'Tis the season to avoid snowy roads, cold weather, and pushy holiday shoppers with their big coats and oversized purses. My advice: Stay indoors. Grab a couch, a cozy blanket, and get snuggly by the fireplace. Read about being snowed in for the holidays...
But say there's no place to have a fire and you're looking for a little heat, then check out Isabel Eats
' Mexican hot chocolate
recipe, sure to put a little spice in your life. In between sips is a good time to start binging on the holiday reads.
The Holiday Pile
And don't forget to have a holiday bookmark on hand, Christmas spirit and all that. I made a fresh batch of corner bookmarks last week, and if you're interested in such things, head on over to my Etsy shop: ESPIALdesign
for a look-see.
Corner Bookmarks: A Fresh Batch
Corner Bookmarks: Front and Back
What's left? Snap! That's right, Christmas carols...
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...
Now, back to the reading business. Below is a mix of genres including children picture books, middle grade, young adult, and romance. If they passed my good-read meter--meaning I'd recommend them--then I made it bold and inserted a link. I'll be updating this list throughout December, so stay tuned while I hunt down the diamonds in the rough for ya.
Here's the list, up to date:
CHILDREN PICTURE BOOKS
1.) When Santa Was a Baby by Linda Bailey & Genevieve Godbout
2.) The Twelve Days of Christmas by Alison Jay
3.) Tough Cookie by Edward Hemingway
4.) Merry Christmas, Little Elliot by Mike Curato
5.) How Winston Delivered Christmas by Alex T. Smith
6.) The Little Reindeer by Nicola Killen
7.) Santa Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins
8.) The Tree That's Meant to Be by Yuval Zommer
9.) Silent Night by Lara Hawthorne
10.) Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman and Rick Allen
11.) Mouse's First Christmas by Lauren Thompson
12.) The Wish Tree by Kyo Maclear
13.) Snow Sisters: Two Sisters, One Snowy Day by Kerri Kokias and Teagan White
14.) Snow Globe Wishes by Erin Dealey
15.) Santa's Countdown to Christmas: 24 Days of Stories by Kim Thompson
16.) Santa's Story by Will Hillenbrand
17.) Dasher by Matt Tavares
18.) The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson
19.) Snowed In by Rachel Hawthorne
20.) Icing on the Lake by Catherine Clark
21.) 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston
22.) My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Christmas Stories by Stephanie Perkins et al.
- A few cute stories in this anthology, like Rowell and De Le Pena, to name two.
23.) It Started with Christmas by Jenny Hale
24.) Christmas at Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop by Jenny Colgan
25.) Snowbound by C.J. Martin
26.) We Met in December by Rosie Curtis
27.) A Christmas Wish by Leeanna Morgan
QUOTES & HUMOR
28.) Keep Calm at Christmas by Ebury Press
HISTORICAL FICTION w/ MAGICAL REALISM
29.) The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
2019 Christmas good-read meter = 3 book(s) to recommend, so far.
Check out the 3 recommended Christmas/winter reads for 2022 here!
Check out the 3 recommended Christmas/winter reads for 2018 here!
Check out the 8 recommended Christmas/winter reads for 2017 here!