7 Classic Books That Are Perfect for Reading this Christmas

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Imagine yourself: sitting down on a big armchair with a soft blanket on your lap, enjoying a mug of hot chocolate and reading a good book in a room that smells of cookies.

Cozy, right?

This is the perfect way to spend the cool nights of the Christmas season. And if you ask me, the book you should be holding should be a classic.

There is something about Christmas that makes it the perfect time to revisit the old tales. They are filled with heartwarming lessons and vivid descriptions of what goes on during Christmas in the olden days.

If you want to spend your evenings cozying up with a book, here are 7 classics that you should definitely pick up during the Christmas season:


1. The Christmas Carol



"Ebenezer Scrooge is a grumpy old business who does not have a care for his neighbors. He lets his clerk suffer in the cold temperature of the room, shoos away charity volunteers, and sends away his visiting nephew who only wanted to wish him a Merry Christmas.

On the eve of Christmas, he is visited by four ghosts who teach him the true meaning of Christmas. Through his dreams, they take him to see the Christmas of the past, present, and future, and help him realize how his bad behavior affects those around him."



Read it if: You really want to get into the Christmas spirit.
The Christmas Carol is a staple read for families during the season. It teaches valuable lessons about kindness and generosity - things that we all need to be reminded of, especially during Christmas.


2. Little Women


"Four sisters - Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy - are left to live with their mother while their father serves in the civil war. Life without their father proves to be quite difficult as they are stripped of their riches and struggle to keep their family comfortable.

As each day passes, they each experience different adventures that test their character and teach them a valuable lesson about being a proper lady. Guided by Marmee, they learn about hard work, staying humble, being friendly, and dreaming big."



Read it if: You miss your family, especially your mom.
Little Women is a tale about a simple home - complete with their happy times and sad times. Reading this classic is like stepping into the March house and enjoying the company of the family as if you were a member of it yourself.


3. Pride and Prejudice


"Mr. and Mrs. Bennet only want one thing - to find suitable bachelors that their daughters can marry. This is the only way they can secure the future of their children since they won't have any fortune or property to inherit.

As the whole family was fussing over it, two eligible bachelors - Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy - arrive in town. They are good-looking and rich - the perfect characteristics of a husband. Mrs. Bennet is set on making Mr. Bingley her son-in-law, but absolutely hates Mr. Darcy. While she tries to find ways to make Mr. Bingley fall in love with her eldest and most beautiful daughter, she does not know that Mr. Darcy is slowly developing feelings for her headstrong daughter, Elizabeth."



Read it if: You crave for romantic stories that will make your heart smile.
Pride and Prejudice is a unique and quirky tale about love and family. The romance will keep you turning pages and leave you wishing for your very own Mr. Darcy or Mr. Bingley.


4. The Secret Garden


"The story centers on Mary Lennox, a young orphan who is left to the care of her busy uncle. She is selfish and demanding, and she turned out this way because no adult ever really cared for her and taught her otherwise.

She spends her days wandering in the huge mansion of her uncle. One day she finds a secret garden, locked away from the world by four walls. She finds the key and sees an absolute mess of a garden. She makes it her mission to restore the garden to its former beauty, and learns to work with others harmoniously along the way."


Read it if: You want to take a peek at the lives of regular people in Victorian England.
The fun adventures Mary Lennox allows her to interact with different kinds of people - a rich uncle, a spoiled young boy, a cheery Yorkshire woman, and a lot more. As they all come together to bring the garden to life, you'll learn about their struggles, happiness, and what makes them truly unique.


5. A Little Princess


"Sara Crewe is the daughter of a rich English businessman. She is sent to live in a boarding school while her father sails back to India. In an unfortunate turn of events, Sara's father dies and leaves her with no money at all.

Miss Minchin, the head of the boarding school, is enraged by this incident. She strips Sara of her room, expensive clothes, toys, and even food, and treats her like a maid. She sleeps in the attic and tries to cheer herself up despite the massive change in her life."


