Monthly Recommendations: December 2016: Holiday Reads

Hey everyone! It’s time for the monthly recommendations! Seeing as it is now the holiday season, I figured I’d suggest some books that are either holiday themed or just seem wintery in general! Let’s get started!

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First off this month we have Let It Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Myracle. Set during a blizzard on Christmas Eve, this book tells three individual stories (one by each author), all of which intertwine with each other throughout the book. All three of the stories are super fun and hilarious (with adorable romances!), and they’re sure to make you feel Christmasy!

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The second book I have to reccomend is Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Coln. Set around Christmas, this book follows two teenagers who use a red notebook placed in various locations to send each other messages and dares. This is another book that just seems to radiate a Christmasy feeling, and both of the main characters are really well written! Plus the sequel, The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily is just as amazing, and even more holiday themed!

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The third book of December is actually a middle grade that I literally just finished: A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig. This book tells the story of an eleven year old boy who grows up to become Father Christmas, and it has to be one of the most adorable, clever books I’ve read in a long time! I think I described it to someone once as the special “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” meets Roald Dahl and “A Series of Unfortunate Events” and I think that’s honestly the best description. It really charming while still being a little dark, the writing style is hilarious, and it’s all around the perfect Christmas read!

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This next one may be a little obvious, but for some reason Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K Rowling always seems to put me in a holiday mood! There’s just something purely nostalgic and magical about the series, and it leaves you with a great feeling! Specifically for this list I want to recommend the illustrated edition with illustrations by Jim Kay, because I am reading it now and it has to be one of the most beautiful books I have ever seen!

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Finally we have one more classic children’s book that always makes me think of the holiday season: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis. I think everyone knows the story about four children who find a magical world in an old wardrobe, so I’ll just say that the mix of a winter setting, a magical atmosphere, and a great fantasy story make this a great book to read over the holiday season!

Well that’s about it for this month! Thanks for reading, see you next time, and happy holidays!

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