Christmas Reads 2014

December 2015 has began and lights are twinkling all around. What better way to put yourself in the festive spirit than reading a Christmas book or two! 

When I first learned to read my parents gave me the Disney edition of "Mickey's Christmas Carol" (a children's adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens) and it's been my traditional December read ever since I was six years old. Before moving to London I gave it to my little cousin who grew up to love books just as much as I do, so this year I had to find new reads for the lead up to Christmas.

The first two books I added to my ever-growing collection were J. R. R. Tolkien's "Letters from Father Christmas" and "My True Love Gave to Me" - a collection of twelve stories written by some of my favorite authors and edited by Stephanie Perkins. 

I've already finished the former one at one sitting... on the same day that I bought it! The short and entertaining book made me feel like a child counting down the sleeps to Christmas. Tolkien's characters develop in every letter he (as Father Christmas) wrote to his young children. I grew to love the clumsy polar bear that causes so much trouble but always means well and Ilbereth the Elf who became Father Christmas' secretary and even the snow-elves who never failed helping to save the gifts from the goblins. Tolkien's fans would also e able to recognize some of the ideas for "The Lord of the Rings" developing in the short stories.

I am just about to start "My true love gave to me" and the level of excitement is to the roof! I cannot get over how beautiful the UK edition of the books is. With its powder blue cover and pink pages it's not just Instagram-worthy, but a Christmas decoration of its own kind!

What are your favorite festive reads?