Nine Days of Christmas Books

I got this idea from and it goes like this:

Day 1 – Ghost of Christmas Past. Name one book that you loved as a child. I’m going with my first trip to Narnia, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Day 2 – The Ghost of Christmas Present. One book that you’ve loved reading this year. For me it’s a toss-up between Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and the Light and Philip Pullman’s The Secret Commonwealth.

Day 3 – The Ghost of Christmas yet to come, which for me will probably be the next thing Ian Rankin produces. We don’t know what that will be because he has a habit of writing a book a year and so probably hasn’t started it yet.

Day 4 – Bah humbug! Name a book everyone raves about which you can’t stand. Well, I’ve never really understood all the fuss about Catcher in the Rye. Sorry, but there it is.

Day 5 – Bob Cratchit, an old dependable, a book you always go back to. I’d have to go with Pride and Prejudice for this.

Day 6 – Tiny Tim, something overlooked. I’m going to say E F Benson’s Mapp and Lucia novels because despite the fame of Mapp and Lucia on TV he’s still underrated in literary circles.

Day 7 – A Muppet Christmas Carol, your favourite adaptation. For me this has to be the BBC’s Pride and Prejudice starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. It cannot be bettered.

Day 8 – A Christmas Carol; what, apart from the aforenamed book, gets you in the mood for Christmas? I’m struggling here because it’s mostly music and lights that get me in the mood, so I’m leaving this one blank.

And finally, Day 9 – have a go yourself and then get others to join in. Spread the fun.

Kirk out

4 thoughts on “Nine Days of Christmas Books

  1. Nice idea. I’m not much of a Dickens fan [of the books, anyway], whilst I do acknowledge his literary influence. I always have time for A Christmas Carol though, and I have watched several very good TV/film adaptations; yesterday, I broke my normally rigid rule of not watching television before 6 pm to tune into [that seems an archaic expression now, doesn’t it?] The Man Who Invented Christmas, [forgive me if you already know this] starring Dan Stevens, with a stellar cast, telling more or less accurately the story of how Dickens came to write his best-loved story. I enjoyed it immensely! 😀 Cheers, Jon.

  2. I hadn’t heard of that. Is it a film or TV prog? And yes, ‘tune in’ reminds me of the days when I had an ancient set which you had to physically tune in. As I recall it couldn’t get BBC 2

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