Today I wanted to share a selection of Christmas books that I’ve read and reviewed in recent years.
If you’re running short on time and want to fab festive read then I can recommend the following novellas and short stories:
The Christmas Spirit by Susan Buchanan
This is a lovely novella set in the four weeks running up to Christmas. It is magical and sweet and really makes you feel festive! My review is here.
Merry Mistletoe by Emma Davies
This is another beautiful novella set in the weeks running up to Christmas. It’s such a stunning book that I found immensely comforting and it’s a story that has really stayed with me. My review is here.
Christmas Spirit by Nicola May
Christmas Spirit is a beautiful, romantic and heart-warming novella and I highly recommend you grab a copy to read over Christmas! My review is here.
The Boy Under the Mistletoe by Katey Lovell
If you’re really, really short on time but want a cute Christmas read then this is the story for you. It’s part of the Meet Cute series and it will warm your heart. It’s the perfect read to escape into during a coffee break! My review is here.
If you have time to read a novel (or two or three…) over the festive period then I recommend all the following books:
One Wish in Manhattan by Mandy Baggot
This is a gorgeous novel set in New York in the run up to Christmas. It has echoes of A Christmas Carol running through it and it’s a wonderful festive novel. My review is here.
How To Stuff Up Christmas by Rosie Blake
This is such a fun read that is perfect to read around Christmas-time. It is full of friendships and romance and recipes (some more successful than others!)! My review is here.
Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses by Jenny Hale
This is a lovely romantic novel set in the lead up to Christmas. Interior designer Abby gets a job decorating Nick’s family home and things go from there. It’s really Christmassy and I very much enjoyed it. This has now been made into a film and I loved that too! My review is here.
Every Time A Bell Rings by Carmel Harrington
This is a a really gorgeous novel based on the ideas from It’s A Wonderful Life and I adored it. It really encapsulates so much of what Christmas is and the emotions it brings up. I love this book! My review is here.
The Mince Pie Mix-Up by Jennifer Joyce
This is such a brilliant Christmas novel. A married couple, Judy and Calvin, each feels that the other has the easier time of it so wish to switch lives in the run up to Christmas. One morning they wake up in each other’s bodies and fun ensues as they try to navigate their new roles! This is a really fun festive novel and I really want to re-read it! My review is here.
Snowy Nights at the Lonely Hearts Hotel by Karen King
This is such a lovely festive novel that really does capture Christmas spirit. It is one that I loved last year and I plan on reading it again in the years to come. My review is here.
What Happens At Christmas by T. A. Williams
This novel has everything you could possibly want in a Christmas story! It’s set at Christmas, it’s in a gorgeous location, it’s heart-breaking but more so it’s heart-warming, it has romance, it has crackly log fires, and it has snow! My review is here.
Winter’s Fairytale by Maxine Morrey
This novel won’t fail to give you that warm, fuzzy feeling. It’s just a gorgeous Christmas novel that will give you butterflies and will warm your heart. My review is here.
Christmas Camp by Karen Schaler
Christmas Camp is a really festive, feel-good novel and I highly recommend it. This is going on my list of books that I’ll read again in future at this time of year! My review is here.
Christmas at Lilac Cottage by Holly Martin
I highly recommend this book, it’s wonderful. It’s one of those books that you can curl up with on a cold day and just escape, and when you’ve finished reading you feel all content and warm and smiley. My review is here.
Snowflakes on Silver Cove by Holly Martin
This is a very funny and highly entertaining novel that will have you laughing out loud from the very first page! It’s also full of Christmas romance and just so gorgeous – you will not be able to put this book down! My review is here.
Snowday by B. R. Maycock
Snowday is a really engaging, fun read that shows the reality of life but with a fab dose of humour too. It’s such a gorgeous, wintery read and I absolutely loved it! I highly recommend adding this to your festive reading lists. My review is here.
The Snowman by Michael Morpurgo
This is such a lovely, magical book and I would have loved to have had this when I was a child. It’s always a bit of a worry when someone writes a variant of an old favourite but Morpurgo has been so respectful of the original story and this stands alongside it as an extra Snowman story that is just as wonderful. A gorgeous, magical and nostalgic read! My review is here.
And finally here are reviews of four of my favourite Christmas reads from this year.
One Week ‘Til Christmas by Belinda Missen
One Week ‘Til Christmas is a gorgeous, romantic read that will really get you in the festive spirit! I adored this book and I will definitely re-read it over Christmases to come. My review is here.
The Christmas Wish List by Heidi Swain
The Christmas Wish List is a very special festive book, one that has stolen a piece of my heart. It is firmly going on my shelf of treasured Christmas books that I try to read every year. I highly recommend this one – it’s truly gorgeous! My review is here.
One Christmas Night by Hayley Webster
This book has sadness and difficult times but it’s still the most gorgeous and festive novel. It’s full of forgiveness and finding solace, it’s about making new memories and finding ways to move on while still remembering what came before. It really does capture the spirit of Christmas and it really is the most beautiful book! I’ll definitely be re-reading it over Christmases to come! I can’t recommend it highly enough! My review is here.
The Other Side of Christmas by Sharon Booth
The Other Side of Christmas really is such a gorgeous festive read, it is the perfect length for the story being told and it leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. My review is here.
8 thoughts on “Christmas Book Recommendations!”
Some great Christmas books here, and quite a few that I’ve not read. I’ll have to add them to my list
Some great choices there Hayley. Every Time a Bell Rings is one of my favourite Christmas books.
These look like terrific choices for Christmas reading, Hayley. It’s certainly the time of year when anything can happen…
What a great list Hayley. I can’t believe that with all the Christmas books I read, there are so many on this list that I have not read. Mount TBR is going to topple soon, I am sure.
Great choices! I would say Christmas on the Little Cornish Isles is a good one, too, however getting caught up in the rest of the series means that I will be reading Jane Linfoot’s two Christmas books in the four-book Little Wedding Shop by the Sea next year. I will still be reading Noel Streatfeild’s Christmas stories on Christmas Day afternoon, however.
What a fun post! I just finished a quick Christmas novella called Kissmas Eve. It was fun. I”ll have to look into some of these.
Looks like some fantastic Christmas reads! I loved The Snowman when I read it last year, I think Morpurgo really did a good job as I must admit I was hesitant to read it at first.
What a fantastic list! I’m definitely going to keep these in mind for next year. I’ve only read the Karen King one of these, but I really enjoyed that one. Merry Christmas! xx