If you’re an aspiring bookworm, you’ll probably love this post. I, myself, used to be a bookworm, then I found the fascinating world of movies and all things digital, but recently I’ve found my craving for physical books become somewhat much more palpable (thanks to my day out in London with an old friend). There’s something about holding a book between your hands and turning a page that makes everything much more worthwhile. This time I’m taking inspiration from my Christmas mood and will read as much as I can this year. So, counting down my favourite book list, let’s see what will inspire any bookworm this Christmas.
1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Christmas is not Christmas, without a tale of redemption. After all that is what the holiday season is about; the fact that Jesus was born into the world to save all of humanity, and nothing encapsulates the story than A Christmas Carol.
When Scrooge is visited by the three ghosts of Christmas, it’s not the magic they use that makes the story, but the slow melting of his frozen heart that does. The idea that someone, who had been cold and indifferent about the world, becomes much more open to the fact that there is some hope, even if it’s small, is what Christmas tends to be about. It’s the small flicker of light in the dark that makes this story one of the greatest Christmas classics of all time.
2. The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
One of my favourite books, growing up, was The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. The idea that you could find a magical world in the back of your wardrobe was the pinnacle of my belief in magic, when I was just a kid. I’d even search the back of my own wardrobe sometimes, just to make sure there wasn’t a secret world lurking back there.
Not only does The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe simplify and, in a roundabout way, tell the story of Jesus, but it even applies to the battles we face now. Forgiveness, courage, kindness and diligence are the virtues we sometimes forget, when facing our own battles. Sometimes we lose patience and lash out. Sometimes we betray one another, simply because it’s better to lose a friend than to deal with the hardships of forgiveness. This story just reminds us that even the worst crimes can be forgiven, if we choose to forgive.
3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
This one is a bit of a curveball. I chose this book as one of my top five, because…well, not only is it full of magic, it’s a reminder for us to see the world in all its wonder and glory. Seeing the world through a child’s eyes is a gift that we’ve lost somehow, in one way or another. Some of us have become cynical and pessimistic, because of what the world has done to us or offered us, but I believe that if we saw the world, as Harry saw the wizarding world, we’d find just as much magic as Harry did, when he first stepped onto the streets of Diagon Alley.
If you’ve already read the Harry Potter series, then you’ll know what it’s like to miss the first time you’ve ever read the books. Reading them again isn’t the same, but it doesn’t matter. Stepping into that magical world once again is an experience unlike any other. Defeating Voldemort and his followers, meeting Ron and Hermione and taking lessons at Hogwarts, again, reminds us that although magic may not be real, there is something magical about the real world. All you need to do is look for it.
4. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
Peter Pan is the epitome of childhood. He is a boy that never grows up and plays as a child forever. Peter Pan is the inner child in us, who never grew up. In the end, we all wish to stay a child forever, even when we do grow up. Like Captain Hook, the world will try to end the adventure, but if we stay true to ourselves, there is no doubt we’ll always remember how to fly.
From the moment Peter takes Wendy and her brothers to Neverland, you are already on an adventure, regardless if you’re sitting in your bedroom, or in a coffee shop or even in the park. Following Peter and the Lost Boys around Neverland is the fun we all wish we could have, and the best way we can experience that now, even as adults, is by being with friends and discovering new things to do and new places to go. Peter Pan is the reminder of having that childlike fascination with the world, and perhaps finding adventure wherever you go.
5. Grimm’s Fairytales by the Brothers Grimm
These aren’t your ordinary fairytales…well, ok, they’re still watered down versions of them, but they’re still not the happy ending types, at least not all of them. The Fairytales by the Brothers Grimm are a collection of children’s stories, from The Princess and the Frog to Rumpelstiltskin, these fairy tales are the best thing to read at Christmas, which is why it is my number one (despite being last) book to read.
If your read any fairy tale, and I mean the original stories, you’ll learn that life isn’t always full of happy endings and rainbows. Some tales are filled with sorrow and despair (even Thumbelina ended with her living somewhere far from where she was born), and that is exactly what life is like. It’s a rollercoaster full of different stories, and it’s up to you to decide which one yours is. There will be times when you’ll feel like your story is a tragedy, but then there will be other times when you’ll find that happily ever after, and that’s what makes life worthwhile. Now at Christmas, it’s the time to refresh that memory, remind ourselves to try and strive for that happy ending, because our world right now is looking pretty dark, and it’s up to us to be the light in that darkness.
It’s Up To You Now
Well that was a journey! I hope you guys enjoyed that. It’s your turn now. Tell us, have you read any of these books? Which one was your favourite? Do you have any other books you’d recommend (I know I’ll try my best to read them myself)? Let us know in the comments below, and I’ll see you all next time!
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