With the holiday season upon us, it’s time to ring in this festive time of year with the best holiday books out there!
1. The Christmas Collection by Charles Dickens O. Henry, Clement C. Moore, Oscar Wilde et al.
This collection of classic holiday tales includes timeless stories that espouse the true meaning of the Christmas holiday. Stories include, but are not limited to, Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol , Margery Williams’ The Velveteen Rabbit and Hans Christian Andersen’s The Steadfast Tin Soldier.
2. Winter Stroll by Elin Hilderbrand
Bestselling author Elin Hildebrand has penned a contemporary Christmas classic in The Stroll. Told against the backdrop of the family inn, this charming sequel to the best- selling Winter Street rejoins the Quinn family amidst the chaos of the holiday season. With juicy plot lines including scorned ex-wives, new paramours, and a bitter Santa Claus, this is a must read for anyone who can relate to the calamities that come when you mix the holidays with family.
3. I’ll Be Home for Christmas: A Twilight, Texas Novel by Lori Wilde
For all the romance fans out there, the latest installment in the Twilight Texas series tells the story of hometown hunk Joe’s search for love. When Gabi Preston appears at his sister’s inn, Joe can’t think of anything but this alluring and mysterious law student. But when Joe learns the truth about Gabi’s past, he is more motivated than ever to become a part of her life. Will these two find love? Pick up your copy to find out!
4. Christmas in Good Hope by Cindy Kirk
Yet another stocking stuffer for romance fans everywhere, the first installment in the Good Hope series tells of Amaryllis “Ami” Bloom. Known as the local Pollyanna, this enchanting young woman has the whole town of Good Hope, Wisconsin wrapped around her cheerful little finger. Offsetting her positive demeanor, however, lies a dark secret that breaks her heart. Will the distraction of the holidays and her adorably grumpy neighbor, Beckett, be enough to heal her spirit? Read on to find out!
5. The Magical Christmas: A Colouring Book by Lizzie Mary Cullen
Perfect for those seeking a respite from the hecticness of the holiday season, this coloring books takes on holiday celebrations around the globe. From the iconic ice skating rink at the Rockefeller Center in NYC to winter festivals in London, the unique illustrations in this enchanting coloring book will take you to worlds near and far.
6. Kwanzaa Angel (The Holiday Collection Book 3) by Shirley Hailstock
Best-selling author Shirley Hailstock has created a gem in the latest installment in The Holiday Collection series. Erin Scott is a successful local businesswoman who is looking forward to spending the Kwanzaa holiday with her family. However, just as the celebrations are set to begin, Erin’s enemy, Raimi (the same one who stood her up to prom!) comes to town. As these two battle over a local piece of property, it becomes apparent that tensions are running as high as ever. However, Raimi’s true feelings for Erin have never changed, and he is determined to make things right. Is love still a lingering possibility between this strained duo?
7. A Mistletoe Affair (Wintersage Weddings Book 2) by Farrah Rochon
This beautiful story tells of the Silk Sisters, three lifelong friends who have each other’s backs at every turn. When Vicki, a floral designer, meets political strategist Jordan, sparks fly immediately. But with an overwhelming political scandal on the horizon and a young son to attend to, this single father doesn’t have much time for his personal life. However, he is determined to carve out an identity separate from work and fatherhood. Will he be able to fit Vicki into the search for his adult identity?
Set against the backdrop of the Kwanzaa holiday, this delightful story reinforces the importance of recognizing the beauty of family and love in small, everyday moments.
8. Holiday Dream: Christopher’s Gifts\Whisper to Me\The First Noel (Harlequin Kimani Arabesque) by Gwynne Forster (Author), Carmen Green (Author), Felicia Mason
Though this anthology also includes two Christmas tales, I particularly loved Whisper to Me. In this moving tribute to the obstacles of love, we meet teacher Iman Parrish and widower Cedric Hamilton, an entrepreneurial businessman. The Kwanzaa holiday festivities allow these two to open their hearts and minds to an unexpected and enchanting love story.
9. Kwanzaa in Hawaii by Ayin M. Adams
This book provides a fascinating glimpse into the annual Kwanzaa celebrations that take place in Hawaii. Combining philosophy, poetry, recipes, and photographs, this journey into the traditions of this holiday is a must-read for children and adult alike. The perfect gift for anyone looking to learn more about Kwanzaa traditions.
10. Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology (Combined Edition) by J P Walker, Debbie McGowan, Ofelia Gränd et al.
An anthology of 22 short stories, this collection provides a year-round treat for readers of varying backgrounds. These heartwarming tales of family, friendship, love and compassion provide hours of enjoyment for readers from walks of life. Holidays include (but are not limited to) Thanksgiving, Advent, St. Lucia Day, Hanukkah, Saturnalia, Winter Solstice, Yule, Christmas and New Year. As an added bonus, the proceeds from this lovely collection will benefit The Trevor Project .
We hope you’ve enjoyed this roundup of holiday books. Here’s hoping some of these literary gems become classics in your own literary collections! Happy holidays, everyone!