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35 Best Christmas Books to Snuggle Up With This Holiday Season

All we want for Christmas is a reading marathon.

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Below, we've gathered old classics like The Nutcracker and Dickens tales ; holiday romances prime for book club discussions ; funny tales for fireplace reading; and kid-friendly choices for toddlers, babies, and beyond. After all, would it be a Christmas reading list without an appearance from the Grinch of Dr. Seuss' heart-warming, slyly comedic children's book?

We’ll be stocking our bookshelves with enough cheer that even Scrooge will want to read along. So, without further ado, get the pine-scented candles going, light the tree , find the most comfortable spot in the house, and read your way through these very merry Christmas books in 2020.

Letters from Father Christmas

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From English fantasy author J. R. R. Tolkien, this calligraphy picture book would make just as much sense if it were titled Letters from Father Tolkien . Its filled with letters Tolkien wrote to his children every year at Christmas—all told from the from the point of view of either Father Christmas or a talking polar bear, and accompanied by the most whimsical illustrations. Bookworm tip: Make sure your tablet is capable of showing off the vibrant colors.

Mr. Dickens and His Carol

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No one can resist a Dickens classic this time of year. Same goes for author Samantha Silva, who pens a comical and haunting offshoot tale based on the man who wrote A Christmas Carol . Not to be confused with The Man Who Invented Christmas, Silva’s version of the story goes a little something like this: As writer’s block sets in, Dickens heads to London for some inspiration. There, he goes on long walks, each scattered with the details that would become his Carol .

The Polar Express

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Technically a children’s read, The Polar Express is every grown person’s ticket to relive a time when magic couldn’t be explained and Santa Claus wasn’t just Dad in a red suit. The story follows the adventure had by a little boy who boards a train bound for the North Pole on Christmas Eve. Perhaps you’re more acquainted with the film version starring an animated Tom Hanks, but opening Chris Van Allsburg’s illustrated classic is far more satisfying if you ask us.

The Usual Santas

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A group of crime-fiction writers, including Helene Tursten and Martin Limón, put pen to paper for a collection of short stories ranging from foreboding to heartwarming, but all centered on the immortal focal point of the holiday: Kris Kringle. The forward is written by British detective novelist Peter Lovesey, and each of the 16 globe-trotting caper tales take place somewhere else on the globe, be it Thailand, Copenhagen, or Korea. So when you need to get away, well, here you go.

The Deal of a Lifetime

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A holiday novella from the New York Times best-selling author Fredrik Backman, The Deal of a Lifetime is a father’s story to his son, told over Christmas Eve. In it, a man finds he may be able to help a little girl dying from cancer in a hospital, but not before making amends with his own son first. It’s a story that manages to get to the heart of what the holiday means—sacrifice, forgiveness, and love—in less than a hundred pages.

Winter Street

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Winter Street is author Elin Hilderbrand’s introduction to the Quinn family. Patriarch Kelley Quinn runs the Winter Street Inn in Nantucket, where his family will gather for the holiday—it’s also the epicenter for a few shattering revelations (read: love triangles, secrets, and federal fraud). As charming as it is dysfunctional, Winter Street is only your first stop in a series that includes four Christmas tales.

The Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories

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Edited by Tara Moore, who precedes each spooky tale with a letter to its author (one of whom is Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), The Valancourt Book has compiled 13 ghost stories from 19th-century, Victorian-era periodicals into one absorbing tome that begs to be read by a crackling fire—enough reading light permitting, of course.

Starry Night

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In what reads like a Hallmark Christmas movie , Debbie Macomber writes about a columnist who makes a deal with her editor: If she can score the publication an interview with the recluse author of a best-selling surviving-in-the-wild memoir, then she will get to write the savvier news stories she wants to cover. And so the journey into the Alaskan wilderness over the holidays to track down a handsome Bear Grylls-type begins.

Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker

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Gregory Maguire really honed his spinoff skills when he whisked his loyal readers away to a land called Oz in his 1995 novel, Wicked . Two decades later, Maguire unleashed yet another award-winning, imaginative take on a beloved classic: Hiddensee is the enchanting story behind The Nutcracker . And it all begins with Drosselmeier, the one-eyed toymaker who will soon carve the legendary wooden bauble that will then lead Klara on her dreamy adventure.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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Honestly, you could dust off any of your copies of the Harry Potter series this time of year, as the wizarding shenanigans typically take place in each novel around the Christmas holiday. But might we make a case for skipping right to book number three, The Prisoner of Azkaban ? Not only do we meet Sirius Black for the first time, but the core players—Harry, Ron, and Hermione—grow up right there on the page. Plus, Dementors, the Marauders, and Hermione punching Malfoy make for a fun re-read.

Christmas in London

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Calling all Great British Baking fans , Anita Hughes has a wintry holiday story that combines all your favorite things: London, cinnamon rolls, and reality TV. When Manhattan baker Louisa learns her gooey treats are a hit with a local production company, she’s recruited to join the team for their annual Christmas Eve dinner special filmed across the pond at the posh Claridge’s hotel. What could be more hallmark than that?

Comfort & Joy

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Described as a “modern-day fairy tale,” best-selling author Kristin Hannah’s Comfort & Joy isn’t all just comfort and joy. There’s action and melancholy, in addition to love and second chances. When Joy heads to the Northwest for an impromptu holiday retreat, her plane crashes. She survives, then as fate would have it, takes off into the woods and eventually ends up in the arms of her soul mate.

Christmas on the Island

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Set on the icy Scottish island of Mure, Jenny Colgan’s story will make you want to give that apple cider a second nuking; the frozen setting almost breezes from the pages. But don’t worry, it’s not all frigid. About a Highlands woman whose pregnant by her ex-boss and a Syrian refugee living without his wife in asylum, it’s a tale actually as warm as the spiced concoction in your mug. And bonus: The book has recipes for shortbread, scones, and black bread.

The Man Who Invented Christmas

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Author Les Standiford writes of a time when the only seasons’ greetings Charles Dickens was receiving were those from dispirited debt collectors. Penning what would become a staple of holidays to come, Dickens offered his Christmas Carol as a last-ditch effort to save his career. And save his career, it did. There’s also an excellent, almost forgotten film adaptation starring Dan Stevens as the Dickens himself.

