Christmas Book recommendations

No hello! No Hi! Say Happy Christmas! In the month of joy. Its December already!! Are you finding it difficult to choose the best reads for Christmas? Then you are at the right place because I have some amazing books that you should pick this Christmas. 

It was very difficult for me to come up with these 9 selective tiles because I have a lot of Christmas books to recommend but out of those, these were the ones which I can read each Christmas without getting bored. A couple of these are recent releases. So, I have compiled a list of 9 books that you should read this Christmas.

  1. A Christmas Carol BY Charles Dickens

“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”

-Charles Dickens

‘If I had my way, every idiot who goes around with Merry Christmas on his lips, would be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. Merry Christmas? Bah humbug!’

Introduction and Afterword by Joe Wheeler

To bitter, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, Christmas is just another day. But all that changes when the ghost of his long-dead business partner appears, warning Scrooge to change his ways before it’s too late.

Part of the Focus on the Family Great Stories collection, this edition features an in-depth introduction and discussion questions by Joe Wheeler to provide greater understanding for today’s reader. “A Christmas Carol” captures the heart of the holidays like no other novel.


This is my all-time favorite classics and to be honest, this book got me into reading classics. I am not actually a seasonal reader but I enjoy reading this book every year on Christmas.

Ideal for the readers who read- Classics

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2. The Afterlife of Holly Chase BY Cynthia Hand

The story follows a girl named Holy chase who is not the best person and throughout the course of the book, she learn new things but the question arises- Will she ever be able to become a good person? For that you need to read this book.

PS- I heard a lot of negative things about this book but when I read, I feel in love with it. I was able to read it in just one sitting and ever since then I am reading and recommending everyone to read this on Christmas.

This is a Christmas Carol Re-telling and ideally for the readers (like me) who loved Christmas Carol.

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3. The Gift BY Cecelia Ahern

“Time is more precious than gold, more precious than diamonds, more precious than oil or any valuable treasures. It is time that we do not have enough of; it is time that causes the war within our hearts, and so we must spend it wisely.”

-Cecelia Ahern

This is another book I would recommend everyone to read this Christmas. It’s a story about Lou Suffern who battled with the clock. He always had to be at two places and that too at the same time. He always had two things to do at once. When asleep he dreamed. In between dreams, he ran through the events of the day while making plans for the next. When at home with his wife and family, his mind was always someplace else.

On his way into work one early winter morning, Lou meets Gabe, a homeless man sitting outside the office building. Intrigued by him and on discovering that he could also be very useful to have around, Lou gets Gabe a job in the post room.

But soon Lou begins to regret helping Gabe. His very presence unsettles Lou and how does Gabe appear to be in two places at the same time? As Christmas draws closer, Lou starts to understand the value of time. He sees what is truly important in life yet at the same time he learns the harshest lesson of all.

This is a story about people who not unlike parcels, hide secrets. They cover themselves in layers until the right person unwraps them and discovers what’s inside. Sometimes you have to be unravelled in order to find out who you really are. For Lou Suffern, that took time.

Ideal for the readers who read- Classics

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4. All I Want for Christmas BY Joanna Bolouri

I heard a lot of good things about this book and thought of requesting it on Netgalley and guess what? I got approved for this book. I read a couple of chapters but then I started preparing for my exams and could not find enough time to read it. Then I thought of reading it on Christmas.

Basically the story revolves around Nick who loses his job and is dumped by his glamorous but demanding girlfriend, he is forced to grudgingly accept work as a Santa at a local Christmas grotto. As his friends are getting married or promoted, Nick spends his days being terrorised by unfriendly elves and cried on by snotty, spoiled children.

Ideal for the readers who read- Romance

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5. Let it snow BY John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle

Who doesn’t love John Green? Well!! I do. It is not only written by John Green but also Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle. I remember reading this book two years back on Christmas. It is basically a collection of three short stories (they aren’t that short) that are somehow or the other connected.

The first story in the book is “The Jubilee Express” which is written by Maureen Johnson. The story follows this girl named Jubilee Dougal who is forced to spend the Christmas Eve away from her boyfriend, Noah, and with her grandparents after her parents are arrested for participating in a riot over a cult-like set of miniature decorative houses – the Flobie Santa Village – with one of the pieces being her namesake, Jubilee Hall.

I did not liked this story as much as I liked the other two. The only reason was that I think the story was very slow paced.


The second story, “A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle” written by John Green is a story which follows a group of friends who are out on an adventure. On the whole I loved this story.

MY RATING- 4.5/5

The third and the last story is “The Patron Saint of Pigs” which is written by Lauren Myracle

The story follows this girl named Addie, who is depressed because she broke up with her boyfriend Jeb. The backstory of her relationship with Jeb is told, about how Addie was instantly smitten by him, and Jeb albeit at first shy gradually opened himself to a relationship. I loved this story as well.


If you are looking for a cute romance Christmas book then you should definitely pick this!!

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6. The Gift of the Magi BY O Henry

“Life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.”

-O Henry

It is a beautiful short story about a young poor couple and the sacrifices that they made of each other. You can easily finish this book in one sitting and would end up enjoying this book. The plot twist at the end left me stunned. I absolutely loved this book.

Ideal for the readers who read- Classics, short story, Romance

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7. One Day in December BY Josie Silver

I read this book last year and on the whole I enjoyed it. It is a story about Laurie who is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic… and then her bus drives away.

Certain they’re fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they “reunite” at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.

What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.

Ideal for the readers who love reading- Romance, Contemporary, Women’s fiction

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8. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas BY Agatha Christie

I, being an Agatha Christie fan can recommend this book end number of times to everyone. This is the 20th book in the Poirot’s series.

In Hercule Poirot’s Christmas, the holidays are anything but merry when a family reunion is marred by murder — and the notoriously fastidious investigator is quickly on the case. The wealthy Simeon Lee has demanded that all four of his sons — one faithful, one prodigal, one impecunious, one sensitive — and their wives return home for Christmas. But a heartwarming family holiday is not exactly what he has in mind. He bedevils each of his sons with barbed insults and finally announces that he is cutting off their allowances and changing his will. Poirot is called in the aftermath of Simeon Lee’s announcement.

Ideal for the readers who love reading- Agatha Christie, Mystery

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9. Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares BY Rachel Cohn, David Levithan

I read this book last year on Christmas. I am a kind of person who read books that are realted to Christmas only in December. I bought this book 3-4 years back but never bothered to read it. I’m happy that I read it. When I read the blurb I immediately predicted that this is going to be a 5 star read for me.

The story is told from two different perspectives that is Dash and Lily. Believe me if you love books set in New York then you are definitely going to love this.  Lily leaves a notebook which is full of challenges in a bookshop. While browsing the bookshelf, Dash finds the notebook and accepts the challenges.

What I liked about the book

  • I could totally connect to the characters and at some moments I felt like packing my bag and leaving for New York.
  • Sometimes I like getting the slightest details about the characters and what is happening in their lives and I think this was the perfect read for me.
  • I found the plot really creative and different

It has left a huge impression on me so I think I am going to read this book again on Christmas this year.

Ideal for the readers who love reading- Young Adult, Romance

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One thought on “Christmas Book recommendations

  1. Cecelia Ahern has a special place in my bookshelves but this one is new to me. And Agatha Christie’s Christmas one is on my TBR for the month. Great meeting you! Good luck!


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