It’s hard to believe it’s already December, isn’t it? Where did the year go?! It feels like just last week I was putting together my list of Books to Put in My Beach Bag. Not to mention, weren’t we all just reading spooky books? Crazy how time flies when you’re having fun!
In honor of December 1st, and one of my favorite months of the year, I’ve put together a list of 10 books to get you in the Christmas spirit. Some of these I’ve read, some I’ve only heard about, but all promise to be enjoyable and relatively quick. Just what you want in a Christmas read, right?
Jay Asher’s What Light has been on my list since it came out last year, and I finally borrowed it from the library yesterday. I loved Thirteen Reasons Why, and the idea of a story set at a Christmas tree farm sounds simply amazing. I don’t read a lot of romances (especially young adult romances), but I’m willing to make an exception here.
Hygge and Kisses does not have the best Goodreads rating (3.4), but I don’t care one bit. It’s about a girl whose life is sorta falling apart, so she heads to Denmark in the middle of winter to experience Hygge. I feel like this is going to be the kind of book most of us can relate to, at least until she falls in love and has all her problems solved. Whatever. This one has fluff read written all over it.
Something about this cover just screams good fun reading. And besides, December is cold, and cold means it’s a great time to read books that are fluffy and heartwarming. Generally, romance fits the bill, as long as the characters aren’t insufferable. Debbie Mason’s Mistletoe Cottage looks to be a great way to get your romance fix. Between this one and What Light, you should be set.
Twelve Slays of Christmas is one I’ll probably have finished by the time this post goes live, as I’m on a bit of a cozy kick these days. It’s the first in a new series, titled A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery. (Sensing a theme here?) I’m looking forward to this one, and hope to have a review up soonish.
I’m pretty sure I’d love to live in a town that celebrated Christmas all year long, wouldn’t you? The next best thing is Vicki Delany’s Year-Round Christmas Mystery series, which starts with Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen. It’s got a great heroine, a cheerful setting, and a pretty decent mystery. If you like it, there are two more books out!
The sequel to Katherine Arden’s The Bear and the Nightingale comes out next week, so if you haven’t yet picked up this beautiful fantasy novel, now’s the time. Read my full review here, but in a nutshell – it’s a graceful story in an incredibly beautiful setting, and the audio narration is superb. This is the kind of book you want to read in front of a fire, as it’s kind of a slow burn of a story.
Oh, The Snow Child. What a strange, yet magical book about a couple who desperately wants children but can’t have them, and a girl who may or may not be made of snow. It’s one of the strangest books I’ve ever read, but also one of the most beautiful. This one is another that’s good fireplace reading.
I haven’t yet read anything by Hazel Gaynor, though I’ve had a copy of The Girl Who Came Home for several years (what can I say, I’m a Titanic nerd). Last Christmas in Paris is set in World War I, and is a historical fiction slash romance. From the description, it reminds me a little of Secrets of a Charmed Life. Plus, that cover. It’s so very Hygge, isn’t it?
No surprise, right? By the way, where is my Backman fangirl badge, huh Fredrik Backman? *grin* This 96-page novella centers on a man who sacrifices his family in order to be successful, a little girl fighting cancer, and how their stories are intertwined. The Deal of a Lifetime promises to be trademark Backman, guaranteed to make you cry and love every minute of it.
Another Jenny Colgan book featuring Polly and (hopefully) Neil the puffin? YES, please. Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery is actually the third book in the Beach Street series (Summer is number two). I have a sneaking suspicion it’s going to make me want all sorts of Christmasy breads and cookies. Read my review of the first book, The Little Beach Street Bakery, here. Pick this one up if you want light and sweet this Christmas!
Whew, that’s quite a list – we’d better all get to reading! What are your favorite books to get in the Christmas spirit? Any that I’ve missed?
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