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5 Christmas Books You Need to Read!

5 Christmas Books You Need to Read!

It's December, which means Christmas is fast approaching! And what better way to get into the Christmas spirit than to cuddle up under a cosy blanket with a gripping book? That's why we've teamed up with book blogger Helen, aka The Hels Project, to create this list of 5 of the best Christmas books we think you need to read!

Whether you're looking for some Christmas romance or want to indulge in a traditional classic, our list covers a range of genres that are guaranteed to bring some festive cheer!

Helen has also provided a brief comment for each book on why she loves the book and recommends it to you! So whether it's for yourself or as a Christmas present for a loved one, we're sure you'll find an Xmas book to love!

The Hels Project Christmas Book Recommendations

The Christmas Escape by Sarah Morgan

1. The Christmas Escape by Sarah Morgan - RRP £8.99

"It was supposed to be Christy Sullivan's perfect Christmas escape - a dream trip to Lapland with her family and best friend, Alix. But facing a make-or-break marriage crisis, Christy desperately needs time alone with her husband, Seb. Her solution? Alix, along with Seb's oldest friend, Zac, can take Christy's daughter on the planned Lapland trip, and they will all reunite there for Christmas Day. After all, what are friends for?

There's nothing Alix won't do for Christy, but Christy's plan to save Christmas is testing their friendship. Especially as Alix and Zac have a difficult history of their own.

As long-held secrets unravel, and unexpected romance shines under the Northern Lights, can Christy and Alix find the courage to fight for the relationships they really want? And could this Christmas escape save the precious gift of each other's friendship?"

Why does The Hels Project recommend it?

"I wanted an easy, festive read filled with Christmas joy. The book is pure escapism - and now I very much want to go to Lapland for Christmas one year!"

Midnight in Everwood by M.A. Kuznair

2. Midnight in Everwood by M.A. Kuzniar - RRP £14.99

"In the darkness of night, magic awaits...Nottingham, 1906
Marietta Stelle longs to be a ballerina but as Christmas draws nearer, her dancing days are numbered. At the wishes of her family, she will be obligated to marry and take up her place in society in the New Year. But when a mysterious new toymaker, Dr Drosselmeier, purchases a neighbouring townhouse, it heralds the arrival of magic and wonder in her life.

Although Drosselmeier's magic is darker than Marietta could have imagined...
When he constructs an elaborate theatrical set for her final ballet performance, Marietta discovers it carries a magic all of its own. As the clock chimes midnight, Marietta finds herself walking through a land of snow-topped fir trees leading to a frozen sugar palace silent with secrets and must find a way to return home.
In the darkness of night, magic awaits and you will never forget what you find here…"

Why does The Hels Project recommend it?

"I did ballet for years, and The Nutcracker was one of my favourites - I loved the Gothic retelling, darkness and magic all rolled into a stunning story."

Midwinter Murder by Agatha Christie

3. Midwinter Murder by Agatha Christie - RRP £14.99

"There's a chill in the air and the days are growing shorter... It's the perfect time to curl up in front of a crackling fireplace with this winter-themed collection from legendary mystery writer Agatha Christie. But beware of deadly snowdrifts and dangerous gifts, poisoned meals and mysterious guests.

This compendium of short stories, some featuring beloved detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, is an essential omnibus for Christie fans and the perfect gift for mystery lovers.

Why does The Hels Project recommend it?

"Agatha Christie really is the queen of murder mysteries, and this is the perfect cosy read for the festive period - the short stories mean you can dip in and out and I loved reconnecting with old favourites like Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple."

Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

4. Twas the Night Before Christmas: Wind and Play! by Clement C. Moore - RRP £20

"Bring the magic of music into your home with this interactive book, which features a wind-up mechanism that sounds just like a musical jewellery box. Wind and play the nostalgic carol Deck the Halls as you settle down to share Clement C. Moore's classic story 'Twas Night Before Christmas. The holidays never sounded so magical."

Why does The Hels Project recommend it?

"This book is magical, I've loved reading it with both my kids while playing the music which is such a lovely feature, and the illustrations are beautiful."

The Christmas Pine by Julia Donaldson

5. The Christmas Pine by Julia Donaldson RRP £12.99

"Deep in a snowy wood stands a little pine tree with a special destiny: when it grows up, it’s going to be the famous Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square!
This is the perfect picture book to snuggle up with and share at Christmas. Gorgeous, atmospheric illustrations whisk you from frozen forests to the sparkling city square in a beautiful, moving story of festivity and hope."

Why does The Hels Project recommend it?

"Both my kids love everything we've ever read by Julia Donaldson and The Christmas Pine was no exception. The simple rhyming words are beautiful and so effective, and the story follows the tree who grows in a forest in Norway, and journeys to London to stand in Trafalgar Square - I know it will be a story we'll read every year."

The Hels Project Book Recommendations

Which Christmas book do you want to read?

So, which Xmas book takes your fancy? Are you looking to enjoy a Christmas classic or read a wonderful re-imagining of a beloved ballet? We love all the books that Helen has suggested, and if you're interested in more book recommendations then make sure to check out The Hels Project on Twitter and Instagram!

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