If you're a true blue analogue reader, I'm sure the holidays are among your favorite seasons for reading lots and lots of books. Nothing beats curling up on the bed or couch with a book on a chilly day while sipping a steaming cup of coffee or hot choco! So, if you're up for some Christmas reading, you might want to grab a copy of these books while on a holiday vacation!
Whether I decide to travel out of town with my family during the Christmas break, or stay at home altogether when I want to relax, I’m never without something to read. I’m one of those people who like to catch up on my reading whenever time allows me, and the holiday season is often the best time for it. So, I thought of making a special The Analogue Reader installment featuring some Christmas book recommendations, in case any of you are looking for something to read too for the holidays!
Now is the chance for you to brush up on your classics with some timeless titles for Christmas reading! If you’re thinking that most of them are for kids or are only good for timeless reading, you’ll be surprised to learn that there are several that are perfect for Christmas! Here are some:
1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
No Christmas book recommendation would be complete without this classic tale of the sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge, and his transformation during Christmastime. Written and published in Britain during the beginning of the Victorian Era, this novella remains a Christmas reading favorite and never goes out of print many decades later.
2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss
This children’s story in rhymed verse by famed author Dr. Seuss is another Christmas-themed title that has remained popular among the young and the young at heart. It shares a similar storyline to A Christmas Carol, telling the story of a grumpy, cave-dwelling creature whose heart is “two sizes too small” and his attempt to “prevent Christmas from coming.” If it seems familiar to you, it’s most likely because it was adapted into a live-action film in 2000, which starred Jim Carrey.
3. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Another popular children’s story that many grown-ups still enjoy reading is this 1985 book written by Chris Van Allsburg. It tells about a young boy who sees a magical train called the Polar Express pull up in front of his house on Christmas Eve. Along with other children who are also dressed in pajamas like him, he accepts an invitation to travel to the North Pole and meet Santa Claus. Another familiar title and storyline? You must remember the 2004 Oscar-nominated motion-capture movie with the same title, which starred Tom Hanks.
4. Tales for a Winter’s Night by Arthur Conan Doyle
The previous books may be Christmas reading staples, but for good measure, I thought of including here a collection of eight mystery classics by renowned crime fiction author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Previously published as “Round the Fire Stories” in 1908, Doyle recommends reading the book " ‘round the fire’ upon a winter’s night." So, if you’re spending Christmas in a Winter Wonderland, why not warm yourself up by the fire while reading this book and sipping that glorious cup of coffee?
Do you have your own Christmas reading recommendation? Go ahead and share it with us through a comment below!
Here in Lomography, we are all lovers of all things analogue, in various aspects and varying degrees. If you’re one of those who prefer reading the analogue way, you might want to check out the rest of the articles in The Analogue Reader series!