The holiday season brings with it a distinct mood – a coziness and warmth that shields us from the chill of winter. It’s really no wonder so many authors have tried to capture that feeling in ink and paper over the years. The comfort of Christmas exists in the hearts of so many, a nostalgic time for love and miracles.
Unsurprisingly, there are plenty of Christmas-themed romance novels out there to get you through winter. Just like the popularity of Christmas Hallmark movies, sometimes a good love story is all one needs to get into a cheery spirit. Debbie Macomber is one such author with quite the knack of capturing Christmas in not just one, but several, of her romance novels – some of her most popular works being titles such as Starry Night and Christmas Letters. Another recently published bestselling pick is Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory, a wonderfully English Christmas romp.
There is also no lack of Christmas-themed mystery novels, considering the genre’s popularity as a whole. Even big names like James Patterson have gotten in on the Christmas spirit with novels like Merry Christmas, Alex Cross and The 19th Christmas, each of these stories being part of different series written by the author. Another classic mystery writer with a penchant for the holiday season is Mary Higgins Clark. Clark has written a Christmas setting into a number of her novels, such as Silent Night and Deck the Halls.
We understand if you’d rather snuggle up with an e-reader this year, so we offer an array of eBook options as well. From classic novels like Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to books filled with Christmas tales, poems and recipes like Archibald Rutlegde’s Carolina Christmas, to charming children’s stories like Carl the Christmas Carp, you’re sure to find an eBook everyone in your family will enjoy.
So, whether it’s a warm heart or a curious mind that gets you into the Christmas spirit, you’ve got plenty of options for a festive story to check out from the library and snuggle under the Christmas lights with. Don’t forget the hot cocoa and cookies.
-Blog post by Megan Franks, Library Supervisor