Happy Friday, friends. 🙂 If you’re ready to cozy up with your next great holiday read, I have the list for you today!
Technically, I do not start celebrating Christmas myself until Black Friday, or the day after Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday after Halloween, and no one gives it enough credit. However, I’m sure many people are pouring their eggnog and picking out Christmas gifts long before me…and I know this because they’re all over my Facebook timeline (you know who you are, people). So, I give you: my favorite reads for the holiday season (not necessarily Christmas specific!).
The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand
This book is such an adorable twist on A Christmas Carol. This will honestly probably end up being the most Christmas-y book on this whole list. Holly Chase has a whole lot of money, but not a lot of love. She’s perpetually mean – until she’s hit by a car and becomes to the new Scrooge. The whole thing ends up being pretty trippy and kind of a strange story, but it’s done well so that you get into the Christmas mood while you read it. It’s a quick read…and you can’t beat that adorable cover art. Get a copy from Gibson’s Bookstore here.
Humans by Brandon Stanton
If The Afterlife of Holly Chase is the most Christmas-y book on my list, Humans is the least. BUT, I will fight forever to keep this title on the list. There’s a reason these books have come out closer to the holidays: not only do they make great gifts, they are simply wonderful stories of humanity that make you feel more human around the holidays. Reading Humans is like a refresher course in how to connect with people, and it’s done in an absolutely amazing way. The books are based off and pulled from the Humans of New York social media accounts. Some are short, one sentence captions, and some are long and flowing stories of strangers. I adore these books and the warmth they bring me around the holiday season. Get a hardcover.
My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins
I’m going to admit right up front that it’s been many a year since I read My True Love Gave to Me. I think I actually purchased my ebook the day it came out, like seven years ago (holy crap!!). I’m noticing as I’m making my selections that I don’t actually read a lot of holiday books? Do I hate Christmas?? I don’t think so, but apparently I’m not overly enthusiastic about it, either. So this is one of the few *outright holiday books* I’ve ever read, ever, and it felt wrong not to include it when fourteen year old me felt like it deserved at least four stars. *shrugs* I remember particularly enjoying Rainbow Rowell’s story, as I was kind of obsessed with her at the time (as you will see momentarily…). Pick up a copy.
The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler
This one I can actually attest to, lol. The Tourist Attraction was a fave of mine last year, when I devoured the whole thing in like a day. It’s very cute and very Christmas-y, and it’ll totally make you want to move to Alaska! We’ve got the whole grumpy-one-falls-for-the-sunshine-one trope small-town-everyone-knows-each-other nonsense…it’s good stuff. I didn’t enjoy the sequel as much as the first, which is why I specifically chose this guy here. You can check out my full review here, and get a copy from Gibson’s here.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Look, people, I’m going to ruthlessly defend this one too. Fangirl is my type of Christmas book. In fact, I often reread it right around Thanksgiving and Black Friday, because it gives me that cozy winter feeling. Last year, I opted for the manga version, and it was just as good. This story takes place primarily around Thanksgiving and Christmas, but love and family is the main focus. And if you don’t relate to Cath looking “tarred and sweatered” in every knit body garment imaginable, then we can’t be friends. I hope you find it puts you in the same state of mind it does for me. Get your paperback at this link.
As much as I hate to admit it, we are actually getting into the holidays. I much prefer my spooky season, but friends, I would like to wish you an absolutely wonderful holiday; enjoy your parties and delicious food; cherish the love and warmth of being with friends and family. Have a wonderful end to your year. ❤