So this year, I decided to make my month of December extra hard. Because every single day, up to and including Christmas, I will be posting one blog. The subject can range from gift ideas to favourite songs – but posted it will be. Don’t worry though – Friday will still be book day. With today featuring: some of my favorite holiday chicklit!
Now, here’s the thing about Christmas chicklit – my love for it only really started a couple of years ago, and it started mainly as escapism. So let me just tell you: don’t expect any big literature – but do expect a lot of books that balance on the edge between YA and chicklit. Because I love those!
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The ones I’ve read and loved
1. Decked With Holly, Marni Bates: This book has basically everything: a girl who feels like the ‘ugly duckling’, a superstart, possible scandal, and of course: a lot of Christmassy awkwardness. Although this book doesn’t technically belong to the author’s Smith High-series, it can be seen as a sort of extra to it.
(btw: if you haven’t read that series yet, I’d strongly recommend it as well – it may not be Christmassy, but it is amazing!)
2. Let It Snow, John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle: This is basically a classic already. I love these types of books, where there are separate stories that all end up being somehow connected after all. And of course: some happy endings in snowy surroundings – what more could a Christmassy book need? Oh, that’s right – a good portion of love. Well, guess what: that’s in here as well!
3. The One You Really Want, Jill Mansell: I may have mentioned once or twice before that I really love Jill Mansell. This book of hers starts on Christmas, and as such, it can definitely be a part of this list, right? (The fact that the main character’s Christmas is a disaster shouldn’t really matter, right?)
4. Christmas Magic, Cathy Kelly: Another one where I’ve mentioned my love for the author at least a couple of times before. That being said, however, I didn’t actually love this one all that much on my first read. I reread it earlier this year, and actually found myself quite enjoying it – so much so even that I upped it from 2 to 4 stars. I guess Cathy Kelly struck again!
The ones I want to read
1. I Heart Christmas, Lindsey Kelk: I’ve read most of the “I heart” series already, but somehow this one has escaped me so far. Although I definitely liked some books more than other, Lindsey Kelk’s characters have grabbed me. So reading about them at Christmas time? Perfection!
(Also: it’s not actually necessary for you to have read the entire series, even better, right? 🙂 )
2. The Gift, Cecelia Ahern: This is one of those books that I’ve heard so many amazing things about, that I just can’t wait to read it. Unfortunately, I’ve not yet managed to actually get my hands on a copy of it, so waiting is what I’m stuck doing. (Hence why it’s been on my TBR-list for what seems like forever!) However, I have read some of Cecelia Aherns other work, and I loved it, so for once I’m actually feeling pretty secure that I’ll actually end up loving this one as much as I’m hoping I will!
3. Every Time a Bell Rings, Carmel Harrington: This is based on a Christmas Movie. It has actual Christmas angels. And it’s about loss, and love, and Christmas. Give me it!
4. The Twelve Dates of Christmas, Catherine Hapka: As was the case with the previous book, I already mentioned this one in my Fall and Winter-TBR. Let me repeat really quickly: already read this author’s The Ex Games, loved it, and this book promises to be just as nice and fluffy. Count me in!
The ones I discovered because I wrote this post
So, what does one do when one wants to write a post on Christmas chicklit? One goes and searches the internet, of course! And if, then, by chance, one ends up with 20 new books in ones TBR, well… collateral damage, I guess? 🙂
1. Something from Tiffany’s, : The blurb from this one actually kind of reminds me of Serendipity – does anyone remember that movie? Anyways, I actually just plain old loved the cover art for this one, when I first came across it. Of course, then I actually read what it was about, and now I want to read it. Story of my life, right?
2. Meet Me Under the Mistletoe, Abby Clements: So here’s why I feel like I’m going to love this one. Sure, there’s love, and there’s Christmas, and there’s drama and stuff. But from the synopsis, it seems mainly like this book is about friendship. What better thing to read about around Christmas time?
3. One Wish in Manhattan, Mandy Baggot: Okay, so, before you decide that obviously I have no taste whatsoever, yes, I am aware that this story sounds cheesy as anything. However, you know what? Sometimes, especially when you find yourself analysing corpora on Christmas Day(as I found myself last Christmas), cheesy is just what you need! Add in some unlikely love, New York ànd a girl looking for her father, and yes, I’m hooked. so sue me. :p
4. Christmas at the Crescent, Veronica Henry: I have to admit, I don’t really know why this one speaks to me as much as it does. I think I’m just hoping that it’s going to involve a whole lot of woman power. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see (or read)!
The ones the internet loves
1. Dash And Lily’s Book Of Dares, Rachel Cohn & David Levithan: everybody and their neighbour seems to love this book, but I actually had trouble even finishing it. That being said – Goodreads does love it (it has an average 3.83 rating!) . Plus, there are so many people that I know who have recommended it to me. So I’d definitely recommend you to check it out yourself, see what you think!
2. The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily, Rachel Cohn & David Levithan: yes, this is the sequel to the previous one in this list. I may not have read this one, but, again, the reviews I’ve read have been really good. So much so, even, that I might even have to read it myself… See what’s the big deal about this one 🙂
3. My True Love Gave to Me, Stephenie Perkins: This is another one where I heard so many rave reviews, that maybe my expectations were just too high. However, so many people loved it, and I did quite enjoy some of the short stories. In other words: go check it out, and tell me if I should give it another chance!
4. A Christmas Cracker, Trisha Ashely: I basically just picked any one of this author’s books, because apparently she just about specialises in Christmas books! I’d literally never heard of her until I did some research for this post. It actually appears that she’s a bit of a celebrity in this niche. Who knew? Well, I guess I just have no choice but to add all of her work to my TBR, right? 🙂
So, there you have it! No less than 16 (and technically, quite a bit more!) Holiday Chicklit books! Be sure to let me know below what some of your favourite holiday books are! Don’t forget to check out the rest of my Christmas posts! And be sure to come back tomorrow, for the next part of blog-mas 2016!