Bookending Winter Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Holiday Reads

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week a new theme is suggested for bloggers to participate in. This week’s prompt is Holiday Reads. I try every December to reserve the month for only festive holiday reads. (I’m still currently reading Call Down the Hawk, but that’s okay because I know I’ll love it. ;)) All my challenges are over, I’ve met my Goodreads Goal, and it’s my time to finally mood read before a new year begins. I’ve selected 8 holiday reads I thoroughly enjoyed and 2 that I’m planning on reading this holiday season. <3

I had so much fun participating in Bookending Autumn, I decided to join in Bookending Winter, hosted by Sam @ Fictionally Sam and Clo @ Cuppa Clo. My first prompt will be Blanket, Tea, Read! hosted by Laurie @ Laurie’s Bookshelf.

Blanket, Tea, (Holiday) Read!

Winter is the ultimate time to get yourself comfortable with blankets, tea, and books. Which books would you like to read this winter, or which books are getting you in the winter/Christmas mood?

(Link to synopsis on Goodreads through the book title.)


This is a cute novella about Holly–Miss Christmas–who is the Director of Horticulture at Rockefeller Center, which means she’s in charge of picking out the big Christmas tree. When she finds the perfect tree, the owner needs some convincing. 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)


Unwrapping Her Perfect Match was a nice surprise. This novella about Gwen, a nurse in a busy London hospital who falls for injured rugby player, John, was well-written and made me laugh! And there’s no need to have read any of the other books in this series. I hadn’t. 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)


If you’ve never read Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, then what are you waiting for?? I mean, it’s a love story that originates in a bookstore from a note left in a book. It’s a must-read for book lovers. 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

And here’s a freebie: If you like Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, then you’ll love The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily. 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)


I read The Afterlife of Holly Chase last year and it was the sweetest surprise. Not at all what I was expecting. It’s a very unique retelling of A Christmas Carol. 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)


If you’re more into literary holiday reads, Seven Days of Us is a great one to pick up. The Birch family will finally be under one roof for Christmas, especially since one of them has been put under quarantine for a week. This one is full of family drama, humor, and heart. 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)


Kiss Me in New York is charming and sweet and I fell in love with the characters. Charlotte and Anthony have both just been dumped by their significant others in New York City at JFK where flights have been cancelled because of the weather. And on Christmas Eve. 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)


If you like your holiday reads to have some dark humor, sarcasm, or to shock you, pick up David Sedaris’ Holidays on Ice, which is a collection of short stories and essays. But be forewarned, it’s not for everyone. And while I didn’t love every story in this book, several of them had me laughing through tears. 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)


I read The Adults last year, and it has stuck with me, which is a rare thing. I enjoyed this story about two exes trying to celebrate Christmas together–with their new significant others–for the sake of their child. It’s unlike anything I’ve read before. 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)


The next two are holiday reads I’m planning on reading this month. I’ve managed to acquire all four of the books in the Winter Series by Elin Hilderbrand, starting with the first one, Winter Street. Let me know if you’ve read them and what you thought!


The Cosy Christmas Chocolate Shop was recommended by Amy @ Amy’s Bookish Life. When I discovered it was on sale at Amazon, I snatched it up! Have you read this one? What did you think?

Have I included any of your favorites? Or maybe one you wish you’d never read?? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Wandering!

66 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Holiday Reads”

    1. It helps to make the season a little more festive. πŸ˜‰ Loved your list! Thank you for stopping by and sharing!

  1. I haven’t read ‘Dash and Lily’ but see it on so many lists! May have to remedy this. I did really like “Miss Christmas,” and “Kiss me In New York” is still a favorite. It’s SO charming. πŸ™‚

    1. Oh you should! If you liked Kiss Me in New York, I think you’ll like Dash & Lily. πŸ™‚

      Happy Holiday Reading!

    1. I’m currently rereading A Christmas Carol with my son. It is a holiday staple! Oh, thank you for the recommendation. I’ll look it up!

  2. December is an extra celebratory month for you, congrats on getting through your challenges and finding time to read fun festive books! I need to follow your lead some year πŸ˜…

    1. It was such a cute story! And thank you for sharing your list. I found some new ones to add to my tbr. πŸ™‚

      Happy Reading!

    1. I’m happy to hear you liked it! I’ve seen some mixed reviews, but I thought it was a sweet story.

      Happy Reading!

    1. Yes, it is! I haven’t seen it. I don’t get to watch Hallmark movies since the rest of my family detests them. πŸ˜‰ I may have to watch it alone sometime!

      Thank you for stopping by!

  3. I love the covers on your list — when i first came to your post, I couldn’t resists just scrolling through this Christmassy goodness before going back and reading. I hope you enjoy your two new Christmas reads!

    1. I’m sooo enjoying everyone’s TTTs this week. My tbr has grown by leaps and bounds. πŸ˜‰

      Thank you for stopping by! <3

  4. The Afterlife of Holly Chase sounds great! And David Sedaris keeps popping onto my radar. Maybe it’s a sign.

  5. I saw The Afterlife of Holly Chase on a few lists this week and just now decided to see what it’s about. It looks intriguing, so I’ll have to keep it in mind if I have an open spot for a holiday book this year.

  6. Those Dash & Lily books look amazingly fun. I realized when I looked them up that they’ve been on my TBR list for a while so I’ll be checking out the library in the next day or two. Great list!

  7. What a great variety!! So many good picks. I love love love that you included Seven Days of Us. I feel like that is one of my favourites for this time of the year! (Although, I originally read it in the summer and not during the holidays but it just SCREAMS holiday reading for obvious reasons. You get what I’m saying!)

    1. Oh really? Are you afraid it’s too scary? I don’t remember it being scary at all. I thought it was really sweet. πŸ™‚

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