(More) Books to Bring Holiday Cheer

We're past Thanksgiving, so is it finally safe to talk about Christmas? Before this year I had never realized how opinionated people felt about other people choosing to decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving. I always thought after November 1st was fair game, or honestly if you want to decorate your own house in August, it really wouldn't bother me either. Probably all just a sign I was spending too much time on Twitter...  anyway, last year I enjoyed the post I did on festive Christmas books, so I thought I would do a part 2 this year with some new (to me) books I read over the past few weeks. Part of me feels like I was just writing that post, when I accidentally read the second book in the Elin Hilderbrand series thinking it was the first book!


My True Love Gave to Me | I'm late getting to this holiday collection of short stories, but I really enjoyed reading my way through this book. Some of the stories weren't what I was expecting, and I probably wouldn't have loved them as a full novel, but overall I thought this was a solid anthology to get you in the holiday spirit. My favorite of the bunch was Angels in the Snow by Matthew De La Pena.

My New Crush Gave to Me | This Christmas-themed YA novel was so cheesy and predictable, but so festive and fun to read and probably my favorite of this bunch. A girl tries to woe her crush through a secret santa gift exchange with the help of her crush's cousin. Thank you to Netgalley for providing this book in exchange for an honest review! 

Seven Days of Us | This was a random pick on Netgalley based off the cover catching my eye and the plot sounding interesting. It's a family saga that takes place over Christmas when the entire family is quarantined for a week, because one of the daughters had been treating an epidemic abroad. Each member of the family is keeping a secret and you read along as everything begins to unravel. It unexpectedly (to me) got super dramatic at the end, and I was hoping for something a little more festive overall, with a few more likable characters. Thank you to Netgalley for providing this book in exchange for an honest review! 

Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery | I have to admit I was completely surprised by how much I enjoyed this. I haven't read the first two books in the series, and I almost didn't make it past the second chapter because I wasn't feeling the writing style, but I was intrigued by the storyline so I kept reading and eventually fell into the grove. It's cozy and a bit quirky and there is a lot going on, but it was a fun seasonal read.
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I tried to read The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans but wasn't feeling it-- it seemed way too mushy or something. Last year there was a new Hallmark movie with Jamie King (aka Lemon from Hart of Dixie) who I love, but I didn't love the movie either for some reason.

What are your favorite holiday things to read or watch during this time of the year?

19 comments

  1. I don't think I've ever read a holiday themed book, but I love watching the movies so this would be fun to check out from the library!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  2. I've never actually read a holiday themed book before! Seven Days of Us sounds really interesting even though it isn't super holiday themed! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  3. i haven't read a holiday book myself but i think it is a fun way to celebrate the season. the last one looks super cute!

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  4. For as much as I love to read, I hardly ever read holiday/Christmas books - I think that needs to change with a few of these options!

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  5. I don't read too much holiday books. I did read the Elin Hinderband Winter Stroll series and LOVED it!! I think I do need to start reading more holiday books, helps get me into the holiday spirit. Yes, people get quite crazy about when to put up the holiday decorations. I have been listening to Christmas music since Nov. 1st but I haven't put up my tree yet.

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  6. I thought that the first Little Beach Street Bakery book was really cute, not a great literary read but one that kept me entertained, so I'll have to give the Christmas book a chance! Seven Days of Us sounds really interesting too! Bummer that it got really dramatic, but it still sounds like a good book!

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  7. Definitely time to start talking about Christmas! I need to add the Seven Days of Us to my list <3
    Green Fashionista

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  8. I haven't ever gotten into Christmas books although some of these looks pretty cute! I've been meaning to read the winter/Christmas series by Elin Hildebrand one of these years.

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  9. I haven't specifically gone out of my way to read Christmas books in the past, but I made it a point this year to read Seven Days of Us during the Thanksgiving Readathon and now I'm excited to explore some more. I'm sure it will help get me into the holiday spirit :) Thanks for this list!

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  10. I never think of reading festive books around the holidays but these sound like some cute reads to get into the holiday spirit!

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  11. I am going to add the Little Beach Street Bakery series to my list! I read the new Debbie Macomber this year that just came out which was cute. I just love Christmas stories. And I could care less what people say about my listening to my Christmas music on November 1st. It brings me joy! I feel like as long as you dont leave your outside Christmas decor up all year for all the neighbors to have to look at...what does it matter what you do?

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  12. I'm always on the hunt for a good christmas book to read.
    I usually go the Richard Paul Evans route myself but they are starting to be OVERLY predictable & the same story

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  13. OH snap these look great. I'm adding them to my library list this week! Thanks for the recommendations!
    XO Ellen from Ask Away
    www.askawayblog.com

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  14. So fun!! Last year, I read A Christmas Carol and it was so much fun that I decided to read a Christmas book each year. I haven't decided which one I want to read this year yet, but Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery looks super cute!

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  15. These sound so cute! I'm not usually into holiday books, but Seven Days of US sounds like a good mix, and a great way to start!

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  16. I've heard of Seven Days of Us and it sounded really interesting! I've been stuck on It for so long that I don't even know what books have been coming out lately. Every year I want to read festive books for the holiday season but for some reason it just doesn't happen.

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  17. I love Christmas reads!! :) I think that My True Love Gave to Me is amazing. Angels in the Snow was my favorite too. I just kept sobbing while reading it though, I guess it really hit home for me!! I haven't read the others, but I feel like when I read Colgan's "Little Bookshop on the Corner" I had a similar feeling. Her writing style took me a bit and I was hoping for a bit more. I was considering My New Crush Gave to Me, so maybe I'll have to request it on Netgalley. I also didn't like Mistletoe Promise the movie, but do LOVE Hart of Dixie. :) I read Merry & Bright by Debbie Macomber last month and thought it was really cute! :) XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  18. Oooh, fun! I usually try to read at least one Christmas book each year, but haven't done it yet. I've read My True Love Gave to Me and liked it! Maybe I'll try to get my hands on My New Crush Gave to Me!

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  19. Right now I am reading The Christmas Wish by Nora Roberts - I just started it last night and it seems super cute!

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