I love seasonal reading and a Christmas novel is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. Here are 11 of my favorite Christmas books for adults to start the holiday season off right!
There is something so fun about reading a holiday novel during December. Any time you get to cuddle up with a good book and a cozy blanket by the Christmas tree is a win, but when the book has a little bit of a seasonal flare?
Well, that’s just the icing on the cake!
If you’re looking for something delightful to read this month, whether it’s classic Christmas books, a holiday romance, or historical fiction, I think you’ll find something to love on this list!
11 Christmas Books for Adults
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I mean, how can you not have A Christmas Carol on this list? It’s THE Christmas book if there ever was one. I particularly love this illustrated version by P.J. Lynch. Such a classic Christmas book that I cannot pass up!
Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. If you know me, you know I have a serious soft spot in my heart for Sophie Kinsella. I find her books so hilarious and Christmas Shopaholic is no exception. It’s totally light-hearted and made me laugh out loud AND get in the Christmas spirit. Win-win.
Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb. This historical fiction Christmas book is set in WWI and is written entirely in letters (a format I don’t normally go for). Evie’s brother and his best friend are headed off to the front, but like most people, they assume the war will be over by Christmas and they have grand plans to spend it together in Paris. Of course, it doesn’t go that way. If you can, I HIGHLY recommend listening to this one – the narration is so good (if you’ve never used Audible before, you can get one for free).
In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren
I read this fun Christmas romance last year from Book of the Month Club and it was a fluffy delight (like most of Christina Lauren’s books). In this one, Maelyn Jones is not feeling very merry – she has a lousy job, lives with her parents, and now has just found out that the mountain cabin where her family spends every holiday with two other family friends is being sold. And then . . . Groundhog Day begins where she starts living the same day over and over. If you like Sophie Kinsella books, this is along the same lines (although not quite as funny).
Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva. This historical fiction book leans more heavily on the fiction than the historical, but it’s a fun look at how A Christmas Carol came to be when Dickens’ latest work is tanking and his publishers are on him to write something Christmas-y in just a few weeks. It definitely made me want to go back and read the original again.
The Christmas Wish by Richard Siddoway
I just picked this one up at the library earlier this week after I saw the 4.9 star review average on Amazon! Will Martin lost his parents when he was four and went to live with his grandparents where he grew up in a charming small and old-fashioned town. Now, decades later, Will’s grandfather has passed away and Will has returned to help run the family business where he discovers a family secret that could crush all his happy memories of his childhood.
A Return to Christmas by Chris Heimerdinger. Technically this is a children’s novel (it’s on my list of Christmas books to read aloud), but I love it so much, I can’t leave it off this list. If I had to pick ONE favorite Christmas book, it would be this one, hands down. My mom read us lots of Christmas books over the years and this is the one we all remember most fondly. It’s a fast-paced story of two young boys – one rich with a family shattered by tragedy years earlier, and one living with his drifter uncle who is always trying to con someone out of a buck. When their lives intersect over Christmas when they are both 11, nothing will ever be the same. I read this one to my girls a few years ago and Bart ended up sitting in on the whole thing (and even volunteering to read so we could read MORE) and I sobbed my way through the last chapter.
Christmas at the Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan
The Little Beach Street Bakery books are beloved and when you add in a Christmas one? Well, that’s holiday happiness on a page. In this one, it returns to Polly Waterford who runs the Little Beach Street Bakery and she can’t wait for Christmas. Until her best friend shows up with a secret that could turn everything upside down.
Christmas with Anne by L. M. Montgomery. If you’re an Anne lover (as I am!), this collection of holiday Christmas stories from Green Gables is absolutely charming. If you haven’t read Anne of Green Gables, this is NOT the place to start, since it jumps right into the Christmas chapters, but if you’re already familiar with her, you’ll love this one.
The Holiday Swap by Maggie Knox
I picked this for my Book of the Month Club book this year (when December and Christmas break roll around, I want all the holiday romances, please and thank you). And an identical twin swapping plot line? How could I resist. The reviews aren’t amazing, but to be honest, I don’t even care.
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I’d love to hear some of your other favorite Christmas books for grown-ups! Leave them in them comments so we can all find a few new favorites!
If you liked this post about Christmas books for adults, you might like these posts too:
- My favorite Christmas read-alouds
- 24 fantastic Christmas picture books
- Free printable Christmas reading calendar
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