7 Books to Spark the Holiday Spirit

'Twas days before Christmas and all through the house, everyone was reading—even the pet mouse.

Holiday Spirit

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for us book lovers—after all, as the song goes, the weather outside is frightful. Best to hunker down, get your cozy on, and tuck into a book that’ll spark that Christmas glow.

For some, it might be heartwarming stories about the virtues of family life that does the trick, or maybe it’s profound historical fiction that walks you through the past in order to feel more grateful for the present. Whatever tickles your mistletoe, these seven reads are the coziest way to celebrate the season of good cheer—even if they come with a few unexpected tears (we’re looking at you, Greg Kincaid).


Illustration by Francesco Zorzi

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About Mandy Major

Mandy Major

MANDY MAJOR is a writer and editor who recently traded New York City’s skyscrapers for the Connecticut shoreline. Her writing has appeared in The New York TimesEvery Day with Rachael Ray, and Prevention, among other publications. A reading advocate and board member for her local library, she is working on her first collection of short stories.

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