The Best Christmas Books

One thing that is important to bookworms is to always be in the middle of reading a book. Now that we are in the middle of Christmas season, there are some books that are wonderful to read. That is a result of them either being Christmas book and/or having some of the best Christmas and Winter scenes. So, what books are the best Christmas books.

  1. A Christmas Carol- my favorite Christmas book
  2. Man Who Invented Christmas- the origin story of “A Christmas Carol”
  3. A Christmas Treasury- a collection of short stories and poems (“A Christmas Carol” is part of it)
  4. Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe- the first book is the one with Narnia’s Winter
  5. Harry Potter Series
  6. Nevermoor Series
  7. Spinning Silver- a chilly and icy book

*The Harry Potter and Nevermoor Series are on here because the Christmas in their fantasy worlds are magical.

What Christmas books would you add?

Fantasy Books and Series with Wonderful Christmas

Well, now we are in the season of preparing for Christmas. One of the wonderful things about the genre of fantasy is seeing how their cultures celebrate Christmas. After all, fantasy worlds are made-up so exploring their culture is always fun. So, what fantasy books and/or series have some of the best Christmas scenes?

Harry Potter

It is always fun to see their Christmas celebrated at Hogwarts. The way the castle is decorated is fun. It is always magical for Harry- after all, he never got to really celebrate at his “home”- for Harry, Hogwarts is home.

Nevermoor

Christmas is one of my favorite parts of this series. You see this amazing battle between The Yule Queen (green) and Saint Nicholass (red)- for the battle, the citizens favor one over the other. On Christmas, the Yule Queen delivers snow and Saint Nicholas delivers a stocking with gifts and a burning fire in the fireplaces.

Chronicles of Narnia

Of course, Christmas in this fantasy land is magical. Their winter is extremely beautiful, which would makes their Christmas pretty wonderful.

“Scary” Books To Recommend

As known, I dislike the genre of horror. It is just too scary of a world for me- yes, I have handled scary moments in books. However, everyone has a limit when it comes to books. So, when you reach the of October, I usually see people recommending horror books due to the Holiday of Halloween, which is a part spooky and scary season. So, what books would I recommend if I dislike horror?

Harry Potter Series

This is a contemporary classic series. Centering on Harry Potter, a wizard, it is about his time spent at Hogwarts, a school of Witchcraft and Wizardry. where he and his two best friends go through many trials and challenges when something goes “wrong”. The castle itself is home to ghosts, dungeons, and even a forbidden forest. It is a fight of good vs evil- after all, Harry’s worst enemy is his challenge against the dark lord, the biggest reasoning behind all of the things going wrong.

As the books get darker and darker, things get scarier and scarier. Dealing with some of the worst things imaginable, you never know what the trio is dealing with especially our hero. From a giant snake to a giant spider to dementors to battles, etc……….

The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings Series

Even this classic series is scary at times. Once again, there is a fight against a terrible dragon, spider, and a dark lord. You have multiple battles against orcs, who are terrible fighters, and who keep on attacking the two groups (dwarves/Bilbo in The Hobbit and The Fellowship in Lord of the Rings).

House on Vesper Sands

Ready for a gothic mystery? That is what this book is. It has the nature of gothic and supernatural in it. I wouldn’t classify it as “horror”- after all, in mysteries, you need crime, suspense, and gothic activity at times. Just because gothic stuff happens in a book doesn’t mean it is horror- that does sound confusing, but it is true.

Nevermoor Series

What about a series that has a supernatural being connected to Halloween? I actually dislike vampires, but this series has a character who is one. Frank, who works at the Hotel Deucalion, is the event planner, and I do love him. I actually love what they do for their Holidays especially at Christmas. I even love their Halloween- Hallowmas.

Uprooted

This was my first Naomi Novik book. The woods itself give it a kind of spooky vibe- hard to believe how alive they actually were. “The Dragon” appears to be a bit selfish, but he had a good reason to take girls when the turned a certain age- the book explains it better. The woods are almost cursed.

