So, it’s Christmas: you’ll soon be curled up by a fire, under a blanket, sleepy after a morning of overeating, and ready to enjoy a good book on your new or old Amazon Kindle.

Well, whether it’s your standard Christmas Day or not, since you clicked on the headline above, you are clearly the center of this Venn diagram of “Christmas fans” and “avid Kindle users”.

To make sure your eReader is stocked with words, stories, and poems, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most worthy party tales. There are new and old works, classics and classes, children’s stories and adults only affairs, novels, short films, poems and even non-fiction.

Before asking: “where’s X? It’s a classic!” or exclaim, “This author clearly has never heard of Y, the uneducated bully!” we intentionally keep the classics to a minimum. So no, you won’t find “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” or “A Visit from St. Nicholas” here.

If you don’t have an e-reader yet, you can find a ranking of the best Amazon Kindle here. Depending on when you’re reading this list, you might still have time to get one delivered before the big day … or maybe not.

Oh, and you might be wondering why we are sharing links to the books in this article when you can’t read it on a Kindle. Well, if you buy the books from the Amazon webpage, you can set them to automatically download the next time your eReader connects to the web. We want to save you time!

The best Christmas reads

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

We know, we know: we said in the introduction “we intentionally reduce classic tales to a minimum”, and we still are! But we also want to avoid the wrath of the whole internet, so we’re keeping this classic Christmas classic on the list – it also works well with the next entry on our list.

A Christmas carol is arguably the definitive festive story. Some people even attribute the popularity of Christmas to this classic Charles Dickens novel. Originally published in 1843, it has certainly seen its fair share of adaptations and interpretations.

Fortunately, as classic text, it is quite easy to recover for free. You can find it on the Amazon US Kindle Store here for just a dollar or here for free if you have Kindle Unlimited, and on the Amazon US Kindle Store for free here.

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Charles Dickens: A Life of Claire Tomalin

Since A Christmas Carol is such a popular Christmas text, you might want to know more about the author, his life, and what prompted him to write about three cranky spooky ones in the first place. We have what you need.

This Claire Tomalin biography comes highly recommended – according to her reviews on Amazon – and is written by someone who has also posted similar explorations of Thomas Hardy and Jane Austen. This book will help you better understand the famous and troubled storyteller.

You will have to pay for this book as it is not nearly 200 years old, but that is only fair. You can pick it up for $ 12.99 from the Amazon US Kindle store here, or for just £ 4.99 from the Amazon US Kindle store here. Oh, but Audible listeners will find it for free on this service.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The first word of this classic novel is literally “Christmas”.

This is another classic and older novel (promised, modern novels are coming) and it tells the story of four sisters who grew up in 19th century America. Granted, it’s not as festive as A Christmas Carol, not that any story can claim that title over the Dickensian classic, but it’s a good alternate read.

Unlike Dickens’ text, Little Women isn’t free for Kindle readers, but it’s pretty close. You can pick it up from the Amazon US Kindle store for just over a dollar here, or the Amazon US Kindle store for under £ 1 here.

Jonathan Franzen’s Corrections

Now let’s move on to this author’s favorite Christmas novel, a story much appreciated for its cynicism and dry humor, but also for its place among modern classics of American literature.

The Corrections follows members of a dysfunctional family as they come together for one last Christmas family reunion – the reason this book deserves a place on this list. Family members are trying to make corrections in their lives that will take them off dark paths – the reason the book deserves its title.

It’s admittedly a very long read and there’s a lot of weaving between the stories of different characters – according to director Noah Baumbach, the complexity of the story is what made a partly filmed TV adaptation abort – but if you have many hours to go in front of a fire, this Kindle book might be right for you.

You can find the book for $ 12.99 on the US Kindle store here or for just £ 3.99 on the UK Kindle store here – and in both regions Audible users can get the audiobook for free. .

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Chris Van Allsburg’s Polar Express

People are often quite surprised when we tell them that the popular 2004 movie, starring Tom Hanks – and spooky enough motion capture to keep you awake for several days – is actually an adaptation of a children’s book. from 1985.

It’s a book for very young children, and although the Kindle version has some lovely illustrations, you might not get the full effect of this Christmas classic due to the black and white nature of the e-reader screens.

Unfortunately, we can’t find The Polar Express listed in the UK Kindle store, but you can pick it up from the US Kindle store here for $ 9.99.

Letters from Santa Claus by JRR Tolkien

Yes, Tolkien has written things outside of the Lord of the Rings universe, and also for very young readers. It’s pretty safe to say that most fans of the author’s well-known works are not familiar with the festive collection of letters written by Tolkien.

You see, Tolkien’s family received letters from Santa Claus – he’s Santa Claus, to all American readers – that described life in the North Pole in detail, with testimonies of polar bears and elves, and stories of wars with goblins … wait, are we sure this isn’t happening in Middle-earth?

The 23 years of notes were collected in Letters from Father Christmas, and were published in the 1970s after Tolkien’s death. The Kindle edition also includes images of the letters, which were written with the shaking hand of the famous author.

You can get the collection of letters in the United States in the Kindle store here, which will cost you $ 3.99, or in the United Kingdom in the Kindle store here, for £ 2.99. Both regions also have physical copies available, which could make great gifts for any Tolkien fan you know.

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The night before Christmas by Nikolai Gogol

Do not buy this book expecting it to begin with the phrase “It was Christmas Eve” – ​​it is a very another story (you think of A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore). No, it’s not the fun, relaxing reading you expect. And yes, we have descended into the “darker festive reads” section of this list.

The Night Before Christmas is a Russian story inspired by 1830s folklore about a blacksmith’s battle with the devil. It’s apparently quite humorous and cheerful, but more than a mouse stirs in this story. Oh, and it’s not too short – perfect for a Christmas Eve reading.

You can find The Night Before Christmas on the Amazon US store here for just $ 2.50 and on the Amazon UK store here for £ 3.99.

The Christmas of Hercule Poirot by Agatha Christie

There is no Christmas without murder, and there is no murder story like the ones written by Agatha Christie, the monarch of the genre.

Given that Christie has written 33 novels, two plays, and countless short stories featuring her most popular character, there’s a good chance one of them is set over Christmas: in this one, the mustached Belgian must solve a murder … but this time at Christmas.

Christie turns ‘sleigh bells’ into ‘bells’ with this one (I promise, I took a long time trying to think of a good Christmas murder pun, and a tainted search history more late, that’s what you get. You’re welcome.).

You can purchase the book for $ 9.99 from the US Kindle Store here; in the UK it’s actually free here if you have Kindle Unlimited, or £ 3.99 if you don’t have the service. In both regions, it’s also on Audible.

Sir Gauvain and the Green Knight by anon, translated by various

This classic Arthurian tale received a meh film adaptation this year that strayed far from the source material. The original poem was written in the 14th century, and although scholars still don’t know who the author was, the work has been translated from Old English several times by big names like Simon Armitage, JRR Tolkien, and Jessie. Weston.

The poem – although some translations are presented in prose – tells the story of an overwhelmed knight of the round table, who during a winter feast bit more than he could chew upon accepting a challenge from the titular green knight which implied that he had only one year to live.

As we said, there are many translations out there, and some are not available in various regions, so we recommend that you shop around to find a version that interests you. The versions of Armitage, Tolkien, and Weston are apparently the most popular, and translated by a poet, novelist, and scholar respectively – these three alone are likely to provide alternate interpretations of the same tale.

Visit the US Kindle Store here for different versions ranging from $ 1 to $ 10, and the UK Kindle Store here for versions between £ 5 and £ 10.