P.S. Your Cat Is Dead

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An instant must-read from its title alone, playwright James Kirkwood’s holiday tale, which was adapted from his stage success of the same name, belongs to a guy whose holiday season has been the dumps. His best friend died, his girlfriend is on her way out, his cat is no more, and he has a burglar tied up in his kitchen. It’s a mess that will have you hooked from the very first chapter.

A Christmas Carol

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You simply cannot have Christmas without Dickens. The classic story that tracks the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge from greedy old miser to joyful kind chum through a series of supernatural visits has been adapted for every taste , genre , and demographic . But nothing beats the original novella as told by Sir Charles Dickens himself. Illustrator Yelena Bryksenkova is to thank for the whimsical artwork in this edition.

The Snow Queen

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The Disney team behind Queen Elsa of Arendelle had some help. Loosely based on this Danish fairy-tale gem from Hans Christian Andersen, Frozen took its cues from Gerda and Kay, the characters at the center of Andersen’s story of good, evil, and deep snow. It joins The Fir Tree as some of Andersen’s most storied Christmas tales, and the illustrations here can't be beat.

The Tailor of Gloucester

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Remember the volumes of hardback books in the school library, each featuring delicately illustrated animals in anthropomorphic narratives by Beatrix Potter? There were tales of Pigling Bland, Tom Kitten, and of course Peter Rabbit. But it’s the story of a mousy tailor working on the mayor’s clothes for a Christmas Day wedding that’s perfect to read aloud in front of a fire.

The Gift of the Magi

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Unwrap the short story that puts the season’s gift-giving tradition squarely into perspective: A tale of love and sacrifice, The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry (pen name for William Sidney Porter) follows a married couple trying to navigate the Christmastime gift exchange on a seriously tight shoestring budget. And it ends, of course, with the signature irony O. Henry is famous for.

One Day in December

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In the words of Reese Witherspoon, the founder of Hello Sunshine,“Get ready to be swept up in a whirlwind romance. It absolutely charmed me.” Couldn’t have described Josie Silver’s wintry tale of two people and 10 years of missed connections better ourselves.

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DeAnna Janes is a freelance writer and editor for a number of sites, including Harper’s BAZAAR, Tasting Table, Fast Company and Brit + Co, and is a passionate supporter of animal causes, copy savant, movie dork and reckless connoisseur of all holidays. A native Texan living in NYC since 2005, Janes has a degree in journalism from Texas A&M and  got her start in media at US Weekly before moving on to O Magazine, and eventually becoming the entertainment editor of the once-loved, now-shuttered DailyCandy. She’s based on the Upper West Side.

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Christmas Novels To Start Reading Now

Don't wait until December to get in the festive spirit.

Add a little holiday magic to your reading list this year with some festive contemporary fiction. These Christmas novels for adults are perennial favorites that you'll want to read and re-read every holiday season. We've put together a list of some of the most-read, best-loved Christmas novels out there, with a few new ones thrown in for good measure. No matter what genre you usually gravitate to, this is a good starter list with some of the best-ever Christmas reads published over the past few decades. Many favorite authors are also on the list; they know the holidays better than most, and their stories are full of winter wonderlands and plenty of cheer. Make some new memories with your reading list this season and discover your new favorite reads. We have a feeling you'll like these.

Midnight at the Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan

Jenny Colgan is back with another heartwarming tale. It's set at a cozy Edinburgh bookshop that finds itself playing host to an American film crew during the holiday season.

Bright Lights, Big Christmas by Mary Kay Andrews

Kerry Tolliver spends most of her time at her family’s Christmas tree farm in North Carolina, but this Christmas she'll head to NYC to help her brother sell Christmas trees in Greenwich Village.

One Christmas Morning by Rachel Greenlaw

Second chances are at the heart of this magical Christmas novel, which tells the story of a woman trying to move past grief by embracing new perspectives.

Once Upon a December by Amy E. Reichert

A Milwaukee Christmas market brings people together during the wintry season in Amy E. Reichert's holiday novel.

Love, Holly by Emily Stone

You'll want to share this romantic read with all of your friends. A story about letter writing and connection after grief, it's the latest from the author of Always, in December and One Last Gift.

Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory

A spontaneous trip might just lead to holiday romance in Jasmine Guillory's novel Royal Holiday .

The Christmas Pearl by Dorothea Benton Frank

The Christmas Pearl, the story of a South Carolina family gathering together during the holidays, is packed with holiday magic.

You Make It Feel like Christmas by Toni Shiloh

Toni Shiloh's You Make It Feel Like Christmas tells the story of Starr Lewis, who is recruited to help her brother's friend re-imagine his late mother's Christmas store.

The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss

A December full of dates set up by a matchmaking service is the premise of this fun holiday novel.

The Brightest Star by Fern Michaels

A local, family-owned Christmas shop, Razzle Dazzle Décor, struggles to stay afloat among the rise of online shopping in this holiday romance.

The Highland Lodge Getaway by Julie Shackman

A snowy Christmas in Scotland is the backdrop for this second-chances love story that sees the main character starting a new chapter as the manager of a collection of luxury cabins.

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

A day that won't stop repeating itself (and the attempt to break the cycle) is at the heart of this new novel from Christina Lauren, the pen name of writers Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings.

The Holiday Swap by Maggie Knox

Twins swap lives and may be in for more than they bargained for in this cheery Christmas novel about greener grass and unexpected romance.

Always, in December by Emily Stone

Set in England, this novel begins with a bicycle collision and follows a love story through the years.

Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

A busy Christmas season throws a few wrenches into the holiday plans of the central character in Sophie Kinsella's new novel.

Comfort & Joy: A Fable by Kristin Hannah

A woman at a crossroads in her life takes a holiday trip with an unexpected detour in this story about embracing new paths.

Blue Christmas by Mary Kay Andrews

An antiques dealer in Savannah readies for the annual historic district decorating contest in Mary Kay Andrews breezy holiday novel.

A Christmas Memory by Richard Paul Evans

Richard Paul Evans reaches into his family history for this Christmas novel, a story of loss and hope in the holiday season.

