Blogger Book Nook #4: Christmas

December 19, 2017Hels

Book in hand, hot chocolate (or mulled wine) on the side and mince pies within reach… I’m SO excited for the Christmas break! I love curling up on the sofa under a blanket, watching Christmas films and doing lots of reading, and I’ve been making a huge effort to read lots to Dougie as well, which is really special. This year we’re heading to my family home in Leicester for Christmas Day and I can’t wait. This month, Blogger Book Nook has a festive, Christmas theme… 

Do you have an all time favourite Christmas book? If so, what is it?

I don’t really have a book that is specifically ‘Christmas’ – I normally get a few books for Christmas so I try and read as many as I can over the festive period! However, one of my favourite books and films is The Nightmare Before Christmas – I’m never totally sure if I should watch this on Halloween or Christmas, but I’ve been reading the book to Dougie before bedtime in the run up to Christmas, which I’m really enjoying doing.

Are there any books from your childhood that you associate with Christmas time?

There is a book that we had all through our childhood, it was one of those chunky cardboard books, and every year on Christmas Eve, we would all dance around the Christmas tree in our front room reciting it – we all know it by heart now – it begins:

Christmas time has come once more

With presents to wrap and cards through the door

The Christmas tree looks merry and bright

And carol singers call at night.

We still read it every year, and this year I can read it with Dougie bounding around, which I’m really excited about.

I was also given Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for Christmas in 1997, and I made my Mum read me the first chapter before bed that night. Once she’d finished the chapter and left me to go to sleep, I then sat by the landing light reading the next 12 chapters or so that night…

Which book are you hoping to find in your stocking this year?

Abbey very kindly gave me The Power by Naomi Alderman for Christmas which I’m currently reading. I’ve asked for the Ravenclaw edition of Harry Potter from my parents – and I just realised that that will be 20 years since I first got the first book which makes me feel old!

Have you ever received a book at Christmas that you still have on your book shelf unread?

I was given His Dark Materials one year and I’ve still never read them. I tried repeatedly, but could just never get into them…

Where is your favourite place to curl up with a book in the wintry weather?

In our flat, I love curling up on the sofa with a blanket and a mug of hot chocolate. When I’m home in Leicester, our living room has a proper log fireplace, and my Dad always puts it on during winter, so curling up in the armchair by the fire is my happy place.

Mini review: A Dog Named Christmas (Greg Kincaid)

Abbey very kindly lent me her copy of A Dog Named Christmas (Greg Kincaid) when I said I was writing this post and I read it in an evening. It’s one of the sweetest, most charming Christmas books I’ve ever read.

A Dog Named Christmas is set on a Kansas farm, and tells the story of a young man called Todd who has learning difficulties. Todd learns about a program a local dog shelter runs called ‘Adopt a Dog for Christmas’ – the idea being that families take in dogs at the shelter for a few days over the festive period. Initially Todd’s father is against the idea, and flashbacks throughout the story explain why. Todd is drawn to a particular dog, who he decides to name Christmas, and he encourages other members of their hometown to participate in the Adopt a Dog for Christmas program.

It’s a really lovely story, and it’s not a very long book, so it’s ideal for a cosy winter evening read. I’d definitely recommend the book, and it made me want to give my dog a huge cuddle!

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