#Friday Feature

In October, we rounded up our favourite Halloween Horror Stories; now we’ve put together our favourite festive reads from the team at Wordsmith HQ! Not all of these will be Christmassy in nature, but are the books we like to read in the run up the Christmas!


I like to read a lot of Crime and Murder Mystery by the fire throughout winter; give me a cup of tea, slippers, a blanket and a fire and I’m onto a winner in the lead up to the festive period. Two I’ve read recently that I would recommend are: 

The Dungeon House by Martin Edwards. His Lake District Cold Case Team series of books are all fab. All have the same characters but there are various different stories and murders to solve! 

The Dungeon House by Martin Edwards

If I had to pick something Christmassy though, I would go with a literary classic like A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I did a Dicken’s module on my English Degree back in second year and loved it! 

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens


As a YA enthusiast, I like Let It Snow, a short collection of festive stories that feature prominent YA authors John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle. A snow storm buries Gracetown and its residents, bringing three interconnected stories of humour, romance and the occasional tea cup pig! 

Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle


Every Christmas Eve I used to read an entire book before going to sleep, so whenever I think of festive reads, I always think of those books. The first book that I used to read year after year was Nickolai of the North by Lucy Daniel Raby. It’s the story of the boy who grew up to be Santa and I used to love this book because it always made me feel Christmassy. 

Nickolai of the North by Lucy Daniel Raby

The second book that I used to read around Christmas was North Child by Edith Pattou; the best way to describe the story would be Beauty and the Beast meets Christmas with superstitions, castles, polar bears and quests all covered in snow. I adored this book and it’s a book that I would still read now, as it always left me with a smile on my face as I fell asleep waiting for Santa (of course I had left out a mince pie and some carrots for Santa and his reindeer!). 

North Child by Edith Pattou

What are your favourite festive reads? Let us know!