Your Favorite Books to Read During the Holidays

Posted by Hayley on December 5, 2015

Oh, the weather outside may be frightful, but your December reading should be delightful! This week we asked you on Facebook and Twitter: What's your favorite book to read during the holiday season? Today we've got your top answers. How many have you read?

A Christmas Carol

Holidays on Ice

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

A Christmas Memory

The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Terror of Christmas Terror

Little Women

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

The White Elephant: A Holiday Thriller

Winter Solstice

The Gift of the Magi

The Christmas Mystery

Cajun Night Before Christmas

The Hogfather

The Bird's Christmas Carol

Olive, the Other Reindeer

Skipping Christmas

Did your favorite holiday read not make the list? Don't keep it to yourself—share it with us in the comments!

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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!! (The best thing since sliced bread)

message 2: by Heather (last edited Dec 05, 2015 07:20AM) (new)

Heather You forgot Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree! :D <3 that one.
Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree by Robert E. Barry

message 3: by Peter (last edited Dec 05, 2015 07:34AM) (new)

Peter Lion "American St. Nick-A True Story" of Amazon's Top 100 Kindle downloads, Top 100 Christmas books and Top 100 WWII books. What are you waiting for??THIS soon-to-be holiday classic is THE holiday must read!
American St. Nick: A True Story

message 4: by Marcia (new)

Marcia Griswold A Christmas Carol, hands down.

message 5: by Carmen (new)

Carmen Movilă A Christmas memory!

message 6: by Readsandeats (new)

Readsandeats Any Christmas book by Debbie Macomber.

Rianna *Hermione* B I've only read 2-3: The Grinch, the Gift of the Magi, and A Christmas Carol- saw movies and tv shows based on the plot, but not read the book. & I only just saw/ heard of the Cajun Christmas yesterday via FB feed. lol.

message 8: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Lawrence Let it Snow, by john green, maureen johnson, and lauren myracle.
<3 super cute story.

message 9: by Erma (new)

Erma Talamante Love the Grinch, enjoy Dickens' Carol, but you forgot my favorite, a holiday staple:

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Literally a classic holiday tale! I make it a point to try and read it every year!

message 10: by Donna (new)

Donna Please read A Redbird Christmas by Fannie beautiful.

message 11: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Well I love Dickens, but how about The Nutcracker? Something very magical about it that takes me back to being little, and enthralled by that story!

{U n s o l v e d M y s t e r y} Nice list. I already had some of these added but discovered a few I've never heard of before.

I read Skipping Christmas by John Grisham. I didn't like it much. It left much to be desired.
I really like the movie. =)

message 13: by Sarah (new)

Sarah OOh, forgot to mention Letters from Father Christmas by Tolkien. Just fabulous.

message 14: by Jenna (new)

Jenna I reread Harry Potter every December :)

message 15: by Terrie (new)

Terrie Mr.Willowby's Christmas Tree

message 16: by Erma (new)

Erma Talamante Sarah wrote: "OOh, forgot to mention Letters from Father Christmas by Tolkien. Just fabulous."

Still haven't read these... Will have to remedy that this year!

Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂ I'n going to be reading Tied Up In Tinsel as my holiday read.

I read Dash & Lily's Book of Dares last year - it was Ok.

message 18: by susan karr (new)

susan karr Aunt Dimity's Christmas, fourth volume in Nancy Atherton's Aunt Dimity series. I've reread it every year since it was published.

message 19: by Suzanne Bryant (new)

Suzanne Bryant I re-read my favorite childhood book, The Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame.

My mother read this when I was young, and I read it to my children specially when the power went out during a snow storm!

message 20: by Kate (new)

Kate The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. They made it into a movie which you can watch on Youtube. Extremely funny movie/book with a true message of the holidays. The end always makes me cry.

message 21: by Ramon (new)

Ramon I agree - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - is a must during the Christmas holidays. We should be rooted in the true meaning of Christmas. The act of giving, forgiving and love are indispensable during this annual holiday.

Merry Christmas and may your holiday be truly joyful.

message 22: by Holly (new)

Holly The Christmas Carol hands down. It's a great Christmas story and tale about redemption and second chances.

message 23: by Aiyana (new)

Aiyana I always read A Christmas Carol, The Chimes and The Cricket on the Hearth. I also read other Christmas related books, but A Christmas Carol is the only one I read annually.

