In case you’ve been hiding in a hole somewhere (if it’s a Hobbit hole, let me know, ‘cause how awesome would that be), you know that the season of tinsel and peppermint EVERYTHING is almost upon us.
Here at Semperlibris, we’re not immune to the odd bit of holiday spirit. And if it’s attached to some top-notch literature, so much the better!
So in the Yuletide spirit, here’s a rough list of some of the festive books I’ll be reading throughout December.
Krampus: The Yule Lord (Brom)
-Twisted fairy tale featuring Krampus, the Scandinavian trickster demon and, of course, Santa Claus. Lovely illustrations really help create nuanced characters.
The Englishman’s Christmas: A Social History (J.A.R. Pimlott)
-Explores the origins (from the Middle Ages onward) of many facets of a traditional English Christmas, with an emphasis on the mixing of Christian and Pagan influences.
The Reader’s Digest Book of Christmas (various)
-A holiday favourite of mine, this book presents the story of the birth of Christ, the history of Christmas, selections of Christmas literature, and examples of Christmas traditions from around the world.
Hogfather (Terry Pratchett)
-Delightfully zany ode to all things Yuletide (especially Santa Claus). This will be my first Discworld novel!
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I hear that carton of eggnog in the fridge calling my name.