Welcome back to Three to Read, book lovers! The holidays have come up fast this year and Christmas is right around the corner. For many, this is the perfect time of year to settle down and curl up with a nice warm cup of cocoa by the fire. And, if you ask me, it’s also the best time of the year to squeeze in some reading. Here at Bookstr, we’ve hand-picked some of the best Christmas reads to get you into the holiday spirit.
by Emily Stone
Cassie and her brother, Tom, were the best of friends. Having lost their parents at a young age, they both relied on each other — as well as a tight-knit group of friends — to cope. One of their closest friends was Sam, and he always made sure they both had the best of times. Now, twenty years later, Cassie has unfortunately lost Tom. And, in a way, she’s also lost Sam; over the years they’ve drifted apart, and now she barely even recognizes him.
However, everything changes when Cassie finds an envelope with her name on it scrawled in Tom’s terrible handwriting. Immediately, she knows it’s the first clue in the holiday scavenger hunt that he has left her every year. Not only that, but he had promised her that this year would be the grandest one yet. Tom’s final present to Cassie sends her on a heart-wrenching and beautiful journey that will change her life. As she embarks throughout Europe, she reconnects with former friends, rekindles lost love, and rediscovers herself. But, once she solves the last clue, will she be able to accept the last gift her brother has given her?
Acclaimed author Emily Stone delivers in this new release. Filled with heart-wrenching moments and relatable characters, you will not be able to put this down! Make sure to have some extra tissues on hand though — this novel is a very emotional read.
Coffee Shop Read
by Lindsey Kelk
Gwen Baker, a lawyer who is newly single, is hoping that a family Christmas — countryside, good food, festive films, time with loved ones — will be the cure to all her problems. Seemingly, everyone around Gwen has their lives figured out. This includes her longtime crush, Dev, who is now tall, dark, handsome, and unfortunately, engaged.
She can’t help but wish that her future was more clear. And, as the saying goes, be careful what you wish for. Suddenly, it’s Christmas day all over again. Eggnog, family arguments, presents, repeat. As Gwen struggles to escape from her own personal Christmas hell, Dev is the one shining light through it all. He’s just as funny as she remembers and maybe, just maybe, her heart can be mended after all. But, how can you fall in love with someone who can’t remember you from one day to the next?
So many authors and critics have been raving about this new release! A romantic comedy with a holiday twist, this sidesplitting read is sure to have you laughing while also putting you in your feels. Once you start reading this, you won’t be able to stop and you won’t want to either!
by John Grisham
Can you imagine a year without Christmas? No crowded malls, no awful office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That’s exactly what Luther and Nora Krank desire when they make the decision that, just once, they’ll skip the holiday altogether. They don’t need to decorate the house, they don’t need to host their annual Christmas Eve soirée, and they definitely don’t need to have a tree.
In fact, the Kranks are setting sail on a Caribbean cruise on Christmas day. But, what they don’t realize is that they’re about to get much more than they bargained for. Skipping Christmas brings major consequences—and isn’t nearly as easy as they anticipated.
While this novel is a bit older than the other two, it absolutely earns its spot on this list. Grisham’s storytelling is downright hilarious and highlights the chaos and frenzy that have truly become a part of the holiday tradition. A must-read for sure!
We hope you enjoy reading these amazing Christmas reads. For more holiday reading recommendations, click here.
FEATURED IMAGE VIA GRIFFYN TIJAMO / BOOKSTR