, great! If you’re older, sorry).
I hope this gives you some ideas. Go on treat yourself before Christmas, you’ve earned it after all that planning. Once the Christmas lunch is done, snuggle up on the sofa with a new book. PJ’s, a large glass of Bailey’s and a mince pie are optional BUT HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
From Miche and Dave @Touringtales we hope you have a peaceful and safe Christmas Break.
Happy Reading xxx
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