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Claire Handscombe


Claire Handscombe moved from Europe to DC in 2012, ostensibly to study for an MFA in Creative Writing, but actually – let’s be honest – because of an obsession with The West Wing. She is the author of Unscripted, a novel about a young woman with a celebrity crush and a determined plan, and the editor of Walk With Us: How The West Wing Changed Our Lives. She also hosts the Brit Lit Podcast, a fortnightly show of news and views from British books and publishing. Blog: the Brit Lit Blog. Twitter: @BookishClaire

When I rediscovered reading 12 years ago,  it was just before I headed home for Christmas. In the UK, where I’m from, the world more or less stops for ten days to two weeks in December as many people, regardless of their faith tradition, take a break to recharge, eat too much turkey, spend time with family, and watch heartwarming films on the BBC. It’s a truly a magical time – and the perfect time to catch up on reading.

Across Instagram, it seems people are getting in the mood to curl up with a book this winter, too.

What books are you hoping to find under the tree this December?

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📚Tuesday📚 What books did you choose for your December Book of the Month? I love when my BOTM arrives! It’s like an early Christmas gift. 🎁 I’m really excited about my choices this month! For December, I chose Dear Edward and Long Bright River. Dear Edward is a contemporary fiction about a plane crash survivor trying to find his place in the world while living in the public eye. Long Bright River is a mystery crime novel following the opioid crisis in Philadelphia. These both sound great and I can’t wait to start reading them.

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I love this picture, which subtly celebrates the season.

What’s better than a book at Christmas? A Christmassy book at Christmas!

What books are YOU wrapping and putting under a tree this December?

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What's one thing on your holiday wish list? 🎅 . . New on the blog today: a holiday gift guide for the bookworm in your life, non-book edition. #linkinbio Books are a no-brainer (and hey we would never turn down one as a gift) but if you wanna think outside the box this year, go for one of these gift ideas. . . Hint: one of the ideas in my blog post is a book subscription like! Pictured are the Books for Tea picks over the last few months. The Book Drop makes a great gift for voracious readers 🙌 . . Also, swipe for a cat outtake 🤦‍♀️ . . . . #thebookdrop #partner #thebookdropreaders #booksubscription #booksubscriptionbox #booksubbox #subbox #giftsforbooklovers #giftideas #giftguide #bookishgifts #bookishpost #bookwormgiftguide #bookishgiftguide #bookishgiftideas #catsandbooks #booksandcats #bookstagramcats #catsofbookstagram #bookpet #bookstack #falalaintobooks #festivebooks #holidaybookstagram #christmasbookstagram

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This photo is from last year…but it’s also timeless.

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James – The husband who’s hiding something… 🏷 Julianne – The wife who can’t trust anyone… 🏷 Holly – The girl who was there that night… 🏷 There are three sides to every story… 🏷 Thriller Thursday Treat…Intrigued yet? A Version of the Truth by @bpwalterauthor is described as “The Secret History meets Anatomy of a Scandal” and thanks to @avon_books and @meetbookgirl I have two copies to give away! I will endeavour to get these sent out while the festive season is still in full swing, so the giveaway is U.K. only (sorry international friends!). The giveaway will close on Sunday 23rd December and all you have to do is: – follow me – tag a friend you think might be interested – comment on why you love the festive season 🏷 Good luck! 🏷 Giveaway not affiliated with Instagram, etc. 🏷 #jinglebookrock – “Under the mistletoe, let it snow”. Festive flowers/foliage 🏷 #grimdragon – Red & Green

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And, of course, Christmas is a great time for romance.

And here’s a great pic with one of my personal favourite seasonal book recs!

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I have finally finished, One Day in December, and my rating is 3.5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨. I am pretty disappointed in this read and thought the end of the book was rushed. I felt like the plot could have been done a lot better but it’s a pretty easy read. I expected a lot more from a book that was on the @bookofthemonth list and made @reesesbookclubxhellosunshine December pick. Have you read this book yet? What are your thoughts? 💭🤔 • • • • #booksandchristmas #reesewitherspoonbookclub #reesesbookclub #hellosunshinebookclub #onedayindecember #bookstagram #books #bookgram #josiesilver #christmascards #wrappingpresents #bookish #bookclub #bookstagrammers #bookgrammer #reading #readingisfundamental

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