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20 Best Holiday and Christmas Books for Adults in 2024

20 Best Holiday and Christmas Books for Adults in 2024, such as Mr. Dickens and His Carol, Christmas Bells, Skipping Christmas, The Christmas Train
On the occasion of Christmas, the 20 best Holiday and Christmas books for adults are not to be missed.

Today we will share the best holiday and Christmas books for adults. The holiday reading list we provide is partly from past Christmas novels for adults' recommendations. 

The other part is new classic holiday books for adults, ranging from detailed historical rumors to reimagining of Christmas classics, 

And also includes interpretations of humorous family gatherings and some best classic Christmas books for adults. 

The Best Christmas Novels & Books Lists for Adults

Christmas is a traditional festival in the West. Old people in red hats, reindeer, bells, and gifts stuffed into socks make people feel warm and happy. 

What unique and classic Christmas books for adults can we read together around the fire? 

The warmth and tranquility of Christmas is the favorite theme of writers. December is a good time to read classic Christmas literature. I recommend several Christmas-related literary classics for everyone.

Christmas is here, and you can choose to curl up by the fire alone on this wonderful holiday or choose from one of the following favorite Christian books to read with your family for the holidays. 

Undoubtedly, reading these books will help you focus on the nature of Christmas and think about the meaning of the holiday. Written by leading Christian authors, these reads include heartwarming Christmas stories and some holiday meditations

20 best holiday books for adults related to Christmas, how many have you read? Only a wonderful book can celebrate the good mood of the holiday season. 

There are many Christmas books for adults, but few of them can enhance the festive atmosphere. 

The editor has selected several best Christian Christmas books for adults, each of which is unique and full of meaning. just as wonderful.

These are the 20 best Christmas and Holiday books for Adults.


20 Best Holiday and Christmas Books for Adults in 2024

Holidays and Christmas seem to be the days when friends and acquaintances gather together. 

And myself, it seems that there is no one to ask for, and there is nowhere to go. The more holidays, the more lonely I feel. 

It doesn't matter, if no one is available, you might as well make an appointment with the best holiday books for adults

Not only can accompany you to a fulfilling festival but also lets you settle down in the hustle and bustle of the world.

I have compiled the holiday and Christmas books for adults/everyone, whether it is warm, nostalgic, or thrilling. 

There is always one that suits you and accompanies you to spend a different kind of Christmas.

Below, I recommend the 20 best Christmas books for adults to get you in the holiday spirit.

1. Mr. Dickens and His Carol


Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha SilvaCharles Dickens had no sense of the coming Christmas. His new book "A Christmas Carol" is considered to be a completely bad book. Critics oppose him and relatives are chasing his debts everywhere. 

Although his wife plans to organize a grand and luxurious holiday party to maintain their circle of relatives and friends, Dickens has a new understanding of this impoverished experience. 

When publishers tried to blackmail Dickens to write a book to save them from the financial crisis, he refused. And a solemn journey of writers began.

In exhaustion and self-doubt, Dickens sought solace in his great hall of thought, the City of London. 

During the endless night walk, he met the mysterious Eleanor Lovejoy "Muse" he needed in a once-bustling square. 

When the deadline was getting closer, Eleanor pushed Dickens on a wonderful journey, testing all his beliefs about generosity, friendship, ambition, and love. 

Finally, the story he wrote will affect Christmas forever. A holiday. Later generations commented that Dickens's works were perfect readings to instill the spirit of Christmas in readers.

2. Christmas Bells: A Novel 


Christmas Bells: A Novel by Jennifer ChiaveriniIn 1860, the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow family celebrated Christmas at their home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

Longfellow's classic revolutionary war poem "Paul Revere's Ride" was published less than a month later, and the country's serious political turmoil was weighing heavily on his heart. 

However, in the company of his wife Fanny, and five beloved children, joy still prevailed.

Looking to today's Boston, Sophia, a dedicated teacher at Watertown Public School, was stunned by the bad news about the holidays. 

Sofia’s music program has suffered budget cuts, but she is worried not only about the unemployment problem she is about to face but also about the impact this will have on poor students. 

In the church where she volunteered to be the music director, Sophia tried to forget her sorrow during the rehearsal of the chorus with the children on Christmas Eve. 

