Reading lists

12 must-read Christmas tales, as chosen by our readers

Festive murder mysteries, chilling ghost stories and snow-laden fantasy classics: these are the books our readers return to every December.

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During that strange hinterland of yuletide, nothing beats long, uninterrupted hours retreading the familiar steps of your favourite fictional protagonists. Preferably while lounging in your cosiest pjs, alongside a glass of something mulled.

We asked our followers on social media to share the one book they always find themselves gravitating towards at this time of year: the festive read that never gets old. From magical fantasy worlds to classic murder mysteries, we’ve rounded up the most popular picks below.

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