• Natasha Hart

10 Books on our Christmas Wishlist

And just like that, it's Christmas again. The countdown has begun, the decorations are up, and everyone seems to have that festive spring in their step. The fires are lit, the sleigh-bells are ringing, and the mince pies are gone because Grandpa has eaten them all, again.

I don't know what it is about this time of year, maybe it's the disruption to normal routine, the anticipation of a few days off work, or the cold weather, but everyone seems to slow-down, take a breath, and relax. For me, there's nothing better on a cold, dark December morning than curling up with a hot drink and blanket and a new book. Knowing that I have at least three days to myself, with no work or responsibilities, I get giddy with excitement over how much time I can spend reading. I love receiving books as gifts too; there's no better feeling than holding a wrapped book in your hand, not knowing what adventure you're going to go on next. A new book, a hot chocolate and a new Christmas jumper: that's the perfect Christmas day.

At The Book Nook, we'd love to help with your Christmas shopping by sharing a few of our favourite books that our on our Christmas wishlist. Our wishlist to Santa is certainly long and chockablock with all the amazing books, but we've chosen our top ten favourite books that we know we'd love to receive this time of year. Let us know what's on your Christmas wishlist this year!

The Boy, the mole, the fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy

A charming book filled with delicate illustrations about love, friendship and compassion. A former spectator cartoonist, Charlie Machesy's greatest pieces have been curated into this poignant and beautiful collection to be treasured by all. It tells the story through brief snippets of conversation of four friends: A boy, a mole, a fox and a horse. This is the perfect Christmas gift for all ages.

The Salt Path by Raynor Winn

If you liked H is for Hawk, you'll love this new memoir, The Salt Path by Raynor Winn. How would you cope if you lost everything? For Raynor Winn and her husband, it took them on a journey that neither ever expected, framed by the sea and the sky. The Salt Path is an internal narrative of healing, and courage, and nature.

Melmoth by Sarah Perry

A silent figure, bleeding feet. A secret script of human tragedies and loss. All overseen by a woman. A silent figure. The gothic darkness of Perry's Melmoth is perfect for those long, cold winter nights, and a great gift for those who love unconventional psychological horrors.

The Binding by Bridget Collins

This book has been on our Christmas wishlist from the very beginning. The Binding is a Victorian gothic / medieval mystery novel set within the realms of bookbinding. Not exactly what you would expect to be a thrilling tale, but as the story progresses, you realise the bookbinders trade is not what it seems. Such a unique concept, and one we cannot wait to read and fall in-love with.

Before the Coffee gets Cold

Translation fiction at it's finest; time-travel and coffee have never been better suited than in Kawaguchi's fable of regret and realising how to live life to the fullest.

The Wych Elm by Tana French

You know when a story just captures your imagination? Reading up on Tana French's The Wych Elm has done just that. A story about one man's dissent into the unknown, when he discovers a skull in the wych elm growing on the land of his family home. Stephen King has praised this book as 'extraordinary'. Need anymore be said?

Circe by Madeline Miller

The epic re-telling of the goddess Circe's story, the infamous female character becomes a hero. An empowering read for men and women alike, Miller's Circe is an unforgettable tale of power, revenge and what happens when families collide.

This is Going to Hurt: Secret diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay

If you're fans of Holby City or Scrubs, then you need to read this book. This is an honest account of one Junior Doctor's survivial through 97 hour weeks, lost weekends and having to come to terms with life working for the NHS. This is a hilarious and painful read. And nothing is more poignant right now.

Wilding by Isabella Tree

An inspiring tale of what happens when you let nature take its course. Isabella and her husband give their clay farmland back to nature, and document the changes that occur. This book is a beautiful reminder that we don't always have to interfere and interact with everything in life. Sometimes, we can just observe. Perfect for the nature lovers in your life.

Veg by Jamie Oliver

A slightly different book than the other books on this list, but just as exciting. Veg by Jamie Oliver is all about how meat-eaters can enjoy veggie meals, just as much, or even more so, than vegetarians. Packed with deliciously filling and enjoyable receipes, Jamie Oliver's Veg shows just how wonderful our potatoes and carrots and greens can become. And how tasty, too.

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