by Miriam Telli

There’s nothing better than snuggling up with a blanket, a steaming mug of hot chocolate and a great read. It’s the kind of down-time that the Christmas season practically begs for – even if we do live in the Southern Hemisphere, and the land of perpetual sunshine! And while Netflix has an overwhelming array of cheesy Christmas movies, sometimes what we really need is a good book. So, instead of you having to trawl through the bookstores to find that perfect holiday read, we’ve curated a list of books that’s sure to put you into the Christmas spirit.

reading in bed

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Magic and Christmas just seem to go hand in hand, don’t they? And while this book isn’t directly about Christmas, there’s just something about it that has a festive feel. Maybe it’s the enchanted circus, or the mysterious midnight dinners. Either way, who wouldn’t want to visit a circus that only opens from sunset to sunrise?

The night circus

Let it snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle and Maureen Johnson

Anyone who says that they didn’t cry when they watched The Fault In Our Stars is either lying or heartless! But did you know that John Green, the author of Hazel Grace and Augustus’ doomed love-story, also contributed to a book about Christmas? This novel contains three festive short-stories that intertwine with one another about a snow-storm, a broken-down train and young love, come on – what could be more Christmas?

Harry Potter and the … – by J.K Rowling

An oldie but a goldie! Hogwarts for the holidays is our Christmas wish and what better way to spend December than rereading a childhood favourite? The books have also recently been reissued as beautiful illustrated editions, so there’s no better time than this to get swept up in the magic of J.K Rowling’s Wizarding World.

Harry Potter book

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

This one is for those of us who like to walk on the creepy side of life! The Silent Companions has all the doom and gloom needed to give us a good shiver, and the Gothic setting has something distinctly Christmas-like about it. Purcell’s writing is rich and captivating, and the perfect companion (terrible pun – we know) for those late Christmas evenings when you don’t feel like leaving the house!

the silent companions

Let us know what you’re reading this Christmas and whether or not you’re going to give any of these a go! We loved them and we hope that you will too. And if all else fails…well, we guess Netflix is there for a reason, right?