This is our last post of 2022, so we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone for visiting our blog this year and for all your comments and suggestions.  We’ll be back with a fresh series of posts in the new year but, until then, we thought we’d leave you with some ideas for holiday reading.

We love the Icelandic tradition of giving books on Christmas Eve and then spending the night reading them*, so we’ve canvassed friends and family to ask them what they like to read over Christmas. Here are some of our favourite seasonal stories, either set at Christmas or featuring memorable celebrations.

A selection of seasonal stories

Emma, by Jane Austen

Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott

Hercule Poirot’s Christmas, by Agatha Christie

Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm, by Stella Gibbons

A Child’s Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas

Under the Greenwood Tree, by Thomas Hardy

How the Grinch stole Christmas, by Dr Suess

Snowdrift and other stories, by Georgette Heyer

Jeeves and the Yule-Tide Spirit, by P. G. Wodehouse

If you have any other books to recommend, we’d love to hear about them in the comment section below.

Seasonal stories

A book is a gift you can open again and again”

Garrison Keillor

Happy Christmas, enjoy some time for reading and see you in 2023!

Claire and Sam

* This causes the ‘Jolabokaflod’ or ‘Christmas book flood’ when the majority of books in Iceland are sold each year.

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