Oh the weather outside is frightful-ly grey and covid doesn’t seem like it is going to go away. But all is not lost, there will be good cheer, we have some Christmas book recommendations for you here. So stay in and stay warm, this won’t forever be the norm. And Merry Christmas from us, we hope your festive season is not a bust.
Top non-fiction, chosen by Lauraina; The Christmas Chronicles – Nigel Slater
Nigel Slater’s favourite season is Winter and here in The Christmas Chronicles he takes us on a winter journey from November to February. Packed with feasts, folktales, myths and memoir the hundred or so recipes are almost secondary to the glut of information regarding all things wintry. Recipes are interspersed with tales of customs and traditions from around the world. Not many cookery books discuss how many candles used to be made from one sperm whale – don’t try this at home!
Top fiction, chosen by Harrison: Alfie the Holiday Cat – Rachel Wells
A must for all cat lovers This is a fabulous book written through a cat’s eyes. An inherited house, crumbling walls, peeling paint, dripping ceilings…a little Cornish cottage on its last legs. Three families plus two cats, Alfie and George. Add a nasty neighbour, two nasty children and the nastiest cat you’ve ever encountered. It’s up to Alfie and George to make sure their family is welcomed into the village.
Top audio book chosen Quinn: The Ghost of Christmas Paws–A Hettie Bagshot Mystery by Mandy Morton
It’s a week before Christmas and Hettie and Tilly set out on a very dangerous case for The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency. This fabulous feline felony is an absolutely delight. A entertaining Christmas, set in a world without people that cat lovers will certainly enjoy. Light-hearted and entertaining, but quirky and clever with its use of place names and literary references.
Top children’s fiction chosen Lara: Disney Manga Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas by Jun Asuga and Tim Burton
Jack Skellington is the Pumpkin King, the master of all things creepy and spooky. But he’s tired of his life in the shadows and longs a brand new holiday
You may have seen the movie, now read the manga for a new twist on an animated classic!
This creepy Christmas comic is available from Comics Plus Children’s Edition
A huge collection of comics and graphic novels available to download to a tablet or smartphone, or stream on a computer.
There are 1000s of titles from well known comic publishers like Dark Horse and Disney – and its all free to use.
Download the app from your favoured app store and log in with your library card number and PIN
Top children’s non-fiction chosen Lowri: The Most Disgusting Jobs on the Planet by John Perritano
What do you want to be when you grow up? Can you imagine collecting whale snot for a living? How about cleaning human skulls, cleaning porta potties, or smelling people’s armpits? Believe it or not, some people do these jobs! This book will introduce you to some of the most revolting jobs in the world. You might be thrilled the next time you are asked to tidy your room!
Have you read any of the books featured this month? If so we’d love to hear what you thought! Leave your reviews in the comments below. Missed November book reviews? Catch up on them here.
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