Sunday, December 4, 2016

Thematic Sunday: Holiday Seasonal Reads

So the holiday season (or hell as us retailers sometimes call it) is officially upon us. Here are some snowy reads to pick up to get you in the festive mood:

1) Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle

This is exactly what it sounds like. Three cute contemporary romances set around the holidays. This is set to become a movie in late 2017, so good time to read it.

2) My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins

If the above book puts you in the mood for more cute romances, definitely pick this one up.

3) Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

In a rare departure from his lawyer books, Grisham offers a hilarious tale about a couple who tries to skip Christmas, only for it to backfire.

4) Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris

While not only about Christmas, this short story collection offers some hilarious tales such as Sedaris' time as a Macy's store elf.

 5)A Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd

Yes, the famous movie classic is based on a book.

6) The Man Who Invented Christmas by Les Standiford

Instead of recommending A Christmas Carol, which lets face it, is an obvious choice, I'm going to point you to this book about the publication process for the holiday classic.

7) The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffmann and Alexandre Dumas

Fan of the Nutcracker ballet? Check out this edition that includes Nutcracker and Mouse King and The Tale of the Nutcracker which inspired said ballet.

8) The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by Frank L. Baum

Another good classic to look into is this one by the author of The Wizard of Oz. For more classics, check out all of the Penguin Christmas classics collection. As a bonus, they're really pretty books.

9) Shiver Trilogy Book 1: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

If you want something wintery, but not necessarily Christmas (not everyone celebrates it!) I recommend this oldy from Stiefvater. It's full of snow scenes.

10) The Ex-Games by Jennifer Echols

Another wintery-but-not-Christmas book to look into is this cute little romance from the Simon Pulse teen romance collection.

I did try to find some Hanukkah/Kwanzaa themed books guys, but...other then some cute picture books, there don't seem to be any. Publishing industry: do better.

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