This guest post was written by the very talented Rachel from Never Enough Novels. Rachel is a book blogger, baker and traveller – you can read more about her in the author bio at the end of this post.
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As soon as Halloween is over, I can’t help but get caught up in the holiday spirit. The months leading up to Thanksgiving and Christmas are full of joy. To help set the mood, I love curling up with a great Christmas book. Any book that takes place during the holidays. Read on to discover the best Christmas books to read this season!
Christmas Books To Read This Winter
One Day in December by Josie Silver
Do you believe in love at first sight? Laurie spends a year searching for a man she locked eyes with on the bus, only to be introduced to him at a Christmas party…as her best friend’s new boyfriend. Over the years Laurie, Sarah, and Jack go through rounds of friendship, breakups, new loves, and more. This isn’t the standard holiday love story, so if you’ll enjoy this one if you like a more realistic take on love.
Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand
Winter Street is the first novel in a series by Elin Hilderbrand about a family who runs a cozy inn on the island of Nantucket. Each book takes place during the holidays as the slightly dysfunctional family comes together and deals with a variety of drama. If you don’t want a saccharine sweet book, you’ll enjoy the depth and issues the family faces on Winter Street.
Merry & Bright by Debbie Macomber
Merry Knight is happy going about her usual holiday routine and avoiding her stressed, corporate-y boss. She has no interest in finding a man, but when her family sets up an online dating profile she can’t help but start falling for a charming stranger who messages her. Chatting online is one thing, but when they finally meet in person she discovers it’s the last man she’d want to fall in love with. This is a cute holiday read that has all the adorable elements you’d hope for from a Christmas book.
25 Days In December by Poppy Alexander
After Kate’s husband left for the army last December and didn’t come back, she’s lost any interest in the holidays. This year though, she wants to give her son the Christmas experience he deserves. She quickly learns her Christmas countdown will never go as planned, but maybe the lonely man she meets may be able to help them both. I can’t wait to read this holiday book! It sounds like a unique premise and I’m all about a Christmas countdown.
We Met in December by Rosie Curtis
Jess follows her dreams and moves to London to pursue an exciting new job. She immediately connects with one of her housemates over the holidays, but finds him hooking up with another girl after she gets back from winter break. Over the following year, she pines for him but eventually realizes she’ll have to move on. I thought this moved a bit slow, but overall it’s a cute holiday romance.
The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman
Backman’s novella is an intense reflection on the gift of life and how we can share that gift with others. A father and son are meeting for the first time in years and the father tells the story of a little girl nearby dying of cancer. The father has the opportunity to forever alter her life, but must understand the cost first. As so often happens with his writing, I was moved to tears by the beautiful sentiments found in this short story.
Christmas at Rosie Hopkin’s Sweetshop by Jenny Colgan
Most of Jenny Colgan’s books now have Christmas sequels, so you can’t go wrong with any of them. I always have a soft spot for Rosie and her candy shop, though. Although it helps to read the first book, you can easily pick up this one by itself and get lost in the story. Rosie is looking forward to a cozy Christmas spent with her family and boyfriend in their small village. When tragedy strikes, her plans are turned upside down as the community bands together to recover.
My True Love Gave To Me edited by Stephanie Perkins
If you’d rather read a variety of Christmas stories, pick up this collection of twelve holiday short stories by Young Adult writers. Included in the lineup are Jenny Han, Rainbow Rowell, and Holly Black! If you love any of their novels, give this collection a try.
Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
I just read the newest addition to the Shopaholic series last month and it might be my favorite so far! When Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood!) agrees to host an increasing number of family and friends for Christmas, she declares it will be the best holiday ever. However as often happens, she finds herself in over her head. Nothing a little shopping can’t fix! I actually laughed out loud at parts of this Christmas book and enjoyed the entire experience.
What are your favorite Christmas books to read during the holidays?
Book Blogger Bio – Rachel @ Never Enough Novels
Rachel is an accountant living in Pennsylvania who spends all of her spare time reading, baking, and travelling the world. She loves talking about books with fellow bookworms, so she started her blog, Never Enough Novels to share book lists, mini reviews, and more! You can also connect with her on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.