Crimson Snow

Title: Crimson Snow: Winter Mysteries Writer: Various, edited by Martin Edwards Publishing House: British Library Crime Classics Date of Publication: November 10th 2016 Rating: 5 stars ‘’But seated in the holly-decked apartment before a noble fire which roared bravely up the wide chimney we cared nothing for the frozen world out of doors. We laughed…

Charles Dickens (Little People, Big Dreams)

Title: Charles Dickens (Little People, Big Dreams) Writer: Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, illustrated by Isobel Ross Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Date of Publication: November 9th 2021 Rating: 5 stars “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”                       Charles Dickens (Our Mutual Friend) A young boy sees his world…

Τhe Christmas Egg

Title: The Christmas Egg Writer: Mary Kelly Publishing House: British Library Crime Classics Date of Publication: October 10th 2019 (first published 1958) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Princess Karukhina once had been used to lying in a carved bed inlaid with mother-of-pearl, between silk sheets changed daily, covered with down quilts and white urs. The walls of…

A Surprise for Christmas

Title: A Surprise for Christmas Writer: Various, edited by Martin Edwards Publishing House: British Library Crime Classics Date of Publication: October 10th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’It was Christmas Eve and nearly five of the clock, but an afternoon less like the traditional ideas of the seasons would be hard to imagine. True, a little…

Stories for Christmas

Title: Stories for Christmas Writer: Various, illustrated by Bernadette Watts Publishing House: NorthSouth Books Date of Publication: September 14th 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’High in the sky, higher than you could ever see, the snowflakes gathered. They came together in huge crowds, whispering all the time about the journey they would soon make to earth….

The Toys’ Christmas

Title: The Toys’ Christmas Writer: Claire Clément, illustrated by Geneviève Godbout Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Date of Publication: November 9th 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Soon, Fanfan and Mr Long Ears reach a clearing filled with other toys. There are grumpy -looking bears, smiling dolls, friendly hippos, little clowns and even unicorns! The oldest…

A Very Russian Christmas

Title: A Very Russian Christmas Writer: Various Publishing House: New Vessel Press Date of Publication: September 26th 2016 Rating: 5 stars ‘’A frosty day. From the window, one can see the fluffy white snow covering the streets, the roofs of homes, and the trees. An early twilight. The sky is turning blue.’’  Lida and I…

Chill Tidings

Title: Chill Tidings Writer: Various, edited by Tanya Kirk Publishing House: British Library Publishing Date of Publication: October 16th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’At the edge of the dark sky, sprinkled with stars, a faint band of cold light heralded the rising moon. How different from the grey light of dawn, that ushers in the…

The Penguin Book of Christmas Stories

Title: The Penguin Book of Christmas Stories Writer: Various edited by Jessica Harrison Publishing House: Penguin Classics Date of Publication: October 29th 2020 Rating: 4 stars ‘’First, heavy, blinding snow that falls slowly from above. Then it turns to rain, forming a light wintery mist over the streets of Paris.   Garlands of holly and mistletoe…

Α Very Scandinavian Christmas

Title: A Very Scandinavian Christmas Writer: Various Publishing House: New Vessel Press Date of Publication: September 17th 2019 Rating: 5 stars ‘’He saw a lowly stable behind a steep rock wall, and in the open doorway a few shepherds kneeling. Within the stable, he saw a young mother on her knees before a little child,…

A Very Irish Christmas

Title: A Very Irish Christmas Writer: Various Publishing House: New Vessel Press Date of Publication: September 14th 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’ “But me,” was all that she said, and rubbed a dear space in the condensation on the glass as she tried to recompose in her head the dissonant notes that rose at intervals…

Christmas Stories

Title: Christmas Stories Writer: Various edited by Diana Secker Tesdell Publishing House: Everyman’s Library Date of Publication: October 30th 2007 Rating: 5 stars ‘’The last day before Christmas had passed. A wintry, clear night came. The stars peeped out. The crescent moon rose majestically in the sky to give light to good people and all…

The Magic Toyshop

Title:The Magic Toyshop Writer: Angela Carter Publishing House: Virago Date of Publication: May 3rd 2018 (first published 1967) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Melanie had never seen uncle Philip. Once, when she was a little girl, he sent her a jack-in-the-box. He was a toymaker. When she opened the jack-in-the-box, a grotesque caricature of her own face…

Christmas Is Coming: Traditions from Around the World

Title: Christmas Is Coming: Traditions from Around the World (original title: dą święta! O Bożym Narodzeniu, Mikołaju i tradycjach świątecznych na świecie) Writer:  Monika Utnik-Strugala, illustrated by Ewa Poklewska-Koziello Publishing House: NorthSouth Books Date of Publication: September 14th 2021  (first published 2019) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Can you imagine the winter without Christmas?It’s one of the…

Mr Salary

Title: Mr Salary Writer: Sally Rooney Publishing House:  Faber & Faber Date of Publication: February 3rd 2019 (first published April 26th 2016) Rating: 5 stars ‘’It was in my nature to absorb large volumes of information during times of distress, like I could master the distress through intellectual dominance.’’ A young woman returns to Dublin…

Sunless Solstice: Strange Christmas Tales for the Longest Nights

Title: Sunless Solstice: Strange Christmas Tales for the Longest Nights Writer: Various (edited by Lucy Evans and Tanya Kirk) Publishing House: British Library Publishing Date of Publication:  October 21st 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Like any other boy I expected ghost stories at Christmas, that was the time for them. What I had not expected, and…

Yule: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for the Winter Solstice

Title: Yule: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for the Winter Solstice Writer: Susan Pesznecker Publishing House: by Llewellyn Publications Date of Publication: October 1st 2015 Rating: 5 stars ‘’It’s the time when Mother Earth goes quiet, yet if we listen really carefully, we can still hear her heart beating. It’s a profound and important time to…

Celtic Tales

Τitle: Celtic Tales Writer: Text adaptation by Mirabelle Korn, illustrated by Kate Forrester Publishing House: Chronicle Books Date of Publication:  August 30th 2016 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Do not think the fairies are always little.Everything is capricious about them, even their size…Their chief occupations are feasting, fighting, and makinglove, and playing the most beautiful music.’’William Butler…

Murder’s a Swine

Title: Murder’s A Swine: A Second World War Mystery Writer: Nap Lombard Publishing House: British Library Crime Classics Date of Publication: December 7th 2021 (first published 1943) Rating: 5 stars ‘’[…] but as Germany is unfortunately the enemy of our country, she must needs, however regrettable this may seem, be our enemy also. After the war…

Castaways

Title: Castaways (original title: Náufragos) Writer: Laura Pérez, Pablo Monforte (translated by Silvia Perea Labayen) Publishing House: Dark Horse Books Date of Publication: February 1st 2022 (first published November 2016) Rating: 5 stars ‘’They were coming at me in waves. First, innocent memories, dreams, struggles, my own vacillating present, and then, sharp joys, sorrows, despair, a significant…