It’s winter, it’s cold outside and it’s nearly Christmas. If you want to escape the festivities for a while why not settle down with a good book… or two. Whether it’s romance, adventure or mystery you like, the classics have something for everyone.
The obvious choice is Charles Dickens’ famous A Christmas Carol, with all the ingredients that make it an all round winter favourite. It is a mix between a ghost story and the heart warming tale of Scrooge, a grumpy old man who learns to love Christmas.
If you want something more romantic, why not try Jane Eyre, the ultimate love story by Charlotte Brontё. It’s the story of how a governess falls in love with her rich employer. In the Victorian world, where women were restricted by social convention, this is truly a tale of passion and liberation.
Another Victorian romance is Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd. It too has a strong female protagonist, the beautiful Bathsheba Everdene, but unlike Jane Eyre it is full of tragedy. Make sure you have your handkerchief with you if you decide to read it.
Let’s not forget that younger readers like classics too. Sergei Prokofiev wrote the story and composed the music for Peter and the Wolf in 1936. Written especially for children to teach them about the orchestra, it is the story of how Peter helps his grandfather to catch a wolf and take it to the zoo.
Happy reading and Merry Christmas!!!