Which Festive Books Should Be on Your Reading List

When the holiday season rolls around, there’s nothing quite like curling up with a good book that captures the warmth and spirit of the festivities. I suggest you make a Festive Reading List because you will bring a unique way of joy and comfort. We’ve compiled a list of must-read books that will immerse you in the holiday spirit.

The reading list I will give you is perfect for getting into the festive mood but also offers compelling narratives that will keep you hooked from start to finish.

Cozy Classics for the Holidays

One of the best ways to enjoy the holiday season is by reading classics that have stood the test of time. Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is a quintessential festive read. This novella tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly old man who learns the true meaning of Christmas through visits from three ghosts. It’s a tale that combines the spirit of Christmas with a powerful message about generosity and kindness.

You can download a PDF of A Christmas Carol.

“A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens was written in just six weeks and has never been out of print since it was first published in 1843.

Another timeless classic is Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women which, while not exclusively a Christmas book, features memorable holiday scenes that capture the essence of family and love during the festive season.

Modern Festive Favorites

Modern Festive Favorites - Books to read on your Festive holiday

For those who prefer contemporary stories, there are plenty of modern books that capture the holiday magic. One standout is “Let It Snow” by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle. This collection of three interconnected short stories takes place during a snowstorm on Christmas Eve and explores themes of love, friendship, and holiday cheer. Each story is unique but together they create a beautiful tapestry of festive spirit.

“Let It Snow” was adapted into a Netflix movie in 2019, bringing its charming holiday stories to the screen for even more festive cheer.

I also like to read “The Twelve Dates of Christmas” by Jenny Bayliss, a charming and funny romance that follows Kate, who signs up for twelve dates during the holidays in an attempt to find true love.

Prize Book Title and Description Cost
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

This novel follows the story of twin sisters who choose to live very different lives, one passing as white and the other embracing her Black identity. It explores themes of race, identity, and the bonds of family.

$17.99 (hardcover)
National Book Award for Nonfiction Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

This in-depth examination of the unspoken caste system in the United States draws parallels to other caste systems around the world, offering a powerful framework for understanding inequality and injustice.

$22.49 (hardcover)
Hugo Award for Best Novel A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine

The sequel to the award-winning A Memory Called Empire, this science fiction novel follows an ambassador as she navigates complex diplomatic relations and upheaval in an interstellar empire.

$14.99 (Kindle edition)

Heartwarming Holiday Romances

Holiday romances are perfect for those who want a feel-good read that celebrates love and happiness. Royal Holiday” by Jasmine Guillory is a delightful romance that follows Vivian, a woman who unexpectedly finds love with a member of the British royal family during a Christmas vacation. This book is filled with humor, charm, and the magic of a winter romance.

Hum, what else to recommend? “In a Holidaze” by Christina Lauren is a good one. It tells the story of Maelyn, who finds herself stuck in a time loop, reliving the same Christmas holiday until she gets it right. This book combines romance with a touch of magic and plenty of festive fun.

Do you know that over 788 million copies of print books are sold in the US in one year?

Magical Holiday Adventures

Magical Holiday Adventures - Picking the best book for your festive mood

If you’re looking for a bit of magic in your holiday reading, there are several books that blend festive themes with fantastical elements. “The Snow Child” by Eowyn Ivey is a beautifully written novel about a couple in Alaska who build a child out of snow, only to find that she comes to life.

This story is filled with wonder and the magic of the winter season. Another magical read is “The Bear and the Nightingale” by Katherine Arden. Set in the cold Russian wilderness, where a young girl must protect her family from evil spirits during the long winter nights.

Do you know that Romance novels are the biggest category of fiction, generating over $1.44 billion in sales revenue. In 12 months, over 19 million printed romance novels were sold in the United States?

Fun Holiday Reads for Book Clubs

Book clubs are a great way to share the joy of reading with friends, and the holiday season is the perfect time to pick books that are both enjoyable and thought-provoking. “Seven Days of Us” by Francesca Hornak is a funny and heartwarming novel. A quarantine forces the family to spend Christmas together, resulting in hilarious and touching moments.

For a lighter read, Christmas Shopaholic” by Sophie Kinsella is a delightful and humorous story. It’s about Becky, who takes on the task of hosting Christmas for her family and friends, with all the chaos and laughter that ensues.

Holiday Stories for Younger Readers

Holiday Stories for Younger Readers - Spend your holidays reading

Specially written holiday books help younger readers get into the festive spirit. “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg is a beloved children’s book. It tells the magical story of a young boy’s journey to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. This book has been a holiday favorite for decades and continues to enchant readers of all ages.

“The Polar Express” was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1986 for its beautiful illustrations and has sold over 12 million copies worldwide.

Also great choice is How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” by Dr. Seuss. A classic tale that teaches the true meaning of Christmas through the story of the Grinch, who learns that Christmas is about more than just presents and decorations.


As the holiday season approaches, there’s no better time to create your Festive Reading List and enjoy the warmth and magic of these wonderful books. From classics like “A Christmas Carol” to heartwarming romances and magical adventures, these stories will enrich your holidays with joy and inspiration.

If you’re enjoying your holiday at the beach, there are some books worth reading that will immerse you in the story maybe more than these festive ones.

These books offer something special for every reader. Grab a cozy blanket, make yourself a hot drink, and let your Festive Reading List bring the spirit of the season to life.