Christmas is a magical (and stressful) time of year – and it’s right around the corner.
What better way to get in the holiday spirit than with a good Christmas book? A mix of classic tales and new releases, these seventeen books are sure to please every reader this holiday season.
How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived OurHoliday Spirits
Now a major motion picture, this warm and cheerful book tells the story of how Charles Dickens revived Christmas in the Western world through his short novel, A Christmas Carol. The tale of Scrooge touched the hearts of so many people, and caused a spiritual renewal during dark times, giving those with dwindling hope a strong faith in Christmas and everything it stands for.
The Christmas Room centers on two families that come together despite the challenges they face along the way. After the death of her husband, Maddie McLendon decides to take a leap of faith and uproot her life to move to Montana with her son and grandson. It’s there that she meets Sam Conacher, a millionaire rancher who lost his wife six years ago. The two never get along, until a tragedy nearly strikes and changes everything. This tale of loss and finding new love is a heartwarming read for everyone to enjoy.
Merry Knight is a single mom struggling to stay afloat during the holidays – she’s juggling taking care of her family, working, and still trying to enjoy the special season. Her love life is the last thing on her mind, but when Merry’s mom and brother create an online dating profile for her, she decides to give it a chance. A New York Times bestseller, this book is one of the most delightful holiday reads of the season, and proves that some of the best things are found in unexpected places.
The holidays can be difficult, trying times – especially when you have to spend a day (or many) with your huge, crazy family. This debut novel follows the Birch family as they gather for Christmas for the first time in years. Olivia, a doctor, comes home after treating an epidemic abroad and because of this, the Birch family is on lockdown for seven days, quarantined together – a recipe for disaster. Seven days in close proximity with no escape leads to drama, tension, and some truly shocking confessions.
This expanded edition of Miracle and Other Christmas Stories contains twelve beautifully crafted holiday stories, five of which have never been seen before. Connie’s stories are tinged with her signature humor, and embrace many of the best Christmas traditions, including Secret Santas, parties, pageants, and of course, Christmas dinners. You’ll want to return to these stories each holiday season and share them with your loved ones – they will remind every reader of what the holidays are truly about.
A Christmas Novel
Julia Padden is a friendly, optimistic girl – she likes everyone she meets, and is always nice. But her rude, standoffish neighbor, Cain, is trying her patience. Julia is determined to crack Cain’s hard outer shell with the only weapon she knows how to use: kindness. Julia starts a blog called “The Twelve Days of Christmas” to track her progress with Cain, and it’s an astonishing success. But when Julia starts falling for Cain, everything gets complicated. This New York Times bestseller is brimming with romance and cheer, making it a must-have for the holidays this year.
Nikolai Gogol; Illustrated by Konstantin Makovsky
A beloved Christmas classic written in 1831, The Night Before Christmas tells the legendary tale of Vakula, a blacksmith in Russia, who battles with the devil to take back possession of the moon and free his village, Dikanka, from chaos. Tension reaches an all-time high between the devil and Vakula because they are both in love with Oksana, the most beautiful girl in Dikanka. The devil unleashes a nasty snowstorm in an effort to win over Oksana, and end Vakula’s chance with her.
Three Holiday Romances
This New York Times bestseller contains three interconnected stories from renowned YA authors John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle. When a Christmas Eve snowstorm hits town, everything looks picturesque – like something out of the movies. It’s the perfect setting for love to brew and blossom, in spite of the cold weather. Each tale contains a dazzling romance, with beginnings that are unexpected, unusual, and beautiful. (And some exciting news: A major motion picture adaptation is currently in the works.)
And Other Christmas Stories
Louisa May Alcott
Another Christmas treasure, A Merry Christmas is a collection of the classic holiday tales by Louisa May Alcott, which continue to be popular so many years later. These stories are inspired by Alcott’s family and her experiences in the abolitionist and women’s suffrage movements in nineteenth-century America, making them a wonderful read for those that love history and books that embody the Christmas spirit.
In this latest installment to Thomas Kinkade’s Cape Light series, local renovation business owner Sam Morgan is rendered housebound by an accident on the job. Left immobile for the time being, Sam is stuck in the midst of an animal shelter that his wife Jessica is running outside of their house. Meanwhile, Jean Whitman has just returned home to Cape Light to care for her mother and reopen her old bookstore café. It seems it’ll be a mundane holiday for the both of them, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
And Other Stories
This volume of short stories by the Queen of Crime is pure classic P.D. James, but with a Christmassy bent. Over the course of her career, P.D. James was often commissioned by local newspapers and magazines to write short stories especially timed for Christmas. Here, a few of her best are gathered together for the very first time.
Part of his A Dog Named Christmas series, Greg Kincaid’s Noelle returns readers to the McCray family of rural Kansas just in time for Christmas. This year, Mary Ann McCray is ready to shake things up in Crossing Trail as the very first female Santa Claus of her conservative town.
This holiday mystery by Anne Perry begins with a mysterious and ominous Christmas present left on Mariah Ellison’s doorstep. It sparks memories of a long-ancient murder that ended up destroying Mariah’s friendship with the victim’s window, and inspires Mariah to visit her estranged friend in Surrey. Her visit, however, morphs into a Christmastime murder investigation.
The latest installment to Krista Davis’s Paws & Claws Mysteries returns to Wagtail, Virginia with Christmas just around the bend. Inn owner Holly Miller thinks her holidays are ruined when her ex shows up with his fiancée, and is staying at her inn. But romance moves to the very bottom of Holly’s Christmas list a beloved local businessman is found dead by her Jack Russell Trixie.
It’s Christmas in July in Rudolph, New York, a town that keeps the Christmas spirit going all year round. Merry Wilkinson, owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, is looking forward to Santa’s arrival, but her mood is dampened when her ex-fiancé Max Folger shows up in town. She doesn’t think things can get much worse. That is, until he turns up strangled to death in her very shop.
And Other Christmas Books
If you somehow skipped out on reading this classic Christmas story until now, this holiday season is the perfect time to tick it off of your TBR. This special edition of Charles Dickens’s classic tale will bring Mr. Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, kindhearted Tiny Tim, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future to life, along with four more Dickens stories.
This short story by John Cheever centers on Charlie, a lonely elevator operator, on Christmas Day. Charlie is forlorn to be spending Christmas day alone in an elevator, until every person in the building who enters the elevator that day gives him a gift. Overcome with joy and jubilation, Charlie makes a few missteps that leave him without even an elevator to keep him company.