We don't know about you, but we're looking forward to doing some holiday reading this Christmas! Here's a sneak peek of what's on our book list.
There’s something about reading Christmassy books during the holidays that just feels so right. Settling down with a cuppa and an awesome read is our idea of hygge heaven, especially after wearing out our feet doing all that Xmas shopping. It’s the most wonderful time of the year after all, and a great holiday book definitely helps us get into the spirit of things.
Without further ado, check out our fave Christmas reads:
Build Your Own Christmas Movie Romance by Riane Konc
Love Actually, The Holiday, Serendipity, Bridget Jones’s Diary… what do these movies have in common? They’re all cheesy Christmassy romance movies we all secretly love to cry and squeal over. And if you’ve always wanted your very own Mark Darcy, here’s your chance: Riane Konc’s Build Your Own Christmas Movie Romance! The book follows Chrissy, a businesswoman forced to return to her hometown of Candy Cane Falls. It’s up to you to decide what happens to her – will she run away with her Uber driver or fall back in love with her high school boyfriend? It’s up to you to decide!
One Day in December by Josie Silver
One day in December, Laurie sees a boy on a bus, they make eye contact and it’s love at first sight for her. She spends the next year looking for him and finally she sees him at Christmas… only to find out he’s dating her best friend – eek! This book gives us all the holiday feels and then some.
My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by various authors, edited by Stephanie Perkins
It’s no secret that we’re big fans of anything Christmas- and romance-related, and reading a book that’s got both definitely has us doing happy dances. This is such a cute book, featuring 12 of the best YA authors – we’re talking Jenny Han, Gayle Forman, Stephanie Perkins and even David Levithan – all coming together to bring us sentimental stories that remind us why we love the holidays. Pass the tissues, please!
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
It’s the perfect time of year for a Dickens classic. On Christmas Eve, the uber-grumpy, stingy and plain old mean Ebeneezer Scrooge (all together: “Bah, humbug!”) gets a visit from three spirits to “gently” remind him what the holiday is all about. Whether you’ve read it before or want to share the story with your wee ones, its an easy-peasy way to get the lowdown on the true meaning of Christmas. Just in case you forgot.
The Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories edited by Tara Moore
Although ghosts and Christmas don’t really sound like they go together (apart from the ones in A Christmas Carol), this anthology of ghost stories from the 19th-century ticks all our boxes. During the Victorian era, newspapers and magazines used to print ghost stories during the Christmas season to be read around the fireside or candlelight, and these stories are just some of the best from that time. Can’t say we don’t appreciate the wonders of modern technology, especially lighting!
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas: A Hercule Poirot Mystery by Agatha Christie
It’s Christmas Eve and the much reviled Simeon Lee has invited his family over for dinner. However, dinner is interrupted by a blood-curdling scream – Simeon has been murdered, his throat slashed. This isn’t the merriest of Christmas holiday reads, but if you like your baked ham with a side of crazy murder, then you’ll love this book.