‘Tis the season to be jolly and showered in presents, Figs! But let’s make sure we spread the love to everyone on our nice lists this year. To help make your shopping a little less hectic, I’ve put together a little guide to holiday reads, perfect for the readers in your life, to make your winter a little cozier–whether you’re reading by the fireplace, or, like those of us in Manhattan, by a really snuggly space heater.
Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
One of my favorite Christmas books! Dash and Lily is kind of like the movie Serendipity, but for bookish teens. It’s winter in Manhattan when Dash finds a red moleskin notebook inside the Strand bookstore. The notebook contains clues that lead him to Lily–and on a heart-warming whirlwind romance. One of the highlights of this novel is when Dash has to retrieve one of Lily’s messages from Santa. To do it, he needs to rub Santa’s belly–his very hairy belly underneath his red suit! While that scene may be a little awkward, the novel as a whole is hilarious, brilliant, and perfect for the holidays.
Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances by Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle, and John Green
Maureen Johnson opens this series of three stories with the classic, “It was the night before Christmas” before her witty protagonist corrects herself, “Well, to be more precise, it was the afternoon before Christmas.” In this trio of adorable seasonal romances, three big name authors have teamed up to bring you some cheer. It’s a known fact that Let It Snow will make your heart grow three sizes, at least.
Winter Town by Stephen Edmond
Yes, yes, there’s a super fun romance in this book, but I’m really reading it for the cool winter town! Winter Town is set in the sort of place where people put out Christmas displays that are so beautiful that complete strangers will stop to gawk as Santa and his reindeers to light up the roof.
Paper Towns by John Green
Okay, admittedly, this story isn’t exactly your traditional Christmas story–and by that I mean that it isn’t a Christmas story at all. BUT (yes, there’s a BUT, obviously) it does have a really important Christmas element to it: the ornamental collection of Black Santa figurines that populate the home of the protagonist’s best friend.
Do you Figs have any holiday books of your own you’d like to recommend? Our
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