As much as a love a fun pool read, when it comes to seasonal reads, the winter holidays are by far my favorite setting. I absolutely love curling up with a book set at Christmas and indulging in every detail of the holidays while sipping a warm cup of coffee or a well-deserved glass of red wine. Throwing on some Christmas pajamas adds to the atmosphere, making December my favorite reading month of the year. Here’s a roundup of the best holiday reads released in 2018. I recommend you add all of these to your bookshelf this winter!
The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan
I absolutely love a good family saga at Christmas, so The Christmas Sisters was the perfect way to jump into my holiday reading this year. The plot follows three very different sisters as they all descend on the family home in Scotland for the holidays, each one facing a major life change, or at least the potential of one. The story follows the sisters as they explore themselves, explore their relationship with each other, and really come together as a family at Christmas. Read my review on Goodreads
One New York Christmas by Mandy Baggot
Last year’s One Christmas Kiss in Notting Hill was my first foray into Mandy Baggot’s romance novels and, man, I am hooked! One New York Christmas is a fun Christmas romance with a brilliant cast of characters – damaged, funny, a bit arsey, all character types are covered! Read along as Lara escapes her small town for a trip to New York City…and discovers so much more than the bright lights of the city. You’ll laugh, cry, and swoon! Read my review on Goodreads
Moonlight on the Thames by Lauren Westwood
Give this book to your friend that loves romance but hates Christmas, and they might just be a Christmas nut by the end of it! Moonlight on the Thames tackles deeper issues than most Christmas novels, with a serious look into the pasts of the two main characters, Nicola and Dimitri. There’s a total Christmas meltdown involved, along with plenty of festive cheer and a cozy pub visit or two. So it pretty much ticks all of the boxes! Read my review on Goodreads
Winter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand
If you’re looking to escape all things snowy and Christmasy then I don’t understand you as a person, but I do have a book recommendation for you. I haven’t read this one yet, but I did read Hilderbrand’s The Perfect Couple over the summer and soaked up every second of it. So I can’t wait to dive into this one. There’s a secret life and plenty of intrigue at the center of this novel, so I’m almost certain it won’t disappoint!
The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden
I’m sneaking this one into this list because Book #3 is right around the corner and it’s also the perfect trilogy to read in the winter. Katherine Arden’s Winternight Trilogy is a fairytale for adults and it’s seriously addicting. Set in the wintry setting of the frosty Russian wilderness, it’s the perfect thing to read while curled up in front of an open fire. You’ll feel so wrapped up in the adventures of Vasilisa that you won’t want to finish the first two books too soon. Have no fear, though, The Winter of the Witch is out in January 2019! Read my review on Goodreads
Are you looking for even more Christmas reads? Check out this list of cheap & cozy Christmas reads! I also recommend Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak, which is a family Christmas novel similar to The Christmas Sisters and it’s such a lovable story.