Alone for the Holidays? Here are 5 Uplifting Books to Read Abed on Christmas Eve

December 9, 2014


If you’re all alone this Christmas for one reason or another, then a simple way to have a great time would be to sit back on your bed mattress while accompanied with a large mug of steaming eggnog and a very engaging read. For one thing, reading helps kill time and boredom while you’re indoors. Not only that, it can make your imagination go on a kind of adventure that you can’t have any other way. Listed below are a few novels that you might like to immerse yourself with on the night you welcome Christmas.

The Family Under the Bridge

The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson

This children’s book tells of an old hobo named Armand who loves his simple and solitary life under a bridge in Paris. However, things get complicated when a mother of three settles under the same bridge, forcing Armand to share his home with them. Though at first disquieted by his unexpected guests, Armand later learned to love his new family and would go to all lengths to make their one Christmas wish come true. What happens next is an adventure around Paris complete with gypsies and a cameo appearance from Santa Claus himself, as well as a heartwarming ending that would leave your eyes watery with tears of  joy.

The Christmas Box Collection

The Christmas Box Collection by Richard Paul Evans

Why read just one book when you have three of them bound together as one, right? The Christmas Box Collection is a trilogy of stories that take place on three different timelines. The Christmas Box tells of a widow named Mary Anne Parkin and a young family of three who moves in with her. In Timepiece, we explore the early lives of Mary Anne and David Parkin and the brief happy life they had together with their daughter Andrea before tragedy struck. The Letter takes place decades after Timepiece, and there we witness how the Parkins face love’s greatest challenge and find its deepest meaning in the process.

The Hobbit

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Before you go watch Peter Jackson’s film adaptations, you’d best read the book itself first. That way, you can learn as much as you can about Middle-Earth and its notable characters, which should make the movie versions all the more enjoyable for you. Follow Bilbo Baggins’ adventure with Gandalf and the dwarves on their quest to reclaim their homeland from the despicable Smaug the Dragon in ways you’ll never do in cinemas.

And the Mountains Echoed

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

After the success of his first two literary masterpieces, Hosseini gives us a third treasure that tell the story of two siblings from a remote village in Afghanistan, their separation and eventual reunion, and the touching lives of all the people they encountered along the way. This book will not only let you explore the complexity of human relationships, but it will also lead you on an adventure to different parts of the country.

The Little Prince

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

This classic novel tells of a marooned pilot who meets a young prince travelling the universe. From there, you’ll meet a lot of interesting characters including the prince’s vain rose whom he left on his home asteroids, six grown-ups from different asteroids who try to outdo each other in terms of weirdness and absurdity, and the fox from whom the prince learns a very important lesson. It’s a book that will definitely bring out the child within you.

Which of these excellent novels do you think you’ll enjoy the most? Once you make your choice, you better run to the nearest bookstore and grab yourself a fresh copy. Christmas Eve is closer than you think.