Welcome to day 10 of BLOGMAS 2020. Today I’m recommending some of my favourite festive/Christmas seasonal books.
Christmas is generally associated with winter, ugly sweaters, toasty fires and snow, but here in Australia it falls smack dab in the middle of our summer, so Christmas for us is all about the pool, seafood and air-con. While I love a great wintery festive read, sometimes I just want to read something that I can relate to a bit more. Hence, today I thought it would be fun to recommend some of my favourite Christmas books for both seasons.
Christmas Summer Recommendations:
Majority of the full length festive books I find are wintery books based in either Europe or America, however there are a number of Aussie Christmas novella’s that instantly spring to mind when I think of Christmas Books.
For a long time, Rhian Cahill was my go to festive author. She used to release a new Christmas or new years novella every year and I was so utterly hooked. I still reread this novella’s from time to time at Christmas because I just love them so much.
I’ve reviewed a number of her books and you can check them all out here:
Karly Lane is one of my all time favourite Australian authors, so when she released this Christmas novella back in 2013, it was a no brainer that I was going to put this book at the top of my must read list. Set rurally, this one has it all. A small community town famous for it’s Christmas spirit (and name), romance, mystery, intrigue, and an overload of festive goodness.
The Kissing Season by Rachael Johns may not be one of her more well known books, but it’s certainly a delightful and heartfelt Christmas novella about taking a chance on love. You can read my full review here.
The 12 Daves of Christmas by Juliet Madison is probably one of the most quirky, creative and hilarious Christmas novellas that I’ve ever read. All about family, first love and Christmas of course, Juliet Madison has flipped the often cliche genre of Christmas books on its head. I love this one. You can read my review here.
Secret Santo by Carla Caruso is pretty much the perfect Christmas novella for booklovers. Our main character Holly Plumb is a book seller and attends a publishing Christmas party where she meets her favourite author. It’s super short, but quirky and literally a booklovers dream. You can read my review here.
Christmas Winter Recommendations:
My go to author for wintery festive books is Karen Swan. I absolutely adore her writing, so it was a no brainer that she would be at the top of my list. The atmosphere of her books is brilliant and you can’t help but feel like you are there, experiencing the narrative alongside the characters. I love that while the books have a distinctive Christmas feel, they don’t typically rely on clichés or overused stereotypes. You can read my review of The Christmas Lights here.
Another Christmas favourite from this year, was Greenglass House by Kate Milford. You can read my full review here. As a middle grade fully of mystery, intrigue and Christmas atmosphere this is a really good pick if your after a book that is both easy to read, Christmas based and yet not focused solely on Christmas.
Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella is a realistic Christmas novel set in the United Kingdom and it’s just a bunch of fun, and comforting realistic. Christmas is stressful, and this is one book not shy to show just how much we put demands on ourselves at this time of the year (financially, mentally, emotionally). It’s a book about family and acceptance and the drama that sometimes comes with hosting Christmas.
I originally envisioned this post to be a little different, but I haven’t read as many of the Christmas books on my TBR this year, but I hope you were still able to find some much loved Summer and Winter themed Christmas books to read this year.