A Winter in New York by Josie Silver

If you liked One Day in December, you should pick up Josie Silver's latest, a love story set in the depths of winter in bustling New York City.

Meet Me at Christmas by Jenny Hale

Meet Me at Christmas is set in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee, where the main character returns to help her mother (while also encountering a person from her past) during the holiday season.

A Christmas Promise by Nora Roberts

This collection includes two Christmas stories by Nora Roberts: A Will and a Way and Home for Christmas, tales of togetherness during the festive season.

The Christmas Letters by Jenny Hale

A Christmas break-up and a move to a childhood farm in the Great Smoky Mountains leads to potential holiday romance (that might just be upended by a stack of forgotten letters) in Jenny Hale's new novel.

Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan

During the busy holiday season, the owner of the Cupcake Cafe contemplates a potential relationship change and an influx of customers in this new Jenny Colgan novel (that's also filled with festive recipes).

Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg

A man moves from snowy Chicago to Lost River, Alabama, for a mild winter filled with quirky characters in this Christmas story.

The Christmas Spirit by Debbie Macomber

Friends trade places and find fresh leases on life in this fun new novel by Debbie Macomber.

Christmas by the Book by Anne Marie Ryan

Book lovers will love this holiday story about a bookshop in a British village and the people trying to keep it alive.

Magical New York Christmas by Anita Hughes

A young writer takes up a position as a ghostwriter for a famous art dealer—it comes with a stay in a famously grand hotel and an unexpected situation or two.

A Quilt for Christmas by Melody Carlson

A widow who has recently moved experiences an unexpected knock on the door at Christmastime and builds newfound connection during the season.

The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan

Sisters thrown together at Christmastime in historic Edinburgh have lots to work out; one of them spends time in an old bookshop, which engages her in more than one respect.

Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle

When a snowstorm arrives on Christmas Eve, it brings complications and connections to the characters in Let It Snow.

The Santa Suit by Mary Kay Andrews

A woman buys an old farmhouse that requires lots of fixing up; in the process, she finds a Santa suit in a closet and tries to track down the story behind it.

The Christmas Dress by Courtney Cole

In this festive story, a magical Christmas dress brings two generations of women together during the holiday season.

Christmas in Winter Hill by Melody Carlson

The close-knit town of Winter Hill, Washington, is the setting for this story. It's a holiday-loving town famous for its Christmasville holiday celebrations, which are the background for this charming tale.

The Book Club Hotel by Sarah Morgan

The Book Club Hotel is a heartwarming story about friendship, books, and a very special stay at the Maple Sugar Inn.

Christmas in Vermont by Anita Hughes

Fate takes its cue in this charming story set during the holiday season in snowy Vermont.

Christmas Bells by Jennifer Chiaverini

This Christmastime novel alternates between present day and the 1860s; the latter setting follows the family of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and the tumult and strife they experienced during the Civil War.

Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

In this charming book from Jenny Colgan, a storm blows in and disrupts the holiday season in the coastal village of Mount Polbearne in Cornwall, including the life of Polly and her Little Beach Street Bakery.

Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak

A family is forced to spend extended time together under one roof for the first time in years in this fun holiday story about the unexpected benefits of quarantine.

Christmas at the Island Hotel by Jenny Colgan

A motley cast of characters are gathered together in a hotel at Christmastime in this novel set on the remote island of Mure near Scotland.

Jingle All the Way by Debbie Macomber

The middle sister in a big family takes a holiday vacation—not to the beach, as she intended, but to a rainforest with no Wi-Fi—in this story about a surprising holiday season.

A Lighthouse Christmas by Jenny Hale

This warm-hearted book is about second chances in the face of loss and the lingering memories of childhood.

A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson

Wendy Harper sets out to renovate her family's dilapidated cottage in Seaside, Maine, in this charming Christmas tale.

A Winter Dream by Richard Paul Evans

Richard Paul Evans' 2012 novel A Winter Dream reminds readers of the importance of hope and love in the Christmas season.

Christmas at the Chalet by Anita Hughes

This Christmas love story is set in the Swiss Alps, where a bridal designer and a model encounter relationship troubles and—just possibly—their own Christmas dreams come true.

Christmas in London by Anita Hughes

Snowy London is the backdrop for Anita Hughes' Christmas in London, a story about love, food, and producing a Christmas television special that's also packed with adventure and festive complications.

The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury

A Christmas miracle is at the center of The Bridge , a novel about finding love in a Franklin, Tennessee, bookstore. It has also been made into a Hallmark movie.

Alaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber

According to Amazon , in this new book, "Debbie Macomber brings us to the Alaskan wilderness for a magical Christmas tale about finding love where it's least expected."

A Very Nantucket Christmas by Nancy Thayer

This collection includes two popular Nancy Thayer novels about Christmastime: A Nantucket Christmas and An Island Christmas.

Holly and Ivy by Fern Michaels

Grief gives way to love when tragedy-stricken widow Ivy Macintosh meets 11-year-old Holly Greenwood and Holly's strict father, Daniel, and soon becomes part of their family.

Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

This moving novel set amid World War I follows Evie and her brother's friend, Thomas, as they experience the war in their own different, life-changing ways.

Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva

This historical novel dives into the life of Charles Dickens as he tries to bring his most famous work— A Christmas Carol— to life. In the process, he requires some inspiration and a dose of holiday spirit.

Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber

An unexpected love story is at the heart of this Christmastime novel by Debbie Macomber.

Season of Wonder by RaeAnne Thayne

Dani Capelli moves to Haven Point, Idaho, with her two daughters in this winter novel about togetherness and starting over.

The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans

This much-loved holiday book by Richard Paul Evans is part of The Christmas Box trilogy, which also includes the novels Timepiece and The Letter.

The Christmas Cottage by Samantha Chase

Legend has it one night in the Christmas Cottage guarantees lifelong love; when Lacey Quinn is snowed in with the best man from her friend's wedding, she'll find out if the legend is true.

The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan

The three daughters of Suzanne McBride come together for a Christmas in Scotland and, along the way, learn about togetherness and the importance of family.

The Christmas Town by Donna VanLiere

From the author of The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Hope comes this novel about a young woman happening upon the home she's always longed for at Christmastime.

