10 Festive books to get you in the holiday spirit

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The holidays are the time of year where you have no choice but to be merry, give back and eat and read a lot. If you’re getting in the festive spirit like we are, we suggest you get to bingeing these feel-good holiday books – the perfect kickoff to the holiday season.

Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory

From the author of the bestseller The Proposal, this novel is basically a book version of a Netflix Christmas movie. Follow characters as they find romance in a royal castle. Vivian tags along with her daughter as she is tasked with styling a member of the British royal family. While taking in the beauty of England and the castle, Vivian is drawn to private secretary Malcolm Hudson. Find out if this relationship is merely a quick fling, or if it can last the holidays.


One Day in December by Josie Silver

One Day in December is a light and fluffy read bound to warm your heart without burying you in too much emotion this winter. Laurie spots a man waiting for the bus in London one Christmas season. Their eyes meet and a spark is lit. Laurie looks for him every day, but when she finally comes face to face with this mysterious man she connected with, he is standing with her best friend, Sarah. Does Laurie and Jack’s first meeting inspire something more, or does it only serve to break apart a friendship?


Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances by John Green, Lauren Myracle and Maureen Johnson

A popular YA romance that has hit TV screens recently, Let It Snow is told through intersecting narratives and multiple authors – John Green, Lauren Myracle and Maureen Johnson. The novel follows three narratives as they begin to overlap. Expect a lot of romance amidst the wonder, fear and annoyance of a huge snowstorm. The book is broken up into three stories entitled “The Jubilee Express,” “A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle” and “The Patron Saint of Pigs.”


Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

A cute YA romance that takes you on an adventure. Dash is left alone in the city for the Christmas season, while Lily is surrounded by festivities and family. A notebook left for Dash leads him on a quest throughout New York City, ending up with a meeting with the nerdy yet lovable Lily. What happens next? Read this before watching the movie adaptation.


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Of course, Hogwarts at Christmastime is a reading experience not to be missed. Nearly every book in the series features a Christmas scene, complete with Mrs. Weasley’s handmade sweaters as gifts and the great hall in all its Christmas glory. Imagine yourself surrounded by magical knitting needles and warm butterbeer while celebrating your own holiday at home.


Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva

A historical fiction based on the life and writing of Charles Dickens, this book will surely get you in the Christmas spirit this winter – read it along with the classic A Christmas Carol. This book gives you an entertaining, humorous look at the work and life that went into the writing of A Christmas Carol. Through complications with his publishing company, Dickens is ordered to write a Christmas book within a month. He struggles with writer’s block before finding inspiration in his own life.


Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Read it before the much-anticipated new film comes out this holiday season. The classic tale of romance, coming-of-age and tragedy amongst the background of the American Civil War is a perfect holiday read. Join Jo, Beth, Amy and Meg around the Christmas fire this season, and imagine yourself back in the quaint, yet harsh life of early America. Even today, the female characters are inspirationally independent and relatable for generations of women alike.


Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Another book in the highly popular Confessions of a Shopaholic series. This new novel follows Becky Brandon as she deals with her purchasing problem and tries to navigate the stresses of hosting during the Christmas season. Becky gets through life with in-laws and new, complicated relationships made worse in the trappings of Christmas. If you have ever considered yourself a “Christmas Shopaholic,” you’ll love this fun new novel from Sophie Kinsella.


Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker by Gregory Maguire

This magical tale is from the author behind the Broadway show, Wicked. Hiddensee gives readers a new look into The Nutcracker’s backstory, following the famous character Drosselmeier as he designs his wooden creations. “Hiddensee” refers to the mystical world full of “sugar plum fairies” and living nutcrackers. If you are looking to discover the backstory to one of the most beloved plays, then choose this book this winter.


Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

For historical fiction readers, turn to this tale of World War I during the holidays. Last Christmas in Paris asks whether or not romance can still flourish when characters are separated by the distance and experience of war. In 1914 England, Evie is separated from her brother and her best friend, Thomas, when they join the army. Though they all maintain written correspondence, Evie and Thomas’s relationship becomes complicated. When the three plan to meet in Paris on Christmas, no one is sure where their relationships will head.

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Olivia Kingree

Olivia Kingree recently graduated from Drew University in New Jersey with a BA in English Literature. She writes about books, lifestyle and the job search at oliviakingree.com. She loves reading, writing, knitting, and quaint coffee shops. You can follow her on twitter @l0nglivtheking.

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