Read it if: You need the inspiration to keep going.
A Little Princess is a story that is very much like Cinderella. At a very young age, Sara has already been through a lot. Despite all the hardships, she remains hopeful that all her suffering will come to an end. It has a beautiful ending that you won't see coming and leave you with tears in your eyes and good lessons to share on Christmas dinner.


6. The Wizard of Oz


"Dorothy and her dog, Toto, found themselves in a weird place after their house was whisked away by a storm. Apparently, they have landed in Oz, a magical land filled with magic and mysterious beings.

Hoping to go home, they follow the yellow brick road in search of Emerald City and the powerful wizard who rules it. During their journey, they make friends with a few other characters who also need something from the wizard - a scarecrow who needs a brain, a tin man who needs a heart, and a lion who needs courage. When they finally find the wizard, they realize that all they believed were not true and Dorothy was even in more danger of never going back home."

Read it if: You are in the mood for an adventure story.
The many obstacles that Dorothy and her friends face is a great adventure that will keep you on your toes. The book will keep you excited and the satisfying ending will make you happy and ready to impart some Christmas cheer.


7. The Swiss Family Robinson


"After surviving a shipwreck, the Robinson family find themselves on a deserted island. Knowing that they can only wait for someone to rescue them, they started to make a home for themselves. They used whatever they could salvage from the ship to build shelter and went around the island in search of edible food.

The first few days were the most challenging, but the family worked together and got used to their new life. Each day brought new adventures and challenges, but their love for each other and teamwork always helped them out of the most difficult situations."


Read it if: You are cold and would rather be on a tropical island.
The Robinson's stay on the island was not all that bad. They also had fun moments where they enjoyed the warmth of the sun and the good fruits from the trees. Reading their happy story will make you feel like you are right on the island with them, savoring happy memories with the family.


What book would you like to read this Christmas?

57 comments:

  1. Awwwwww, I remember reading these at school. I really need to go back to the classics for a bit and just get lost in worlds before technology happened and where the writing style was honest and real. Thanks for bringing back so many memories

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  2. All of these books remind me of being a kid. Very nostalgic. Especially Secret Garden.

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  3. That's a great list! I really have to sit down and re-read some of these titles again soon. Little Women is one that always warms my heart. I love reading it in the winter.

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  4. These are actually some of my favorite books! I've been wanting to re-read Little Women, it's such a great story!

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  5. Memories! I read a lot of these growing up in school! Looking forward to sharing these classics with my daughter soon.

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  6. Except for Pride & Prejudice I have not read any other. I must catch on these these holidays.

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  7. The Christmas Carol is a classic and it should be read every Christmas, not only once. It is such a powerful book and I always end up in tears at the end.

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  8. The Secret Garden was one of the books I use to read while growing up but I will always say The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is a perfect Christmas feel book for me :)

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  9. A very nostalgic list, I love it!

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  10. These are all books I have read in the past. I think they are all great classics. Though The Lion, Witch and The Wardrobe is another great one!

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  11. These are all excellent reads!!! I would definitely add some J.R. Tolkien to the list but other than that great list!

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  12. Those are some awesome suggestions! You just can’t beat the classics sometimes! I’d love to re-read little women.

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  13. you have a great list here and probably I'll add the Grinch to it because it was my fav when i was younger.

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  14. The secret garden, a little princess and the wizard of oz are some of my all time favorites!! I love the movies just as much!

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  15. I remember watching A Little Princess as a kid - I'd love to read the book.

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  16. I love getting cozy and reading a good book. I haven't done as much of this as I'd like. I definitely should try to do that more this winter. I love Secret Garden (the book and movie)! I have never read or seen "Pride and Prejudice" and I'm really not sure why. I should change that this winter!

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  17. reading is one of my favourite things, and I'm glad to see several of my top choice books in your list! I love Pride and Prejudice - its just such a great classic book - and it's a great idea to gift one of these books for christmas.

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  18. All these boos remind me of something magical, from another world. Little women is one of my favourite, I lice the movie too. Great list!

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  19. You have curated wonderful list of classics. I have read Pride and Prejudice. also seen move on same theme.

