Best Christmas Books to Get Into the Holiday Spirit
Wed, April 21, 2021

Best Christmas Books to Get Into the Holiday Spirit

Unless you're the type of person who doesn't like reading, books are often one of the most recommended gifts this holiday season. Even people who aren't hardcore bookworms can appreciate the beauty of literature / Photo by: Markus Trienke via Flickr

 

Unless you're the type of person who doesn't like reading, books are often one of the most recommended gifts this holiday season. Even people who aren't hardcore bookworms can appreciate the beauty of literature. One problem with this is finding the perfect book to give as a gift.

Check out this list of titles that can help you decide which books you should give to your loved ones based on their personality, their unusual genre preference, or a general selection that you can read out loud with children.


Diverse Personalities

People around you have different personalities, which means differences in their interests. These personalities and interests are what you would usually base your selection of gifts on to ensure that you get the perfect present. With books, that won't be a big problem as there are plenty of genres that will suit anyone's tastes and desires.

If they want a good laugh, women's online magazine Bustle recommends gifting them with "So Lucky" by Dawn O'Porter. It demonstrates the differences between a person's appearance and their personal life apparent by its tagline that reads, "Don't Judge a Woman by Her Cover." This funny but frank novel that many reviewers described as "hilarious" is a must-have for Christmas.

For a friend you rarely see because of their busy schedule, it may be difficult to know what their recent interests are. But even then there is a book that's perfect for them: "How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy" by Jenny Odell. This book will help those busy bees understand that it's okay to not schedule every moment of their life and just do nothing. It also offers practical life lessons that veer away from self-help clichés.

There's no forgetting that creative friend, whose creations would leave you in awe. Like Odell's book, Felicia Day's "Embrace Your Weird" is also an unusual self-help book that teaches readers to express themselves "in the most fearless way possible," according to Bustle.

It has a lot of fun exercises and practical techniques ideal for someone who's in a stump and wants to get their creative juices flowing.

For Crime Junkies

The Christmas season is a time for peace and relaxation, not for crime and thriller. But that doesn't stop those people whose interest revolves around this literary genre.

After 13 years, "The Silence of the Lambs" writer Thomas Harris made his long-awaited return with "Cari Mora." It's his first novel in 44 years and it doesn't focus on the infamous cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter. Crime junkies will surely love this story, especially if they're looking for something that will give them nightmares this holiday.

If your crime genre-loving friend is into detective-focused stories, The Telegraph, a national British daily broadsheet newspaper, recommends giving them Kate Atkinson's "Big Sky." A decade after she disappeared in the literary crime scene, Atkinson returns with her world-weary detective Jackson Brodie, who seeks to "redress a tiny fraction of the wrongs committed against women by men."

The Christmas season is a time for peace and relaxation, not for crime and thriller. But that doesn't stop those people whose interest revolves around this literary genre / Photo by: Kenny Louie via Wikimedia Commons

 

Stories based on real-life events give that excitement unique to these narratives. People who prefer these true-to-life stories will enjoy getting Patrick McGuinness' "Throw Me to the Wolves," which is based on the case of Christopher Jefferies.

The book tells how the media hounded Jefferies, a preschool teacher, after being accused of a murder he did not commit. That in itself makes the story interesting, but it's McGuinness' "Anglo-Dutch detective’s eccentric approach to the investigation that lingers most in the mind," according to The Telegraph.

For historical crime fiction, Laura Shepherd-Robinson’s enthralling "Blood and Sugar" is for friends who want to understand why abolishing slavery was quickly picked up in Britain or Abir Mukherjee’s "Death in the East" just so they can "gurgle with pleasure" to know how Britain lost their authority over India.

Reading for the Kids

The sweetest moments during the holidays is spending it with your loved ones, especially the children. Just imagine lounging in the living room, a mug of hot chocolate on the coffee table, and reading aloud the new Christmas book you got for them.

These children will grow and have these memories with them for a long time, so it's important to get them the right book that imparts lessons of gratitude and keeps the magic of the holidays.

So why not get Steven Kroll's "The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever" for them? It's the newest installment of the "Biggest Ever" series and tells the story of two mice looking for the biggest Christmas tree.

"This is a great read to bring a smile to your child's face and to get them excited about your own family's Christmas tree hunt," says the Scholastic Corporation, an American multinational publishing, education, and media company known for publishing, selling, and distributing books and educational materials for schools, teachers, parents, and children.

Every child today knows who Peppa Pig is, and they will surely be delighted to know that they can read how Peppa spent her Christmas. Children will adore Peppa more in "Merry Christmas, Peppa!" by Melanie McFadyen. It tells the riveting story of how the universally loved character is able to have a merry Christmas after playing too rough and getting hurt.

If your kid or your friends' kids love dinosaurs, then "How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas?" by Jane Yolen is the perfect gift for them. From the wildly popular "How Do Dinosaurs" series, this Christmas version will be loved for its beautifully crafted story of misbehaving dinosaurs.

With books as Christmas gifts, you can never go wrong.

The sweetest moments during the holidays is spending it with your loved ones, especially the children / Photo by: Viktoriia Hnatiuk via Shutterstock