If you're like me, holiday reading can be a bit tricky. So many of the most celebrated holiday books are highly religious or extra sappy, neither of which appeal to me all that much. The occasional happily-ever-after is enough for me, so I do enjoy traditional holiday romcoms and romances, but I also want something more from my holiday books. Maybe it's the mood reader in me, but I need variety! Messy family dramas, grief and loss themes, and twisted holiday mysteries are a great way to mix up your holiday reading. So, if you're a picky reader like me then you're in luck! Here are all the best Christmas books for adults I've read and loved the past few years (sorted by themes), plus a few still on my reading list. Happy holiday reading!
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Nostalgic Holiday Books
Though not a traditional holiday book, Christmas bookends Little Women. Some of the most important scenes of the book take place during the holidays, making it a highly nostalgic holiday book.
Heartfelt Holiday Books
RomCom Holiday Books
Short Holiday Books
Holiday Books with Small-town Settings
Historical Holiday Books
Mystery/Thriller Holiday Books
The Christmas Murder Game
Nothing says Christmas like a locked room mystery, right? The Christmas Murder Game is full of twisted holiday games and lots of family drama. Bonus points for the LGBTQIA representation!