To commemorate the local artist, Sophia chose a carol to recite the brilliant lyrics written by Longfellow before Christmas, even though he suffered a great loss for this.

"Christmas Bells" records the events of 1863, when the peaceful life of the Longfellow family was unfortunately broken, even more, embarrassing than during the war. 

Even after suffering great pain, Longfellow's patriotism has never diminished, and the power bursting out of his language has not been weakened. 

"Christmas Bells" is a verse he wrote for this holiday, expressed in the form of poetry, and sang like a carol.

Jennifer Chiaverini’s passionate and sincere novel of the season reminds us why we must continue to move forward with enthusiasm even when we are facing difficulties. Reading "Christmas Bells" can inspire glorious joy in the pious chorus.

3. Skipping Christmas: A Novel 


Skipping Christmas: A Novel by John GrishamLuther and Nora Krank had had enough of Christmas chaos. 

The endless shopping list, the madness in the mall, the trouble of decorating the Christmas tree...

Where did the joy of the holiday go? This year, it seems that a lot of energy has to be spent celebrating the holiday. 

But because their daughter Blair was on a mission in Peru, they decided to skip this Christmas and spend all their Christmas budget on the Caribbean cruise. 

The cruise ship will set sail on December 25th. They can participate in some festive parties and spend a peaceful holiday happily.

But things did not develop as expected. Their neighbors on Hemlock Street strongly opposed their decision to boycott the holiday, because if Krank did not renovate their house, this would jeopardize the neighborhood’s chances of winning the best neighborhood award. 

So their neighbors launched a series of actions to prevent the Cranks from skipping Christmas. 

In addition, their daughter also told them to take their fiance home for the holiday on Christmas Eve, and the Cranks began to prepare for the holiday after several setbacks. The process was very torturous.

Readers generally think this is a very relaxed Christmas book. The author's unique irony and humor can't help but make people think. 

In addition, the author's attempt at light comedy is also very worthy of recognition.

4. The Christmas Train 


The Christmas Train by David BaldacciAs one of the most popular storytellers in the United States, David Baldacci's popular novels have attracted the attention of millions of people. 

In order to show the extraordinary plasticity of his writing, Baldacci made a new interpretation of this classic festival.

The broken dream reporter Tom Langdon must set off from Washington to Los Angeles at Christmas. 

He was forced to embark on an adventure and holiday magic journey on the train. 

He had no idea that the train carrying him across the United States would actually take him to the rugged area of his heart. 

He rediscovered the nature of people's kindness and the very special people he thought he had lost.

There are many unforgettable characters in "Christmas Train". They are intelligent and like pranks... 

At the same time, they show us how to grasp a second chance and realize our deepest hopes and dreams in this magical season.

5. The Twilight Before Christmas: A Novel 


The Twilight Before Christmas: A Novel by Christine FeehanThe best-selling novelist Kate Drake is one of the seven witches with magical powers. 

At the annual Christmas party in a small town in Northern California, Kate returned home. 

In order to retain the civilization of this season, she decided to open a bookstore in a charming but dilapidated factory.

Former US Army Ranger Matt Granit is a local contractor. In order to get close to Kate, he doesn't mind working in this well-known strange house. 

Because this quiet, sexy woman is very attractive to him.

But an earthquake revealed a buried crypt, and Kate realized that a century-old evil force would be released. 

Although Matt vowed to protect her forever, Kate knew that she had to pool the power of her and her sisters to defeat the darkness in order to prevent the dark forces from destroying Christmas...

It is worth mentioning that the author Christine Finn is on the list ranking New York Times bestselling authors, she wrote the novel "The Black Prince" which earned nine Supernatural Excellence Awards in Romantic Literature in 1999 (Paranormal Excellence Awards). 

Christine Fein also appeared in many writers’ conferences and signings, including the Romantic Times Convention, Reading Cruise at Sea, Celebrating Romance Conference, Emerald City Conference, and many Romantic Writers’ American Conferences. 

At the same time, she was also a special guest at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con and hosted her own FAN conference.

6. A Christmas Memory 


A Christmas Memory: One Christmas, and The Thanksgiving Visitor by Truman Capote 
"Christmas Memory" was first published in 1956, using the popular autobiography of Truman Capote.

