12 Holiday Books To Read this Christmas - Part 1


Hi everyone! We're now in December but I've been reading Holiday books since August! Yes I know that is really early, but publishers generally publish their holiday books in September and October and I had to meet these deadlines. I'm a total Christmas nut (maybe because I have a December birthday), but no other genre is more comforting to me than the joy of reading a lovely holiday story.

Today I bring to you the first part of the 12 Holiday Books I'm recommending which have published in 2020. You'll find a description of the book and the hyperlink to my review.




This beautiful story is about the love of three Buchanan sisters. The sisters have been apart for many years, living in different states, and reunite at the request of their Aunt for one more special Christmas at her Colorado Inn. 

Publisher : Forever/Grand Central Publishing

Genre : Family fiction, Women's Fiction

Review







Riley Reynolds is a journalist turned romance writer. She’s had success with several books already and has quite a fan base. Unfortunately, her last romance novel was lacking the romance - likely indicative of a challenged love life. Now she is faced with a task of writing a Christmas novel: a very difficult challenge given that she has not celebrated the holiday since she was eight years due to the death of her father. As a publicity stunt, Riley has been instructed to host a Christmas Camp at the Inn run by her publicist’s friend Luke who needs the media attention in order to sell the Inn.

Publisher:  Hawktale Publishing

Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction

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Hannah is a shopkeeper in Stockholm and lives with her boyfriend. She takes pride in the shop although it hasn’t been doing as well as she has hoped. When her brother Rob’s friend Nico stops by her shop, the two become reacquainted quickly. Nico is now a single father of eight year old Josie from his former marriage. Hannah enjoys Nico’s company and looks forward to seeing him again at Rob’s upcoming wedding in her hometown of Middledip. 

Publisher: Avon Books

Genre: General Fiction, Romance

Review




Vanessa Larkin is a woman who has built a successful career in business in Chicago. In fact, she takes very little down time to the detriment of her relationships. This Christmas she knows she wants to spend some time with her cousin Anna. She expects her company to send her to either Leavenworth Washington or Paris for her next project. She is therefore surprised and disappointed to learn the company needs her in Fraser Hills, North Carolina to oversee the closure of Porter’s, a fruitcake factory in the small town. 

Publisher:  St. Martin's Press

Genre:  Romance

Review





Maelyn Jones is a twenty-six year old woman who has a fairly mundane life - she still lives with her parents and works at a job she doesn’t enjoy. One of the things she looks forward to each year is spending the Christmas holidays with the people she has grown up sharing the season with. This is a time of celebration, loaded with food, traditions and festive activities. She’s grown up with Theo and Andrew, the boys of Maelyn’s parents’ good friends, and has secretly held a crush on Andrew for the past thirteen years. She questions, then, why she made a big mistake her final night at the cabin. Her life seems to be filled with missed opportunities.

Publisher: Gallery Books

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Romance

Review




This book is the tenth in a series but can be read easily as a standalone. It is told in two time frames - 1972 and 2012 and surrounds the importance of a family table originally built by John Creighton for his wife Joan. John has never really built anything, but promises to build Joan a table for their young family in time for Thanksgiving. Inspired by John’s creativity, Joan decides to use the recipe cards her mother has given her and learns to cook and bake, with her children alongside her making memories.

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Genre: General Fiction, Women's Fiction

Review


So there you have it - my first 6 holiday books I'm recommending this year.  Look for my remaining recommendations in a post later this week.  Have you read any of these books or are you planning on reading any holidays reads this season?  Let me know in the comments.

I hope you have a great day!



32 comments:

  1. Great list, I have a few other Christina Lauren titles on my TBR, I adore their books 😍

    Anika | chaptersofmay.com

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  2. This is a great list. I love reading festive stories.

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  3. I love the sound of The Holidaze, I've actually never read a Christmas novel before! x

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    1. I hope you give it a try! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I've been looking for some Christmas reads, so this list is great. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks! I’m glad you found my post to be helpful!

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  5. Hi Jodie. A great festive collection of books, thanks. A couple of these may make it on to my wife's present list :-)

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  6. Oooh I love some good book recommendations for the holidays! 💛

    Thank you for sharing!

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  7. These books sound great! Thanks for sharing :) x

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  8. Love this! It's funny I was just in Target and they had a huge selection. I got overwhelmed because I couldn't decide which I wanted to read more. It's always nice to hear others recommendations. Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks Sherry! I’m happy you found this post helpful!

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  9. Great list! This is the second time this week I've seen A Heartfelt Christmas Promise recommended, so I'm really curious about it now. Thanks for sharing, these sound like wonderful reads!

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  10. I just love Christmas books! They're just so feel good to read curled up in front of the fire beside the Christmas tree. Thanks for these recommendations. I'm taking my first flight of the year next week (eek!) to fly home so will need a book for the flight :)

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    1. Thanks Elllie! I love books to read on a plane as well.

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  11. Love the sound of In a Holidaze! I do love a good Xmas read - thanks for sharing some fab sounding books!

    Tash - A Girl with a View

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  12. A fantastic list of festive holiday books to enjoy! 'In a Holidaze sounds' like a great read, a combination of reality and Christmas magic. Thank you for sharing. 😊

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  13. Love these holiday reads! My 2 picks are Christmas wishes and Christmas Table. Happy reading!

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  14. These look so festive! I’m definitely going to try and read a few Christmas books this year!

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    1. That's great Alex! Thanks for letting me know. ☺️

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  15. Great list! I'm adding these to my TBR list. I'm always looking for a good book to read. Thanks!

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  16. I'm hoping to read a couple of festive themed paranormal romances or cosy paranormal mystery tales this December. I think we all need the feel good factor after this year! 💚

    Thanks for sharing yours, Jodie.

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