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Saturday, December 18, 2021

Eight (8) Christmas books for adults

December 18, 2021 0 Comments

 Hello everyone!

Only one week until Christmas day! Some of you might still need a little help getting into the Christmas spirit. Just like the TV movies we all love to watch during the holidays, books can be just as festive. Christmas books are not just for kids; this post list books to read at Christmas for adults, including some romance novels, comedies, and even mysteries. In my previous post, I suggested eight Christmas books for children. This time, I chose eight books for adults! 

fairy lights on open book

The Christmas Escape by Sarah Morgan

An uplifting story of friendship, the festive season, and risking everything for the biggest gift of all!

The Christmas Escape by Sarah Morgan

Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

An unforgettably romantic novel that spans four Christmases (1914-1918)

Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

One More Christmas at the Castle by Trisha Ashley

A heartwarming novel about second chances.

One More Christmas at the Castle by Trisha Ashley

The Greatest Gift: A Christmas Tale by Philip Van Doren Stern

The Christmas movie It’s a Wonderful Life was based on this short story, which came to Stern in a dream one night.

The Greatest Gift: A Christmas Tale by Philip Van Doren Stern

Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva

A fictional account of how Charles Dickens was inspired to write his famous novella, A Christmas Carol.

Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva

Jingle All the Way by Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber is the queen of Christmas stories. If you love Hallmark movies, you will love this book. Did you know that there are six Hallmark movies based on Macomber's Christmas novels?

Jingle All the Way by Debbie Macomber

The Holiday Swap by Maggie Knox

A feel-good, holiday-themed romantic comedy about identical twins who switch lives in the days leading up to Christmas.

The Holiday Swap by Maggie Knox

Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie

If you prefer a murder mystery to a romance novel, this is the book for you. This detective novel was written in 1938. 

Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie

Books help us relax, decompress and wind down after a long day. Curl up in a holiday blanket by the Christmas tree, diffuse some cosy essential oil blends, and enjoy these festive books for adults.

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Eight (8) Christmas books for children

December 16, 2021 1 Comments

Hello everyone!

The holidays are a magical time! Moods are high as we spend more quality time with our loved ones. A great way to spend time with the little ones in our family during the holidays is by reading Christmas books to/with them. If you are a parent or guardian, you can also add these books to your child's nightly bedtime stories.

Here are eight (8) Christmas books that the kids will surely love:

Christmas books

Merry Christmas, Mr. Mouse by Caralyn Buehner

The story of the Mouse family’s first Christmas. A lively story about discovering the joy and meaning of Christmas.

Merry Christmas, Mr. Mouse by Caralyn Buehner

Love Came Down at Christmas by Tim Wesemann

Gentle rhyme and beautiful artwork bring young readers to the manger to celebrate the gift of the Christ Child.

Love Came Down at Christmas by Tim Wesemann

A Night Like No Other by Werner Cherie

A book that shares the story of the first Christmas night.

A Night Like No Other by Werner Cherie

They Followed the Star by A.E. Dingee

From the Sony Pictures Animation’s film The Star. Bo the donkey and his friends follow the Star that leads them to their destiny.

They Followed the Star by A.E. Dingee

Madeline's Christmas by Ludwig Bemelmans

It features the popular children's character, Madeline. Madeline finds herself having to manage the needs of the school when everyone else falls ill. 

Madeline's Christmas by Ludwig Bemelmans

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

A young boy boards a train and embarks on an extraordinary journey to the North Pole.

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

'Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

A Visit from St. Nicholas, more commonly known as The Night Before Christmas and 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.

'Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by ghosts, one Christmas Eve. 

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Any of these books would also make a great gift!

My favourite Christmas book as a child was, and still is, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  What was your favourite Christmas book?

Monday, October 25, 2021

Six (6) books that will get you in the mood for Halloween

October 25, 2021 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Halloween is a time for scares. Most people, myself included, look for an adrenaline rush in scary movies and TV shows. However, Halloween is the perfect time of year to cosy up with a good, entertaining book. Scary books happen to be my favourites!

If you are struggling to find one that will leave you with chills down your spine, look no further! These are my recommendation:

I chose to include mostly classic, horror and ghost stories. I also included a book in Maltese and a Young Adult novel, perfect for those of you who do not like to be scared, I got you!

book and hot drink
The Turn Of The Screw by Henry James

This story follows a governess who, caring for two children at a remote estate (Bly Manor), becomes convinced that the grounds are haunted. The Turn of the Screw is considered a work of both gothic and horror fiction.

I've always been intrigued by this story and I even watched each and every movie, TV and Netflix adaptation of this story. 

Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin

A group of Satanists (Rosemary's neighbours) select a fertile young bride and arrange for her to become pregnant, and then groom and care for her while she brings the baby to term. Rosemary starts to believe that her husband and the neighbours at her apartment complex want to steal her baby after it’s born. 

Complete Ghost Stories by Charles Dickens

This book brings together all Charles Dickens' ghost stories, twenty (12) in all, including several longer tales. These chilling stories are fascinating and entertaining as well as unsettling. I read A Christmas Carol every year around Christmas. Charles Dickens is one of my favourite authors! 

scary book

The Collected Ghost Stories of E.F.Benson

This collection brings together fifty-four (54) of E.F. Benson's masterfully frightening literary ghost stories, making this the book that no horror fan can afford to miss. E.F.Benson is considered one of the greatest horror fiction writers. 

'Mejt' by Anton Grasso

I had to include a book in Maltese in this list. Anton Grasso is considered the best horror writer on the island. Mejt is a compilation of five (5) of Grasso’s best stories chosen from more than a thousand he has written. 

My mother and I love Grasso's books and we own most of them. Enigma is one of my favourite books by this author. The author also translated Rosemary's Baby into the Maltese language.

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
This YA novel is not scary, but it is a perfect book to read around Halloween. It's a story of revenge, magic, and first love set along the coastal shores of Sparrow, Oregon, where three sisters accused of witchcraft place a curse upon its townspeople. If you have a fondness for Hocus Pocus, you will definitely enjoy this book.

If you love this book, as I did, you should read Winterwood, another fascinating story about a rumoured witch, by the same author.

love paranormal, ghost stories and psychological horror/thrillers, so much! In fact, those are my favourite genres of both books and movies. 

Have you read any of the books on this list? Do you have any spooky book recommendations? Leave them in the comments section below.