Merry Christmas everyone! And, as Tiny Tim said, God bless us, everyone!

message 24: by Kay (new)

Kay J I love going back to the classics during winter months, a lot ofJane Austin, Bronte sisters books.

message 25: by Jenny (new)

Jenny Oo I miss Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

message 26: by Lee (last edited Dec 05, 2015 12:49PM) (new)

Lee read these two last christmas

Grace by Richard Paul Evans The Gift by Richard Paul Evans

as I am in the middle of reading Blood Kiss (Black Dagger Legacy, #1) by J.R. Ward it will be this lot below
not sure what order

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) by Amie Kaufman The Iron Warrior (The Iron Fey Call of the Forgotten, #3) by Julie Kagawa Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood


message 27: by Andrea (new)

Andrea The Christmas Sweater - Glenn Beck

message 28: by [deleted user] (new)

The Night Before Christmas-perfect for children of all ages!!

message 29: by Amber (new)

Amber Martingale The Littlest Angel!

message 30: by Hayley (new)

Hayley I've never really payed attention to the books I read during the holidays. Basically, any book I need to get done, and whatever I get for X-mas and my b-day.

message 31: by Amber (new)

Amber Martingale Sarah wrote: "OOh, forgot to mention Letters from Father Christmas by Tolkien. Just fabulous."

Haven't read it yet.

message 32: by Lynn (new)

Lynn The Shepard, the angel and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog by Dave Barry. Should be a must read for Baby Boomers!

message 33: by Susan in NC (new)

Susan in NC "Rest Ye Merry" by Charlotte MacLeod and "Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas" by Stephanie Barron!

message 35: by [deleted user] (new)

I sort of wanna read Hogfather since i've never read any Terry Pratchett

message 36: by Carol (new)

Carol A Christmas Carol is number one for me!

message 37: by Joy (new)

Joy Donna wrote: "Please read A Redbird Christmas by Fannie beautiful."

I agree! I loved that one.

message 38: by Erma (new)

Erma Talamante ɽɵɓɵɕɕα wrote: "I sort of wanna read Hogfather since i've never read any Terry Pratchett"

Sir Terry is great! I prefer listening to his books to reading them, though... He has so many tongue-in-cheek bits that sound best enunciated!

message 39: by Janet (new)

Janet Merrill Hogfather is brilliant! So glad that made the list!

message 40: by Jenn (new)

Jenn Kate wrote: "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. They made it into a movie which you can watch on Youtube. Extremely funny movie/book with a true message of the holidays. The end always makes me cry."

Yes yes yes. Best christmas book ever.

message 41: by Chris (new)

Chris Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin!

message 42: by Chris (new)

Chris Smith of Wooton Major by Tolkein

message 43: by Megan (new)

Megan I just finished Little Women for the first time, and agree that it's a good holiday read. I also like to re-read Harry Potter around Christmas time.

message 44: by Emily (new)

Emily Mitchell It's not explicitly a Christmas story, but "The Book of Dead Days" by Marcus Sedgwick is set between Christmas and New Year's Eve, and high school/early college me made it a little tradition to re-read it every year around that time. It's been a few years now since I've done it but it always comes to mind when the time rolls around.

message 45: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Price How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss made the list.

And I love....

The Christmas Blessing (Christmas Hope, #2) by Donna VanLiere by Donna VanLiere

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore I think this is the edition I always read with my girls. After losing everything I no longer have it to go check. Extremely sentimental loss, but the memories of reading it together are priceless. I wish I could have foreseen that devastation to prevent it because for the first time ever, the lesson I'm supposed to learn from losing everything and everyone has eluded me for nearly seven years.

And among the losses is was gem.....

It's a Wonderful Life The Fiftieth Anniversary Scrapbook by Jimmy Hawkins , also part of the losses is probably where many of the answers are. Wish I had the angel to show me the would've, could've so I could see the will be. "Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings".

~*Happy Holidays, Everyone*~

message 46: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Price How in the world could I have forgotten....

A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings by Charles Dickens

.....In my last comment

message 47: by Adore (new)

Adore Carmen wrote: "A Christmas memory!"


i may try little women over the holidays. i've been meaning to read it for years.

message 48: by Nisrin (new)

Nisrin Arnouk I have no idea why but I always restart the Harry Potter series in December and shoot right through them into January. It's probably because the first time I read them was around the holidays.

message 49: by Licha (last edited Dec 06, 2015 01:20AM) (new)

Licha Mr. Ives' Christmas starts off as a sad tale of loss but ends up turning into a journey of faith and love of life. This is truly a beautiful story.

And how could The Best Christmas Pageant Ever not make it on this list? I loved reading that as a child.

message 50: by Rod (last edited Dec 06, 2015 09:19AM) (new)

Rod For me it's C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles Of Narnia

The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia, #1-7) by C.S. Lewis

This was one of the first fantasy series I read as a child. It helped ignite my love of the genre - and it always reminds me of Christmas.

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