On the Tenth Day of Christmas | 10 Words Worth Reading


Christmas presents don't always have to be wearable or chargeable or edible. Remember; a good book is always the perfect fit.

I've always been a reader and while most of my reading is now done on my phone or iPad, there is still nothing quite like sitting down with a good book and getting lost in the words. I do favour fiction and fantasy but I will try most genres.

A book for Christmas makes a such thoughtful gift as it offers escapism for the reader, something which is often very appreciated with all the stress and mania the festive season can bring.

Icelanders have a beautiful tradition of giving books to each other on Christmas Eve and then spending the night reading. This custom is so deeply ingrained in the culture that it is the reason for the Jolabokaflod, or “Christmas Book Flood,” when the majority of books in Iceland are sold between September and December in preparation for Christmas.

With all this in mind, I'm offering a list of my all time favourite books which would make great gifts for someone.

On the Tenth Day of Christmas I spotted this for me... 10 Words Worth Reading

Watership Down - Richard Adams

Bear with me here, this is not just a book about bunnies. It's a book about friendship, loss, society, mythology and philosophy that just happens to have rabbits as the main characters.

I first read this book when I was around 15. Even then it put a deep realisation of the power of white privilege and male privilege. A powerful memoir from a powerful writer.

American Gods - Neil Gaiman

If you fantasy, read this book. If you don't think you like fantasy, read this book. While it can be slow in places, the plot draws on so many sources, it will inspire you to learn more about mythology from across the world and how it shaped so many other cultures.

Northern Lights - Philip Pullman

A YA book beyond its years, this is not your usual teen book about romance and fantasy. While there are tales of fantasy and romance across the book and the following 2 parts, it is an allegory and commentary on religion and the loss of childhood. 

Tales of the City - Armistead Maupin

A love letter to the people and city of San Francisco, this book will make you want visit. When I went to San Francisco a few years ago, I made a mission to visit Macondary Lane which was the inspiration for Barbary Lane where much of the book is set.

Atonement - Ian McEwan

Yes, the movie is good. But no movie is ever as good as the book and this story of fantasy wrapped in historical tragedy will stick with you.

Maus - Art Spiegelman

For those people who turn their noses up at comic books or graphic novels, introduction them to this heartbreaking account of the Holocaust twisted and told as a literal cat & mouse story.

ABC of Men's Fashion - Hardy Amies

While some of the content is dated and fairly snobbish in its description of foreign fashions, a lot of the rules still hold true. I occasionally pick it up if I'm looking inspiration or a quote for a blog post. A great little coffee table book and stocking filler.

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

I studied this book for A-Level and it didn't really impact that much on me. I re-read it a few years ago and what was a projected dystopian future seems oddly familiar now...

DV - Diana Vreeland

If you love fashion for fashion's sake, this autobiographical series of memos (it flits about a LOT) about the fabulous life of the former Vogue editor is a must. Her descriptions of style and colour and sheer love of fashion is astounding.


A book is a very personal thing and I'd never be one to preach to you on what you should read. I've missed out pretty much all of the must-read books that so many of the publications tell us we should have in our library. I think if you've been forced to read a book as so many of us were throughout school, you can grow to hate that book and books in general. Instead, take your time and take your pick. Read what you like, where you like and when you can.


On the first day of Christmas I spotted this for me...
10 Words Worth Reading
9 Labels Discounting
8 Males Worth Mentioning
Clever Gifts for Women
Gifts a' Local
For scrawling words
Three fresh scents
New winter gloves 
And a wallet from Mulberry!

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