The Christmas Train by David Baldacci

David Baldacci's beloved Christmas novel, which was adapted into a Hallmark movie in 2017, follows journalist Tom Langdon as he takes a train trip across the country.

The Mistletoe Inn by Richard Paul Evans

Two aspiring writers meet at The Mistletoe Retreat in snowy Vermont and find unexpected connection during the holiday season.

A Christmas Legacy by Anne Perry

One of Anne Perry's holiday novellas, A Christmas Legacy sees a character returning to a profession she thought she'd left in order to help solve a mystery.

We'll Always Have Christmas by Jenny Hale

Amazon describes this holiday tale as "an enchanting story about the magic of Christmas, the importance of family, and the joy of falling in love during the most romantic season of the year."

The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans

This Christmas love story is also a Hallmark Channel movie. It starts with an unexpected offer that sends Elise Dutton on a romantic holiday adventure.

Sleigh Bells Ring by RaeAnne Thayne

Annelise McCade is a caretaker at Angel's View Ranch, which used to be her family's land but no longer belongs to them; there, she hopes to make it through the holidays unscathed by the season.

Christmas Joy by Nancy Naigle

Christmas Joy is a festive love story that has been turned into a Hallmark Channel movie. Keep an eye on seasonal listings and you just might catch it on television.

The Noel Diary by Richard Paul Evans

This Christmas-themed novel from Richard Paul Evans follows Jacob Churcher as he returns home for the holidays and finds a tantalizing mystery and an unexpected visitor waiting for him there.

The White Christmas Inn by Colleen Wright

An eclectic group gathers at a New England inn only to be snowed in. After an initial panic, romance, friendship, and remembrance of the Christmas spirit comes to each visitor at the inn.

Dear Santa by Debbie Macomber

A woman returns in low spirits to her hometown of Wenatchee, Washington, for Christmas and her mother has a unique idea for cheering her up.

Winter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand

Elin Hilderbrand's wintertime novel is a tropical tale about family, secrets, and romance; it's filled with intrigue set against the backdrop of a Caribbean island.

The Christmas Promise by Richard Paul Evans

This holiday classic finds a family in disarray, with sisters returning for Christmas and dealing with long-held grievances.

A Christmas Resolution by Anne Perry

This holiday novella presents a Christmas conundrum that sees Detective Hooper and his new wife, Celia, stopping a wedding and untangling a mystery.

Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand

The first of Elin Hilderbrand's Winter Street series follows Kelley Quinn, the owner of the Winter Street Inn on Nantucket, as family chaos disrupts the holiday season.

The Christmas Escape by Sarah Morgan

A Christmastime trip to Lapland is upended when a woman's daughter and her husband's friend tags along on a vacation that was intended to be a girls' trip.

Christmas at Holiday House by RaeAnne Thayne

This love story finds a widowed nurse hoping to put together a nice Christmas for her son in Silver Bells, Colorado, where she also helps a friend's grandmother decorate Holiday House, her historic mansion.

Winter Stroll by Elin Hilderbrand

The sequel to Winter Street brings more family drama to Kelley Quinn at the Winter Street Inn in snowy Nantucket.

Dear Santa by Nancy Naigle

This novel sees Angela Carson struggling to keep her family's holiday store alive in small-town Pleasant Sands, North Carolina. After 60 years, a big box store has moved in, but a Christmas miracle may just change everything.

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

A year without Christmas is the premise of this zany novel that's also the basis of a popular film.

Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand

One last foray into the life of the Quinn family sees another Christmas season come and go—along with plenty of festive disruptions, connections, and togetherness.

Christmas at the Shelter Inn by RaeAnne Thayne

In Christmas at the Shelter Inn, sisters reunite at the titular hotel while taking part in old traditions and finding new possibilities in their lives.

The Twelve Months of Christmas by Sheila Roberts

You know about the Twelve Days of Christmas, but what about The Twelve Months of Christmas ? Explore small-town fun and holiday magic in Sheila Roberts' new book about three women trying to turn around a terrible series of Christmases.

The Perfect Christmas by Debbie Macomber

You can always count on Debbie Macomber to deliver a heartwarming holiday romance, and this one tackles matchmaking during the Christmas season.

The Road to Christmas by Sheila Roberts

All roads lead to holiday magic in this festive Christmas novel, which tells a romantic story set in Washington State.

I'll Be Home for Christmas by Debbie Macomber, Brenda Novak, and Sherryl Woods

A trifecta of favorite holiday authors are behind this collection. It includes a story from each of them: Silver Bells by Debbie Macomber, On a Snowy Christmas by Brenda Novak, and The Perfect Holiday by Sherryl Woods.

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Because it’s near the end of the calendar, Christmas always feels like a reflective time of year to me. As I think about the people I’m grateful to spend the holiday with, I gravitate toward the stories associated with Christmas—including the Nativity but also classic novels like A Christmas Carol and cozier winter reads like Hercule Poirot’s Christmas. In a way, I can’t imagine celebrating the holiday without them. I think I’m not alone in that, given the number of Christmas books that readers find as essential to the holiday as giving gifts to loved ones or decorating a tree. Read on to find 25 of the best Christmas books of all time and ever written!

Included are books focused on the religious and cultural traditions of Christmas, as well as books that explore the fantastical side of the holiday with figures like Santa Claus, The Grinch, and the mysterious conductor of the Polar Express. You’ll also notice a mix of longtime classics like J.R.R. Tolkien’s Letters from Father Christmas , along with newer books that are quickly becoming holiday staples.

I’ve also categorized the list by Christmas-themed children’s books and books for adults about Christmas. That way, you can find the recommendations you’re looking for more easily. Happy holidays and happy reading, too!

The Best Children’s Christmas Books of All Time

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Holy Night and Little Star: A Story for Christmas by Mitali Perkins and Khoa Le

When Little Star discovers that Holy Night is coming, she can’t wait to celebrate with the heavens. Every role seems too scary or exciting for her humble role among the galaxy until Maker suggests one that fits: welcoming the Child to Earth.

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas! By Dr. Seuss

Everyone in Whoville can’t wait for Christmas to arrive — everyone, that is, except the Grinch. Isolated from and disgusted by Whoville’s celebrations, he sets out to put a stop to the holiday altogether.

