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Hi friends! Fall through early winter is easily my favorite time of year, especially now that we’re getting into the holiday season. I mean, what’s not to love?
Warm drinks ✓
Big sweaters ✓
Fuzzy socks ✓
Cool, crisp air ✓
First snowfalls ✓
Warm Fires ✓
Holiday movies ✓
Christmas lights ✓
Warm and fuzzies ✓
A great excuse to eat everything that’s bad for you ✓
While the holidays is my favorite time of year, my monstrous, living, breathing TBR pile absolutely dreads it since I usually spend the entire month of December rereading old favorites. It’s become a little tradition of mine, one that I don’t want to give it up. Rereading my favorite books is something that I look forward to every year. It’s like visiting an old friend. After all, isn’t that what the holidays are all about… tradition and warm, fuzzy feelings?
After the absolute wreck that was this year, I’m especially looking forward to returning to the stories and worlds that I know and love. I’m in desperate need of a warm hug from my old friends.
It just may or may not be strange that those friends are books. It’s all in how you look at things.
While I definitely don’t plan on giving up my beloved rereads this year, I’ve decided that it’s time to include some new books in my holiday reading list. So here’s my holiday reading list, some of which are old favorites, and some of which are new reads. But either way, they’re stories that I know and love—with one exception, that is.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Who ever would have guessed that this was number one on my read/reread list. It’s a shocker. Really.
I don’t know why—maybe it’s the magic or the fact that Harry’s first real Christmas is spent at Hogwarts, so there’s all kinds of warm and fuzzies—but reading this book always makes me feel like it’s really Christmas.
Santa Paws by Nicholas Edwards
CHAPTERS | AMAZON
This was a book that was given to me as a gift one year and I absolutely fell in love with it. It’s the story of a lost puppy who goes on all kinds of adventures until he finds his way home. And it’s set during Christmas time.
Dogs + Christmas + Jessica = Sold.
This isn’t a groundbreaking read, but it’s definitely an easy one and I have all kinds of sentimental feelings attached to it. Somewhere along the line I lost my copy, but every year when the holidays came around I wished I had a copy to read again. But this little book is nearly impossible to find new. Last year, I finally broke down, found a second hand copy online, and purchased it. And I was surprised with this super cute message inside of it that reads, “Merry Christmas, From Mr. Batman”. I’m not even sure if my adult brain will enjoy it after all these years. Nonetheless, I will be taking a few hours out of my holiday schedule to reread this book.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
We all know the story of Ebenezer Scrooge. I don’t think I need to get into that. If I’m being honest, it’s been so long since I’ve read the book—I usually just watch one of the million versions of the film that’s on repeat during the holidays.
Spoiler alert| It’s usually the muppet’s one.
But this summer I became the very proud owner of a 100 year old copy of this holiday classic and I CANNOT WAIT to pick it up and read it.
Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
This book has been on my TBR for a while and I figured, what better time to read Wintersong than in the winter? I know, I’m a genius. I actually started this book a few nights ago and so far I’m loving it. It has a whimsical, dark fairy tale appeal to it that is right up my alley. If you’re interested, here is the goodreads summary:
All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.
But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.
Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Yes. Children’s stories remind me of Christmas! This story is whimsical and magical in so many ways. But I came to the recent realization that, as many times as I’ve seen the movie—a.k.a. every Christmas since it came out—I’ve never actually read the books. And I own them.
What are you doing Jessica!?
Needless to say, this is the year that I finally do the thing.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
This is a book that I loved growing up and is also a film that I watch every Christmas. It’s actually on my mandatory list of films I must rewatch at Christmas.
Spoiler alert: Harry Potter’s on that list too.
But this year I’d really like to carve out some time to reread this book. It mirrors the ups, the downs, the absolute joys, and horrible heartbreaks of real life—each of which have been incredibly poignant for me this year. I think that revisiting this book and the story I love will be a wonderful way to create a tradition I can come back to and reflect on the events of this year, to close off that part of my life, and look forward to a fresh start.
Since many of them are children’s books or books that I’ve read before, or a combination of the two, I don’t think six books in a month is an outrageous goal for me. But then again, I’m terrible at getting through my TBR lately. So we’ll see how this goes.
What are your go to reads during Christmas? Do you reread the same books every year or do you like to read something new?