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30 Best Christmas Books for Adults

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Every year, Christmas sneaks up a little bit faster. Sometimes, we need a boost getting into the Christmas spirit and some help slowing down to enjoy the holiday season. Christmas books can help this time of year!

While there are some great classic Christmas novels, like A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens about the infamous Ebenezer Scrooge, and, of course, lots of wonderful Christmas stories for kids, we instead focused this list of recommendations on contemporary books to read at Christmas for adults, including some romance novels, uplifting tales, and even some mysteries.

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Grab some hot chocolate and find a quiet moment before bed to curl up by the Christmas tree and read one of the recommendations from our reading list below!

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Best Christmas Books to Read in 2022

We've updated our list to include 2022 new releases, but also list many highly-rated novels from prior years that may be easier to snag at the library without a wait.

Now that your own reading list is long, be sure to check our recommendations of the best Christmas books for kids!

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Monday 7th of November 2022

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Ray Downing

Monday 25th of July 2022

Hello, Angela and Melissa

I have new illustrated Christmas book and hope you can take a moment to look at it. Here is a link to our website It is rather unusual in that this Christmas book is actually about Christmas. It comes with an audio CD featuring a reading with full musical accompaniment. We would be happy to send along a copy at your request. Please provide postal address. Hoping you will like it and include in your Christmas recommendations.

Thank you both,