Last Minute Christmas Book Recommendations

“I have always thought of Christmastime, when it has come round…as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time”
– A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickins

Christmas Day is a week away and festive feelings are everywhere you look; from Christmas cups of coffee to bright Christmas lights illuminating the early nights. You can especially see it in the frantic last-minute shoppers – like me! But, for those of you who are searching for the perfect present for bookish friends and family members, or are writing a list of books to pick up in the Boxing Day sales, then look no further for my recommendations!

 Secrets for the Mad: Obsessions, Confessions, and Life Lessons by dodie

dodie, or Dodie Clark, is a Musician and YouTuber that I’ve followed for many many years. Opening up to thousands of people online through YouTube videos, Snapchats, and Instagram captions has shown dodie’s voice as a writer and general human being, which translates so well onto the page. She refuses to hold back, discussing deep topics sensitively, always finding the moral and a silver lining. A great book for any fans of hers as well as those looking for a quick but emotional-heavy read.

Undercover Princess (The Rosewood Chronicles #1) by Connie Glynn

Again, Connie is a YouTuber who I’ve been a fan of for a long time. Her kitsch and kawaii obsessions, alongside her passion for princesses and storytelling, come together in Undercover Princess. The story of Lottie Pumpkin, who is mistaken for the Princess of Maradova, and must play out this role in order to protect her roommate and real princess, Ellie Wolf. An entertaining and easy-going read; perfect for Christmastime!

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by  Arthur Conan Doyle
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

This collection of classics comes in collaboration with MADE.COM and are simply stunning; they’re ideal for fans of classics and would quite simply look gorgeous on any bookshelf! I don’t feel like I need to review each of these – especially seeing as I haven’t yet read latter two – but buying classics is always a good bet for book lovers since they’re classics for a reason. Reading them is to see why they were and remain to be so significant in the world of literature!

Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor, and Loki by Kevin Crossley-Holland and Jeffrey Alan Love (illustrator)

This huge hardback would be perfect for any Marvel fan but really anybody can enjoy it. With bold illustrations partnering the fascinating stories of these Norse figures, you can pour over the detailed images and explore the tales behind Mjolnir, Midgard, and Ragnarok (which, spoiler, doesn’t involve Taika Waititi). The book reads more like a graphic-novel mixed with a fairy tale rather than a textbook, which is exactly what Crossley-Holland intended! A fun read children, adults, and anything in-between!

Richard Ayoade Presents: The Grip of Film by Gordy LaSure

So this one will definitely not be for everyone. In summary, this book is a satire on the film industry and all the misogyny and mansplaining that comes with it. Gordy shares what, to him, makes a good movie and what, more commonly, makes a bad one! Perhaps this is best suited for Ayoade fans who understand his intentions in writing this and won’t take it at face value (and despite what some reviews say, this is written by Ayoade himself, LaSure is merely and thankfully a fiction).

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