It is only 4 days until Christmas so I thought it was about time that I should write a holiday themed blog post and about the books I plan to read over this Christmas period. One of these books I finished reading today, but the other two I plan on getting through this week because they are pretty short and I read them every year.
1. The Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
This is the 20th book in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series but it is possible to read it as a stand alone so don’t let that scare you. Basically Death decides to fill in for Santa, or at least the Disicworld version of Santa known as the Hogfather, and he gets a bit carried away.
I finished reading this book today and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for something more on the funny side this Christmas. It is highly entertaining and Death is adorable. I know that is a strange thing to say about a seven foot tall skeleton but he is endearing in his own clueless away.
If you have not read a Pratchett book before this is a good place to start, but I would recommend reading all of the Death books while you are at it.
2. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
I have my own personal tradition of rereading A Christmas Carol every year. I have loved this book ever since I studied it in secondary school and it is definitely one of my favourite Christmas stories, along with The Little Match Girl but that is not a novel.
I know that everyone has probably seen some form of adaption of this book but you need to go read the real thing. It is beautifully written, and best of all it is only 100 pages long. You could easily get through this before Santa turns up.
3. The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The priceless gem known as the blue carbuncle has been stolen and Holmes finds it inside of a Christmas goose. How did it get there? Who put a priceless gem inside of a goose? Will Holmes and Watson ever get their Christmas dinner? The game is afoot.
The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle is a short story that can be found in any copy of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. And even though this is a post about reading I would highly suggest that you look up the television adaptation of this story featuring Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes. I believe the whole episode can be found on Youtube.
So what do you like to read during the holiday season? Please let me know. I might just add them to my reading list for next year.