Best Books to Read this Holiday Season
Aside from the happy tummies, bursting bellies, and endless get-togethers, this season is also about snuggling under the covers in the cozy weather and curling up in bed with a good book. There’s nothing more relaxing than a hot cup of tea or coffee and a heartwarming read especially during the chilly weather, and with these holiday reads, you definitely can’t go wrong!
- “Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares”by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (Amazon)
Young adult books are always on bestseller lists because they talk about relatable topics no matter what our age may be, and when else will the powerful themes of hope and love be more appropriate than during the holidays? Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares weaves an exciting tale about the adventures of a boy and a girl on Christmas Eve. What begins as a red notebook left on a bookstore shelf progresses into a spontaneous and unforgettable hunt for love and every overwhelming emotion that comes with it.
- “12 Months of Romance, 24 Reasons to Love: A Holiday Anthology” (Amazon)
In this brand new anthology that’s fresh off the press, twenty four local authors spin tales of life and love that will make any fan of romance swoon all year round. Flaunt your Pinoy Pride by devouring this scintillating collection of short stories from the most talented local writers in the field, with topics ranging from mysterious to sexy, thrilling to heartbreaking, sweet and sultry to wild and fantastic. The collection features different stories themed around a particular holiday for every month of the year, which means you will never run out of feelings not just during Christmas but for the rest of the year. If you’re lucky, you can even grab yourself some limited print editions and have them signed by the authors themselves!
- “Blankets” by Craig Thompson (Amazon)
This heartbreaking, melancholy, and quiet tale of love and coming of age is perfectly set against the backdrop of white sheets of snow and the bittersweet emotions that come along with it. Of course, not only will the romance melt your heart, but the art itself is so beautifully drawn that you will also feel every single tremble of your heart with each panel. This poignant story will definitely stay with you and give you an existential crisis long after you’ve turned the last page. Who knows? You just might get into the habit of adding more graphic novels to your shelf.
Speaking of heartwarming tales, who hasn’t had the pleasure of spending Christmas with the Peanuts? This timeless classic tugs perfectly at the heartstrings for readers and viewers of all ages, proving time and time again that when it comes to the true meaning of Christmas, nobody does it better than Charlie Brown and Snoopy. This will not only be a perfect holiday read, but it will also be a surefire hit for anyone you might want to share the book with as a Christmas present.
When we talk about timeless classics, one of the most cherished Christmas reads is this tale of the March sisters on Christmas Eve. In fact, one of the most famous lines in Little Women is “Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents”, and what follows next is a beautiful story of life, love, and laughter that happens all year until the book comes full circle at Christmas.
Of course, no Christmas book list will be complete without the most timeless one of them all—A Christmas Carol. This celebrated literary masterpiece may have been first published way back in 1843, but because of it, the term “Merry Christmas” has become a traditional holiday greeting, with tales of Scrooge and his miserly ways known to kids and adults everywhere around the world.
What are YOUR favorite Christmas stories this holiday season? Did your best bets make the list? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below—right after you head on over to your nearest bookstore to grab these books off the shelves! Happy reading!