Happy Tuesday everyone! I missed last weeks Top 5 Tuesday because I was away in New York and didn’t think to schedule a post before I left… oops.
Anyway, Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah over at the Bionic Book Worm. This week the theme is Top 5 Cozy Winter Reads. What a perfect theme to kick off the festive season! So, here goes….
‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ – C. S. Lewis
‘Narnia…the land beyond the wardrobe, the secret country known only to Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy…the place where the adventure begins.
Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor’s mysterious old house. At first, no one believes her when she tells of her adventures in the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund and then Peter and Susan discover the Magic and meet Aslan, the Great Lion, for themselves. In the blink of an eye, their lives are changed forever’.
What a classic! Just thinking about this book makes me feel festive. I used to be so jealous of the children in this book when I was little because I SO badly wanted to go through the wardrobe into Narnia.
I loved this book when I was younger. And the film was always on TV over the Christmas period, so it HAS to be on this list.
A Little Princess – Frances Hodgson Burnett
‘Sara Crewe, an exceptionally intelligent and imaginative student at Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies, is devastated when her adored, indulgent father dies. Now penniless and banished to a room in the attic, Sara is demeaned, abused, and forced to work as a servant. How this resourceful girl’s fortunes change again is at the center of A Little Princess, one of the best-loved stories in all of children’s literature.’
This sounds really depressing but I promise it’s not! I used to make my Dad read this to me every Christmas and I watched the film countless times when I was little! It’s a really nice ‘feel good, rags to riches’ kinda story.
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
‘It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist – books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau. This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.’
Okay, this is kind of a sad story, but in a peaceful way. If you’ve read it, you’ll know what I’m trying to get at. It’s set in wintery Germany so it gives me Christmassy feels. It’s one of my favourite books of all time, so I’d recommend reading it at any time of year really!
Calling Major Tom – David Barnett
‘We all know someone like Thomas. The grumpy next-door-neighbour who complains to the Residents’ Committee about the state of your front lawn. The man who tuts when you don’t have the correct change at the checkout. The colleague who sends an all-company email when you accidentally use the last drop of milk.
Thomas is very happy to be on his own, far away from other people and their problems.
But beneath his cranky exterior lies a story and a sadness that is familiar to us all. And he’s about to encounter a family who will change his view of the world.’
This book is dubbed as the ‘Feel-good novel of 2017’ and I really hope it lives up to that claim! I bought this book because I needed a break from all the doom and gloom gruesome crime books I have been reading lately. I’ve only recently started reading it and already I find myself smiling while I’m reading it. The Kindle version is on offer on Amazon at the moment, so you should check it out!
The Toy Makers – Robert Dinsdale
‘The Emporium opens with the first frost of winter. It is the same every year. Across the city, when children wake to see ferns of white stretched across their windows, or walk to school to hear ice crackling underfoot, the whispers begin: the Emporium is open!
It is 1917, and London has spent years in the shadow of the First World War. In the heart of Mayfair, though, there is a place of hope. A place where children’s dreams can come true, where the impossible becomes possible – that place is Papa Jack’s Toy Emporium.
For years Papa Jack has created and sold his famous magical toys: hobby horses, patchwork dogs and bears that seem alive, toy boxes bigger on the inside than out, ‘instant trees’ that sprout from boxes, tin soldiers that can fight battles on their own. Now his sons, Kaspar and Emil, are just old enough to join the family trade. Into this family comes a young Cathy Wray – homeless and vulnerable. The Emporium takes her in, makes her one of its own. But Cathy is about to discover that while all toy shops are places of wonder, only one is truly magical..’
I haven’t actually started this book yet. It’s on my list on Netgalley, ready to be sent to my Kindle but I think I’m going to wait until Christmas is closer before I start it! From the blurb, it definitely sounds like it has a festive feel to it.