22 Best Books About Christmas Update 05/2022

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It’s one of the best Christmas activities we can think of. We can curl up by the fire with a good book and read for hours. It doesn’t matter what you read, of course. There are a lot of Christmas-themed books that will make your reading time even more cozy. These are the books that will keep you reading all through December. They range from time-honored classics to romances and mysteries to Christmas books for kids. The best Christmas songs and best Christmas movies aren’t the only things to enjoy this holiday season.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

It’s a favorite for a good reason! Dickens’ original 1843 book about Ebenezer Scrooge, his four ghostly encounters, and his new lease on life should be on any list of the best Christmas books. It’s also one of the books everyone should read.

A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote

Technically, this is a short story. Capote’s slice-of-life Christmas tale is set in the 1930s and first came out in 1956. As a child, a young boy had a close relationship with his family. A Christmas Memory is based on that relationship. After you finish reading, play one of these Christmas games.

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

A poignant ironic twist makes this 1905 story even more poignant. In the beginning, Jim and Della are a young, newlywed couple who don’t have a lot of money. They each try to think of a gift to give to each other for Christmas. As a result of giving up something for their gifts, they learn important lessons about love and what is truly important in life.

Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie

Who doesn’t love a good mystery during the holiday season? In this Christie mystery from 1938, an old man invites his family to spend Christmas at his home. They aren’t very close, but he wants them to come. However, he dies on Christmas Eve. It’s time for Hercule Poirot, the best detective in the world, to solve this Christmas case. These books could be a good gift for women or men who like to read by the fire.

The Greatest Gift by Philip Van Doren Stern

This is one of the best Christmas movies of all time: It’s a Wonderful Life. Before, there was “The Greatest Gift.” Originally written in 1943, this story set the stage for what would become a big hit movie. It shows how the movie would work. A movie fan will enjoy reading about it.

Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva

Charles Dickens came up with the idea for A Christmas Carol while working as a struggling writer. This historical fiction book, which was written in Dickensian or Victorian style but was published in 2017, imagines how he came up with the idea. You’ll be swept away by the old-fashioned Christmas feel, even though it’s a book that was written today. If your partner likes to read, this could be a good gift for them.

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

Another Christmas book turned into a movie. This one is a favorite funny Christmas movie. If you’ve seenChristmas with the Kranks, this book was the source of the raucous holiday story. After their daughter leaves for the Peace Corps, Luther and Nora Krank decide to skip the holiday festivities this year and go on a Caribbean cruise instead, instead. But then they get a surprise and things start to go awry. In 2001, I didn’t put Christmas on the shelves.

Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory

In this 2019 book, Vivian joins her daughter on a work trip to England at Christmas time. She meets the Queen’s handsome secretary and falls in love with him. Even though both of them know that she has to go back to the United States, it will be hard to break up with each other.

Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris

“Holidays on Ice” by Sedaris is a 1997 collection of funny Christmas stories that will look great on your bookshelf this year. He has a lot of fun with school Christmas pageants, working in a department store during the holidays, overly generous neighbors, and other things that happen during the holidays.

Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

For more historical fiction fans, here’s a Christmas book for you to check out. During the four Christmases of World War I, as well as in 1968, the story of Evie and Thomas is told in Last Christmas in Paris. They experience the tumult of the war and their growing love for each other against the background of the holidays. It came out in 2017.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss

Whether you know this story by heart or have never read it before, it should be on any list of Christmas books (yes, for all ages). “Christmas doesn’t come from a store,” the Grinch learns. That’s a lesson that’s still important today, and maybe even more so. The best Christmas books for kids are here.

The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck

Kids want a new bike more than anything else. They get a sweater for Christmas. Right? When Eddie is now a grown man, he thinks about the lessons he learned from that Christmas as a child and wonders if, given the chance, he’d change it.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

In this story, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2012, an older couple in Alaska find a young girl alone in the woods. Snow Maiden is a Russian fairy tale that was made into a movie.

My What If Christmas Wish by Daria White

It can be hard for Patrice to be happy when she helps other people, but she’s good at it. As the holidays roll around, her college boyfriend comes back into her life. She thinks about the different paths her life could have taken, as well as the different paths it could still take.

The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman

Thinky-pants fiction master Backman is back in this Christmas story from 2017. On Christmas Eve, a father tells his son that he can’t help another child who needs help when his relationship with his own son is so bad.

One Day in December by Josie Silver

In this year’s best-selling book, a fun situational romance story comes to life. As soon as Laurie looks at a stranger on the street, she gets excited and wants to know more. There is no way she will see him again, right? Wrong. A Christmas party. She sees him with her best friend. You’ll have to pick this one up to find out what happens next!

The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans

A young couple takes care of an elderly widow by moving into her house. During the holidays, they learn more about their daughter, who is now four years old. They also start to get to know each other better. People have been following her and Evans’ important advice since 1993.

The Christmas Train by David Baldacci

in time for Christmas to get a story idea for the next year. He’s not excited about it. People who are very different from each other make this a Christmas story for the ages. A movie based on this 2002 book was made by Hallmark for Christmas in 2012.

Amazing Peace by Maya Angelou and illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher

“Amazing Peace” isn’t just a Christmas poem by one of the greats. It’s a powerful piece that encourages everyone to think about the hope and spirit of Christmas. A year before the White House Christmas tree was lit in 2005, Maya Angelou read this poem.

Starry Night by Debbie Macomber

There are a lot of “journalist’s Christmas adventures” stories. Carrie, who is very excited about getting an interview with a reclusive author and wildlife enthusiast, is given this task: spend days alone in the Alaskan wilderness to get an interview. She can find him. Sparks do fly. Get your hot cocoa ready for this one, which came out in 2013.

The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss

No, this isn’t the Christmas movie on Disney Plus, but the title is just too good to pass up! In a story set in 2020, Kate is well into her 30s and says she doesn’t want to have sex. That’s until her friend convinces her to sign up for a dating service. She’ll go on 12 dates in the month before Christmas through the service. Bring on the laughs and the heartthrobs!

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry

OK, let’s move on to the next one of the best books for kids to read at Christmas. When the rich Mr. Willowby has a Christmas tree delivered to his house in this 1963 book, it’s a story that everyone can enjoy. The top is cut off and the rest is thrown away. In the forest, a treetop makes its way through the trees as non-human Christmas people see it and think it would look great in their homes. How does it end up? You’ll have to read it and find out.

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