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7 Best Christmas Books to Read This Holiday Season

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Winter chill has set in and the Christmas spirit is in the air. Reading during the festive period is a wonderful way to enjoy the delights of the Holiday season. So I thought of coming up with a list of Christmas books to get you in the festive mood. These books capture the Christmas spirit and are perfect for readers of all ages. So without further ado, let’s get started:

I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach.

— Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

This timeless classic is apt for the Christmas season and must be on everyone’s list. It was first published in 1843 and is perhaps one of Charles Dickens’ most celebrated literary contributions. Celebrating the spirit of Christmas, it tells the story of a miser Ebenezer Scrooge who hates Christmas and all that it represents. But everything changes for Scrooge when on the Christmas Eve, three ghosts visit to retell the stories of his past, present and future. He finally realizes the true meaning of Christmas and becomes a changed and gentler man. This book is known as a classic for a reason. It continues to teach readers to honour Christmas in our hearts and to spread love, joy and charity.

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2. The deal of a lifetime by Fredrick Backman

This short novella is about the meaning of life, death and sacrifice. The story begins with a father telling his son a story on Christmas Eve about how he killed someone. They are seeing each other for the first time in years. The father has a story to share before it’s too late. He knows he hasn't been a good father. He explains that he's been obsessed with his legacy and has chosen what he considers success over being a good parent to his son. Then he meets a little girl who's dying of cancer and he begins to question the decisions he's made.

This beautiful novella makes you reflect and consider your own choices. It is the epitome of Christmas spirit. It’s a story about what it means to completely give of oneself without expecting anything in return and how selflessness and compassion can change a life for the better. A perfect book to read this Christmas!

Watch and pray, dear, never get tired of trying, and never think it is impossible to conquer your fault.

— Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott’s iconic 19th-century coming-of-age novel needs no introduction. The story revolves around four March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy— who are all quite different from each other. The four sisters stay with their mother, who works to support the family, while their father is away at the war.

The tale of the March sisters begins on Christmas Eve with the infamous line —”Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents”—as they lament their lack of money, their fathers’ absence and their inability to own, and gift, pretty things. Still the girls are determined to have a wonderful season and Christmas ends up being a time of joy, laughter and love.

The novel then follows the lives of the four March sisters and details their passage from childhood to womanhood. This charming novel is ideal for this time of year — and delivers memorable Christmas elements.

4. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie

For the lovers of thrillers, the perfect Christmas selection would be incomplete without a book by Agatha Christie. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas is the ultimate holiday murder mystery. It centers on a festive family gathering held by the sadistic multi-millionaire Simeon Lee. With numerous unexpected guests, the Lee family home soon plays host to a number of potential suspects when the celebrations turn deadly on Christmas Eve.

For the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, this proves to be no holiday as secrets must be uncovered and all motives examined. With bizarre twists and unexpected plotlines, Christie’s holiday novel is undoubtedly a page-turner.

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

Let It Snow is an anthology of three short love stories written by popular Young Adult writers John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle. The book talks about cute snowy disasters and teenage love. There are three stories-The Jubilee Express, A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle and The Patron Saint of Pigs. The stories have an element of holiday spirit in them, which makes it a perfect read for Christmas.

The book follows three different teenagers as they experience a huge snow storm in the town of Grace-town during the Christmas season. There are three different stories but they all end up intertwined. It’s a typical Rom-com kind of a book but it’s a feel-good one. It makes you believe in the miracle of Christmas.

The story-lines are great, the characters are different and relatable, and it's a wonderful book to read during Christmas. It is one of those books that just make you want to snuggle up on your couch with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee and enjoy the winterly atmosphere. The book has also been adapted into a Netflix film of the same name.

6. A boy called Christmas by Matt Haig

A Boy Called Christmas is a wonderful tale of adventure, snow, kidnapping, elves, more snow, and an eleven-year-old boy called Nikolas, who isn't afraid to believe in magic. Before he was Father Christmas, Nikolas was just a little boy whose mother died and whose father left on a quest to find proof that elves exist. He leaves Nikolas with his horrible aunt until one day Nikolas and his little mouse friend head out in search of his father. They run into a reindeer that is hurt and after fixing him up, the reindeer joins their journey. When they finally get to the village of elves, there are more adventures in store for them. The book finishes up with how our beloved Santa Claus came to be. This is the most delightful and enchanting Christmas story ever. A must, must read!

This is Christmas,” he says, pointing at the happy line of Whos. “Remember? Friends and family gathered together, celebrating. Not presents, not piñatas, people.” “I know, but—” “Whatever the Grinch can steal, that’s not Christmas,” asserts Luke.

— Sophie Kinsella, Christmas Shopaholic

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7. Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

All those who have been regularly following my channel must know how much I love Sophie Kinsella. Her shopaholic series is a bestseller and Becky Bloomwood is such a fabulous and entertaining character. This is book 9 in the series but can be perfectly read as a standalone. Becky adores Christmas. It's always the same with her 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. But this Christmas will not be the same for Becky. 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? All her friends and family have requests and suggestions on what they would like at the dinner. And good ole’ Becky is determined to do it all, as to not upset anyone. Hosting this season’s celebrations throws her into a shopping frenzy. As always, the crazy antics continue... From 30 lbs of frozen salmon on the front lawn, to getting locked in a pet store with loose hamsters- Becky never disappoints. And like always, Becky finally manages the chaos and brings peace, joy and happiness to everyone around her.

You will definitely enjoy reading this book with perky writing and style which you will not forget for a long time. If you are a fan of Shopaholic series this is an absolute must! If you have not read the series yet, what are you waiting for? This is Sophie Kinsella at her finest! A delightful lighthearted story that is guaranteed to fill you with the holiday spirit!

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Shaloo Walia

Comments

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on January 19, 2021:

My pleasure, Chitrangada...Wish you a happy and prosperous 2021.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on January 19, 2021:

Shopaholic series is hilarious. I just love it.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on January 19, 2021:

Thank you :)

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on January 19, 2021:

Yeah...Little Women is such a delightful read.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on January 19, 2021:

Little Women is an amazing book. I am sure you will like it.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on January 19, 2021:

Thank you Manatita...Wish you a happy and prosperous 2021 :)

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 21, 2020:

These are good suggestions for reading this Christmas season. Yes, the spirits are high, and we are optimistic. Books are always the best companions.

Hopefully the new year will bring relief to the World.

Thank you for sharing this impressive list.

Lora Hollings on December 21, 2020:

These all sound wonderful especially for this time of year. It sounds like they can really get us into the holiday spirit. "Little Women" has always been one of my favorite books but these others sound great too! I'll have to start reading the Shopaholic series. Sounds terrific! Thanks for sharing, Shaloo. Happy holidays to you.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on December 19, 2020:

I have never read some of the books you listed, but I remember Little Women very well. Well done. Merry Christmas!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 19, 2020:

Thanks for telling us about some of your favorite books to read. "Little Women" is a classic! I loved reading that book.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 19, 2020:

I'm still in my reading drought, but thank you for the list. Oddly, I have never read "Little Women." Perhaps I'll give it a try!

Happy Holidays, my friend.

manatita44 from london on December 19, 2020:

Beautiful! Beautiful! Such great reads! It must take you some time to put them together. Charming!

One good thing from that, is that I would probably head over to Hercule Poirot now, my favourite Agatha Christa detective.

Life is a challenge, right now, true. Yet I wish you a great Christmas and an even better 2021.