A Handful of Holiday Reads You Definitely Should NOT Skip This Christmas

I love seasonal reading - deep diving into titles chock full of whatever the current page of the calendar displays. I love lining up an assortment of classics to read with my #PLeeps inside Pretty Literate's Monthly Book Club. I love discovering special days on the calendar to celebrate and researching titles that would enhance the experience of them specifically.

Never is that love of seasonal reading more apparent than during the holidays. If you're new to seasonal reading (or are on the hunt for a great holiday read), you're in the right place.

Grab a steaming cuppa cocoa, tea, or coffee to sip while you take a quick peek at A Handful of Holiday Reads You Definitely Should NOT Skip This Christmas.

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

If you're feeling a little humbug this Christmas, you definitely should pick up Skipping Christmas. It "offers a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that has become part of our holiday tradition" and will leave you rolling on the floor with laughter and reaching for a loved one to hug.

A Merry Christmas & Other Christmas Stories by Louisa May Alcott

"These stories have the authentic texture and detail of Christmas in nineteenth-century America" and are a must-read for Alcott fans everywhere. If you're looking to fall in love with unforgettable Alcott characters that do not bear the last name March, you are in for a real treat with this cozy holiday collection.

A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote

Think you know Truman Capote? Travel back in time with Capote to rural Alabama in the 1930s in these largely autobiographical short stories. Celebrate the season with what Capote referred to as his personal favorite. It's cozy, yesteryear feel will leave you longing for more (as well as a slice of fruitcake).

Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie

"In Hercule Poirot's Christmas, the holidays are anything but merry when a family reunion is marred by murder." Fast-paced & fun, this Christmas mystery is the perfect book to engage those grey cells on something other than how much money you're spending this holiday season.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Touted as the most-read Christmas story in the world, A Christmas Carol is one of those classics that you can reread every season and it will never fail to leave you feeling thankful and grateful and blessed. This one is a precious punch of perspective.

12 Days at Bleakly Manor by Michelle Griep

If you love Charles Dickens (see above), you will absolutely enjoy spending 12 Days at Bleakly Manor this holiday season. Oftentimes what we want most can't be measured in dollars and cents and this short, easy read (with a cameo by Dickens himself) is the perfect seasonal read for you this Christmas.

The Greatest Gift by Philip Van Doren Stern

This short story is big on feeling and perfectly puts into perspective the huge impact one life can have on another. If you love the holiday classic movie It's A Wonderful Life with James Stewart, read this short story upon which it was based this season. Trust me.


What do you think?

Which books would you add to our list of A Handful of Holiday Reads You Definitely Should NOT Skip This Christmas? Share your titles in the comments.


  • Skipping Christmas sounds fun to read! As does the Alcott and the Bleakly Manor one. I’ve read some of the others and enjoyed them too. I would also suggest Shepherds Abiding by Jan Karon from the Mitford series for a very lovely story and Envious Casca aka A Christmas Party by Georgette Heyer for mystery lovers. Merry Christmas and happy reading!

    Lynda A.
  • I’ve read Skipping Christmas and loved it . And to honest I could read everyone of these books . I enjoy reading Christmas stories and each of these sound wonderful.

    Amanda Gardner

Leave a comment