It’s Christmas time and that means it’s time to get cosy with some hot chocolate, put on some christmas carols and get comfortable with a good book.
It’s also the only time of the year that it doesn’t feel wrong to read a book set around the Holidays, so that’s why today, I’m sharing with you some of my all time favourite books set around Christmas.
THE HARRY POTTER SERIES BY J.K ROWLING
I’m a huge Harry Potter fan and as such, I’m probably going to add it to every book recommendation I can but while you’re probably thinking Harry Potter has nothing to do with Christmas, I get to tell you you’re wrong. The Harry Potter Series have the best descriptions of Winter and the holidays; there’s something so magical (I had to, I’m sorry!) about the way everything is described that you can’t help but wish you were at Hogwarts or The Burrow experiencing Christmas with the Golden Trio. My personal favourite book is The Goblet of Fire but you also can’t go past The Philosopher’s Stone or The Deathly Hallows for a good Christmas hit.
CHRISTMAS WITH BILLY AND ME BY GIOVANNA FLETCHER
I enjoyed the first in this set – Billy and Me – so when the sequel, a Christmas Novella, was released, I was straight onto it. Basically, this is one of those books that you should read the first in the series before moving on but I feel like you’re not missing out on too much if you don’t. There’s nothing that’s not explained from Billy and Me that carries into Christmas With Billy and Me, so it’s easily read as a stand alone, too. It’s a cute, quick to read, festive book that follows Sophie and her celebrity boyfriend Billy as they attempt to organise the perfect proposal for a mysterious couple who emailed Sophie. Sounds a bit lame but trust me, it’s a whole lot cuter than I can give it justice.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL BY CHARLES DICKENS
The original Christmas story, it’s kind of a given I was going to recommend it here. I love A Christmas Carol. Not only is the message a good one, it’s actually a really entertaining read and it get’s you right into the Christmas mood. If you haven’t read it before, I would highly recommend you read it despite knowing the story simply because it’s a classic.
WHAT LIGHT BY JAY ASHER
Set over the holidays with the main character, Sierra’s family running a Christmas tree farm. What could be more festive than that? What Light is a YA novel by the same author who wrote 13 Reasons Why, this is a really clean, easy to read novel that I think anyone who enjoys YA novels would like. It contains all the markers of a good festive read – hot chocolate, christmas trees, ugly sweaters, Santa and presents and while it is your typical contemporary YA romance, there are some good emotional family moments, too.
THE GIFT BY CECELIA AHERN
I love Cecelia Ahern and while most of her books are the typical girl-meets-boy and love ensues with a lot of drama kind of books, this is not one of those. The Gift is a Christmas story with a message about how precious and important the gift of time is. It’s centred around your stereotypical over-worked business man who has let his family life take a backseat to his career, he then meets a homeless man and let me tell you, emotional things occur. If you’re wanting to read a holiday book that focuses on the real meaning of Christmas and not romance whilst still being interesting and taking you for the emotional ride of your life, this is the holiday book for you.
SKIPPING CHRISTMAS BY JOHN GRISHAM
If you’re looking for something less emotional and more comical, I’ve got the book for you. Skipping Christmas tells the story of a couple planning to skip the winter holiday by going on a Caribbean cruise. This is the book that the movie Christmas With The Kranks was loosely based off of, and it’s such a good, funny, lighthearted and quick read. If you’re short for time but want to read something festive, that’s not your traditional holiday romance this is definitely a good one to check out.
WINTERSPELL BY CLARA LEGRAND
Finally, one for my fantasy lovers. Winterspell is loosely based on the story of The Nutcracker and is a tale about love and war, longing and loneliness and a girl who must learn to live without fear. It involves Faeries, Christmas, some history (it’s set in the 19th century!) and some really dark, twisted turns as well as some romance, there’s kind of something for everyone. Not your stereotypical holiday read but that’s what I enjoyed about it the most. It’s also got a stunning cover, so if nothing else, it’ll look good on your bookshelf!
There you have it! My festive book recommendations to help you get through the upcoming holiday period as cosy and comfortably as you can! Let me know in the comments below what your favourite festive themed books or even what you’re planning to read this December! I’d love to know!