Christmas comes but once a year, as they say… It is a time for family gatherings and celebration, for feasting and relaxing. A time when many people will give and receive books as presents (many of which may be destined never to get read!).
Click on the image above or go to http://bit.ly/christmasbks to get a flavour of what you can find in your library this Christmas season – there are fiction, non-fiction and children’s selections available, with more titles being added all the time.
There is a selection of new stories and other books set around a theme of Christmas time. There are family stories of course, but also many murder mysteries. A game of Cluedo may go down well after the Christmas dinner, but by Boxing Day evening the presence of in-laws may be pushing some people’s patience towards committing the ultimate crime – at least that’s how the plot traditionally goes!
For instance – How about this from the blurb for Festive in Death by JD Robb:
“The kitchen knife jammed into his cold heart pinned a cardboard sign to his well-toned chest. It read: Santa Says You’ve Been Bad!!!”
Crime writer Anne Perry has been producing a Christmas crime story each year for the last few years. Her latest is called A New York Christmas.
Many ‘chick-lit’ and family saga writers are increasingly tapping into this market with seasonally-set stories. Some of the authors featured in our list will have stories from previous years also in stock.
For lovers of romantic stories, Mills & Boon always publish a selection of seasonal romances around Christmas time.
So settle down with a book, a glass and a mince pie and enjoy finding out how these fictional characters past and present cope with the festive season.
– Look on the Christmas display shelves and stands in your local library for these and other seasonal books, such as ideas for Christmas cooking, crafts and decorations, Christmas customs and history.
– Look also for Christmas carols – both as songbooks and recordings on CD.
– Look in the children’s library for Christmassy picture books, stories, craft activities, and books about Christmas time.