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RSH Book Club: Christmas Stories for Fabulous Festive Reads

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Give your daily commute a festive flavour or make sure you’re in the mood for some Christmas fun when you’re travelling home for the holidays by getting stuck into our top seasonal reads. Bringing together some of the best Christmas stories for readers of all ages, we’ve got all of the books you need to survive the festive season.

Whether you’re all about the convenience of eBooks or you’re a traditionalist who loves the smell of the printed page, you’ll soon be transported with the help of these stories. And if you’ve got a long trip ahead, don’t forget to book cheap train tickets as well as pack plenty of books for the journey. Read on for a treasure trove of Christmas tales…

Brilliant Books for Excited Children

How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Suess
Few children can withstand the charm of Dr Suess and How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a quintessential winter tale. With only a very small heart and a mind for mischief, the Grinch is out to put a stop to festive fun for everyone, but some special Who’s might know a thing or two about stopping disaster in its tracks. The rhymes are a joy to read aloud but it’s a great one for younger children who are starting to get the hang of reading for themselves.

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Ensure your children enjoy a magical train journey this Christmas by getting them a copy of this marvellous book to read. Telling the story of one young boy who is whisked away to the North Pole on a mysterious train that offers him one night of winter wonders, this has been a firm favourite for decades. The art is simply stunning and helps to ensure this is a story children will be happy to read again and again.

Classic Tales for Kids of all Ages

Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Baillie Tolkien
A wonderful collection from the mind that created The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, this Christmas classic is packed with the seasonal stories Tolkien created for his children. Comprising of a series of letters all signed by Father Christmas, this tells the story of some wild adventures at the North Pole – from renegade reindeers to accident-prone polar bears.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Penned in 1843, Charles Dickens’ Christmas masterpiece has been melting hearts and making people smile ever since. Join Ebeneezer Scrooge on his journey from miser to decent human being and be visited by the ghosts of Christmas along the way. A great book to read aloud to little ones or to simply lose yourself in alone.

Seasonal Reads for Grown Ups

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
For a modern spin on what Christmas means, get yours hands on this fun novel. Fed up with all of the bells and whistles that accompany the festive season, Luther and Nora Krank decide that they will just skip Christmas altogether. However, giving up the festive fun doesn’t prove quite as straightforward as they think, resulting in an excellent yarn for adults.

Visions of Sugar Plums by Janet Evanovich
Forget about traditional scenes round the fireside and find yourself plunged into a Christmas story unlike any other. Fugitive Apprehension Agent Stephanie Plum finds a strange man in her kitchen who needs her to help him find a little old toy maker who has skipped his bail and starts a merry chase that’s jam packed with festive thrills and spills.

Do you know of some excellent seasonal treats we should be reading? Is there a book you return to every Christmas? Tweet or Facebook us and we’ll share your festive favourite with all of our followers…

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