Books Set at Schools

True, the school year recently began. It is also true that I don’t really read many books set at a school. However, there might be moments where the characters are actually at a school. So, it is kinda of difficult to think of some of my favorite books for this. So, what are some of my favorite school-related books?

Harry Potter

Of course, this would come to mind. Harry Potter is a series set at Hogwarts, a school of Witchcraft and Wizardry, set in Britain. For fans of Harry Potter, they fell in love with not only the school, but also the journey to get there. From getting school supplies at Diagon Alley to the Train Ride starting at Platform 9 and 3/4 located at King’s Cross Station. Hogwarts is an incredible place- four houses, a castle, incredible friends to make, The Qudditch Field, etc…….

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

If you think about it, Camp Half Blood is a school for Demigods. Percy Jackson has constantly been kicked out of schools. There came a time where he finally had to come to Camp Half Blood- to learn the truth about his parentage, to train, and to eventually go on quests

Nevermoor

This is one of the newest series I discovered that takes place partly at a school. If Morrigan Crow wasn’t discovered by Jupiter North, her life would have been harder. He was her patron in order to get her into The Wundrous Society in Nevermoor- to get in, you had to go through a collection of tasks and trials and eventually show your knack. The Hotel Deucalion becomes Morrigan’s family and eventually Unit 911 (in particular Hawthorne and Cadence)

A Little Princess

This has ALWAYS been one of my favorite stories. The school Sara Crewe ends up at isn’t the greatest, as it is run by a terrible headmistress. This is most noticed by how she treats the pupils- after getting the news that Captain Crewe died, she treated Sara in a similar manner that Cinderella was treated (as in being sent to the attic and treated like a servant). At least she has Becky and friended some mice and even a monkey who lives next door. It is her imagination that helps her in tough situations= that is her greatest strength

The Fun in Rereading Books

As bookworms, we have our favorite books. It is easy to NOT think of rereading them due to thinking of new books to read. However, there are moments where a reread isn’t a bad option. Especially if you have kinda of forgotten what happened and needed to refresh our memory. So, what have I reread and why?

The Chronicles of Narnia

One of the two fantasy series that made me a fantasy fan. True, my love for these started on the films. That would lead to reading the books for the first time. The BEST way to read them is by publication order- gives it more magic and wonder. Decided to reread them to refresh on the last four books, as in the ones that NEVER made it to film- The Silver Chair, Horse and His Boy, The Magician’s Nephew, and The Last Battle. So of course, it would be fun to reenter Narnia—–due to mainly knowing the three films

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

The start of my love for this series came from middle school. I only planned to reread them if I was going to read Heroes of Olympus. That was the only way I would be able to prepare. So glad I reread Percy Jackson- so much I forgot and so much I didn’t notice the first time- as a YA, it was my first time even noticing the romance between Annabeth and Percy (one of my favorite couples of literature). Once I started The Last Hero, the first book of Heroes of Olympus, I realized that I probably wouldn’t have understand the new series as much if I didn’t reread Percy Jackson and the Olympians

The BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

These are my favorite Roald Dahl books from childhood. I don’t really know what lead me to reread the two. Most likely because I needed an easy read. Sometimes it is fun to read books from your childhood- you NEVER know what you will spot from an older age

Harry Potter

This was my latest reread series. Harry Potter was the other fantasy series that taught me to love the genre. I kinda of reread them for a similar reason I reread Narnia. I needed to catch up- as in find the things I forgot (as in certain characters and events that didn’t make it to the movies). Amazing what you notice later in life that you can’t when you were younger

Eventual Reread Possibilities

  1. The Hobbit/ Lord of the Rings- time for a refresher and want to explore more of Middle Earth (as in reading other Tolkien books)
  2. Land of Stories- want to read A Tale of Magic series, the prequel of Land of Stories (so should I reread to prepare to understand better?)

Conclusion

Most of the FUN in rereading books comes from what you didn’t notice the first time. It also could come from what you forgot the first time. If you had originally discovered a book in childhood, there are certain elements of books we might not have noticed, so rereading at a later age might make us detect missing parts of the same story we failed to see last time