Tuesday, 23 November 2021

The Top Five Festive Books by Elizabeth Shields


The Top Five Festive Books


Christmas is a great time to unwind and relax with a good read.   Books centred around the festivities are perfect winter reading material, and there’s plenty to choose from this year.  In this blog, we showcase the top Five Festive Books to warm your heart and soul this Holiday Time.  We’ve also got some tips about getting your reading space cosy and welcoming ready for your Festive Book Fest. 


The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music by Dave Grohl (2021)


Dave Grohl’s zest for life is clear within the pages of his recently published autobiography.  As the legendary drummer for Nirvana, and now front-man to the Foo Fighter’s Grohl has over 35-years’ experience in the music industry.

In the Storyteller, Grohl takes the reader on a journey through some of the many adventures along the way, charting what it was like to be a kid from Springfield, Virginia, with dreams of making it big as a musician.  The book deals with the pain and grief Grohl felt at the death of his friend and bandmate, Kurt Cobain.  There’s also plenty of positivity, too, as Grohl shares his upbeat and relentless urge to create music.  Grohl manages to intertwine accounts of jamming with Iggy Pop, dancing with AC/DC meeting Sir Paul McCartney and a chance meeting with Little Richard.  Somehow, despite his celebrity status and connections, Grohl remains grounded.  His self-deprecating drawl is clear throughout the book, making this a great read for hunkering down with this Winter. 


Spirits of the Season: Christmas Hauntings by Tanya Kirk (Oct 2018)


If you’re after a classic Seasonal Ghost story, this book won’t disappoint.   A compendium of classic spooky tales from the 1850s to the 1960s, this collection will send a shiver down your spine.  Seasonal festivities contrast with the eerie and the sinister, as you read of ghouls, hauntings and mysterious happenings. You’ll be glad of the warmth of a cozy home, and a hot drink to accompany your book as you read this collection.


Mistletoe at the Manor by Teresa F. Morgan (Nov 2021)

If you are after something heart-warming this Christmas, choose Mistletoe at the Manor. Set in the glorious scenic Cornwall, this romance follows single mum and entrepreneur, Beth Sterling, in her quest to get her business off the ground.  Beth has little time or headspace for romance and her headstrong clashes with owner of the Country Manor, Tristan Trenouth, don’t exactly melt Beth’s heart. 

Both Beth and Tristan have their demons and shadows to face. Yet, it’s clear that their uneasy truce has the potential to blossom into a strong mutual attraction:  if they can manage to find a way to allow the ice to thaw.

This romance is perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley, Victoria Walters, Heidi Swain and Phillipa Ashley.  With the action centred around plans for a Christmas Ball and Christmas Fayre at the Manor, there’s plenty of seasonal cheer to delight your senses.  A must read for a relaxing Christmas. 


Celebrating the Seasons with the Yorkshire Shepherdess: Farming, Family and Delicious Recipes to Share by Amanda Owen (Oct 2021)


This book combines funny and charming stories from Yorkshire shepherdess, Amanda Owen, with seasonal, tried and tested recipes that keep Amanda’s nine-children coming back for second helpings.

Amanda is a bestselling author and star of TV’s Our Yorkshire Farm.  This book features breath-taking photos from the famous Swaledale landscape that Amanda helps farm, with its wild moors and rare wildflowers.  She writes with a simple elegance and respect for nature as she describes the challenges and highlights of caring for her flock of sheep, and tending to the working farm.  There’s a real sense of warmth and humour as Amanda walks you through the difference seasons on the Farm and with the family. 

Taking a gentle journey through the seasons, this book is a beautiful coffee-table keepsake this Christmas, inspiring you and your imagination to escape to Yorkshire. 


Christmas Stories: Heartwarming Classics of Angels, a Manger, and the Birth of Hope  by Max Lucado (Oct 2021)

This giftable collection of Christmas stories offer yuletide hope and warmth, inviting the reader to pause a while and ponder. Beloved storyteller, Max Lucado, combines the traditional Christmas story with modern day characters and dilemmas, to explore the mystery of Christmas. Take time to consider the meaning of Hope in your own life as you turn the pages of this elegant book. 

Perfect for slowing down and taking time to rest and reflect, Christmas Stories, point to Hope in what – sometimes – feels like a dark, cold world. 


A Cozy Christmas Reading Space

So – with Five Festive Books to choose from, you’ll want to find ways to feel cosy and comfy as you snuggle down to read.  As well as choosing the right books this Christmas, consider your own reading space.  Whether that’s a small nook you can retreat to in the corner of your bedroom, or a luxurious sofa and elegant bookcase, make the space warm, clean and inviting.  Have a soft textured blanket to hand and keep your reading space clutter free to maximise relaxation. You can organize your books in a way that suits you:  whether that’s by author surname, subject matter or even grouping books by colour.  Besides this, make sure your bookshelf is clean and organized for a better reading experience.

With the perfect books, and a cosy space, you can find your own slice of Christmas Reading Heaven this Holiday. 


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