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18 of Your Favorite Holiday Books!

Jamie Canaves

Contributing Editor

Jamie Canavés is the Tailored Book Recommendations coordinator and Unusual Suspects mystery newsletter writer–in case you’re wondering what you do with a Liberal Arts degree. She’s never met a beach she didn’t like, always says yes to dessert, loves ‘80s nostalgia, all forms of entertainment, and can hold a conversation using only gifs. You can definitely talk books with her on Litsy and Goodreads. Depending on social media’s stability maybe also Twitter and Bluesky.

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It’s that time of year when there are lights twinkling, people bundled in layers of clothes, gift giving lists being written, and Mariah Carey only wants one thing for Christmas…In other words, it’s the perfect time to read holiday books! And whether you prefer yours to be middle grade, mysterious, romantic, or any other genre, we asked you to tell us your favorite holiday books and you answered!

Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher

Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle

The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by Stephanie Perkins

The Box of Delights by John Masefield

Hanukkah Bear by Eric A. Kimmel

Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie

Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa by Donna L. Washington and Shane W. Evans

Holidays On Ice by David Sedaris

Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Soup on Ice by Robert Newton Peck

Christmas Gift! by Ferrol Sams

Holly and Ivy by Fern Michaels

A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss

How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? by Jane Yolen

How Far to Bethlehem by Nora Lofts