Perfect Books for the Holiday Season

Well, I feel that I have been officially inducted into life in the Midwest. It snowed earlier this week and then the temperature plummeted. Low temps turned the roads into a sheet of ice. Back in North Carolina or Georgia, this would shut everything down. No school. No work. Nothing. Here in Minnesota, it’s life as usual. No one seems to notice. I, however, am freaking out as my car fishtails and careens all over the road anytime I attempt to stop or slow down. Fun times. My kids might have learned a few new words as I yelled at the 4th person to honk at me for going too slow. What is wrong with people!? Driving on solid ice is NOT normal!

Besides taking my kids to school and stopping by the gym, I’m trying to stay home as much as possible. What to do when cold, snowy December weather keeps you inside? Pour yourself a hot cup of tea and read a holiday book, of course! There’s nothing better than a holiday-themed book to warm your soul when wintry weather abounds. I have my favorites I like to pull out every year and I recently found some new ones that I love as well. Here are my recommendations for the perfect holiday book.

Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris

What holiday season would be complete without the hilarious tales of a Macy’s Christmas elf? My first experience with Sedaris was seeing Santaland Diaries preformed in Little Five Points, the coolest part of Atlanta, when I was 12. I was hooked. I then went on to read his other books as I got older and fell in love with his dry, cynical humor. But year after year I would always come back to his holiday collection, which holds Santaland Diaries, Holidays on Ice. We all have those stories. The ones that inevitably happen when the stress and anticipation of the holidays collides with family members spending prolonged periods of time together in close quarters. The ones that end in tears, too much alcohol, half the family refusing to speak to each other, and your uncle inexplicably losing his pants. Every time the holidays start to stress me out, I read Dinah, The Christmas Whore, and all is right with the world again. If you haven’t read this yet, make it your top priority!

The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman

If you enjoyed A Man Called Ove or Bear Town, you’ll love this short and sweet holiday novella by Fredrik Backman. It’s very short and can be knocked out in an afternoon, so it’s perfect to get you out of a reading slump. There’s nothing like the triumph of quickly finishing a book. Fair warning: keep a box of tissues handy for this one. It’s a tear-jerker. This poignant story about the choice a self-absorbed man is given near Christmastime will have you thinking about life, love, and the choices we make every day.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

This classic is a perfect one to bring out for the holiday season. The story begins around Christmastime and centers around the importance of family. Originally published in 1868, this is no quick read, but it’s worth it. The first time I picked it up, I put it down after about 50 pages claiming it was too boring. However, upon revisiting it several years later, I fell in love with its charm. I always imagined myself as Jo, given my love for writing.

Winter Street: A Novel by Elin Hilderbrand

I picked this up after seeing pictures of it appear all over my favorite #bookstagram accounts. This book is perfect for the holiday because it takes place on the days leading up to Christmas, is quick, light, and entertaining. I picked it up from the library on Thursday and am about half-way through. There are two other books in this series, making it great for binge-reading.

What are your favorite books to read for the holiday season?


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8 thoughts on “Perfect Books for the Holiday Season

  1. Love seeing Little Women on your list. As an early teen I loved that book so much. I must have read it every year from about 10-14. I’m a fan of Fredrick Backman, so really should check out The Deal of a Lifetime. Really fun post!

  2. I’ve only read The Deal of a Lifetime and A Man Called Ove. Bear Town is on my TBR. I’ve been wanting to read more of his books because I liked those two so much!

    1. I wouldn’t say Winter Street is life-changing, but it’s cute and fun. Great for the holidays. I like to save heavy, depressing books for the summer ๐Ÿ˜‰

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