But while he can steal the presents and decorations, is it possible that there’s more to Christmas than he thinks?

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Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien

Every year, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote letters to his children from Father Christmas. Through this collection, families can make the letters a part of their own traditions and introduce young readers to the adventures of Father Christmas, Polar Bear, and the eccentric residents of the North Pole.

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Lullaby for the King by Nikki Grimes and Michelle Carlos

In this rhyming picture book, animals from around the world gather at the Nativity alongside angels to celebrate the birth of the newborn King. Written by New York Times bestselling author and poet Nikki Grimes, this pick makes for a gentle holiday-themed bedtime story.

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The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

When a boy receives a ticket to the legendary Polar Express on Christmas Eve, he almost can’t believe his eyes when he meets Santa Claus himself at the North Pole. But as the classic picture book reminds its readers, “Seeing is believing.”

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May Your Life Be Deliciosa by Michael Genhart and Loris Lora

Of all Christmas traditions, Rosie’s favorite is making tamales and telling stories with her abuela, mamà, tià, sisters, and cousins. Through a story inspired by the author’s own childhood, this picture book reminds readers that the joy of Christmas comes from spending it with those you hold dear.

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Santa in the City by Tiffany D. Jackson and Reggie Brown

Without a chimney on her apartment’s roof and no room for a sleigh, Rosie worries that Santa won’t be able to visit and sometimes doubts he cares about her city at all. But as she asks her family her questions about Santa, she discovers that Christmas is more than a chimney or sleigh — it’s about celebrating with your community.

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Merry Christmas, Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola

The Christmas Feast is right around the corner, and Strega Nona can’t wait! With the help of Big Anthony, Bambolona, and the residents of her Italian village, she gets ready for the big day.

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

Everyone knows the Herdman siblings are the rowdiest kids in town. So why have they taken a sudden interest in the Christmas pageant? Are they planning some kind of prank, or is it possible their intentions are more than they seem?

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Dreams of Green: A Three Kings’ Day Story by Mariel Jungkunz and Monica Paola Rodriguez

After moving from Puerto Rico to Ohio, Lucía worries that celebrating Three Kings Day will not feel the same as it did. But with help from her family, she finds ways to celebrate that are different than before but still capture the feeling of being home.

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Santa’s Gotta Go! By Derrick Barnes and Courtney Lovett

When a legendary sleigh breaks down in their yard, Monte and Mabel can’t wait to celebrate the holiday with Santa Claus himself! But Santa’s a more mischievous guest than he appears, and the siblings must find a way to get Santa’s sleigh working again before he turns their family’s house upside down.

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Christmas Comes to Moominvalley , adapted from Tove Jansson by Alex Haridi, Cecelia Davidsson, and Flippa Widlund

In this adaptation of Tove Jansson’s The Fir Tree , the Moomins excitedly prepare for Christmas after waking up from their Long Winter Sleep. Because they’ve never celebrated Christmas before, they aren’t sure what to expect. But as long as they are together, they’ll figure out their own traditions and have fun along the way!

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The Christmas Carrolls by Mel Taylor-Bessent and Selom Sunu

As the daughter of the two year-round Christmas celebrators, Holly is distraught when she realizes this year’s celebrations feel different. Starting at a new school after being homeschooled hasn’t been easy for her, and she doesn’t feel like spreading cheer as she normally does. With the help of her family and new friends, can she rediscover the joy of the season?

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Christmas is Coming: Traditions from Around the World by Monika Utnik and Ewa Poklewska-Koziello, translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones

Learn about the cultural diversity of traditions and folktales that people share to celebrate Christmas together. Plus, get answers to questions about the holiday you may have always wondered, like “Why is Christmas celebrated on December 25th?” or “Why do we decorate Christmas trees?”

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Juniper’s Christmas by Eoin Colfer

After meeting a woodsman strangely reminiscent of a certain North Pole toymaker, Juniper Lane discovers that the magic of the holiday season is all too real! But she’s not the only person who knows Santa Claus exists, and some of them have nefarious intentions.

It’s up to Juniper to save Santa and the Christmas season from those who want to steal the magic for themselves.

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The Nutcracker , illustrated by Valeria Docampo

This picture book is an adaptation of the New York City Ballet’s production of the Tchaikovsky classic. Every illustration is inspired by the choreography, set, and costuming that make the production so timeless.

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A Treasury of African American Christmas Stories , edited by Bettye Collier-Thomas

This collection, edited by historian Dr. Bettye Collier-Thomas, shares classic Christmas stories and poems by Black American authors from the 19th century through the 1950s. Included are stories by Langston Hughes, W.E.B. Dubois, and Pauline Hopkins, as well as lesser-known works Dr. Collier-Thomas rediscovered from Black newspapers, periodicals, and journals.

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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

One of the most beloved Christmas tales of all time, A Christmas Carol is part of a larger Victorian ghost story tradition, which you can read about here in an essay by contributor K.W. Collard. It stars the coldhearted man named Ebenezer Scrooge who, on the night of Christmas Eve, is visited by three ghosts who transform his perspective on his life and what he owes to others — and warns him of things to come if he does not change his ways.

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Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory

When Vivian Forest accompanies her daughter on a work trip involving the royal family, she grows unexpectedly close with the Queen’s private secretary, Malcolm Hudson. Vivian knows her vacation in England must come to an end, but she can’t deny the spark she feels around Malcolm and how much she wants it to last.

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Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie

When Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is called to investigate a murder over the holidays, he finds a wealthy family torn by millionaire Simeon Lee’s announcement that he has changed the terms of his will — and the millionaire himself dead. Now Poirot must navigate family tensions to discover who among them had resorted to murder.

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It’s a Fabulous Life by Kelly Farmer

This modern It’s a Wonderful Life retelling stars Bailey George, who has dreamed of adventure beyond her hometown of Lanford Falls for as long as she can remember. Family and work emergencies have always gotten in the way, however, and Bailey feels crushed by how different her life has turned out than she expected. But after a moment of crisis leads her to an extraordinary new friend, she discovers that there is more value than she believes in her life, which has changed Lanford Falls for the better.

