In the midst of holiday stresses, spending a few minutes curled up with a great read is the best way to unwind. And although children’s holiday stories rightfully get a lot of attention, seasonal reading is not just for the little ones. Long after the children are in bed with visions of sugarplums dancing through their heads, you can settle in with one of these great holiday books for adults.
And the wealth of adult holiday stories available is kind of overwhelming. For instance, “Holiday Romance” is a whole genre unto itself with over 10,000 hits on Amazon. Numerous novels, nonfiction reads, and short story collections all provide hopeful and uplifting holiday entertainment.
But if you have a grimmer view of the season, some of these books offer a biting, humorous portrait of holiday traditions. I mean, can you imagine what P.J. O’Rourke has to say about the commercialization of Christmas? And even The Onion has a holiday book that is pretty genius.
To help you navigate the many choices, here is a curated list of excellent holiday reads for every taste. Whether you prefer stories that are sweet and nostalgic — or you need a little humor to help survive the season — there is a perfect read for you. So light a fire, pour some eggnog, and settle in with a great holiday book.