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30 Best Christmas Books for Adults

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!

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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.

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!

Best Christmas Books to Read in 2023

We've updated our list to include both newer books and highly-rated Christmas 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!



Angela & Melissa

The Book Girls are best friends who jointly read over 200 books per year. We started Book Girls' Guide in 2019 to help others de-stress and find joy through the power of a great book. We do in-depth research on thousands of novels and non-fiction titles each year to provide curated book lists covering a variety of genres.

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