One thing I’ve learnt about Christmas in July over the years is that you either love it or loathe it! Luckily for you, I’m all about that festive spirit all year long. So today I’m going to share with you some festive book recommendations to get you in the Christmas in July spirit.
Now I should add that some of these are books that I’ve read and loved, some I own but haven’t read yet and others are books I’d love to read! You’ll also find book choices for every age range. So whoever you are, whatever you’re in the mood for, hopefully there’s something on this list that’ll appeal to you!
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
by Dr Seuss
The Grinch is a miser who hates Christmas. With a heart two sizes too small, he’s grown up alone and bitter and when the merriment of the Whos down in Whoville get too much for him one year, he’s determined to put a stop to their festivities: by stealing Christmas.
by Raymond Briggs
We’re walking in the aiiiiiiiiiiiir. Watching The Snowman every Christmas is a holiday rite of passage in itself for some.
The Snowman is a wordless picture book about a boy who builds a snowman that comes alive in his dreams and they have all these adventures. It’s a beautiful story about imagination, childhood and loss.
The Jolly Christmas Postman
by Janet & Allan Ahlberg
A postman delivers festive themed handwritten letters from various fairytale and nursery rhyme characters in this delightfully interactive children’s book.
by Tom Fletcher
The Christmasaurus is a story about a boy named William Trundle, and a dinosaur, the Christmasaurus. It’s about how they meet one Christmas Eve and have a magical adventure. It’s about friendship and families, sleigh bells and Santa, singing elves and flying reindeer, music and magic. It’s about discovering your heart’s true desire, and learning that the impossible might just be possible. (from Goodreads)
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares
by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Teenager Lily leaves a notebook full of dares in a bookshop which is found by Dash, setting off a series of adventures in a very festive New York City. It’s a YA romance novel so I don’t feel bad in revealing that it is a love story.
The Afterlife of Holly Chase
by Cynthia Hand
On Christmas Eve five years ago, seventeen-year-old Holly Chase was visited by three Ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she’d become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways. She didn’t. And then she died.
Now she’s stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge—as their latest Ghost of Christmas Past. So far, Holly’s afterlife has been miserable. But this year’s Scrooge is different. This year’s Scrooge might change everything… (from Amazon)
My True Love Gave to Me
edited by Stephanie Perkins
If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins. Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Year’s there’s something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love. (from Goodreads)
Christmas at Tiffany’s
by Karen Swan
This one’s about a woman who’s lost it all and embarks on a year-long journey through three cities (New York, London and Paris) to find herself, her place in the world and new love. It’s a wonderful feel-good festive romance and it’s so good that I can still remember how I felt at the end of the book, even after all these years.
by Vanessa Lafaye
A sort of prequel to Dickens’ masterpiece, A Christmas Carol, Miss Marley is a work of art in its own right. It tells the tale of Clara Marley, the kind-hearted sister of Jacob, and how shared experiences with her brother led them both down separate paths. It’s a beautiful story of love, kindness and doing what’s right.
A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
This book needs no introductions but just in case… A Christmas Carol is about a man named Ebenezer Scrooge, a debt collector with no kindness or compassion in his heart, who is visited by three spirits who want him to see the error of his ways and change his life before it’s too late.
Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas
by Adam Kay
Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas is the hilarious, poignant and entertaining story of the life of a junior doctor at the most challenging time of the year. With twenty-five tales of intriguing, shocking and incredible Christmas incidents, the British public will finally appreciate the sacrifices made and the challenges faced by the unsung heroes of the NHS. (from Goodreads)
Santa Claus: A Biography
by Gerry Bowler
In this engaging social and cultural history, Gerry Bowler examines the place of Santa Claus in history, literature, advertising, and art. He traces his metamorphosis from a beardless youth into a red-suited peddler. He reveals the lesser-known aspects of the gift-bringer’s life — Santa’s involvement with social and political causes of all stripes (he enlisted on the Union side in the American Civil War), his starring role in the movies and as adman for gun-makers and insurance companies. And he demolishes the myths surrounding Santa Claus and Coca-Cola.
Santa Claus: A Biography will stand as the classic work on the long-lived and multifarious Mr. Claus. (from Goodreads)
What’s your favourite festive book? Let me know in the comments below!
Featured Image: Sabine Autumn from Unsplash