7-year-old Buddy cried loudly to his cousin at Christmas: "This stupid weather!" This started a strange and lasting journey of memories about the friendship between the two. 

"Christmas Memory" is described as the "jewel of the holiday story". The warm and exquisite illustrations in the story are worthy of every reader's collection.

Truman Capote is an American writer born in New Orleans in 1925. He has authored many classic literary works, including the novella "Breakfast at Tiffany's" ( 1958 ) and "Cold Blood" ( 1965 ). 

In "Cold Blood", Capote pioneered the "True Crime" documentary literature, which was recognized as a milestone in popular culture, and died in August 1984.

7. The Christmas Shoes 


The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiereSometimes, the things that can change your life will disappear in an instant. But if you open your eyes and observe carefully, you will find...

Robert is a successful lawyer. He has everything that should be in life but nothing. 

Due to his focus on career success and material rewards, Robert's marriage is on the verge of disintegration. He lost his wife Kate and two daughters but also lost himself. 

The eight-year-old Nathan has a mother, Maggie, who is suffering from cancer. He and his family live a simple but fulfilling life and cherish every moment they spend together. 

Robert and Nathan met by chance at Christmas. Robert is adding shopping for a family he knows little about, and Nathan wants to buy a pair of shoes for his mother as a present for Christmas. 

When Robert saw that Nathan was short of money, he immediately helped him buy it. 

In this encounter, Robert understood a very important truth: sometimes, the smallest details can often make all the difference. The next story is even warmer. 

The "Washington Times" rated the book "Christmas Shoes" as "a precious gift for everyone." 

This is a story about our common humanity, and it also tells us how to have greater power that can even save lives.

8. Royal Holiday


Royal Holiday (Wedding Date) by Jasmine GuilloryOriginally published in 2019, Royal Holiday is a fan favorite. 

Vivian Forest has been out of the country a grand total of one time, so when she gets the chance to tag along on her daughter Maddie’s work trip to England to style a royal family member, she can’t refuse. 

She’s excited to spend the holidays taking in the magnificent British sights, but what she doesn’t expect is to become instantly attracted to a certain private secretary, his charming accent, and unyielding formality.

Malcolm Hudson has worked for the Queen for years and has never given a personal, private tour—until now. 

He is intrigued by Vivian the moment he meets her and finds himself making excuses just to spend time with her. 

When flirtatious banter turns into a kiss under the mistletoe, things snowball into a full-on fling.

Despite a ticking timer on their holiday romance, they are completely fine with ending their short, steamy affair come New Year’s Day...or are they?

9. The Twelve Dates of Christmas 


The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny BaylissWhen it comes to relationships, thirty-four-year-old Kate Turner is ready to say "Bah, humbug." 

The sleepy town of Blexford, England, isn't exactly brimming with prospects, and anyway, Kate's found fulfillment in her career as a designer, and in her delicious side job baking for her old friend Matt's neighborhood café. 

But then her best friend signs her up for a dating agency that promises to help singles find love before the holidays. 

Twenty-three days until Christmas. Twelve dates with twelve different men. The odds must finally be in her favor . . . right?

Yet with each new date more disastrous than the one before--and the whole town keeping tabs on her misadventures--Kate must remind herself that sometimes love, like mistletoe, shows up where it's least expected. 

And maybe, just maybe, it's been right under her nose all along.

10. Letters From Father Christmas 


Letters From Father Christmas by J.R.R. TolkienMany people still remember the magic of Father Christmas from when they were children. 

As parents, they try to keep that magic alive for their children for as long as they can. 

That is why Letters from Father Christmas could be the perfect book for those who regard Christmas as a special time of year. 

The man who wrote these letters is one of the most famous names in English literature Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings. 

The letters were Tolkien's way of keeping Father Christmas alive for children, over a period of more than twenty years. 

Every Christmas, an envelope with a North Pole stamp arrived. It was addressed to Tolkien's children. 

Who could it be from? The children must have been very excited as they opened it. Inside, they would find a handwritten letter from Father Christmas. 

The letters were also beautifully illustrated and must have taken its true author, Tolkien, a long time to complete. 

The letters told wonderful stories about Father Christmas's life and adventures in the North Pole. 

