I just realized that one of the reasons I like Christmas so much is probably because of how much I love the familiar. I love the repetition of our traditions and knowing what to expect. I love watching movies I know the end of because I don’t have to worry about not knowing. I LIKE KNOWING. I like knowing the endings before I get to the them, the surprises before the reveal, the answer before I ask. I’m kind of a dork that way, but most people who know me are used to it.
You can imagine, at this wonderful time of year where everything is both new and so perfectly old (re: familiar), I have a list of go-to holiday reads that I return to time and again, just like I do the same Hallmark movies from years gone past, despite the fact that there are new ones every year.
Here are my holiday favorites:
Rainbow Rowell’s Landline
This book actually takes place the week leading up to Christmas and is therefore the perfect read for those days. Georgie McCool is caught between the past, the present, and the future in this gorgeous story that has a bit of an It’s a Wonderful Life twist.
Rachel Cohen and David Leviathan’s Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares
This book is so ridiculously adorable. I love Dash and Lily and though I prefer the first over the second, there is also Dash and Lily’s 12 Days of Christmas to enjoy as well. These two adorable souls find each other in a city full of people by passing a book back and forth (with the help of Lily’s massive family). Totally worth the read. It’ll bring a holiday smile for sure.
Jill Shalvis’ Simply Irresistible
I love Maddie and her sisters and them laying under the Christmas tree and falling asleep is still, after so many books, one of my favorite comedic scenes. Totally sweet and sexy read to get you in the holiday mood.
Stephanie Perkin’s collection of amazing authors, including herself: My True Love Gave to Me
It’s not easy, but I managed to pick two favorites in this collection of shorts. Midnights by Rainbow Rowell (which is absolutely my favorite short story EVER) and Perkins’ It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown. It is a very difficult thing to get emotion, humor, and such amazing characters into a very short amount of words. These two women do it like no one else. You will fall in love with the sweetness of both of these holiday stories. They make me smile just to write about them.