‘Tis the season to do rereads
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I am a fan of rereading books that I have previously enjoyed but in December I really am all about the rereads. Are you a fan of rereading books that you’ve already adored?
I have some festive favourites that I like to read every December. In the most recent years, I have enjoyed 3 festive rereads- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and Hercule Poirot’s Christmas and Adventures of the Christmas Pudding both by Agatha Christie.
For me, it doesn’t feel like December until I’ve read at least one of these three beauties. My favourite way to enjoy these comforting rereads is to read the physical book while listening to them on audiobook. Like a book on tape!
A Christmas Carol is just the perfect read for Christmas! Part ghost story, part cautionary tale and ultimately heartwarming. I love Tiny Tim! I’m actually going to be reading the parallel text version of A Christmas Carol this year, I’m practicing my French reading skills (which are mediocre at best but I try). Also, this book is the reason why we have A Muppet Christmas Carol which pleases my soul.
It wouldn’t be a festive season without an Agatha Christie! I did toy with the idea of buying the Midwinter Murder short story collection but my mum had previously asked whether it was something I’d enjoy as a gift so I didn’t by it just in case. So I’m rereading the two most Christmassy Agatha Christie books; The Adventures of the Christmas Pudding and Hercule Poirot’s Christmas.
I always tell myself that I don’t enjoy short story collections but The Adventures of the Christmas Pudding is one of the exceptions to this rule (there’s an ever growing list of exceptions to this rule!). This is such a quick read and I find it perfect for December bedtime reading. There are only 5 stories and they’re all pretty short, yet most excellent.
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas is one of my favourite ever Agatha Christie books, it’s definitely in my top 5. This book is just so full of wintery vibes and really makes me feel festive, despite this book being about murder… there’s still some warm bits about family plus Poirot hating the cold is always amusing.
My December reading is all about the festive rereads but I also favour a heartwarming winter read. This year I have a lot of winter reads, so many that I wonder if I will get through them all. If I run out of time, I will just move them to my TBR pile for December 2022 and feel accomplished at planning so far ahead.
This year I found a new book that I’d like to add to future Yuletide rereading. This year I read Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik which I found to be a really lovely winter wonderland of a novel. I read it in August which was poor planning on my part but does mean that I really don’t fancy a reread of it so soon.
Do you have a favourite Christmas read?