Friday, December 15, 2017

Reading for the Holidays

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‘Tis the season and you might be craving a book reflective of the season to read. Well don’t you worry, I did ~some~ work to compile a list of some recent-ish releases to get you in the mood for the holidays!


Picture Books

Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas by Pamela Ehrenberg

If the title and cute cover doesn’t sell you on this one, I don’t know what will. I heard the title and I knew I needed this adorable picture book in my life.

Fred and the Lumberjack by Steven Weinberg

This adorable little picture book isn’t centered around any holiday but its still such a goo read for the season. Its got a little beaver who just wants to make a new friend and a home. 10/10 cuteness rating.

Middle Grade

The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig

NYT said it was Roald Dahl meets Charles Dickens meets Christmas. It looks so adorable and I’d definitely watch a movie if one was made.

La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

Maybe I am just biased because I’ve only been waiting for this trilogy for a decade but while I haven’t read La Belle Sauvage yet, it just seems like such a good book to curl up to on a cold winter night. Someone is embarking on an adventure thats delightful and builds up to something big.

Young Adult

The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody

I haven’t read this one quite yet but it features a girl stuck at an airport because of a storm, secret New Year Eve’s parties, Illuminati conspiracies and more. Just as an FYI, the main character is dealing with her grief post the death of her friend so be aware if that’s something that will impact you.

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

I HAVE read The Afterlife of Holly Chase and while I struggled with the book, I decided to feature it anyway because I think that is has a really interesting take on a beloved classic and I think it will be a fitting read for the right reader.


Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire

The cover to this book is so fascinating and draws me right in. I know Gregory Maguire is known for his takes on classic fairytales and I am really excited to see what he does with nutcracker!

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz

I discovered this while finding books for this post and was shocked I’d never heard of it??? It’s a gender-swapped retelling of P&P around Christmas time!! Which is already sounding like a win. The reviews are a mixed bunch so do keep that in mind but I certainly think it has the potential to at least be a cute little read for the wintertime.


Any books you think I should add to ~my~ tbr? Is there a book from this list you really want to read? Let me know!

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Rashika has been tired since 2013. There are very few things that spark joy for her besides a nice cup of tea, warm, baked goods, good books and good TV shows. She is here to pile onto your giant TBRs and to-watch lists. Offer her a cookie and she might be nice to you.

One Response to “Reading for the Holidays”

  1. Valerie

    The only christmas book I have EVER read was Chicken Soup for the Soul, the Christmas edition. REMEMBER THOSE ANTHOLOGIES? Have you even heard of them, actually? I know they were really popular back in the day, and that was the ONE EDITION I owned as a child.

    Ok, so like, have to admit I thought the new Pullman book was called The Book of Dust, and was mighty confused when you referred to it as something, in French. So whoops.