Sunday, 20 December 2009

Christmas reads

I've already enthused about this book:

I explained in the original post that I read The Christmas Mystery every year, trying hard to stick to a chapter a day, but that I usually get drawn in by the story partway through the month and end up finishing the whole thing! At the time of writing I'm still managing to stick to a chapter a day, which I'm very proud of - perhaps this will be the first year I make it last till December 24th?

Anyway, the reason I'm telling you about the book again is that Abi had the idea that a few of us should share some favourite Christmas reads with you all. And this is mine :-) As well as Abi, the others of us are Lizzie, Jo, Amy, Kate and Sian; I can't wait to see their recommendations!

First, here's a little more about The Christmas Mystery, by Jostein Gaarder. Here are some reviews as printed on the blurb:

'A young boy finds a faded, home-made Advent calendar in a bookshop. A piece of paper falls out of the first window on which is written the first part of an extraordinary story about a small girl who travels back in time to Bethlehem and the birth of Christ... Meanwhile, the intertwining story of the present unfolds, and the boy finds out about the strange man who made the calendar and about a girl who disappeared on Christmas Eve 40 years ago... compelling reading' (Daily Telegraph)

'The Christmas Mystery is a skilful and lasting achievement, with all the elements of a perfect Christmas tale' (The Times)

'Anyone who enjoyed Jostein Gaarder's philosophical bestseller Sophie's World... will relish The Christmas Mystery' (Sunday Times)

Tempted? Want a little extract? Shall I spoil you with two?
"There are two ways of becoming wise. One is to travel out into the world and see as much as possible of God's creation. The other is to put down roots in one spot and to study everything that happens there in as much detail as you can. The trouble is that it's impossible to do both at the same time."

"Christmas is the world's biggest birthday party, for everybody in the world is invited to join in. That's why the party has lasted for so many years."

Basically though, all I can say is, I really enjoy this book. I wouldn't read it every year otherwise! So I recommend it to you, too :-)

Now let's go over to see Jo and find out what she's reading, shall we?


Sian said...

I've read Sophie's World and now you've persuaded me to search this one out. It sounds like a perfect book for Christmas

JO SOWERBY said...

i too loved sophie's world and this book too but i seem to have lost them during my moves. will have to go off to the library again,
jo xx

Lizzie said...

Haven't come across this yet. I think I'll look out for it at the library. Thanks for the recommendation.

Abi said...

Ah I love this book. Am reading it at the moment and haven't been tempted to read more than a chapter a day, which must be a first! Thanks for joining the train! xxx

scrappyjacky said...

I don't know this book....but think I'll have to look out for it....your enthusiasm is catching.

Clair said...

The first quote from that book is the story of my life - stay put and settle down or up roots and travel? I can never decide!

Amy said...

This does sound very good Mel - I'll be looking for it at the library next time I'm there.