12 Books for Your Christmas Holiday Reading List
The holiday season is perfect for curling up by the fire with a stack of warm, cozy Christmas romance books. If you’re looking for a great holiday read, I’ve compiled a list of 12 books that will bring both sugar and spice to your Christmas reading list.
These are books that are recommended in bookstores, on Booktok, and that have at least a 4.1 star rating or higher.
Pick out a few festive reads and curl up in a cozy corner. It’s time to just relax and read.
These are the best Christmas romance books that provide the sweetness and warmth you crave during the holiday season:
- Bright Lights, Big Christmas by Mary Kay Andrews A radiant 4.6-star gem with over 8,300 reviews. Readers praise it as “a festive delight” and “a perfect blend of romance and holiday magic.” One reviewer gushes, “Mary Kay Andrews has crafted a Christmas classic!”
- Midnight at the Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan This enchanting tale holds a 4.3-star rating from 1,529 reviews. Readers applaud it as “a cozy escape into the holiday season” and “a love letter to bookworms.” One review captures the sentiment, “Jenny Colgan’s words are like a warm hug on a winter night.”
- Wreck the Halls by Tessa Bailey With a solid 4.1-star rating and 9,800 reviews, readers describe it as “a spicy twist on Christmas romance” and “unpredictably heartwarming.” One enthusiastic reviewer declares, “Tessa Bailey wrecks the holiday norms and leaves you wanting more!”
- Lovelight Farms by B.K. Borison B.K. Borison’s heartwarming creation boasts a 4.4-star rating and a staggering 54,406 reviews. Readers celebrate it as “a journey of love and second chances” and “a beautifully crafted farm romance.” One review resonates, “Lovelight Farms is a story that lingers in your heart long after the last page.”
- One Day in December by Josie Silver This holiday gem, adorned with a stellar 4.3-star rating from 330,400 reviews, is hailed as “a tearjerker with a touch of holiday magic” and “a love story that spans seasons.” A reviewer praises, “Josie Silver captures the essence of winter and love in every word.” Part of Reese’s Book Club it is sure to be a good read.
- The Santa Suit by Mary Kay Andrews Mary Kay Andrews weaves holiday magic with a 4.5-star rating and 43,500 reviews. Readers rave about it as “a feel-good Christmas miracle” and “a journey of self-discovery and love.” One reviewer expresses, “The Santa Suit is not just a story; it’s a gift wrapped in holiday joy.”
Get the Sugar
Looking for a bit more heat in your holiday reading? Enjoy these spicy Christmas romance books. I know there are a few on my wish list:
- A Court of Sugar and Spice: A Nutcracker Romance Retelling by Rebecca F. Kenney Rebecca F. Kenney’s creation, adorned with a 4.2-star rating and 3,400 reviews, is celebrated as “a Nutcracker dream come true” and “a romance with a touch of holiday enchantment.” One reviewer exclaims, “Rebecca F. Kenney has spun a tale that dances in your heart long after the final page.”
- Tis the Season for Revenge: A Holiday Romantic Comedy by Morgan Elizabeth This comedic masterpiece, with a 4.3-star rating and 79,000 reviews, is lauded as “a laugh-out-loud holiday treat” and “a perfect blend of humor and romance.” One reviewer playfully notes, “Morgan Elizabeth delivers revenge served with a side of holiday cheer!”
- How the Grump Saved Christmas: A Small-Town Romance by Claire Kingsley Claire Kingsley’s 4.4-star-rated gem, embraced by 23,100 reviews, is described as “a grumpy hero’s redemption” and “a heartwarming small-town Christmas romance.” One review captures the essence, “Claire Kingsley turns a grump into a holiday hero in this delightful romance.”
- 25 Reasons to Hate Christmas and Cowboys: A Small Town Holiday Romance by Elle Thorpe With a 4.3-star rating and 3,100 reviews, readers hail it as “a cowboy romance with a festive twist” and “a small-town love story that melts your heart.” One reviewer enthuses, “Elle Thorpe crafts a Christmas romance that ropes you in from the first page.”
- The Mistletoe Motive: A Holiday Novella by Chloe Liese Chloe Liese’s novella, gleaming with a 4.6-star rating and 14,100 reviews, is celebrated as “a mistletoe-inspired journey of love and hope” and “a novella that packs a powerful punch.” One reviewer states, “Chloe Liese delivers holiday magic in a compact yet unforgettable narrative.”
- The Christmas Fix by Lucy Score Lucy Score’s 4.6-star-rated holiday extravaganza, praised by 20,300 reviews, is commended as “a fix for Christmas cravings” and “a delightful package of love, laughter, and holiday magic.” One reviewer sums it up, “Lucy Score stitches together the perfect Christmas read.”
Try the Spice
Enjoy these sugar and spice Christmas romance books as you celebrate the holiday season, and let each story transport you into a world of love, laughter, and journeys of the heart.
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