Putting the Jingle Back in My Jangle With Holiday Reads

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If you’re like me, one of the things that gets you in the mood for the holiday season (and sometimes is responsible for keeping your sanity and keeping you in the mood) is a few well-timed ‘holiday’ reads. For me, a holiday read can fall into any of the romance sub-genres and not be limited to the ever popular contemporaries and historicals. I’ve read a few dandy sci-fi, urban fantasy, paranormal, rom suspense, and even a steampunk with holiday settings and themes so let’s not count them out.

This year, I plan to tackle several holiday themed books and I thought I’d share the list with you.

Christmas Chocolat by Kae Defrise

First up, I have Christmas Chocolat by Kate Defrise in her debut novel about a family scattered who come home for Christmas. Belgium chocolate is involved need I say more?

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26836663-christmas-chocolat

The Last Change Christmas Ball by Mary Jo Putney and Jo Beverley

Next, The Last Chance Christmas Ball by Mary Jo Putney, Jo Beverley, Joanna Bourne, and Patricia Rice. Four authors with four separate stories come together in one setting on this Regency Christmas antho.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24859844-the-last-chance-christmas-ball

A Cherry Cola Christmas by Ashton Lee

In A Cherry Cola Christmas by Ashton Lee, the town needs a reason to celebrate so the book club sets out to cheer up a town.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26239833-a-cherry-cola-christmas

Winter Oranges by Marie Sexton

Then, Winter Oranges by Marie Sexton offers a ghostly appearance in this m/m contemporary.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26117781-winter-oranges

A Christmas Escape by Anne Perry

And what’s not to love about a bit of murder during a Victorian Era Christmas holiday to the Greek Isles in A Christmas Escape by Anne Perry.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24844630-a-christmas-escape

Stranded by HelenKay Dimon

Finally, if I have the time, this exciting m/m romantic suspense made my list, too. Stranded by HelenKay Dimon.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26143084-stranded

What’s on your list of holiday reads for the year? Or if holiday themed stories aren’t your cuppa, what November-December New Releases have you impatiently waiting?

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • What a great list you have here!!! I am also planning on reading The Last Christmas Ball. I love those historical Christmas anthologies. So fun. A Christmas Escape sounds wonderful and man that cover is so full of Christmas cheer, makes me want to grab it up. On my list so far I have is What Happens Under The Mistletoe (another christmas anthology), The Mackenzie Family Gathering by Jennifer Ashley, Bad Boy For Christmas by Lemmon, Teach Me Under the Mistletoe by Springsteen, and a re read of The Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas (I read this one every Christmas, I can never get enough of it). But I will still add more books to my list, since my local library has a ton of Christmas romance anthology’s that I would like to get to.

    • I might just have to borrow your list. 🙂 I’ve got the Jennifer Ashley one, too, though I don’t know if I’ll get to it before Christmas. And the Wallflower one is sitting there for when I finish that series.

  • I love Christmas romances…can’t wait for the Hallmark Channel movies. I know they’ve already started, but I can’t start watching that stuff until after Thanksgiving has passed. Then, it’s marathon away!

    Stephanie
    http://stephie5741.blogspot.com

    • Yes, I love those movies, too. I tend to hold off on Christmas until after Thanksgiving since Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I like to enjoy that one first.

  • I don’t read a lot of Christmas reads, usually just if they’re part of a series that I’m already reading. I hope you enjoy these.

    • Thanks! It can be fun when an author slips in a ‘Christmas special’ to a favorite series.

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    Uh…oh – I’ve already started watching my Hallmark Channel, Step! (lol) Looks like a nice mix of books, so you’re ready. Love my Christmas reading too, but tend to stay with old favorites like Debbie Macomber and Richard Paul Evans. But you guys have been giving me so many recommendations that I’ve got to add to the list! Hugs…

    • Yes, my Hallmark Channel gets a work out this time of the year, too.

      There are so many Christmas themed books out now a days. Hard to keep up.

  • I have to admit I never read a lot of christmas books, I read one a few years ago and this year I am trying to read some more. I got two contemporary romance books from netgalley, one I’ve read already and I am currently reading the other one. They do help to get you in the mood for christmas. I also grabbed a christmas anthology, but haven’t started that one. So far they were all contemporary romance, but I am hoping to read some other christmas genres eventually as well.

    Those christmas books you listed here al sound very good. That cozy mstery looks fun and you got lots of different genres on this list. I hope you’ll enjoy them all!

    • Up until a couple years ago, I didn’t read any books with a Christmas setting unless they were the classics. Probably because there weren’t many. Now it’s really taken off and there are more than I can get to being released. I do love the variety of settings and sub-genres that authors can use with a holiday theme. Last year I read a purple alien holiday one. LOL!

  • Nice list of books. I haven’t read any of them.

    • I’ve actually almost made it through this list and added several more. I’m hopeless. Haha!

  • They all sound good 🙂

    • That’s what I thought. And I’ve added to the pile. 🙂

  • I love all of your books on this list Sophia! And I really, really, REALLY hope you have time for them all because it just seems like these days ,I don’t have too much time to do too much of anything. 😉 Time is of the essence and all that good stuff. I love the covers as well and it really puts me in the Christmas spirit! I’m going to be putting up my Christmas tree this weekend so wish me luck! <3

    • Oh, the Christmas tree decorating! I like to set it up the weekend after Thanksgiving, too. Yes, its a serious business. Good luck!

  • I don’t really read holiday themed books, but I did read 3 for to Ho-ho-ho RAT. Technially it was one book and two novella’s. I enjoyed all of them though. Hope you enjoy yours too.

    • That’s great that you got to do Ho-Ho-Ho RAT, Christy! It looked fun. Glad your books worked out. I’ve read most of these already and at least liked them, but loved several.

  • I love holiday themed books and romances…they just seem a little more magical 🙂

    • They really do. I want more cuddly and sugary and impossible romantic stuff about now and the holiday reads deliver on that.