Christmas, The Best Time For Good Reads

Christmas is our best chance to snuggle up under the warm blanket, make a hot drink, grab something sweet, and tap into a good read.

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Christmas is the most emotional time to tap into that unique festive excitement. Yet, this wonderful feeling is not coming from the crazy buzz at the malls and Christmas markets. Nor the frantic shopping for useless things and excessive food. Over and above that, Christmas is the period when we set aside all other commitments to spend some quality time with our most precious ones. In the bargain, we can spoil ourselves during the extended holiday break. Our best chance to snuggle up under the warm blanket, make a hot drink, grab something sweet, and dive into the magical world of fairy tales. When, if not at Christmas.

Not without Charles Dickens

This astonishing tale, A Christmas Carol, will enhance our joy that it’s Christmas again. We can read it aloud with our family and friends, or open the pages on a chill winter evening to savor the story in solitude. Charles Dickens’s novel is a magical holiday experience. But if I say more, it will be a spoiler, so I leave you to see for yourself.

David Copperfield, it’s not a classic Christmas book, even though the story is so beautiful and captivating that it will raise your festive vibes. I promise! Charles Dickens describes this novel as his favorite child. Indeed, it is one of his most notorious works, filled with tragedy and comedy all in a piece.

Magical Fairy Tales

What could be more authentic than tales from Santa’s homeland and neighboring countries? Nordic Tales includes sixteen traditional fairy tales from the enchanting world of Nordic folklore. Translated and transcribed by folklorists in the 19th century, these stories are magical, hilarious, cozy, and chilling.

The world around fades while diving into the monument of storytelling, The Arabian Nights: Tales from 1001 Nights. That splendid selection of tales features treasured stories such as Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, Ali Baba, and the Forty Thieves. For centuries, readers get thrilled by the gripping story of Sinbad’s sea adventures and captivated by Shahrazad’s passionate romances and otherworldly escapades.

Stories For Children and Adults

Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tales of foolish emperors, lonely mermaids, icy queens, and clever princesses have delighted children and adults alike for two centuries. The stories’ unique magic and wonder make them essential reading for any childhood. Curl up with this collection of classics and lose yourself in childhood memories.

The fascinating French historical adventure novel The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas was written in 1844 by Alexandre Dumas. The plot revolves around the incredible story of a young nobleman, d’Artagnan, who arrives in Paris with his big dream of becoming a royal musketeer. Musketeers are heroic, chivalrous swordsmen who fight for justice. Fate draws d’Artagnan into the vortex of court life, where Cardinal Richelieu rules behind the scenes. D’Artagnan faces incredible adventures with Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, famous throughout Paris as The Three Musketeers.

You can read Telephone Tales by Gianni Rodari to your children, or return to the magical world of childhood all by yourself. Every night, at nine o’clock, wherever he is, Mr. Bianchi, an accountant who often has to travel for work, calls his daughter and tells her a bedtime story. But it’s still the 20th-century world of payphones. Mr. Bianci has limited time for a story a single coin could buy.

Funny or sad but fascinating stories

The beautiful novel Little Women by Louisa May Alcott follows the lives of the four March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy — from childhood to womanhood, and it reflects the life of the author and her three sisters. Get your handkerchiefs ready because you’re going to cry.

Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck portrays the life of a group of jobless paisanos – countrymen enjoying life and wine in the days after World War I. Danny – the main character, inherits two houses from his grandfather and moves in with his friends. John Steinbeck compares Danny’s house and Danny’s friends to the Knights of the Round Table. Most of the story takes place around the time of Steinbeck’s late teenage and young adult years after World War I.

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov is a good read for those searching for something surrealistic. The plot of this outstanding novel is a complex, confused, illogical, surreal comic. It cannot be retold in simple words, as this would deprive it of its many interpretations and meanings. To sum up, the story has two lines. In the 1920s, the main action takes place in Moscow. The other line takes place during the time of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem. Each story is a path along which Mikhail Bulgakov leads the reader to his complex beliefs and understandings.

Christmas is the most magical time of the year. Apart from the usual festivities, it could become even more exciting with a good read. Yet, name a better gift for a loved one than a fascinating book.

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