At the risk of being totally predictable, I’ve spent ages trying to think of another Christmas book I adore more than this one. I can’t.
11. Christmas classic
I love love love this book and if any of you haven’t read it, for the love of Kermit pick it up this Christmas. A lot of people are under the misapprehension that Charles Dickens is hard work. This simply isn’t true. Yes, some of the page counts are daunting and no, you can’t skim read pages of dialogue and it all sink in (this is the nineteenth century after all) but I simply can’t express how well-drawn his characters are and how inspired and moving his plot-lines. There’s a reason these stories, A Christmas Carol included, permeate the fabric our society. Dickens is genius and may we all bow down and admire. I read one of his novels every winter and it really is something to savour. Sigh.