It’s December! And I’m really feeling the need to snuggle down with a warm blanket, a few wintery candles, and some cosy festive stories.
Because yes, I am the sort of person who watches A Muppets’ Christmas Carol every year, plays All I Want For Christmas Is You on repeat, and will happily marathon all the festive episodes of Friends to get in the mood.
But I don’t really know that many festive books. I’d love to read sweet, fluffy stories, or bittersweet snowy stories, or… just anything Christmassy.
So, please share your festive recs! What should we all be reading this year?
For my contribution, I offer My True Love Gave To Me, a holiday anthology edited by Stephanie Perkins and including short stories from authors like Gayle Forman, David Levithan, Ally Carter, and Laini Taylor.
Pretty much all the stories are winners, but my favorites include Midnights by Rainbow Rowell (a really sweet New Year’s Eve themed story), Angels in the Snow by Matthew de la Pena (about two college students stuck in NYC in a snowstorm at Christmas), and It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins (hard to summarize, about a girl who’s expecting a non-existent Christmas until she wanders into the Christmas tree lot across the street from her apartment).
For less specifically-festive YA, I’d also recommend Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Both are incredibly adorable contemporary romances set over the length of a school year, the first at an American highschool in Paris, and the second during a girl’s first year of college in Nebraska. They have Christmas elements, but also just a general sweetness to them that I think is really festive.
What would you recommend people read this holiday?