Christmas is almost upon us, and that means it is the season to be jolly and read books. The books I am going to recommend are either comfort reads or books that relate to the season we are in.
- Hogfather by Terry Pratchett – A book about the Discworld’s version of Christmas, Hogswatch. Witty and inventive as ever, Pratchett takes the reader on a fun and insightful ride, which includes jokes, philosophy and generally thought provoking characters. Honestly, you do not want to mess with Susan, Death’s granddaughter, who wants to be normal, but is always drawn into the world of tooth fairies, monsters and other supernatural entities.
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien – This a classic fantasy book about Bilbo Baggins, a wizard called Gandalf and thirteen dwarves, and their quest to regain the Lonely Mountain and its treasure from the dragon called Smaug. The first novel published, set in Middle Earth, essential reading if you want to enjoys Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.
- Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling – I am recommending the full series because they are timeless easy reads and pure escapism.
- The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis – Again these book are classics and can be enjoyed by both children and adults. One is never too old for fairy tales, so never be ashamed to be a fan of the fantasy genre.
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – A delightful book about a circus that only opens at night and can simply vanish the next day. The plot centres around a competition between two magicians. This book can be described as magical realism or fantasy, with plenty of intrigue, mystery and of course romance.
These books are only recommendations, based off what I would usually read at this time of year. However, the most important thing is to read what you enjoy and relax. Happy reading, and hopefully see you again soon.