Posted on December 02 2022

December is for wintery reads that transport you to far-away, frosty settings, or for cosy Christmas novels that throw you fully into the festive season. We have a list of the reads we’d recommend for this time of year, perfect for hitting your end-of-year reading goals. 


Stay Another Day, Juno Dawson

A family Christmas with family drama, this book will hook you and give you all the cosy Christmas vibes. 

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

A classic story of redemption and appreciating your fellow human, perfect for a Christmas Eve read. 

Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

Is there a more perfect cosy book? Whilst this book isn’t all set at Christmas, it’s a really lovely part of the theme! 

Midnight in Everwood, M. A. Kuzniar

A Nutcracker retelling that is as magical as it is beautiful, this book gives off all the perfect wintery vibes and we can’t recommend it enough! 

Christmas Shopaholic, Sophie Kinsella

This is part of a series but can be read solo too, returning to the world of Becky Bloomwood who is prepping to host her first family Christmas. 

A Boy Called Christmas, Matt Haig

This book has been made into a recent film adaptation about a young boy looking for his dad, who instead finds a rather magical village. 

Merry Midwinter, Gillian Monks

A really lovely non-fiction that helps bring you back to the magic of Christmas away from consumerism. This is a DIY lover’s best friend for the festive season! 

My True Love Gave To Me, Various Authors

Looking for a bit of romance this holiday season? This book contains a collection of beautiful, romantic stories to warm your heart this Christmas. 

Frost and Starlight, Sarah J Maas 

A fleeting visit back to Velaris to see how our favorite High Lady and Lord are getting on over Winter Solstice. This is a fun and festive novella within the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. 

Night of Cake and Puppets, Laini Taylor

Another novella from a much-loved fantasy series, this book follows Mik and Zuzana on their first date, set in the beauty of Prague in winter. 

This Winter, Alice Oseman

If you’re a Heartstopper fan and haven’t read this book… why?! This is our final novella on the list and follows Tori and Charlie as they try to celebrate a difficult Christmas with their family. 

Peter Rabbit: Christmas is Coming, Beatrix Potter

This is a super adorable book doubly as an advent calendar with a short story for each day in the build-up to Christmas. There are also some really cute festive activities too, perfect for kids!

Which books are on your Christmas reading list?

• The Paper and Word Team •


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