Now that it’s December 3rd I don’t feel so guilty for having holiday fever! It hit me in mid November this year, which is slightly unusual, but I embraced the Christmas spirit anyways! While everyone else was grumbling about stores putting up decorations early, I was already humming Christmas carols, decking the halls of our house, and checking off items from my shopping list!
The one thing I did hold off on, however, is picking up any Christmas books. I always wait until December 1st to start my holiday book binge, and I didn’t want to break tradition. Instead, I spent the extra time figuring out what the heck I wanted to read this year! After hemming and hawing over countless titles, I finally narrowed it down to 3 or 4 titles that I hope to get through before December 25th! Check them out below!
Christmas on Primrose Hill by Karen Swan
First on the list is Karen Swan’s latest book, Christmas on Primrose Hill! I’ve yet to read a single book by Karen Swan, but Kaley from Books Etc. swears by them, so I’m giving her a shot this year! The story centres around Nettie, who is forced to complete the 12 Dares of Christmas as part of a fundraising campaign for the company she works for. I started reading Christmas on Primrose Hill on December 1st, and so far it is fun and light, and the possibility of romance is certainly on the horizon!
2 a.m. at the Cat’s Pyjamas by Marie-Helene Bertino
2 a.m. at the Cat’s Pyjamas is a book that’s been on my radar since I first read a review of it in Library Journal. They recently republished it with a new (and adorable) cover, and when I came across it at Chapters a few weeks ago, I couldn’t resist buying it! The book cycles between three different characters, a nine-year-old aspiring jazz singer, a fifth grade teacher, and the owner of a jazz club as they go about their day on Christmas Eve. I’m looking forward to seeing how their three stories come together in the end!
Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan
A friend of mine from Harlequin sent me a copy of this book last Christmas, but unfortunately I never got around to actually reading it! I’m determined to finish it this year though, especially since it’s another book that Kaley from Books Etc. has read and enjoyed! Plus, I always love to read romance during Christmastime!
Dashing Through the Snow by Debbie Macomber
For better, or worse, I always end up reading a Macomber book at Christmas! This year, her latest book focuses on two strangers having to share a rental car together as they drive to Phoenix for Christmas. I’ve read similar stories before, but I’m hoping Macomber will put a fresh spin on the scenario! Because I have so many other books on my list this year, however, I’ve decided to listen to Macomber’s latest book on audio instead! I’m crossing my fingers that the narrator will be good!
The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans
The Mistletoe Promise caught my eye at work, and after reading the description I decided to give it a shot! The story focuses on a woman named Elise who has recently gone through a divorce after discovering that her husband was cheating on her with one of her friends. When a stranger approaches her and asks her to pretend to be in a relationship with him for the 8 weeks leading up to Christmas Eve, Elise surprisingly agrees. It’s nothing original, and sounds like many of the Hallmark movies that come out this time of year, but I was intrigued nonetheless!
What books do you plan on reading this Christmas? Looking for some more Christmas book ideas? Check out my post from last year!