Books to Get You in the Christmas Spirit


I don’t know about you, but I like to read a lot of different kinds of books leading up to the Christmas season . . . light-hearted, fluffy romance books to match the hallmark movie vibes; beloved favorites for nostalgia (Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia, etc.); classic Christmas stories; harder-hitting, warmhearted reads to cozy up with by the tree; and of course my favorite Advent books.

Here’s what I’m reading this Christmas to keep me in the festive holiday mood:

One Day in December by Josie Silver

This is a sweet love story that takes place over several years, and it’s the perfect “rom com” feel for December. If you’re looking for a light and fluffy book to read this winter, give One Day in December a try. I’m not as obsessed with it as most people, but I do think it’s entertaining enough to keep you turning pages QUICKLY.

The Adults by Caroline Hulse

This one is marketed as The Holiday meets Love Actually, and to be honest, I think that’s pretty accurate. I love the slow-building family drama/tension. It’s funny at times, interesting, and so past-paced. The premise is pretty ridiculous: Claire and Matt are divorced, and for the sake of their daughter, they want to have a “normal” Christmas all together with each of their partners. Let’s just say they can’t be “adults” like they thought, and watching everything unravel is entertaining and—I won’t lie—a little frustrating. This reminded me of The Nest because of the character development, but I liked it much better than The Nest, which was a little too emotionally detached for me.

A Christmas Carol audiobook (narrated by Jim Dale) by Charles Dickens

Thanks to Erin from Imaginary Book Stack for this specific audiobook rec! It’s just under three hours, and I mean—come on!—it’s Jim Dale. Need I say more? But really, this scratches the “heartwarming classic” itch around the holidays. Perfect for road trips!

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

Another short, heartwarming classic! I LOVE to read The Chronicles of Narnia around Christmas. In my mind, there’s no better time to revisit this beloved children’s book series. Along with Advent readings, you can wait with all of Narnia for Aslan to come and make all things right. There’s something about diving into a fantasy world in these cold winter months that just makes us warm, isn’t there?

Love Came Down at Christmas: Daily Readings for Advent by Sinclair Ferguson

If you’re an Advent-reading kind of person leading up to Christmas, you will absolutely love this book. I particularly enjoy how Ferguson’s reflections aren’t too short or too long, and they always include poetry, usually from women, which I appreciate. This devotional guide walks through 1 Corinthians 13 phrase by phrase, helping readers see “love is” Jesus himself. It’s a refreshing way to slow down and really consider the “reason for the season.”

What are you reading this holiday season? x