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Three Holidays and a Wedding by Uzma Jalaluddin and Marissa Stapley

This warmhearted novel is set in 2000 when three holidays — Christmas, Ramadan, and Hanukkah — all fell at the same time. When their plane unexpectedly has an emergency landing, and they discover they will be unable to spend the holidays with their families, three strangers form a bond and celebrate together.

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You Make It Feel Like Christmas by Toni Shiloh

Starr Lewis is dreading her return home this holiday season for a particularly uncomfortable reason: her sister is getting married to her ex-boyfriend. As wedding preparations and winter festivities begin, however, Starr finds unexpected chemistry with her brother’s best friend, Waylon Emmerson.

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Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

When the legendary Hogfather goes missing, and the children of the Discworld no longer believe in him, Death tries to fill in. But there’s more to Hogswatch than he anticipates, and it’s up to him and his granddaughter Susan to find and rescue the Hogfather from assassins before it’s too late.

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This is Christmas, Song By Song: The Stories Behind 100 Holiday Hits by Annie Zaleski

Discover fun facts and behind-the-scenes stories of popular Christmas songs, from classic hymns to newer favorites. The stories of how each song came to be are accompanied by festive illustrations, which makes for browsable and cozy holiday reading.

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Christmas books are a great way to get in the festive swing of things. Whether you're looking for a book to get you in the mood to tackle the Christmas to-do list , can't get in the Christmas mood early enough or are looking for gift ideas, we've rounded up our favourite Christmas books right now.

Including easy page turners and classic reads, we've chosen festive books you won't want to put down from romcoms to murder mysteries. And we've even chosen some Christmas books for kids to read in the countdown to the big day

From new releases for 2023 to books we return to year-after-year, these are the books we recommend curling up as the nights get darker and winter is on its way.

Whether you're putting your tree up early, planning your festive menu or looking for the best stocking fillers , books with a Christmas feel are the perfect way to relax and get ready for the big day.

Discover great books for all the family in our best Christmas book round-up.

Countdown to Christmas

Countdown to Christmas

This new feel-good, festive romance comes from best-selling author Jo Thomas. It tells the story of Chloe, who who receives a surprise phone call that changes everything. She is faced with "a log cabin in the middle of a snowy forest, a community that's worried for its future, a gruff lumberjack who gives her butterflies and plenty of pancakes with maple syrup."

I'll Miss You This Christmas

I'll Miss You This Christmas

This recently-released uplifting romance from Lucy Mitchell follows protagonist Emily, who who has been dealing with her sister's sudden death. After stepping up to care for her nephew, she wonders if she did the right thing letting her partner Rory go.

New Beginnings at Christmas Tree Cottage

New Beginnings at Christmas Tree Cottage

Romance fiction writer Georgia Hill has released New Beginnings at Christmas Tree Cottage in the run up to the festive season. Set in the little English town of Lullbury Bay, it follows Honor Martin, who helps to restore newcomer Jago's love of Christmas.

Twilight at Croftwood Library

Twilight at Croftwood Library

Another of this year's latest Christmas reads comes from Victoria Walker, author of Snug in Icelan d. Titled Twilight at Croftwood Library , the reader can join Lois and Oliver in Croftwood for twinkling lights, plenty of Christmas magic and a good cause that the whole town gets behind.

The Last Christmas Promise

The Last Christmas Promise

What do you do when you can’t have a relationship, but you might have fallen in love? That's what Francesca Catlow's latest book, The Last Christmas Promise , seeks to find out.

Murder in the Snow: A Cotswold Christmas Mystery

Murder in the Snow: A Cotswold Christmas Mystery

Detective and psychiatrist Mrs Bradley is spending Christmas in the Cotswolds with her nephew. Not long after she arrives local villagers start receiving threatening letters from an anonymous person and there are strange goings on in the woods. After a body is discovered, Mrs Bradley sets about solving the case.

The Christmas Postcards

The Christmas Postcards

What better festive setting is there than a snowy Cotswolds village? The Christmas Postcards from bestselling author Karen Swan is a "cosy, escapist festive delight about distant connections".

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One Day in December

Josie Silver's debut novel, One Day in December , has become a festive hit since its release in 2018. The moving love story follows Laurie, Sarah and Jack through 10 years of love, heartbreak and friendship. The perfect Christmas holidays read.

The Plight Before Christmas

The Plight Before Christmas

Bestselling American author Kate Stewart, best known for the Ravenhood series, has released The Plight Before Christmas this autumn. It's described as a "second-chance, Christmas-themed sexy romance" and features Whitney, who has been forced forced to spend the festive season at her grandparents’ cosy cabin with her large family.

Little Women: The Original Classic Novel

Little Women: The Original Classic Novel

Featuring 95 original illustrations by Frank T. Merrill from the 1880 edition, Little Women is a coming-of-age classic novel following four sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, in picturesque nineteenth-century New England.

This special edition is a wonderful introduction to the classic tale and makes the perfect gift this Christmas.

Midnight at the Christmas Bookshop

Midnight at the Christmas Bookshop

Midnight at the Christmas Bookshop is a feel-good Christmas novel from Sunday Times top ten bestselling author, Jenny Colgan. It features Carmen and her beautiful bookshop, which she fights to save.

The Christmas Train

The Christmas Train

This best-selling festive tale has been warming hearts since 2016. The synopsis reads: "In equal parts hilarious, poignant, suspenseful and thrilling, The Christmas Train by David Baldacci is a delightful journey filled with memorable characters who have packed their bags with as much wisdom as mischief..."

Christmas Shopaholic

Christmas Shopaholic

Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) adores Christmas. It's always the same – Mum and Dad hosting, carols playing, Mum pretending she made the Christmas pudding, and the next-door neighbours coming round for sherry in their terrible festive jumpers.

And now it's even easier with online bargain-shopping sites – if you spend enough you even get free delivery. Sorted!

But this year looks set to be different. Unable to resist the draw of craft beer and smashed avocado, Becky's parents are moving to ultra-trendy Shoreditch and have asked Becky if she'll host Christmas this year.

What could possibly go wrong? With sister Jess demanding a vegan turkey, husband Luke determined that he just wants aftershave again , and little Minnie insisting on a very specific picnic hamper – surely Becky can manage all this, as well as the surprise appearance of an old boyfriend and his pushy new girlfriend, whose motives are far from clear . . .

