Over the last few years, I have started enjoying festive holiday reads before Christmas. They do tend to get repetitive and cheesy at moments, but they do make me feel good and add up to my Christmas feelings. And if I have a nice warm blanket, Christmas songs in the background and some decorative lights in sight, it cant be any better, to be honest.
I do have to admit it escalated a bit this year, not only because I got a ton of them from my friends, but since we will be stuck home for the holidays without an option to see half of the family….well…no better time to read them and try to make the spirits up, right? So I made a little list for you, with the ones I have read recently. Who knows, maybe after reading this, you decide to pick up and read some of them.
CHRISTMAS AT TIFFANY’S – KAREN SWAN
It is a rom com, but as far as Christmas reads go, it is still my favorite one. There is a lot going on in this book, but you will get a glimpse of Paris, London and New York through the eyes of the main protagonist Cassie, that spends a year abroad living with her friends to find herself after a divorce. It is sweet, it is funny, it is romantic. What more can you ask from a winter holiday read?
ONE DAY IN DECEMBER – JOSIE SILVER
On one day in December, Laurie locks eyes with a boy through a bus window. She keeps searching for him, but without any luck…until he shows up at her Christmas party – as the new boyfriend of her best friend. For the next ten years we follow their lives as they find new jobs, move apartments, change partners…Its the time of growing up and finding their paths in life. But will their friendship endure all of it?
Though it may be just another romantic book, for me it has something special that sets her apart of all of the others. And who knows, maybe it’ll do it for you too ;).
THE DEAL OF A LIFETIME – FREDERIK BACKMAN
If you are looking for a perfect holiday story, look no further. This little gem (its only about 65 pages long, with illustrations), has it all – a sad story, a good deed, a grumpy character and a bit of magic. Its touching, it’s sweet and its heartwarming in spite of its sadness. ⠀
Find this one. Read it. It will get you thinking. It will (maybe) make you tear up a bit. Just like all of Backman’s books. And you will love it.
IN A HOLIDAZE – CHRISTINA LAUREN
This might be one of the most popular Christmas reads of this season. It’s no wonder, cause the writing duo has a long history of successes and a big base of fans all over the world.
This book is definitely sweet and cozy. The romance part was adorable as well as sexy and the holiday mood was en pointe. I mean, Christmas in a cabin with family, and life long friends as new lovers..can it be more comforting? Board games, quests, snowman building battles and family dinners…just perfect! I minded it was a bit all over the place, but it does get you in the festive spirits!
WE MET IN DECEMBER – ROSIE CURTIS
Two people. One house. A year that changes everything.
This is a sweet little holiday romance read, perfect for a lovely day inside with a cup of hot beverage. It is a bit predictable, but I just loved the way it talked about London – at moments it felt like it was a love letter to this city. And if you’ve ever been to London, you will completely understand why.
TOGETHER BY CHRISTMAS – KAREN SWAN
I know, I know, another Karen Swan book. But trust me, this woman is a queen of Christmas books. And this one is the newest edition to her ever growing collection.
With a lot of Dutch holiday traditions and a Syrian war story in the background, this book really is different than most of the Christmas books. I loved learning about different culture and I found the story about frozen canals and ice skating through them so charming that it made me think of visiting Amsterdam one day. It’s a complex book, with a lot of stuff happening at once, but in general I think it is a bit tougher but a good holiday read with all the elements one of those has to have.
JINGLE ALL THE WAY – DEBBIE MACOMBER
Sweet and short romance, ideal for cold winter days. The most of the book is settled in Amazonian rain forest so it has a bit of unusual setting, but the ending does give the good family Christmas vibes. It is not entirely believable, but everybody needs a bit of hope and love these days, and that is what this book delivers.
FOREVER WILD – K.A. TUCKER (TSW #3)
In case you didn’t know, the third sequel of The Simple Wild series is out now and it is set on Christmas! And I do have to admit, it is really one of the best ending of the series I have read in a while.
It is masterfully written, there is just the right balance of everything and not only you will get the chance to say goodbye to all of the characters, you will even get to love them even more. I mean, can something like a holiday meet up at Calla and Jonah’s house be a better scenery for their wedding? I don’t think so!
THE CHRISTMAS SISTERS – SARAH MORGAN
The Christmas sisters is a wonderful read for this time of the year. It ticks all the boxes: it has a beautiful scenery (Scottish mountains), snow, some family drama and great characters. It even has a dog and a pony, and the pony is adorable! There were some beautiful quotes, some lol moments, and some cheesy scenes, and I can totally see it turning into a holiday movie one day!
All in all, its a warm family story about the matters of a family, the expectations we have in life and the fact that being honest to yourself and the people around you is the best policy in finding happiness.