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5 Christmas Reading Recommendations

I love reading Christmas themed books throughout December. I started reading them as soon as it became the 1st of December this year and I’ve already read a few. I know that there are a lot of Christmas books out there but sometimes I struggle to find ones I would love to read. So, I thought I would share 5 Christmas books that I would highly recommend reading. I’ve read a couple of these this year and some in previous years and they spread across a few genres. Here are some Christmas reading recommendations!

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but not for Maelyn Jones. She’s living with her parents, hates her going-nowhere job, and has just made a romantic error of epic proportions.

But perhaps worst of all, this is the last Christmas Mae will be at her favorite place in the world—the snowy Utah cabin where she and her family have spent every holiday since she was born, along with two other beloved families. Mentally melting down as she drives away from the cabin for the final time, Mae throws out what she thinks is a simple plea to the universe: Please. Show me what will make me happy.

The next thing she knows, tires screech and metal collides, everything goes black. But when Mae gasps awake…she’s on an airplane bound for Utah, where she begins the same holiday all over again. With one hilarious disaster after another sending her back to the plane, Mae must figure out how to break free of the strange time loop—and finally get her true love under the mistletoe.

This is the perfect Christmas romance book. It put me in a festive mood and brought a huge smile to my face. It has some incredibly adorable moments as well as those moments we all want in romance books. I knew I could rely on Christina Lauren for a good romance story with a twist, set at Christmas. I would highly recommend this one!


Stay Another Day by Juno Dawson

The McAllister house on Arboretum Road has seen 120 Christmases since its completion.

This year, FERN is bringing her gorgeous boyfriend home and she wants everything to be perfect.

But her twin brother ROWAN would rather go on the pull than pull crackers with the family.

And their younger sister WILLOW is terrified of Christmas Day.

With FOUR sleeps till Christmas,
THREE secretive siblings,
TWO hot houseguests,
And ONE juicy secret …
This Christmas, there will be some BIG surprises under the tree.

Sometimes at Christmas, you don’t get what you want, you get what you need…

I finished this one a few days ago and I have recommended it to so many people already. It has drama, it has romance, it has siblings and at times can be a stressful read. This is all for good reason though and makes this book a lot of fun to read. I love how it all ties into the Christmas theme and the way it explores how different families celebrate the season. I cannot recommend this one enough!


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

Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

I read this last year before watching the TV adaptation and very quickly read the entire series. It is cute, it is lovely and it was just what I needed to read. I absolutely love when Rachel Cohn and David Levithan write books together and this is one of my favourites. If you want a YA book this Christmas that is light-hearted with some difficult moments then this is for you!


All I Want for Christmas by Beth Garrod

US-based Elle is a social-media influencer. But sometimes online attention isn’t all it seems from the outside; with a family who are constantly on the move, and so-called friends putting pressure on her to increase her following, she decides to swap places with one of her followers for the holidays.

Holly lives in a small village in England, and LOVES christmas more than anything else. Nothing is going to get in the way of this year being the BEST Christmas ever . . . Nothing! But when her mum announces she’s selling their house, and Woody decides they should go on a “break”, her plans for the perfect Christmas start to crumble like overbaked gingerbread people.

Will swapping with Elle be Holly’s perfect opportunity to escape? And far from home, will they both find all they want for Christmas?

This is another that I read last year and absolutely adored. It is cute, it made me laugh and it helped me to get into the festive spirit. If you haven’t read a book by Beth Garrod in the past then you are really missing out. All her books have made me laugh out loud but this one especially. I would highly recommend you give this one a read this Christmas.


The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher

The Christmasaurus is a story about a boy named William Trundle, and a dinosaur, the Christmasaurus. It’s about how they meet one Christmas Eve and have a magical adventure. It’s about friendship and families, sleigh bells and Santa, singing elves and flying reindeer, music and magic. It’s about discovering your heart’s true desire, and learning that the impossible might just be possible. 

This is one of my favourite Christmas stories. The book is festive, adorable and incredibly heart-warming. The story itself is beautiful and the illustrations make this even more so. Even though this is a middle grade book, I would recommend this to people of all ages because it will be sure to bring a smile to your face.

Those are just some books I would recommend for Christmas reading. There are so many more out there. What books would you recommend to read this Christmas? Let me know in the comments below!

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