Will chaos ensue, or will Becky manage to bring comfort and joy to Christmas?

The Christmas Owl: Based on the True Story of a Little Owl Named Rockefeller

The Christmas Owl: Based on the True Story of a Little Owl Named Rockefeller

When Little Owl's home is cut down by people saying it will make a beautiful Christmas tree, she's not sure she wants anything to do with Christmas, whatever that means. But then she is saved by a woman named Ellen, whose house is merrily decorated for the holiday, and filled with birds who need someone to care for them. Surrounded by kindness and helpful new friends, Little Owl begins to wonder if Christmas might not be such a bad thing after all.

Co-written by Ellen Kalish, caretaker of the real owl found inside the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, The Christmas Owl is a charming story of friendship, compassion and the true meaning of this special time of year.

19th Christmas

19th Christmas

Sergeant Lindsay Boxer is looking forward to spending time with her family over the holidays. But when she receives a tip-off that the biggest heist ever to hit San Francisco is being planned for Christmas Day, everything changes.

The architect of the ambitious attack unleashes chaos across the city, laying traps and false alarms to distract Lindsay and the SFPD from his ultimate goal. As time runs out, will Lindsay be able to save the people of San Francisco from a Christmas they'd never forget?

A Christmas Carol (Wordsworth Classics)

A Christmas Carol (Wordsworth Classics)

A Christmas Carol is the most famous, heart-warming and chilling festive story of all time.

In these pages we meet Ebenezer Scrooge, whose name is synonymous with greed and parsimony: "Every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart."

This attitude is soon challenged when the ghost of his old partner, Jacob Marley, returns from the grave to haunt him on Christmas Eve. Scrooge is then visited in turn by three spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future, each one revealing the error of his ways and gradually melting the frozen heart of this old miser, leading him towards his redemption.

On the journey we take with Scrooge we encounter a rich array of Dickensian characters including the poor Cratchit family with the ailing Tiny Tim and the generous and jolly Fezziwig.

The Christmas Egg

The Christmas Egg

London. 22nd December. Chief Inspector Brett Nightingale and Sergeant Beddoes have been called to a gloomy flat off Islington High Street. An elderly woman lies dead on the bed, and her trunk has been looted.

The woman is Princess Olga Karukhin – an emigrant of Civil War Russia – and her trunk is missing its glittering treasure.. .Out in the dizzying neon and festive chaos of the capital a colourful cast of suspects abound: the downtrodden grandson, a plutocratic jeweller, Bolsheviks with unfinished business?

Beddoes and Nightingale have their work cut out in this tightly-paced, quirky and highly enjoyable jewel of the mystery genre.

Christmas at Fireside Cabin

Christmas at Fireside Cabin

Christmas is always the toughest holiday for Lila Evans – a heartbreaking reminder of losing her father… This year, she’s organised a cosy getaway with her closest friends.

On the way to their festive vacation, Lila stops at a coffee shop in Pinewood Hills. But the rugged, surly owner Theo Perry doesn’t offer a warm small-town welcome. Despite her best efforts, Lila’s met with an icy reception. At least she has Fireside Cabins, tucked in the snowy Tennessee hills, to look forward to. Except it turns out to be far from a winter wonderland – there isn’t a shred of Christmas spirit in their tumbledown cabin and the owner, a widow named Eleanor Finely, confesses that the resort is on the brink of closure.

When a burst pipe floods their cabin, Lila turns to Theo for help. As much as his coldness infuriates her, she can’t deny that on the rare occasions when he does smile, it feels like coming home.

As Lila does her best to bring some sparkle to Fireside Cabins, and to warm up frosty Theo, could Pinewood Hills hold her new beginning – and the family she's always longed for? And, with a dusting of Christmas magic, spiced cider and sugarplum pie, could this be the first holiday she's not alone?

The Night Before Christmas (Classic Illustrated Edition)

The Night Before Christmas (Classic Illustrated Edition)

A mini version of the Classic Illustrated Edition of Clement C. Moore's famous poem. With illustrations gathered from the world's most renowned 19th and 20th century children's book illustrators, this edition is a gorgeous tribute to the most magical night of the year.

The Christmas Killer

The Christmas Killer

DI James Walker is ready for a quiet family Christmas in the sleepy village of Kirkby Abbey. But when he opens an early Christmas present left on his doorstep, he soon realises it is no gift. Inside is a gruesome surprise, and a promise – 12 days, 12 murders. Not long after, the first body is found, half frozen in the snow.

As the blizzards descend, panic spreads through the remote Cumbrian village – there's a killer amongst them, and with eleven more victims to go, anyone could be next….

Can James stop the killer before they strike again?

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The best cosy Christmas feel-good books

Grab a mug of hot chocolate and a mince pie, snuggle up on the sofa in your cosiest christmas jumper and enjoy these festive romantic fiction books – perfect for fans of christmas movies like holidate and the christmas switch and indeed anyone looking to feel festive .

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The countdown to Christmas is on! If you're a fan of all things festive, read on for our edit of the best fiction books to cosy up with this Christmas. They're guaranteed to get you feeling Christmassy.

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Christmas By Candlelight

By karen swan.

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Christmas by Candlelight  is the new cosy christmas story from Karen Swan. It’s three days before Christmas and starting to snow when Libby and her new boyfriend reluctantly attend her university reunion. Hosted by Archie Templeton, the heartbreaker of their group, at his grand family estate, the night is a great success until they go to leave: the road is now impassable and they’re given a bed for the night. At first, being snowed in together is fun as the old friends wait in high spirits for the farmer to clear a path. But as hours pass with no news, everyone grows restless. Then the power goes out . . .

The Christmas Postcards

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Natasha and her husband Rob's make or break holiday takes a turn for the worse after their daughter's beloved soft toy disappears on their journey home. After looking to social media for help, Natasha discovers Duffy who's adopted the toy as his lucky mascot as he treks across Nepal. The pair begin a correspondence that soon becomes meaningful to them both, until one day Duffy heads deeper into the mountains and the messages stop. Spanning the snowy Cotswolds to the majesty of the Himalayan foothills, The Christmas Postcards is the perfect cosy festive romance .

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The plight before christmas, by kate stewart.

