The best Christmas-themed books for festive reading

As the festive season approaches, what better way to get into the holiday spirit than by curling up with some heartwarming Christmas-themed books? Luckily, we've curated a list of absolute must-reads to make your holiday season merry and bright. Keep reading to find out which Christmas books made our nice list!

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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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No list of Christmas books is complete without the timeless classic, A Christmas Carol. Join Ebenezer Scrooge on a transformative journey guided by three ghosts as he discovers the true meaning of Christmas. This Dickensian masterpiece is a perfect reminder of the joy of generosity and the magic of the season. If you've watched the film (and there are plenty of adaptations to choose from) then give the book a try!

Murder in the Snow: A Cotswold Christmas Mystery by Gladys Mitchell

If you're looking for a good mystery with a hint of festive cheer, Murder in the Snow by Gladys Mitchell is the perfect choice. Set in the picturesque Cotswolds during Christmas, this cosy mystery will keep you guessing all the way through the festive season. Sharp-eyed detective and psychiatrist, Mrs Bradley, is on the hunt to find out who has been threatening local villagers with anonymous letters – that is, before a body is discovered. For those who love a good who-done-it book, this is a great Christmas-themed book for you!

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

The Polar Express is a beloved Christmas film, but did you know that it was based on an illustrative children's book? Embark on a magical journey to the North Pole with the Christmas-themed book, The Polar Express. Chris Van Allsburg's enchanting tale of a boy's extraordinary train ride on Christmas Eve captures the wonder and excitement of believing in the magic that Christmas brings. It's a delightful read for both young and old, transporting readers to a world where anything is possible.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss

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Another classic children's Christmas-themed book is How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss. The Grinch, with his heart two sizes too small, attempts to steal Christmas from the cheerful residents of Whoville in Dr Seuss's beloved classic. Join this green, grumpy character on a journey of self-discovery and redemption that will warm even the coldest of hearts. It's a story that teaches us that the true spirit of Christmas goes beyond the material. If you're looking for some Christmas books to read with your children, this one is a must-buy!

Countdown to Christmas by Jo Thomas

Looking for romance with a sprinkling of Christmas spirit? Give Countdown to Christmas by Jo Thomas a try! Chloe is a single mother who's spending Christmas alone and can't wait for the holidays to be over, until a surprise phone call sends her on an adventure to Canada. Join Chloe on her journey while she discovers love and warmth in the most unexpected of places. This is a tale that will make you believe in the magic of the season and leave you desperate for some pancakes and maple syrup!

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

Want something short and sweet that will warm your heart this festive season? In this touching short story, O. Henry weaves a tale of love and sacrifice. Follow Della and Jim, a young couple struggling financially, as they search for the perfect Christmas gifts for each other. The Gift of the Magi reminds us that the most meaningful presents come from the heart, making it a poignant addition to your Christmas reading list.

Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

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For a whimsical and humorous take on Christmas, dive into Terry Pratchett's Hogfather. Set in Discworld, this fantasy novel follows the audacious and unconventional attempts to save Hogswatchnight (Discworld's equivalent of Christmas) when the Hogfather goes missing. Pratchett's wit and satire make this a hilarious and thought-provoking holiday read for those who enjoy a good fantasy book.

19th Christmas by James Patterson

James Patterson brings the suspense to Christmas with 19th Christmas. Join the Women's Murder Club as they tackle a case that hits close to home during the holiday season. This gripping thriller is sure to add an extra layer of excitement to your Christmas reading list, especially if you're not a big fan of the more heart-warming Christmas books!

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