The Holidays are the time to rest a little. At least, as much as possible. It’s also a good time to take some initiatives. Like taking the time to read for example! But where to start? Here are some suggestions, sure values for all tastes, which will allow you to have a good time.
The Classic of Classics: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
If you had to read only one book during the holiday season, this is it. It is one of the few books that literally gave me chills to read. It is the story of an old miser, Scrooge, who does not want to know anything about Christmas, nor the magic of the Holidays, and who receives the visit of three spirits on Christmas Eve. The three spirits of Christmas past, present and future, during this magical night, will try to make him listen to reason. And you too will try somewhere to make old Scrooge reason as you read. And finally, the emotion will surely win you when you get to the end. The book is relatively short and the style, the tale, sets itself up wonderfully for this time of year.
Do you like fairy tales? You will love those of Andersen and the Brothers Grimm
You were looking for stories to tell during holiday family evenings (even on Zoomfor this year!)? The tales of Andersen and the Brothers Grimm will certainly give you material. The writers may not tell you anything, but the titles will bring back good, sweet memories. The Princess and the Pea, The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, The Little Match Girl, The Snow Queen, The Ugly Duckling, etc. for Andersen’s tales; Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood and many more for the Brothers Grimm. You should know that having seen them on TV is one thing: discovering them through reading is another pleasure. And for a lot of those tales, they’re really different from the multiple film adaptations. To read them is to rediscover them. They are mostly short, a few pages each, and read very easily.
A good detective story for the holidays? Hercule Poirot’s Christmas
Very often, nothing better than finding yourself in familiar territory. Especially when it comes to reading. And Agatha Christie, with her dear Poirot, responds very well to this need. A Christmas Eve, a family reunion, a murder, a victim, that nobody liked anyway, and suspects all with equally valid motives. Still, a crime is a crime, it must be unraveled, and here is our good detective comes to the rescue to solve the mystery. Mystery which seems, once again, insoluble. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas will certainly make you experience a Christmas like no other.
How about you finally start reading Harry Potter?
Their first trips to the movies may bring back fond memories of the holiday season. And since then, you know the films by heart. Harry, Hermione, Ron, Dumbledore, Voldemort… in short, more than twenty years after the publication of the first book, the characters are still very present in our lives. But have you ever bothered to read Harry Potter? Even if in this case the films respect the content and the spirit of the books quite well, the fact remains that reading them will give you pleasure. It’s light and bewitching at the same time: your level of concentration won’t need to be at its peak on each page, but this will not prevent you from being captivated when it is necessary. Then, you may very well shed a few tears here and there. Seven books, some of which are quite substantial.
Holiday season, beginning of winter: are you feeling enterprising? How about trying a Russian author?
Finally, if during the holiday season, you just want, by reading, to escape all this Christmas madness, to take a break, while remaining however in the theme of winter, Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina should largely meet your expectations. This novel, considered by many to be the best novel of all time, tells the guilty passion of two people, Alexis Vronski and Anna Karenina. More than that, it is in fact the story of a human heart, of a feminine heart (that of Anna), whose impulses will earn her all the joys and sufferings possible. But which show us that life must be lived fully.