The holidays are filled with twinkling lights, music, hot chocolate, and uplifting tales. Curling up in front of a fireplace with a good book while snow falls gently outside is the ultimate holiday dream. Though we can’t provide the fireplace or the snow, the right book is sure to get you in the holiday spirit. Some of us are looking for love, or donating our time to charity. Some of us are just trying to relive our childhoods in our Christmas footie pajamas. These books encompass the best parts of the holidays, and are definitely some of our favorites. Grab your hot beverage of choice (hot toddies, anyone?) and get cozy!
Nothing sparks the magic of the holidays like the worldwide phenomenon of Harry Potter. Maybe it’s the annual showings of the movies on TV, or its very cozy depiction of Christmas, but the first book in the series inspires some serious nostalgia from the times when we all believed in magic. The perfect blend of childhood innocence, friendship, and a hidden magical world, a re-read of HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE is the ultimate way to kick off your holidays.
Let yourself be enchanted by this international phenomenon of a series about an orphaned boy wizard who holds the fate of the magical world in his hands. Whether you’re revisiting the world of witchcraft and wizardry or diving in for the first time, Harry’s story lives up to the hype.
There are dozens of iterations of Dickens’s classic, A CHRISTMAS CAROL (including A Muppet Christmas Carol), but Samantha Silva’s refreshing take on the story behind one of our most beloved Christmas tales paints Dickens as a Scrooge, and a mysterious woman named Eleanor as his spirit guide. We all have our own relationship with this Christmas classic, but no more so than Silva’s compelling Charles Dickens, who learns about the meaning of Christmas in his own right, and whose own story is just as moving as the one he submits to his publishers.
Isabel Allende’s beautiful novel about three people who come together during a winter storm in New York City really hits home during the holiday season. A story of family, belonging, and supporting one another in times of need, even when it requires great selflessness and sacrifice, IN THE MIDST OF WINTER is touching and poignant. This moving novel reminds us that no matter what time of the year or where we are from, we are all human.
If you’re looking for a quick read that’s equal parts uplifting and heart-wrenching, look no further than bestselling author Frederik Backman’s THE DEAL OF A LIFETIME. The illustrated novella focuses on a father who is trying to understand the meaning of his own life, the value of the lives of others, and how the choices he makes have consequences that reach far beyond himself.
No holiday season would be complete without reading at least one romance. Henry Quantum, a middle-aged man in an unhappy but not altogether unpleasant marriage, sets out to find his wife a last minute-Christmas gift, but the story takes a quirky turn when he runs into his ex. Henry is not perfect but he is easy to root for, and you’ll cheer for his quest to spend the holidays with the people he loves.