With Christmas rapidly approaching most of us definitely have some wonderful times (and hopefully lots of book presents!) awaiting us but with recent gale force winds, torrential rain, blizzards and severe travel disruption, it can sometimes be hard to hold on to that holiday spirit. However, you need not fear my bookaholic friends if you find yourself with a bad case of the winter blues because I have some literary solutions. In this list you’ll find books to make you laugh, books to transport you to warmth and sunshine, and perhaps even some romance to warm the very cockles of your heart. Enjoy! 🙂
1. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim – Written in the 1920s this wonderfully escapist book tells of four very different women who each see an advertisement in a London newspaper one miserable rainy day which invites those who ‘appreciate wisteria and sunshine’ to spend April in a medieval castle in the Italian Riveria. This gentle story is one of friendship that is so beautifully written that I defy anyone not to feel the warmth of the sunshine on their face as they sit out on the balcony admiring the luscious and overflowing garden, or smell the sweetness of the flowers as the breeze ripples through them. This book will make you sigh with contentment and forget that the weather outside is indeed frightful.
2. Seriously, I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres – If peace and quiet in the Italian Riveria isn’t your thing then maybe what you need is something so funny that you’ll be practically peeing yourself with laughter and in such total hysterics that other people (if you’re reading in public obviously) will think that maybe you’ve been hitting the bottle a little hard that day. I’m a huge fan of Ellen and I’ve read all her books but this is by far the best. It has all the random and bizarre ramblings that we love hearing from her on her show and even if you’re not a biography fan I guarantee that you’ll want to make an exception for this one. If laughter is really the best medicine then this is definitely the book I’d prescribe for you.
3. Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella – I held off reading this one for a long time despite near constant recommendation from a good friend of mine. I held off because the Shopaholic books by Sophie Kinsella made me so irritated with the whole chick lit genre that I swore off all books that fell into it – especially hers. However, and this is something that I rarely admit to in public, I was wrong. The book tells of Lara who’s life is in a bit of a mess to say the least. At the funeral of her great-aunt, she encounters a young woman dressed in full-on twenties clothes and quickly discovers that no one else can see her. That’s because, you guessed it, she’s a ghost! Actually the ghost of the great-aunt who won’t stop haunting Lara until she helps her find a missing dragonfly necklace. The story is really easy to read, really funny and really quirky, and as you’d expect from chick-lit, there’s also some great romance in there too. Definitely one to cheer you up on a cold winter’s night.
4. Chocolat by Joanne Harris – Some of you might be familiar with this book from watching the movie but like most adaptations the book is really something different. Although sadly it doesn’t have Johnny Depp in it. Sorry. What it does have is a taste of magic and such delicious descriptions of chocolate that if you’re not salivating while reading it and rushing off to the nearest shop to get a fix, then I’d be in complete shock. Vianne Rocher is a mysterious stranger who opens up a chocolate shop in a small French village and quickly gets an enemy in the form of Father Reynaud who sees in her a serious danger to the morals of his ‘flock’. After struggling home in the rain/wind/snow get yourself some hot chocolate, curl up with this treat and I promise you’ll forget all about it.
Have you read any of these?
Do you have any other feel good books to add to the list?