I know you’re all losing your bon-bons over the JK Rowling DVD extra 12 days of Candlemass or whatever those pagan wizardkund celebrate, but you can’t even remember your Pottermore password so calm down and pay attention. The holidays are upon us like a vulture on a rotting reindeer. There’s no need to panic, so don’t go cutting off your hair or selling your pocket-watch for a gift that is meant to teach you something about love and selflessness when you can just as easily enter your credit card number online and save yourself the trouble. I have compiled some lists of books for you to give each other this holiday season, so get to buying and make someone special in your life happy/search for the receipt.
Here are all the lists from Goodreads containing the tag ‘Christmas’. Fingers crossed for erotic elf-fiction.
'50 Best Christmas Books' from Stylist Magazine, mostly classics.
From The Telegraph, 'Christmas Books 2014: best fiction to read'.
The 'Best books to give adults this Christmas' (if you know any) from The Mirror.
For some new releases in sci-fi and fantasy, here is Tor’s Barnes & Noble Bookseller’s picks for December. If you are more interested in a list of fantastic Australian scifi and horror books just in time for Christmas (which you should be), head over to author Alan Baxter's page for his megalist.
New York Magazine has 15 powerful books by women to give as gifts this Christmas. (Take note, family).
Lastly, Helen Garner, Anna Funder, Graeme Simsion, Alex Miller and many more Australian authors choose their favourite books of 2014 forThe Sydney Morning Herald.
Nightmare before Christmas lunch with that one relative who keeps asking why you’re still single
My nieces and nephews already know that I am the aunt who always gives out books each Christmas. If any of you are reading this, I’m sorry, I wanted you to be smart, and like three of you are, so the gamble paid off. Why not take a gamble yourself and enrich the lives of some little ones this holiday season? They'll hate you for it.
The Book Doctor at The Guardian ponders 'What are the best children's books on the true spirit of Christmas?'
'Christmas Books 2014: best children's books to read' comes from The Telegraph.
Buzzfeed has a list of 20 Children’s books worth reading aloud this Christmas. To yourself. In an empty room.
From The Hoopla, '14 Best Books for Kids this Xmas', which includes picture books and teen reads.
In wonderful news, The Indigenous Literacy Foundation is re-publishing The Legends of Moonie Jarl, which in 1964 was the first Australian Aboriginal children’s book to be published. Now available just in time for the holidays, you can order your copy here.
Now, if you don't know any children that you can tolerate but would still like to give the gift of a book this Christmas, The Smith Family is accepting donations of new books and toys for disadvantaged children. Details here.
The pitch of the Magi
For a sweet reprieve from Christmas links, here is an interesting article from Slate about New York's The Strand bookstore and its continued success in the era of Amazon, and over at ABC Radio National there is an interesting report on the rise of the book trailer.
If you would like some extra homework over the holidays, there are opportunities to pitch to Overland, who are looking for non-fiction pieces on any subject. Head over here for some suggested topics and pitch guidelines.
Spook Magazine are hiring for their 2015 team, and are looking for a range of writers who can write on a range of topics. I wish they had of told me at Halloween, but in any case: Boo!
And now dearest, I must leave you. Round-Up will return in the new year, so look out on January 9 for an online post from me, but you can check your inbox next week for Phill’s final email Round-Up for 2014. Now here’s a shilling, go buy me that giant goose in the butcher’s window.