11 Holiday Books to Read this Season

stack of Christmas booksI like to get into the festive spirit during the holiday season by reading books themed around the holidays. Usually, I gather a pile of holiday books around the start of November and begin reading them the day after Thanksgiving to kick off my holiday reading. I typically stick to holiday romances, but this year, I even threw in a holiday murder mystery. I’m sharing some books I’m reading this year and my favorites from past holidays.

The Winter Street Series

Elin Hilderbrand might be the queen of summer romance novels set in Nantucket, but you won’t want to miss her Winter Series. Still set in Nantucket, the quirky Quinn family will get you in the holiday spirit with Christmastime drama at their Nantucket inn. This series has everything you need to get you in the holiday spirit: mulled wine, family drama, plum pudding, Christmas carols, snow, and romance.


The Twelve Dates of Christmas

I loved reading this cozy Christmas book. I read it last year, and it was a great way to start the holiday season. The story is about Kate Turner, who lives in the small town of Blexford, England. She has given up on finding love, but she enjoys her job as a designer and baking for her friend Matt’s café. However, her best friend signs her up for a dating agency that promises to help singles find love before the holidays. Kate is hesitant, but she decides to give it a try. Will she find love among the 12 potential matches?

You don’t want to miss this funny and heartwarming holiday read!

A Winter in New York

Christmas in New York? Count me in! This book is about starting over, making new friends, and gelato.

This is a story about Iris and Geo, who are connected by a family secret that only one knows about. After her mother’s death, Iris Raven, a young chef, moves to New York City to start anew and follow in her mother’s footsteps by making her secret gelato recipe. While exploring the city, Iris recognizes a door from an old picture of her mother’s and discovers that her gelato recipe actually belongs to the Belotti family. Only two members of the Belotti family are allowed to know the recipe at any given time. Iris begins working with Geo and eventually falls in love with him.

From the author of One Day in December, Josie Silver has written another heartwarming story of love, family, and the pursuit of happiness during the holidays!

Love, Holly: A Novel

Emily Stone, writer of the bestseller Always, In December, is back with another holiday tear-jerker. Love, Holly is about finding forgiveness and love amid grief and estrangement, and you should add it to your Christmas book list.

Holly Griffin meets a handsome stranger at a café on Christmas Eve and sparks fly. But she forgets about their romantic connection when she gets into a car accident later that night while driving her pregnant sister, Lily. Can a group of pen pals that help her process her grief and loneliness be the answer to all of her problems?

If you are looking for a moving story about the power of love and forgiveness, this is it.

Snow Child

holiday bookJack and Mabel, an unhappy middle-aged couple, move to Alaska in the 1920s to start anew, but the harsh realities of the Alaskan wilderness make it a challenging endeavor. Just when it all seems to be too much, they craft a small child out of the first snowfall, and for a moment, their love seems reignited. The following day, their snow child is gone, but they glimpse a young girl running through the trees wearing the same mittens and scarf as their snow child.

As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who seems to have stepped out of a fairy tale, they embark on a journey of love that they thought was lost to them.

The Snow Child is a realistic portrayal of life with a touch of fantasy and fairy tale, reminding us to look for magic in our lives. This a must-read.

The Rewind

I enjoyed reminiscing about New Year’s Eve in 1999 when the fear of Y2K was rampant. This delightful book captures the essence of the 90s and tells a heartwarming story of second chances at love.

books and Christmas treeWhen Frankie and Ezra, once college sweethearts, return to their alma mater for their mutual friends’ wedding, they find themselves in very different places in life. Ezra is about to propose to his girlfriend, while Frankie is enjoying success as a band manager for some of the hottest 90s bands. However, after a wild night of partying, they wake up the following day to find themselves wearing wedding rings and with no memory of what happened.

As they try to piece together the events of the past 24 hours, they are also forced to confront the unresolved issues in their relationship. All of this occurs on the eve of the new millennium, adding to the sense of urgency and uncertainty.

A relatable, heartwarming read for anyone who’s looked back on their past and hoped for a do-over or second chance.


Books in my TBR Stack (to be read)

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Happy reading,


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