Books ornaments with red bows hanging from Christmas tree These Classic Christmas Stories go with Any Holiday Style

When it comes to the holidays, we all have our own style: cozy and warm, all wrapped up in plaid and wool, or maybe bright and shiny, with blinged-out baubles and jeweled lights. We can express ourselves in so many ways, adding personal touches and new takes on traditions and customs, from our decorating schemes to the food we serve; from picking out Christmas cards to choosing and wrapping gifts.

With all the ways we can adorn the holidays with our own special stamp, there are still some things that just can’t be improved upon. A steaming hot cup of cocoa needs no enhancement, save for a marshmallow or two, and a warm, crackling fire could only use a place to sit near it to achieve perfection.

These six classic holiday stories are like the cup of cocoa or the crackling fire: traditional, timeless and idyllic just as they are. And no matter what your personal approach to the holidays may be, they go perfectly with any style of Christmas celebration.

 

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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The quintessential classic Christmas tale featuring Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future. The Victorian morality tale is canon for literature lovers and holiday fanatics everywhere.

 

grinchHow the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Suess

Even if you don’t have a little book lover to share this story with, it should be on your bookshelf. Rediscovering this childhood favorite featuring Cindy Lou Who and the miserly Grinch will make your heart grow three sizes, at least.

 

little-womenLittle Women by Louisa May Alcott

The steadfast March sisters knew the true meaning of Christmas and practiced it all year round. Whether you considered yourself a Jo, a Meg, an Amy or a Beth (poor Beth), a re-read of this classic will have you feeling gratitude this season.

 

the-gift-of-the-magiThe Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

Della and Jim are turn-of-the-(last)century newlyweds who would do anything to get their honey the gift they want at Christmas, even if it means sacrificing the things dearest to each one of them. There’s even a sweet little twist at the end. Della and Jim are your relationship goals.

 

the-long-winterThe Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Want to appreciate the simple things this season, like a roof over your head and your family around you? Read this installment of Wilder’s Little House series. It’s hard to romanticize a snow-bound Mid-western winter, but this book will surely inspire you to make your surroundings as cozy as possible.

 

hercules-poirotHercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie

Not every Christmas classic has to be a feel-good family drama! Sometimes you need a bit of mystery, intrigue and escape to make it through the holiday season, and happily, Agatha Christie (and Belgian detective extraordinaire, Hercule Poirot) is here for you.

 

What classics will you be reading this Christmas? Any favorites we left out? Let us know in the comments!


Christmas time background with decoration, coffee and cooking notes by CreativePhotoTeam.com Delicious Festive Eats to Pair With Your Holiday Reading

Prepare some delicious foods to pair with your holiday book picks to read—and eat—your way into a festive mood.

 

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Paris For One by Jojo Moyes

Escape with 26-year-old Nell on her Parisian adventure in Jojo Moyes’ new collection of funny, charming, and completely delightful stories.

Pair with: Beef burgundy, Bûche de Noel, Pompe a l’huile

 

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The Whole Town’s Talking by Fannie Flagg

Fannie Flagg’s profound new novel about a small town and ordinary people shows us that “community is vital, life is a gift, and love never dies.” A true celebration of the human heart.

Pair with: Sweet Potato Pie, Mac ’n Cheese, Candied Pecans

 

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Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

Academy Award-nominated actress Anna Kendrick details her experiences on the road to stardom in this eclectic, surprising, sharp, and funny collection of autobiographical essays.

Pair with: Eggnog, Mulled Wine, Hot Toddy

 

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Swing Time by Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith’s spirited and graceful new novel opens in North West London and confronts race, class, and friendship in this multilayered tour-de-force following two girls dreaming of becoming dancers.

Pair with: Mince Pies, Yorkshire Pudding, Holiday Scones

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What do you love to eat and drink while relaxing with a book? Let us know in the comments below!


A young girl reading a book under the covers with a flashlight 10 Suspenseful Reads For A Scary Little Christmas

We’re officially into the Christmas season and for me that means 24/7 Christmas spirit, Christmas music, Christmas sweaters, Christmas everything. While I can’t personally relate, for some people it can all be a little overwhelming. Whether you’re an outright Scrooge or just someone who could use a break from decking the hall, here are 10 suspenseful reads that are the complete opposite of White Christmas and a little more suited for The Nightmare Before Christmas lovers.

