Okay, so I’m not exactly a Grinch (giving presents is the most fun a gal can have!) but I am also not the most positive about Christmas each year, so I thought for 2018 I would try my hardest to get into the Xmas spirit! In the past couple of months I have been reading a bunch of Christmas books and today I’m going to recommend a bunch of them to you!

I tried to read books for all ages, and with different storylines and ideas so I could recommend all different types of books to you! There are middle-grade/childrens – Adult recommendations, so hopefully, you guys will find this helpful! PS. I write this post in bullet points so that I can try and mention as many things as possible about each book!

Click on the covers to go to the Goodreads pages!


The Christmasaurus


  • Fun illustrations!
  • Really easy to read – I recommend as something to read to or with kids because it’s a fun story for younglings!
  • The book is printed with different fonts which, visually makes it more of a fun experience to read!
  • Fun and easy for little kids
  • Rep: Mc has a wheelchair, Single parent
  • TW: Bullying, Death of a parent

A Christmas Carol


  • It’s a classic!
  • It really showed me that I am more of a Grinch than a Scrooge.Β I thought I was going to relate to Scrooge but holy hell I was wrong.
  • Interesting story – it was cool to see the original story that so many Christmas adaptations are based on.
  • I ended up reading it in a few hours and I think that’s the best way to read it. Sit down, grab a drink and read it in one sitting, it’s totally worth it!
  • You could definitely read it to a child over a night or two but there might be a word or two you may have to explain.

The Afterlife of Holly Chase


  • A really quick and easy read – I finished it in two days!
  • A really cool twist on A Christmas Carol (seriously, it’s such aΒ  brilliant idea)
  • Definitely re-readable
  • A Christmas Carol & Monsters Inc. vibes
  • A morally grey main character
  • A fun YA Christmas read, good for bus trips because the writing is so easy to read.
  • TW: Death

A Boy Called Christmas


  • Super easy to read! & Good for all ages
  • A bit more complex (plot, themes) than The Christmasaurus
  • Feels a bit more like Roald Dahl, a darker tone and contentΒ (lack of food/money, child abuse – not from a parent)
  • Different time period 19th century
  • A different twist on the Santa aspect of Xmas
  • Rep: Single parent
  • TW: Death of a parent, Child abuse, Starvation

Hogfather (Discworld, #20)


  • Honestly, this book was so much fun and now I need to go and read everything by Terry Pratchett (who apparently is a man, what???)
  • It’s part of a series but you can read this as a standalone. I haven’t read anything else in the series before and I understood everything just fine!
  • This is adult, and a darker kind of tale – it’s literally Death trying to be Santa Clause and I love it.
  • There are footnotes but they’re not very common throughout the book, the audio is really good about reading them as soon as they’re relevant.
  • Reading this has made me want to go back and read all of the other books in this series and I’m so excited about it

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!


  • Kinda overhyped – might be more fun to read this and then watch the movie
  • The rhyming might be more fun with a kid
  • It’s got that fun nostalgia if you read this as a kid, but I never did so honestly I was just reading it so I knew what to expect from the movie.
  • As an adult, I wasn’t fussed on this one, but I can see why so many kids love this!

Letters from Father Christmas


  • This story is told in letters, it’s definitely a quick read
  • A fun audiobook with dual narration
  • letters – quick to read
  • Really interesting and different illustrations which made it pretty fun
  • Interesting interactions between Santa and a Polar Bear
  • Not suitable for children that still believe in Santa (the letters are written by Tolkien to his kids, pretending to be Santa) – make that decision yourself but itΒ might not be interesting to kids tbh.




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    1. If you liked A Christmas Carol I recommend The Afterlife of Holly Chase, it’s a really unique twist on the classic!
      Letters From Father Christmas is a really fun audiobook, I hope you enjoy it!

      Happy holidays! ❀


  1. Really great list of books! πŸŽ„ I loove A Christmas Carol and Holly Chase, the latter is such a great retelling, it really captivated me the first time I read it 😍 A Boy Called Christmas looks like a nice read too, so I might check that out πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you! ❀ They are so much fun and reading Holly Chase just after A Christmas Carol was such a good experience! I’ll definitely be re-reading it next year!

      A Boy Called Christmas is a really cool twist on the origns of Santa. I think it’s a trilogy of standalones so hopefully you’ll find some fun Christmas reads!


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