If you’re anything like me, you love a good holiday book! I celebrate Christmas and there is nothing I enjoy more than sitting by my digital fire while digging into a cheesy, Christmasy novel during the holidays. I only started reading holiday books a few years ago, which means there are still a TON I haven’t picked up yet. Over the years I’ve learned that there are (perhaps unsurprisingly) a lot of sub-genres underneath the larger Holiday Book umbrella, so luckily there’s a little something for everyone.
So if you’ve found yourself wondering what holiday books to pick up this season, look no further – here you’ll find feel-good holiday stories from the classics to the comedies to the cheesy Hallmark romances we all hate to love!
BTW, just because I celebrate Christmas doesn’t mean I only want to read Christmasy books. If you have a favorite holiday book of any variety please let me know what it is in the comments – I’d love to give it a try!
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens : The Ultimate Christmas Classic! Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Mr. Dickens. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve watched The Muppets Christmas Carol and it never gets old. If you haven’t read the actual book yet, then you absolutely must!
Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva : If you can’t get enough Dickens (me), then you’ll love this book! Silva brings Charles Dickens himself to life in this heartwarming novel that recounts fictionalized events from Dickens’ personal life that inspired and contributed to the writing of his carol.
Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris : “Oh, Little Elf, Little Elf!” The holidays just wouldn’t be the same without hearing David Sedaris read aloud his short story “SantaLand Diaries,” (contained in this book). While this small collection of essays might not warm your heart per se, it will make you unattractively snort-laugh!
Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella : This quirky novel is full of laughs and Christmas cheer! Becky will have you giggling, and cringing, along with her antics. While she may be a shopaholic (and oh boy is she!), Becky knows what the holidays are all about: family, love, and whatever the Grinch cannot steal.
Christmas Camp by Karen Schaler : Christmas Camp has already been made into a Hallmark movie, so be sure to check out the book and the film this year! This is your classic holiday Hallmark Rom Com… Girl from the big city meets a charming country boy who teaches her to slow down and feel the Christmas spirit. It might be cheesy, but if you need a story that reads like a candy cane tastes, then this is the book for you!
Christmas: A Biography by Judith Flanders : Okay, so this isn’t a work of fiction, but it is an informed history of Christmas that details the origins of the Christmas tree and Santa Claus (among other things). Be warned, Flanders doesn’t sugar coat anything in this book so you might want to read this one in small doses.
What holiday books would you recommend?