I REALLY love holiday books. I spend a good portion of December every year reading holiday books, watching holiday movies, and listening to holiday music. I haven't gone back to the states for Christmas in five years so it is one way to prevent that "the year without Christmas" feeling that can sometimes happen.
This list is very Christmas heavy. There are some books that are just general winter stories but most holiday books that I have come across are Christmas themed. And also very very white. Which is too bad because everyone should be able to get in on the holiday book action. Do you have any diverse holiday reads? Please comment and let me know what they are as I would love to read them!
My True Love Gave to Me
by Stephanie Perkins et al.
“He says presents aren't important, but I think they are - not because of how much they cost, but for the opportunity they provide to say, I understand you.”
by Jennifer Donnelly
“Life’s all about the revolution, isn’t it? The one inside, I mean. You can’t change history. You can’t change the world. All you can ever change is yourself.”
A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
“It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour.”
by Catherine Hapka
"And now back to Paris... She shivered, and only partly because of the breeze blowing over the water as the boat chugged on along the murky canal. Suddenly she couldn’t wait to get back."
by John Grisham
“My children know nothing of Christmas. They have so little, and want so little, it makes me feel guilty for the mindless materialism of our culture.”
Holidays on Ice
by David Sedaris
“But instead I am applying for a job as an elf. Even worse than applying is the very real possibility that I will not be hired, that I couldn't even find work as an elf. That's when you know you're a failure.”
The Story of Holly and Ivy
by Rumer Godden and Barbara Cooney
"Her name, of course, was Holly. It could not have been anything else, for she was dressed for Christmas in a red dress, and red shoes, though her petticoat and socks were green."
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
by C.S. Lewis
"Meanwhile,' said Mr Tumnus, 'it is winter in Narnia, and has been for ever so long, and we shall both catch cold if we stand here talking in the snow."
Decked with Holly
by Marni Bates
“Most girls don’t get grounded right before Christmas because they slapped Santa in a mall, in front of a mob of little children. Then again, most girls don’t get escorted out of the aforementioned mall by security guards and depend upon their seventy-five-year-old grandfather to bail them out.”
by Abby Sher
Goodreads | Amazon
Published: November 1st 2007
Times read: ?
“Before last night, the most action I had gotten was from a down pillow.”
Letters from Father Christmas
by J.R.R. Tolkien
"So, my dears, I hope you will be happy this Christmas and not quarrel, and will have some good games with your Railway all together. Don’t forget old Father Christmas, when you light your tree.”
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
by L. Frank Baum
“It is possible for any man, by good deeds, to enshrine himself as a Saint in the hearts of the people.”
Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares
by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
“The important people in our lives leave imprints. They may stay or go in the physical realm, but they are always there in your heart, because they helped form your heart. There's no getting over that.”
The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily
by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
“I know in my heart that I can live without him and I know in my heart that I don't want to-that's a good place to start, right?”