As you could’ve read in my post on “10 cozy winter reads” – I’m planning on reading a lot of wintery tales in December! Stories about the Christmas spirit; stories set in snowy surroundings, or just stories that give me winter vibes. However, I’m looking forward to reading them all!
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
“Welcome to the Knight Bus, emergency transportation for the stranded witch or wizard. Just stick out your wand hand, step on board and we can take you anywhere you want to go.”
When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it’s the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run – and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry’s tea leaves… But perhaps most terrifying of all are the Dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss…
I actually planned on rereading the whole Harry Potter series in 2017, but well – I failed. Nevertheless, I can’t wait until I’m back at Hogwarts this Christmas!
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country.
Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.”
Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.
I’ve heard nothing but good about this book by Joe Hill! I have to admit that I already started reading this one two days ago …. but mainly I will be reading it as part of a read along over on @book.happy‘s page during the first two weeks of December!
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens’s tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, who is haunted by three spirits and learns the true meaning of Christmas has had, along with Dickens’s other Christmas writings, a lasting and significant influence upon our ideas about the season as a time for celebration, charity and memory.
I loved this story as a child, but I have only seen it as a (couple of) movie adaptation(s). So I’m really looking forward to reading this short story around Christmastime!
Thin Air by Michelle Paver
In 1935, young medic Stephen Pearce travels to India to join an expedition with his brother, Kits. The elite team of five will climb Kangchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain and one of mountaineering’s biggest killers. No one has scaled it before, and they are, quite literally, following in the footsteps of one of the most famous mountain disasters of all time – the 1907 Lyell Expedition.
Five men lost their lives back then, overcome by the atrocious weather, misfortune and ‘mountain sickness’ at such high altitudes. Lyell became a classic British hero when he published his memoir, Bloody, But Unbowed, which regaled his heroism in the face of extreme odds. It is this book that will guide this new group to get to the very top.
As the team prepare for the epic climb, Pearce’s unease about the expedition deepens. The only other survivor of the 1907 expedition, Charles Tennant, warns him off. He hints of dark things ahead and tells Pearce that, while five men lost their lives on the mountain, only four were laid to rest.
But Pearce is determined to go ahead and complete something that he has dreamed of his entire life. As they get higher and higher, and the oxygen levels drop, he starts to see dark things out of the corners of his eyes. As macabre mementoes of the earlier climbers turn up on the trail, Stephen starts to suspect that Charles Lyell’s account of the tragedy was perhaps not the full story…
I received this book as part of my rep package from The Book Matchmaker and it sounds absolutely eerie and thrilling! Hope to get to it after NOS4A2!
Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle
Let It Snow is a collection of three moving holiday romances by John Green, Lauren Myracle and Maureen Johnson.
An ill-timed storm on Christmas Eve buries the residents of Gracetown under multiple feet of snow and causes quite a bit of chaos. One brave soul ventures out into the storm from her stranded train and sets off a chain of events that will change quite a few lives. Over the next three days one girl takes a risky shortcut with an adorable stranger, three friends set out to win a race to the Waffle House (and the hash brown spoils), and the fate of a teacup pig falls into the hands of a lovesick barista.
A trio of today’s bestselling authors – John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle – brings all the magic of holidays to life in three hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and kisses that will steal your breath away.
When ordering new books, I felt like reading a light and cozy Young Adult novel. And because Let It Snow has been on my to-buy list since forever, I gave in and bought it! Looking forward to cozying it up under a blanket and with some hot cocoa while reading this book!
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
“The murderer is with us – on the train now…”
Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.
Isolated by the storm and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer amongst a dozen of the dead man’s enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again…
I think Christmas is also the time for “cozy” murder mysteries, and because the train in this one strands in snowy surroundings, I thought it would be a perfect December read!
Act One, Scene One – Murder by A.H. Richardson
Talk about drama! To celebrate the opening of his new play, the playwright invites the entire cast to his mysteriously medieval mansion for a gala dinner. As the curtain rises on this festive feast, a scene of chaos occurs when the leading man is murdered. Who could have done it? And why? Old friends – Inspector Stan Burgess, Actor Berry Beresford, and Sir Victor Hazlitt – question an outlandish cast of frightened actors and household staff. The plot thickens with yet another murder occurs, and the intrigue continues until…
Earlier in 2017 I read Murder in Little Shendon and because I really liked it, the publisher was so kind to send me another book on Inspector Burgess, Berry Beresford and Sir Hazlitt! Like I said about Murder on the Orient Express: Christmas is also all about solving murder cases, right?
Now you may think “Romi, you won’t be able to complete your Goodreads Reading Challenge with only seven books on your TBR! ERROR!” And you’re right! I just found, in previous monthly TBR’s, that I felt a little forced to read certain books, instead of just enjoying the books I really want to read. Reading should be fun, not a chore! However, I’m still going to try and read a total of 12 books in December in order to be able to complete my Reading Challenge of 90 books!