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  20. These are excellent choices for christmas time reading. I have read every single one of them myself.

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  21. Aw I have such fond memories of the Wiz of Oz. Not only because I loved the book and the film but also because I was Dorothy back in my stage school days haha! x

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  22. I've actually never read any of these books before but I will recommend some to my niece who just LOVES to read. <3

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  23. I can't believe I only read two of these so far... definitely a great list of Christmas reading. Christmas Carol should be a must read around this time of year for everyone.

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  24. Great post. I love this post. I'll definitely be checking out your book instagram! :)

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  25. I love your list of Christmas books! It's a tradition at our house to read our favorite book.

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  26. I needed this! I think there isn't a better time to start reading books like these then for Christmas! I saved this list and I hope I will find some of these at my local library!

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  27. I LOVE how my fave books are on your list especially the Secret Garden!!

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  28. I've read almost all of these, and love them all! Especially Pride and Prejudice, of course, and Little Women - classics! These would be great to cuddle up with over the winter break.

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  29. Oh these books remind me of my childhood. We used to read these all the time and I have read all these here. Thanks for taking me back to memory lane.

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  30. Aw I absolutely love all the classics, they remind me of being little and reading with my mum! What a great idea x

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  31. That's a lot of classics out there! Have you ever thought about writing a Christmas book of your own? You've read so many books that I feel you can start writing one of your own!

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  32. the secret garden is my fave book of all time! my copy is so old and beat up but i love it!

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  33. I love these books so much. My favourite is The Secret Garden, I used to love it so much as a child.

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  34. I have always loved the classics. The writing, prose and dialogue form each of these authors takes me to a different time and place - and I love it. Evelyn, PathofPresence

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  35. My friends suggesting me to read "my pride and prejudice" and "the secret garden". I would try them.

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  36. I have been looking for a good book to get me through these cold winter nights. lol. I think I might try Swiss Family Robinson, I hear references to it all the time but I haven't actually read it myself.

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  37. The Wizard of Oz will always be a classic! I can read that over and over again!

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  38. What a great list, I"m going to have to add some of these to my christmas wish list! hehe

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  39. These are definitely the classics and I love your picks! I love reading books and the funny thing is I’ve only watched the movie for pride and prejudice, need to read the book now.

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  40. Truly a connoisseur list! I am a die-hard 'Pride and Prejudice' fan!

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  41. The Secret Garden is one of my all time favourite books. Great list that has prompted me to get them out to read to the children!

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  42. These ARE perfect Christmas books! It definitely means that I'm a bookworm since I've read all except 3 and 7. Classics that I love.

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  43. The little princess is one of my favorite stories. I think it sort of was my first lesson in mindset. Yes things got really bad for her but she stayed positive and was able to survive.

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  44. I'm a book lover and am ashamed to say I've only read like 2 on those list! I need to step up my game!

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  45. Awesome list! I want to read Little Women again. Oh it's been a while.

    Vivian | Vivs Reviews

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  46. Wow!! Lots of interesting and amazing book to reading. I am a book lover and I would love check these book. Especially this pride and the prejudice.

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  47. Thanks for succinctly summarizing each book before providing a situational recommendation. Very nice resource!

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  48. Definitely some wonderful classic books you included in the list worth to read and reread!

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  49. I remember reading the Christmas Carol in school! The second book also sounds really good, I may look into reading it soon! :)

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  50. This seems wonderful list of classics for christmas reading , i should suggest these for my friends. ! great post

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  51. Such great classics on this list! The Secret Garden and Little Women were two of my absolute favourites growing up! Now I want to snuggle up and revisit some of these. :)

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  52. I remember reading some of these at school. They are all classics. Might have to buy some for my son and I to read together this Christmas. Thanks for sharing list amazing list.

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  53. Little Women was one of my favourites growing up!! It's been such a long time since I've read it though, I can barely remember what it was about. Will need to pick it up again.

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  54. I've read all of these but I always come back to Pride and Prejudice every once in a while.

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  55. I love your style and photography

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  56. Excellent choices, especially Pride & Prejudice!

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