Now that Christmas is officially a month away I’m in full holiday mode! Between now and December 25th I’m going to be bombarding myself with all things Christmas: music, cookies, movies, shopping, and of course…books! One of my favourite things about the holidays is curling up with some Christmas themed reads! In mid November I always start compiling lists of potential books to get me through the season, and this year I’ve decided to share them with you on the blog! So, without further ado, here are some of the Christmas books I’ve loved in the past, along with some new ones that I plan to hopefully read this year!
Favourite Christmas Reads (Already Read)
Starry Night by Debbie Macomber
You can always count on Debbie Macomber for a cute, light, Christmas read! Plus, they are so short you can devour one in a single sitting! Starry Night is my favourite Christmas story of hers that I’ve read so far. It focuses on a journalist named Carrie who is trying to be taken more seriously at her work. In order to become promoted, she is tasked with getting an interview with the super reclusive wilderness writer Finn Dalton, who lives all the way out in Alaska. As you can guess, sparks fly as the two get to know each other over the course of the Christmas holidays! The result is a delightful Christmas romance to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside!
Unholy Night by Seth Grahame-Smith
This is the one book I tell everyone I know to read every Christmas! It’s AMAZING! Unholy Night gives readers a glimpse at the Christmas Nativity from the eyes of one of the wise men, Balthazar. In a unique twist, however, the wise men in Grahame-Smith’s tale are not the holy, scholarly men shown in the Bible, but rather cutthroat thieves and murderers. The result is a crazy and spellbinding tale that I could not put down! Balthazar was such an intriguing character, and I loved watching him develop throughout the course of the story. And the ending! Ah! It was perfect!
Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
For those of you looking for a cute YA read, then look no further than Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares! The story begins with Lily leaving a red notebook on a bookstore shelf, filled with a bunch of challenges for the finder to preform. When Dash comes across the notebook he accepts the dares within, and begins a journey across New York City in the days leading up to Christmas. This humorous read has just the right amount of romance and fun!
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
I first read this book at school in grade 6, and while the details are a bit foggy now I remember loving it at the time! The story focuses on the Herdman family, whose group of ragtag children lie, cheat, swear, and even smoke cigars. None of the Herdmans have ever heard the Christmas story, but decide to take over their local church and organize the annual Nativity play. The result is a hilarious read with an ending that will pull at your heartstrings.
The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry (the author not the chocolate bar!)
Seriously. Everyone needs to read The Gift of the Magi at least once in their life! This classic Christmas tale will melt the heart of any reader! The story focuses on a poor couple trying to scrape together a few coins to buy each other a gift for Christmas. The result is a heartwarming tale that shows how love is the best Christmas gift of all.
Books I Plan On Reading This Year
My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins, Gayle Forman, Jen Han, and more!
This short story collection from some of the best YA authors in the industry is my Top Pick for Christmas 2014! I can already picture myself curled up in front of the fireplace with a mug of hot cocoa and a cozy blanket while I read. With 12 stories in all, there is bound to be something for everyone!
Mr. Miracle by Debbie Macomber
My annual Macomber Christmas read this year is her latest book, Mr. Miracle! The story follows Henry Mills, a guardian angel whose task is to help get 24-year-old Addie’s life back on track. If she just so happens to fall in love along the way, then even better! I’m a big sap for Christmas love stories, so I’m hoping that this is a good one!
Maybe This Christmas by Sarah Morgan
Ski Resort? Check. Christmas? Check. Romance? Double Check! What more could I possibly need this holiday season?
The Heart of Christmas by Brenda Novak
Apparently I’m on a Christmas romance binge this year! The Heart of Christmas focuses on a B&B owner named Eve whose friends are all off getting married and having kids. After resigning herself to a Christmas alone, Eve suddenly finds herself falling in love with a handsome stranger who is visiting the town. Will this be her best or worst Christmas yet? Guess I’ll have to read to find out!