Your Ultimate Holiday Booklist
December 15, 2023 at 6:30:00 AM
Hello, fellow Booknerds,
As the holiday season approaches, let’s solemnly swear to be short on stress and tall on humour.
Forget the fruitcake and the mistletoe, this holiday season, snuggle up with a side-splitting book that'll have you giggling like a tipsy elf.
Imagine "The Grinch" meets "Bridesmaids" with a dash of "Elf," and you'll get a taste of these delightful tales.
Picture a family trip to a Christmas lights extravaganza gone hilariously wrong, a gingerbread house competition that turns into a competitive baking brawl, or a group of carolers who accidentally end up on the wrong street, serenading a grumpy hermit with their off-key renditions.
These books are filled with enough witty dialogue, comedic mishaps, and heartwarming moments to keep you entertained long after the eggnog is gone.
So ditch the shopping stress and the holiday hustle, grab a blanket, and prepare to be transported to a world where laughter is the best gift of all.
1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
This timeless classic captures the spirit of Christmas and teaches important lessons about generosity, compassion, and redemption. It's a must-read during the holiday season.
2.The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
This enchanting picture book tells the magical story of a young boy's journey to the North Pole on the Polar Express. It's a delightful read for all ages and captures the wonder of Christmas.
3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss's rhyming tale about the Grinch's heartwarming transformation from a Christmas-hating creature to a lover of the holiday is a joyous and entertaining read.
4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
While not exclusively a Christmas story, the novel features memorable Christmas scenes and explores themes of family, love, and generosity. It's a classic that resonates with the spirit of the season.
5. The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
This short story is a poignant reminder of the true meaning of giving. It tells the tale of a young couple's sacrificial love and the gifts they give each other with pure intentions.
6. Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris
Sedaris's collection of humorous essays includes the hilarious "Santaland Diaries," which recounts his experiences working as an elf at Macy's during the holiday season. It's a humorous and satirical take on the festive season.
7. Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
In this comedic novel, a couple decides to skip Christmas and go on a cruise instead. It's a humorous take on the holiday traditions and the pressure that comes with them.
8. The Christmas Chronicles by Nigel Slater
This heartwarming memoir captures the author's childhood memories of Christmas and the joy of sharing food and traditions with loved ones. It's a delightful and nostalgic read.
9. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
This charming and funny story revolves around the chaos that ensues when the Herdman kids, known for their misbehaviour, take over the church Christmas pageant. It's a tale of unexpected joy and the true spirit of Christmas.
10. The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffmann
This classic Christmas tale adapted into a famous ballet, is a magical and fantastical story about Clara and her journey to the Land of Sweets with the Nutcracker Prince. It's perfect for capturing the notion of the season.
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11. Lica by Hitesh Trehon
Lica delves into three generations of the Dev family. The novel explores themes encompassing campus life, art, medicine, and business, unraveling schemes and betrayals within each profession.
12. The Shambala Sutras by Aurijit Ganguli
In an extraordinary mythological adventure, the author has penned down a fictional plot where the protagonists are on a journey to find out the truth about an ancient herb and accidentally uncover a centuries-old secret.
With a brand new year on the horizon, let's toast to a season filled with laughter, unexpected adventures, and the kind of merriment that makes even fruitcakes seem tolerable.
Cheers to a holiday that's more Ho-Ho-Ho than humbug!❄️🥂
May your days be merry, your books be hilarious, and your holiday season be filled with joy, warmth, and the magic of reading. ✨📚