Finally, it is December. By far the best month of the year. We all enjoy this coldest month with the warmth of love and festivity. The Christmas lights, the decorations, and the endless Christmas songs all over the F.M. bring joy to everyone’s life. Among all these activities, one of the best feelings is holding a book wrapped in a cozy blanket with hot cocoa.
There are various cozy Christmas books, from romance to mystery to Christmas-themed literary fiction. Here we compiled a book list to make your Christmas extra unforgettable.
Top Christmas Classics
Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Christmas is incomplete without this classic. The tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his spectral encounters is as closely associated with the holiday season as the Thanksgiving turkey, Santa Claus, and raisin-filled puddings. Additionally, with the majority of copies having fewer than 100 pages, it is ideal for warming up while sipping mulled wine.
Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
A much-loved Christmas book is a collection of 16 short stories. Filled with beautiful period details and nostalgic Christmas vibes, this book is perfect for enjoying with family
The Children’s Christmas Books
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
Raymond Brigg’s classic story about a young boy who wakes up after a day of playing in the snow to discover that the snowman he constructed has come to life is a must-have for any list of Christmas books. The two new pals had a good time exploring the house before flying across the sky and meeting someone extraordinary.
Lucy and Tom at Christmas by Shirley Hughes
As Christmas approaches, Lucy and Tom are assisting their parents with preparations. The tree needs to be decorated, Christmas cards need to be made, and gifts need to be hidden! But will they complete everything in time for Father’s Christmas to arrive? And how do you sleep at night knowing the big man is on his way?
The Romance Reads for Christmas
Once upon a December by Amy E. Reichert
There’s a beautiful twist to this holiday romance. Jack Clausen is stuck in the holiday market because he leaps to the following December every four weeks, leaving everyone he has met behind. He enjoys this way of life until he meets recently divorced Astra Noel Snow. After going on several dates, they ponder what the future might bring.
Wishing on a Star by Mandy Baggot
The single mother, Anna Heath, has given up on finding love. Football player Sam Jackman quit his job and relocated to London, where he meets Anna and her children and discovers that he is at the beginning of something extraordinary.
The Dark and Chilling Christmas Books for Adults
Death Comes at Christmas by Gladys Mitchell
If you’ve ever had your Christmas ruined by an overcooked turkey, consider the protagonist of this clever whodunnit book. After escaping London for a relaxing trip to the Oxfordshire countryside, the protagonist finds a dead body by a snowy river bank and finds himself in a race against time to find the murderer.
Ghost Stories by M.R. James
One Christmas Eve, James wrote most of his ghost stories solely to entertain his pals. In the process, he completely changed the genre. This collection, chosen and introduced by crime queen Ruth Rendell, will allow you to continue James’ spooky holiday tradition. It demonstrates his mastery of storytelling and his unrivaled capacity to infuse the mundane with fear.
The Christmas Picture books
Christmas Days by Jeanette Winterson
An intriguing collection of 12 stories inspired by the holiday season, including a retelling of the nativity from the perspective of a donkey, is included in this book by award-winning author Jeannette Winterson. This is precisely what you’d expect from Winterson in terms of being audacious, imaginative, and amusing. It’s also, and this is crucial, incredibly Christmassy.
Twelve Nights by Urs Faes
This lovely, reflective novella, which was translated from the 2018 release of the original German version, perfectly captures that period. In the novel Twelve Nights, Manfred travels by himself through the icy Black Forest of Europe as he travels to his childhood home while reflecting on the causes of his and his brother’s current estrangement. However, there is optimism in this book, making it the perfect read for that reflective, liminal period at the end of the year.
Getting cozy by the fire and enjoying a good book is one of the most enjoyable Christmas activities that come to mind. Of course, you can read whatever you like, but Christmas novels with a festive theme will add a special coziness to your reading experience. Christmas books, like The Polar Express and A Christmas Carol, spread joy and insight wherever they are read. These novels will have you turning the pages all December, including time-honored classics, enthralling romances, intriguing mysteries, and Christmas tales for children.
Undoubtedly, reading an excellent book while curled by the fireplace is half the fun of Christmas; paired with lots of cookies, puddings, gifts, and family movie times, enjoy the Christmas Vibes.