Lauren James’ Favourite Christmas Reads!

In this extra special guest post, YA author @lauren-e-james shares her favourite Christmas reads! 

The tree is up, the advent calendar chocolates are nearly
all eaten, and the mulled wine has been drunk – it’s nearly Christmas! Here are
some of my favourite YA books with Christmas scenes, to help you feel festive.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
by C.S. Lewis

When Peter, Susan,
Edmund and Lucy took their first steps into the world behind the magic
wardrobe, little do they realise what adventures are about to unfold. And as
the story of Narnia begins to unfold, so to does a classic tale that has
enchanted readers of all ages for over half a century.

You can fight me on this, but I firmly believe there’s
nothing more festive than the scene in Narnia where Lucy ventures through the
wardrobe into a world of snow, lampposts in forests and talking fawns who feed
you delicious food…. It can’t be beaten!

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Simon Snow is the
worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his
roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git,
but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon
can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire.
His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a
magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a
field day with all this, if he were here—it’s their last year at the Watford
School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show
up.

Every Harry Potter book has a wonderful Christmassy feel to
them, but I thought that was too obvious a choice, so here’s one that’s a bit
different: a Harry Potter satire style story set at a magical school, with a
Christmas that’s just as magical!

Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle

Sparkling white
snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights
glittering in the night through the falling snow. A Christmas Eve snowstorm
transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in
movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through
the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a
charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House
through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the
way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks.
Thanks to three of today’s bestselling teen authors—John Green, Maureen
Johnson, and Lauren Myracle—the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious
and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses.

This book contains the single most stressful driving scene
I’ve ever read (think: snow avalanche). It’s also set on the course of one
Christmas Eve, and it’s a lovely fun read!

My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday
Stories
by Stephanie Perkins,
Holly Black, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, Kiersten White, Ally Carter, Matt de
la Pena and Gayle Forman

If you love holiday
stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your
favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going
to fall in love with MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME: TWELVE HOLIDAY STORIES by twelve
bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author
Stephanie Perkins. Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice
or Kwanzaa, there’s something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace
and get cozy. You have twelve reasons to stay indoors and fall in love.

That blurb says it all. This will make you so ready for
Christmas! I think my favourite was by Stephanie Perkins.

The Snow Sister by Emma Carroll

Ever since her sister,
Agnes, died, Pearl has a tradition every time it snows. She makes a person out
of snow. A snow sister. It makes Christmas feel a little less lonely.

On Christmas Eve, her
father receives a letter about a long-lost relative’s will. Is their luck about
to change? In anticipation of a better Christmas, Pearl goes to beg credit at
Mr Noble’s grocery to get ingredients for a Christmas pudding. But she is
refused, and chased down the street where she is hit by a hansom cab. The snow
is falling so hard that they can’t take her home. She’ll have to stay at
Flintfield Manor overnight, in a haunted room… Will Pearl make it home for
Christmas?

I haven’t read this yet, but it’s taking Twitter by force,
so I couldn’t leave it off the list!

Lily and the Christmas Wish by Keris Stainton

When a town’s
Christmas wishes get mixed-up, can one little girl and her dog put them right?

The little town of
Pinewood can’t wait for Christmas this year. They’re going to celebrate by
putting up a giant Christmas tree in the town square, and asking all the
townspeople to hang a Christmas wish on its branches. Everyone is feeling very
festive, including nine-year-old Lily – although she’s not sure she believes in
wishes. Then a very strange storm blows in, scattering all the wishes…and
Lily wakes up the next morning to a bit of a surprise. Bug, her adorable pug
puppy, can talk! It’s magic – and a wish come true! But it’s not Lily’s wish…

Keris can’t go wrong, and this lovely sweet story is another
magical example of that. One to read to kids on Christmas Eve, I think!

Lauren James
is 23, and graduated in 2014 from the University of Nottingham, UK, where she
studied Chemistry and Physics.


Her first novel
The Next Together, a YA reincarnation romance, is out now
with Walker Books in the UK and Australia, and will also be published in the
USA, Germany, Turkey, Russia and Brazil. The Last Beginning will be published
in Autumn 2016. You can find her on Twitter at @Lauren_E_James or Tumblr
at
http://lauren-e-james.tumblr.com. Buy The Next Together here! Thanks Lauren for sharing your Christmas Reads with us!

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