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Whitney is not having a merry Christmas. In the last three weeks she’s lost her boyfriend and a promotion; and now she's forced to gather at her grandparents’ cosy cabin for the holidays with her large family. Then, to make matters worse, she discovers her old boyfriend, Eli, on the doorstep. Now she’s stuck for a week with Eli, the only man to ever break her heart. And he’s ready to win her back. The Plight Before Christmas  is a second-chance, Christmas-themed sexy romance from Kate Stewart, author of the Ravenhood series.

A December to Remember

By jenny bayliss.

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Half-sisters Maggie, Simone, and Star are forced to rekindle their broken relationship following the death of their father, Augustus. They are confronted by Augustus's will, which requires them to navigate trials together to unlock their inheritance. Spending the winter months at Rowan Thorp, a charming village where they spent much of their childhood, stirs up feelings with forgotten flames, and makes the sisters confront the lives they’ve left behind. As old wounds resurface and long-buried secrets come to light, the sisters must learn to work together if they hope to succeed.

Meet Me Under the Mistletoe

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In Meet Me Under the Mistletoe , Jenny Bayliss, author of The Twelve Dates of Christmas , brings us a festive romantic comedy. As the only single person at a school friend's lavish wedding, Nory seeks a moment of peace. But, this is soon interrupted as she encounters Isaac – the castle's gardener and her former school rival. Soon, an astonishing secret about Isaac's past unravels and Nory finds herself in a unique position to help right this wrong . . . 

The Winter Children

By lulu taylor.

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After years of IVF, Olivia and Dan’s beloved twins are born. Overjoyed, the young family move to Renninston Hall, a huge Elizabethan house belonging to absent friends, and it would seem that Olivia and Dan are set to have a picture-perfect winter. But as they begin to enjoy the life they've always dreamed of, a secret at the heart of their family begins to unravel – one that Olivia does not yet know. And the house, too, holds dark secrets within . . . 

A Winter Memory

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Sitting on the edge of a loch in the west of Scotland, Ballintyre House has always attracted romance. There's Helen, who years ago fell for charismatic Hamish, now shelters in the house with him from the scandal that cost him his job. When his brother's wife goes missing, only Helen seems to notice or care. Back in the late 60s, Tigs has fallen for James Ballintyre, and her heart is broken when he marries Josephine. Generations of love and obsession come together, as Helen searches for a missing woman, and confronts difficult truths about her own decisions.

A Marvellous Light

By freya marske.

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For fans of Bridgerton who'd like to welcome magic into their lives. Set in an alternative Edwardian England, this is a comedy of manners, manor houses, and hedge mazes: including a magic-infused murder mystery and a delightful queer romance. Young baronet Robin Blyth thought he was taking up a minor governmental post. However, he's actually been appointed parliamentary liaison to a secret magical society, and he’ll need the help of Edwin Courcey, his adversarial magical-society counterpart, as together they discover a plot that threatens every magician in the British Isles.

Christmas with the Teashop Girls

By elaine everest.

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Christmas with the Teashop Girls stars Rose Neville and the staff of Lyon's Teashop in Margate as they navigate life at war, along with love, family drama and, for Rose, an upcoming Christmas Eve wedding to her dashing fiancé, Captain Ben Hargreaves. This heartwarming 1940s-set Christmas love story is packed with nostalgia, bravery and hope. 

The Christmas Train

By david baldacci.

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Full of magic and mischief, David Baldacci's Christmas novel is perfect for fans of The Christmas Chronicles and Just Another Christmas . It's the story of disillusioned journalist and modern-day Scrooge Tom Langdon, who – after a misunderstanding at the airport – is forced to take the train across the USA to reach his family in time for Christmas Day. With a cast of characters who take Tom on a journey of self-discovery, this novel will win over even the most dedicated Grinch this Christmas. 

Royal Holiday

By jasmine guillory.

Book cover for Royal Holiday

It's the holiday of a lifetime for Vivian Forest, when she gets to tag along on her daughter Maddie's work trip to England to style a member of the royal family. Excited to spend the holidays taking in the sights and sounds of Britain, Vivian doesn't expect to become instantly attracted to a certain private secretary, whose charming accent and unyielding formality warm her heart. Malcolm Hudson has never given a personal tour in his time with the royals – until now. When Vivian's return flight approaches, she and Malcolm will have to decide if this is simply a holiday romance or a love affair to change their lives.

A Dog's Perfect Christmas

By w. bruce cameron.

Book cover for A Dog's Perfect Christmas

Cosy up by the fire with your furry friend and this feel-good festive read, ideal for fans of Netflix Original A Dogwalker's Christmas Tale . A Dog's Perfect Christmas is the poignant story of a family who open their hearts to new possibilities and meet a very special puppy along the way.

Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer

By maya angelou.

Book cover for Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer

More than a writer, Angelou is a wise historian, an advocate for peace, and a champion for the climate, as well as a patriot, a mentor, and a friend. The wisdom and poetry of Maya Angelou proves there is always cause for celebration. Celebrations  is a collection of timely and timeless poems that are an integral part of the global fabric. Several works have become nearly as iconic as Angelou herself. She writes of celebrations public and private, a bar mitzvah wish to her nephew, a birthday greeting to Oprah Winfrey, and a memorial tribute to the late Luther Vandross and Barry White. A collection to be cherished and shared.

Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery

By jenny colgan.

Book cover for Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery

Jenny Colgan's feel-good fiction is all about the magic of new beginnings, and so this Christmas story set in Cornwall is perfect for fans of 2006 movie The Holiday . Polly is looking forward to baking up a storm at her Little Beach Street Bakery and settling in for her first Christmas with boyfriend Huckle, until a storm threatens to cut off the island's power and ruin everything. With her perfect Christmas at stake, it's up to Polly and the villagers to save the day. 

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T here’s nothing quite as cozy as curling up with hot cocoa and a festive book on a winter night. This holiday season, rediscover classic Christmas books along with modern reads that can help any Grinch join the celebration. From classic Christmas stories like A Christmas Carol and The Night Before Christmas, to poetry by Maya Angelou and children’s books like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer , there are options for everyone. Whether you’re interested in Christmas books for adults or kids, here are the 16 best Christmas books to read this holiday season.

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