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Christmas Reading List


I am looking forward to a glorious two whole weeks off over Christmas this year, the first half near London with my in-laws and the second half with my family in Yorkshire. One of the things I’ve been enjoying recently is the building of, and the anticipation of, my Christmas reading list. I fully intend on spending as many hours as I can get away with cuddled up with my books!

Here is what I’m taking with me:

1. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Donna Tartt and the Goldfinch book cover

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A current sensation. I loved The Secret History, am currently reading The Little Friend and so it seemed rude not to take this with me for Christmas.

2. The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Signature of all things by Elizabeth Gilbert

I was going to wait for this to come out in paperback, but I cracked!

3. Stoner by John Williams

Stoner by John Williams

I saw this in Covent Garden Waterstone’s this afternoon whilst browsing on my lunch break and was intrigued. I haven’t heard much about it, but on returning to my desk, I googled it and much praise appeared…I’m even more intrigued!  (Here is one of the articles I read)

4. The Emily of New Moon series by L.M Montgomery

Emily of New Moon

Continuing my recent trip down memory lane, I’m taking a children’s series with me. Somehow, I missed Emily of New Moon whilst I was growing up, but I’m very excited to get acquainted with her soon.

What are you reading this Christmas?

5 thoughts on “Christmas Reading List

  1. Pingback: Happy Christmas! | chestnut book blog

  2. Hi, great choice of books. The Goldfinch is wonderful. Enjoy your trip!

  3. Hi Caroline! I was very happy to hear that me asking a favor made you walk down memory lane!! So glad you enjoyed it, and thank you again!! I have a couple of favorites from when I was younger. Charlie and the chocolate factory by Roald Dahl and a book in Spanish called “Socaire y el Capitan Loco” or “Socaire and The Crazy Captain”. It is a story of a dreamy ship captain and her mini friend called Socaire who used to live in his ears and pockets! A lovely story about friendship and imagination.
    This Christmas I am reading “A tale of Love and Darkness” by Amos Oz and will s “And the mountains echoed” by Khaled Hosseini.
    Enjoy the holiday and Feliz Navidad!!!!!

    • Thanks for sharing your favourites Cristina, Socaire sounds magical! Enjoy your Christmas reading too and have a lovely time in Jordan and Israel! I can’t wait to hear what it is like. C x p.s. Hope the house move went well!

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