Christmas Book List

10 Books that I Will (Hopefully) Be Reading Over Christmas

Christmas is almost upon us once again, so here are ten books that I hope to have ready to deploy for my family’s time honoured Christmas Day tradition of sitting quietly in separate rooms and reading (Winter Reading List prompt from the Broke and the Bookish).

1. Marie Antoinette’s Head: The Royal Hairdresser, the Queen, and the Revolution – Will Bashor

(can’t stop, won’t stop with the French history)


2. The Coat Route: Craft, Luxury, & Obsession on the Trail of a $50,000 Coat – Meg Lukens Noonan

(the world of couture is fascinating, but even more so in the modern world)


3. Where Song Began: Australia’s Birds and How They Changed the World – Tim Low

(Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History reawakened my interest in evolution and nature’s oddities)


4. From Marie Antoinette’s Garden: An Eighteenth Century Horticultural Album – Elisabeth de Feydeau

(it’s Marie Antoinette and botanical illustration and history in the SAME BOOK!)


5. War Paint: Madame Helena Rubinstein and Miss Elizabeth Arden: Their Lives, Their Times, Their Rivalry – Lindy Woodhead

(I have been wanting to read this for a while, after it was mentioned by Lisa Eldridge in a video on vintage makeup)


6. The Book of Strange New Things – Michel Faber

(the plot looks like a cross between Embassytown by China Miéville and a short story by Ben Franciso and Chris Lynch called ‘This is My Blood’ from the Dreaming Again anthology)


7. The Affair of the Poisons: Murder, Infanticide, and Satanism at the Court of Louis XIV – Anne Somerset

(the title really sells it, but I first spotted it in the references list of Kate Forsyth’s Bitter Greens)


8. Great Women Collectors – Charlotte Gere & Marina Vaizey

(a brief history of women who amassed large art collections)


9. Sprinter and Sprummer: Australia’s Changing Seasons – Timothy J. Entwhistle

(explores how the European four seasons may not now be (and may never have been) appropriate for Australia’s climate)


10. The Courtiers: Splendour and Intrigue in the Georgian Court at Kensington Palace – Lucy Worsley

(my knowledge of Georgian history is fairly wonky, so this should help, plus bonus splendour and intrigue)


7 thoughts on “Christmas Book List

    • No worries, it’s Latin. It’s the conjugation of the verb ‘legere’ – ‘to read’, so ‘lego’ – I read, ‘legis’ – you read, ‘legimus’ – we read. Pretentious I know 🙂

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