Winters are the perfect opportunity to sit back with Christmas reads, curled up on the sofa while sipping on hot chocolate, no?
Tis’ the season we’ve all been eagerly waiting for, cold mornings, long drives, strawberry cream, and Christmas reads. Our days are spent endlessly shuffling our coats and blankets and covering our feet with cute mittens and socks while decorating our home with Christmas trees and lights! And we celebrate our nights with holiday-themed movies on OTT platforms and reading a book while wrapped up in a blanket.
Let’s just say that nothing’s better than getting some “me” time during holidays and slowing down with a book is the best it gets. While all of us are busy prepping for the festive season, Deepak shares his list of 12 Christmas reads that he loves reading. So, let’s get a cup of cocoa, grab a fluffy blanket and light a Christmas candle because what we have below is a long and lovely list of festive reads! Deepak is a bookstagrammer from New Delhi, he is someone who loves reading, cries, and shares about all he loves!
Here’s what Deepak Rawat had to share!
The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry
Originally written in French, The Little Prince is one of the most translated children’s books in the world. Through the prince’s journey, we explore themes like loneliness, friendship, love, and loss. It makes a perfect gift for readers of all ages.
This Modern Love by Will Darbyshire
This Modern Love is a collection of responses to Will’s questions about love. He arranged them in three parts Beginning, middle, and end. Reading this book would bring clarity to your own understanding of love but mostly you would laugh and cry at strangers’ honest confessions about their love-life.
Maybe You Should Talk To Someone by Lori Gottlieb
If festive times make you bit bitter or if there are things that you haven’t been able to tell anyone, then Maybe You Should Talk to Someone. Therapy still isn’t that common in our country, so if you’re looking to go for therapy then this book will help you navigate the way. It’s the true account of a therapist, Lori Gottlieb who discusses her own therapy journey and her interactions with some of her patients.
Art Matters by Neil Gaiman (Author) & Chris Riddell (Illustrator)
The magic that’s created in stories and movies is largely contributed by someone’s creativity. Writers, artists, and creators around the world are working every day to make sure that people know about things that are being silenced or a fictional magical land like Narnia. In this beautifully illustrated book, Neil Gaiman makes some solid points about why we should choose ART.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Another Neil Gaiman book on the list not only explains how much I love his work but also states the fact that Gaiman’s writing vividly paints a world that you never knew existed. Coraline is a perfect read for those who enjoys horror, mystery and thriller genres.
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy
It’s the perfect gift to give yourself or someone you love. Its heart-warming illustrations will fills you up with hope. It’s like a friend who tells you stories that are true and always holds your hand in tough times. Mackesy describes thoughts and feelings about life through four characters – The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Young adult novel, based (mostly) in Paris is all you need this holiday season when we can only do couch travelling. It’s a story of an American girl, Anna who initially was forced to study in boarding school in Paris, but things change as soon as she makes friends in the new country.
A Mirrored Life by Rabisankar Bal (Author), Arunava Sinha (Translator)
There’s a whole debate about how much one enjoys translated books. But Bal’s and Sinha’s craftsmanship will make you believe in the power of written words. It’s the story of Rumi, about how he put all the pain in his poems. The twist in the story comes when the medieval Moorish traveler, Ibn Battuta narrates this incredible tale.
The Truth About Magic by Atticus
Whether you’re an avid reader or a casual one, poetry is for everyone. Atticus talks about magic, love, and life through this beautifully written modern poetry. ’Tis the season to be jolly, so this magical book is all you need right now.
Heartstopper (Volume One) by Alice Oseman
If you’re an ally of the LGBTQIA+ community or if you belong to the community then Alice Oseman’s heartstopper series is for you. It has 4 volumes so far and its screen adaption is on its way – so pick it up before the screen adaptation releases. It’s the story of two teenagers, Charlie and Nick who are exploring themselves and life. This webcomic is now available in paperback too.
Rain in the Mountains by Ruskin Bond
It’s always the right time to pick up a book by Ruskin Bond but it should definitely be your next read if you like mountains and Bond’s writing. It’s a collection of stories, snippets, essays, and poems – written with warmth, wit, and lots of love for life in hills. It’s my go-to book whenever I miss home.
The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon
If reading “Enemies to lovers” stories is your jam then this is your book. It’s a steamy romance novel about two radio hosts in the 21st century. The radio station they work at has bleak chances to survive so they start a new show and fake being exes. What happens when their audience finds out, well, that’s why you need to pick this book right away.
Which of these are you looking forward to? Tell us in the comments below.