T'is the season to sit in a cosy armchair with a hot drink and a box of Milk Tray and read while the free time lasts. Just because Christmas has passed doesn’t mean you can’t get stuck into a good book picked up in the sales!

If there is one thing to love about Christmas, it’s the oodles of free time available to do the things you wish you could be doing during the semester. At college, students are swamped by textbooks and online articles from one day to the next. The last thing we want to do at night time or with an hour off is do more reading, even if it is for pleasure. So here I present to you some books that will match the atmosphere strived for by your Christmas tree lights and television adverts, all in the comfort of your mind after a hard term of study.

The classic A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is a must. Movie adaptations abound (The Muppets, anyone?) but the book is less than two hundred pages making it a quick and easy read if you don't want to spend all of your holidays stuck in a book.

Fans of contemporary fiction have probably already heard of My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories, short stories by multiple authors. Featuring the work of writers like Stephenie Perkins and Gayle Foreman,  it’s the ultimate read for at time of year as the overall theme for the book is Christmas. As this is a collection of short stories it is perfect for picking up and leaving down whenever you have an hour off during the day.

Our very own Cecelia Ahern's The Gift follows Gabe and Lou, two strangers who meet on the street at Christmas time. Our Irish lady does not disappoint with this novel. Her writing is clever and creative as she weaves these two characters together. Her writing is light and easy to read quickly. This is the perfect novel to get into the festive spirit this Christmas!

If it’s an uplift of spirits you are looking for in a book, look no further than David Sedaris. His novel Santaland Diaries is a collection of autobiographical essays by the author as he recounts stories of Christmas while working as an elf and spending time with his erratic family. His sarcasm and cynic attitude can be even more enjoyable while listening to Sedaris real aloud these essays in audiobook form. Definitely a reread for Christmas time to come.

Nothing creates a Christmas buzz like rereading passages of the Harry Potter series and reading about Mrs. Weasley's amazing dinners, and Dumbledore wishing for a pair of socks against the back drop of magic and adventure at Hogwarts. This isn't exactly a book set at Christmastime, but there’s a “glow” off the Harry Potter adventures that many of us associate with this time of year.

What are your favourite winter time reads? Did Santa bring any books to recommend? Let us know!