Top Ten: Christmas Edition

Top Ten Christmas Edition

Cozy reads, festive foods and good-feeling christmas movies.

Check out our list of favorite reads and dvds to get you in the spirit of Christmas!


Quality Street Girls by Penny Thorpe (Large Print, THO)

A terrible accident threatens the supply of the famous Quality Street Christmas chocolates, but as the chocolate factory workers grow suspicious towards the nature of the accident, it's up to sixteen year old Reenie and her friends to solve the mystery in order to save christmas for chocolate lovers.


'Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay (Adult Non-Fiction/Health and Wellbeing, 610.695 KAY

While most of us are kept up on Christmas Eve stressing over the thickness of the glazed ham, or if the kiwi fruit will hide how flat the pavlova is, 1.4 million NHS workers are heading off to work. In a hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking peak behind the blue curtain at Christmas time, Kay's audiobook pays homage to those on the front line over Christmas removing babies and baubles from unspeakable places, at the most wonderful time of year.


Call the Midwife: Christmas Special Series Nine (DVD/TV Series)

1965, our beloved medics and midwives at Ninnatus House watch as the new era brings unexpected challenges, rules change and old diseases come back to haunt them.


We met in December by Rosie Curtis (Adult Fiction CUR)

What's Christmas without a bit of romance and heartbreak? 29 year old Jess has big dreams for her life, and decides to move to London to pursue them. When she moves into her floor at the crumbling, yet grand, Nottingham House, she meets Alex, the guy sharing her floor, and they instantly form a connection. As their friendship blossoms, Jess takes a two week Christmas break, but when she returns her heart is shattered when she learns that the man of her dreams has started dating the woman of his.


Woman's Weekly Christmas: The Complete Collection (Adult Non-Fiction/Food and Drink 641.568 AUS)

Is it your turn to host the family Christmas party this year but need some food inspiration? We all know how stressful the big christmas dinner of the year can be, but thankfully we have Woman's Weekly to save the day and inspire us to create festive recipes such as traditional cakes, hams, turkeys, desserts and all the trappings everyone expects over the holiday season.


Polar Express (DVD Childrens)

A timely classic that tickles the Christmas spirit within both young and old, a young boy who doubts the existence of Santa is whisked away by a train conductor (voiced by Tom Hanks) on a magical journey to the North Pole.


The Naughtiest Unicorn at Christmas by Pip Bird (CHildren's Orange Dot, BIR)

If there is only one thing that can cheer up her naughty unicorn, Mira knows it is Christmas and food! It's the week before Christmas and everyone is getting stuck into the festivities, But can Mira land the lead roles for her and her unicorn Dave in the end of year school play, and will she be able to find the perfect gift for Dave on time? Hold on to your unicorn tails cause it's going to be a wild ride!


Ghosted by Leslie Margolis (YA MAR)

Love revisionist novels? How about a Christmas one? An adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Ghosted is the tale of thirteen year old Ellie Charles - the prettiest, smartest, best dressed, popular and meanest girl at school. But one night, a frightening accident leads her to encounter a ghost who takes her on a life learning journey through her past, present and future self. Will Ellie learn a lesson far greater than social politics and will it be able to save her life?


10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston (YA ELS)

Sometimes teenage love is just complicated. Add in a breakup, family and Christmas and you just get an awkward mess. Sophie just wants one thing for christmas - her boyfriend Griffin. Wanting to be with him over the holidays, Sophie begs to stay with her grandparents and boisterous extended family while her parents go on a trip to visit her sister over the holiday. But when Griffen breaks up with her, Sophie is devastated. Hating seeing her granddaughter upset, Sophie's family set her up on ten blind dates to help her through her heartbreak. A cozy, christmas story about love, life and reconnecting with family.


The Man Who Invented Christmas: Based on the inspiring true story (DVD Film and Drama)

Based on the book by Les Standiford, The Man Who Invented Christmas is a biographical drama film that follows the story of Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens, Downton Abbey) as he conceives and writes Christmas Carol. Perfect for those who like reimaginings of tales that intertwine within the author's life and the creative process.


Linda Robertson