 

dont-you-cryDon’t You Cry by Mary Kubica

When Esther Vaughan disappears without a trace from her apartment in Chicago, all that is found is a letter addressed to the mysterious My Dearest. Esther’s roommate, Quinn Collins, is left wondering if she really knew Esther at all and what could have happened to her. Meanwhile in Michigan, 18-year-old Alex Gallo is drawn to a mysterious woman who frequents the restaurant he works at. How are the two stories connected and what happened to Esther?

 

field-of-gravesField of Graves by J.T. Ellison

A prequel to J.T. Ellison’s Lieutenant Taylor Jackson series, Field of Graves follows the characters readers have come to love as they try to hunt down a serial killer who is trying to create his own apocalypse. Fans of the series will enjoy new insight into the characters they know, but this is also a good place to start for new readers.

 

only-daughterOnly Daughter by Anna Snoekstra

In 2003 sixteen-year-old Rebecca Winter disappeared on her way to work at McDonalds. In 2013 she is replaced by a woman who looks remarkably like her. Running from her past, she begins living Bec’s life; sleeping in her bed, spending time with her family and friends. The imposter may be able to fool those in Bec’s life, but there’s one person who knows the truth: Bec’s murderer.

 


stocksnap_cy0bg49341 6 Cyber Monday Reads!

Although you might want to rest your pockets after the Black Friday madness, that doesn’t mean that the shopping period is over. Cyber Monday, a decade-old occurrence, has only one goal: to get you to shop online.

It’s amazing to remember that online shopping, now a normal occurrence in our everyday lives, was once an impossible dream for the future. We can shop anytime and anyplace! It’s both convenient and dangerous. We are very much connected through the great wide web, and that immediate closeness is a double-edged sword indeed.

So why not give online shopping a rest today and enjoy these books that discuss the perils and joys of the internet and technology? Unless, of course, you decide to buy these online, in which case we will fully support your choices!

 

The-CircleThe Circle by Dave Eggers
At first Mae Holland is ecstatic to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, which spans a California campus. Their main objective is to link users’ personal emails, social media, banking records and purchasing habits with the Circle’s universal operating system to create a unique online identity. On the campus, Mae encounters both fulfilling work and an environment unlike any other. The facilities are immaculate and modern, the parties are never ending and the perks continue unabated. Yet little by little, Mae begins to realize that not everything is as it seems at the Circle…and that there’s nowhere to hide.

 

Armada by Ernest Clinebook-cover_armada

From Ernest Cline, author of Ready Player One, comes another gripping tale of the online gaming world. Zack Lightman is an avid gamer who dreams of a world more exciting than his mundane everyday reality. His fantasies become a reality when he spots a flying saucer. Believing it to be a figment of his imagination as it looks exactly like the alien ship from his favorite video game, Armada, he dismisses it. Until it’s apparent that it isn’t a hallucination. It’s real. And gamers, like him, are needed to protect the Earth from this alien invasion. Yet the coincidence is too perfect for Zack, and his intuition suspects something is amiss.

 

book-cover_crosstalkCrosstalk by Connie Williams

Briddey and Trent have been together for six magical years and are at place in life where they’re ready to take the next step. They are both successful, working for a large mobile phone industry, and are aware of the importance of communication. Which is why Trent proposes that they undergo the EDD, a procedure that will have them mentally linked to each other before they get married. What can possible go wrong? Well, for one, Briddey ends up being linked to an entirely different person. Will she be able to break the link and regain her privacy?

 


Woman sitting on sofa, reading book Warm Up with These Cozy Reading Spaces

Tea: brewed. Book: procured. Hibernation mode: set.

As George R. R. Martin warned us, winter is coming, and though the frightful weather can be a pain if you need to actually leave the house, we all know that winter is the coziest season for readers.

A warm and comfy place to read is a must throughout the winter, even if that means just snuggling in bed with thick socks and a down comforter. But if you’re looking for a little inspiration to design your own cozy reading spot—or even just some aspirational places that will at least satisfy your imagination—these amazing spaces are sure to do the trick.

 

  1. You don’t always need an extra room in the house, just a comfy chair and some good lighting.

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