Reading, to Begin With: Ten Christmas Books to Charm Even the Biggest Scrooge

Last week, it pained me to admit that I was being a bit of a grinch when it comes to this Christmas season. There has been a recent turn of events, however. Maybe my eyes caught the twinkling lights on the tree just right. Maybe the wrapping paper I was using folded at just the right angle. Maybe my sugar cookies came out just right—a little chewy with a crisp bite. Or maybe an amalgamation of festiveness descended upon me, relentlessly reminding me that Christmas—whether I’m ready or not—is coming and I better get out of my mood.

A big thing that has helped me is books. I read Christmas stories year-round anyway, but the few that I’ve managed to get through this month have really helped me embrace all the magic and charm of the season. So for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, I’m sharing ten books I love that should warm the heart of even the biggest scrooge.

Agatha Raisin and the Busy Body
by M.C. Beaton

Bah! Humbug!
by Michael Rosen
illustrated by Tony Ross

Christmas at Carly’s Cupcakes
by Jessica Redland
My Review | Goodreads

The Christmas Company
by Alys Murray
My Review | Goodreads

Christmas Cow Bells
by Mollie Cox Brian

A Cosy Christmas in Cornwall
by Jane Linfoot
My Review | Goodreads

An Irish Country Christmas
by Patrick Taylor

Love and Lies at the Village Christmas Shop
by Portia MacIntosh
My Review | Goodreads

The Magic of Christmas Tree Farm
by Erin Green
My Review | Goodreads

An Off-Piste Christmas
by Julie Houston

Note: Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Be sure to check out her weekly post to find other participants.

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  1. Ha I’m not generally a scrooge but reading christmas books has never appealed much to me. Depite that I am going to be rereading Hogfather, the christmas book from Discworld. And maybe A Christmas Carol.

    I didn’t know Agatha Raisin was a book! I only know her from the tv show. I must investigate this at some point!

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  2. I always try to pick up at least one festive read around this time of year and a couple of these covers have definitely caught my attention. I especially like The Christmas Company cover, will have to find out more about the book 🙂

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  3. I love your take on the topic. I can definitely relate to your intro bit, since I can be a bit of a Grinch too. Not only for the holidays but in general when books or movies are very sugary sweet. I prefer spooky and mysterious. But I do also feel a change this year, maybe it’s because of all the stressful stuff going on, I feel like I need some fluff now more than ever. So thanks for the recommendations, I might try one out if I can find them on audio :p

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    1. With all the chaos and uncertainty this year, it’s been really interesting to find how everyone’s tastes have evolved. I’m normally fine with reading some sickly sweet fluff, or at least something happy. But lately? The darker the better. But Christmas might just be thawing my cold, cold heart…


  4. Great list! I totally forgot about Carly’s Cupcakes but I really want to check it out! I looove the cover for A Cosy Christmas in Cornwall–looks super cosy and comforting 😉 Will defo check some of these out!

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  5. I don’t usually do any Christmas reading beyond A Christmas Carol every Christmas Eve, but this year because I have been doing a year of classics on my blog, I have also read The Chimes by Dickens, and am currently reading an anthology of Louisa May Alcott holiday stories. Thanks for sharing your list. 🎄✨

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  6. Christmas is my fave but this year its been tinged because of the dreaded c word but we are trying our best to make it great but just different! We saw an advert for a TV program called Agatha Raisin and me and my son want to watch it!!!!

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  7. I think so many of us can relate to your feelings on Christmas this year. It’s usually my absolute favorite time of year. With being kept from family and all that we have been through, I’m just ehhhh. I hope that my Christmas spirit or excitement will kick in here soon because it’s right around the corner. Great list of books! 🙂

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      1. Yes, trying to focus on the positive! I just finished wrapping some gifts for my son, who is 1.5… I’m a little more excited. He loves opening gifts and gets so excited about things! So… I’m going to just hold onto that. I hope it gets better for you too!

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  8. All of these are new to me! I’m always amazed to discover there are more holiday reads I haven’t heard of yet. 😉 It was a challenge for me to get into the holiday spirit, as well, this year, but books and films always help! I’m off to look all these titles up! ❤

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  9. Oh no, more books to add to my Christmas list for next year. I should have read this post earlier when I was still reading Christmas stories. These all look good and I have only read 3 of them.


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