One DayNow that the Winter month of December is fast approaching we have racked our brains together here at Love Your Home For Less to find the best Christmas books that will let you relax and unwind in the midst of stress that December inevitably brings. 

One DayNow that the Winter month of December is fast approaching we have racked our brains together here at Love Your Home For Less to find the best Christmas books that will let you relax and unwind in the midst of stress that December inevitably brings. One of our all time favourite reads is One Day, by David Nicholls. This infamous love tale has been incredibly popular over the last couple of years, and has even been made into a motion picture with Anne Hathaway chosen to play the shy and timid protagonist, Emma. The novel of two friends, Emma and Dexter reveals the ups and downs of life, friendship, lust and heartbreak. The book is written about both characters and their life over 20 years after they first met, the flirting, the banter and the undeniable chemistry makes us itching to read more. We start to find ourselves attached to these characters and discover their life un-wrap as if we were part of their family. We start to feel Emma’s lust for a true loved one, and Dexter’s life corrupt with money and drugs. This novel brings impact, emotion, and captivates us with similar situations many people can relate too. For an easy, yet emotional read I would highly recommend this novel. However, make sure you definitely read it before you watch the film. Anne Hathaway doesn’t pull off an English accent one bit so it is definitely off-putting hearing a deranged Yorkshire accent at points in the film!

 

Another fabulous book we have read this year and would definitely recommend is The Great Gatsby. After the news that a film was going to made with the one and only Leonardo De Caprio as Mr. Jay Gatsby himself no wonder we all went into a frenzy when we hadn’t read the book yet! I know you don’t have to read the book first, but we have been disappointed a number of times when the film doesn’t have the same impact as the book does. 

The Great Gatsby

The novel that isn’t incredibly long was the perfect read before the film came out. F. Scott Fitzgerald writes in such a style that it really creates fantastic imagery of the ‘dazzling’, roaring20’s. Alcohol flowing, music playing, girls dancing, of course the millionaire that was Gatsby would indeed pull off the best parties in West Egg. However, as a main protagonist we hardly know anything about Gatsby, where is he from?Why is he here? Isn’t he lonely? The novel untwines a sad but beautiful story of love and how capturing it is. With murder, to drug scandals, to fights, lust and love, this fabulously written novel is the ultimate read this Christmas. Fitzgerald seems to have had a brilliant understanding of lives that are corrupted by greed and incredibly sad and unfulfilled. Fall in love with Nick Carraway, the books narrator who filters through the events of Gatsby and his dissatisfaction with life, whilst corruption unfolds within the lives of Gatsby, Nick and his mysterious long adorned lover..

Room

For more of a drama based novel and one that will definitely get your minds turning, 'Room' written by Emma Donoghue is one we highly recommend! The first part of the novel is based in a 12-foot-square room. The Mother who had spent her last 7 years in the ‘prison’ was raped by her abducter. She now Mothers Jack who is five, with the novel surprinsngly told in his voice. And what a voice it is. ‘Ma’ has clearly devoted every single ounce of energy she has to keeping Jack happy, busy and entertained. Ma has created characters out of all aspects of their room – Wardrobe, Rug, Plant, Meltedy Spoon. 

They have a TV and Jack loves Dora the Explorer, but Ma limits the time they are allowed to watch it for fear of turning their brains to mush. Read the fascinating goings on in such a small room, with Jack having to hide in his cupboard when the abductor comes and pays a visit. But soon life for the pair changes dramatically..

A very very incredible read, emotionally and mentally. If you enjoy tense thrillers but also want the comfort of happiness within a story line, this is the perfect story for you. Whilst becoming attached to the little boy Jack to feeling the struggle for the Mother, you will soon be gripped to this book within seconds.

If you have any suggestions about books you love, please feel free to get in touch and let us know some fabby reads that have really kept you glued to the page! Or, if you have read any of these books we have suggested, please let us know if you enjoyed them as much as we did. We look forward to hearing from you.

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