A regular character in the letters was Polar Bear, who once climbed the North Pole and fell through the roof of Father Christmas's house. 

In another letter, Father Christmas complained about how he could not stop his helpers from playing games with the toys instead of wrapping them up. 

Interestingly, the letters did not contain the usual warnings to children that they might not receive their presents if they were not good. 

The letters did, however, change as Tolkien's children got older: ...but if you find that not many of the things you asked for have come, and not perhaps quite as many as sometimes, remember that this Christmas all over the world there are a terrible number of poor and starving people. 

Letters from Father Christmas tell us that as well as enjoying the adventures of Father Christmas, the Polar Bear, and other characters at the North Pole, we can all share the true spirit of giving at Christmas time. 

By expressing love for his children in such a special way, Tolkien may indeed have been the real father of Christmas.

11. A Christmas Carol - Dickens


Dickens is known as "the man who invented Christmas". What we now call "Merry Christmas" became popular after the book was published (1843). 

Dickens tells an easy-to-understand fable about the "discovery of conscience" of an old miser who hates Christmas. 

"A Christmas Carol" makes people realize that Christmas is not an objective question of eating goose or turkey, but a subjective question of reflecting on how people—since they are all created by God—should love each other.

A Christmas Carol is a book that popularized the idea of ​​a "generously shared" Christmas, profoundly changing the status and value of modern Christmas in British society. 

Rich but mean Scrooge is visited by three Christmas elves on Christmas Eve. 

Under the leadership of the elf, he saw his poor but happy past, the happy present when his clerks couldn't afford gifts and the lonely future of his aging self. He realized that Shibina was happier. 

The language of this classic is unpretentious and fluent, making it ideal for improving English reading. 

It is also because of the influence of this book that people began to use turkey as the main meat for Christmas dinners.

12. Hercule Poirot's Christmas -Agatha Christie


For detective fiction lovers, "Christmas Picks" wouldn't be perfect without the work of Agatha Christie. 

Polo's Christmas Detective is about a family party thrown by the tyrannical multimillionaire Simon. 

With many unexpected guests, the orgy turned into a killing, and the house quickly hosted some potential suspects. 

Instead of the usual Christmas cheer, this mysterious tale paints a disturbing scene in the home of a malevolent pornographer. 

For Detective Poirot, this Christmas is not a holiday, because secrets must be revealed. Full of bizarre and unexpected plots. 

13. Always, in December: A Novel 


The next book that I want to read is this new one called 'Always in December by Emily Stone. 

In this book, our heroine lost her parents and she doesn't like Christmas because she doesn't really have a family to live with anymore 

so every single year she writes a letter and she sends it back to London which is her home and she writes missing you always to her family and to like her parents but obviously, she never expects to reply because her parents are dead. 

And then she bumps into our hero in like the last place that she would think to bump into someone as good looking as him as charming as him they have this really nice moment together and they briefly have like a fling I feel like but then he disappears and then she's heartbroken by it and then over the course of the year they keep bumping into each other at like different cities. 

now I'm talking about like New York City Edinburgh and even the English countryside too as well but like what's the mystery there's like a mystery behind our hero and there's something about our hero and there's a reason why he always has to keep leaving her in the dust basically 

so I don't know I feel like this one is going to be like for fans of 'One Day in December' by Josie Silver maybe so I'm excited to read this cozy English countryside romance too as well.

14. Christmas Shopaholic: A Novel 


Christmas Shopaholic: A Novel by Sophie KinsellaBecky Brandon (née Bloomwood) adores Christmas. 

It's always the same – Mum and Dad hosting, carols playing, Mum pretending she made the Christmas pudding, and the next-door neighbors coming round for sherry in their terrible festive jumpers.

And now it's even easier with online bargain-shopping sites – if you spend enough you even get free delivery. Sorted!

But this year looks set to be different. Unable to resist the draw of craft beer and smashed avocado, Becky's parents are moving to ultra-trendy Shoreditch and have asked Becky if she'll host Christmas this year. What could possibly go wrong?

With sister Jess demanding a vegan turkey, husband Luke determined that he just wants aftershave again, and little Minnie insisting on a very specific picnic hamper – surely Becky can manage all this, as well as the surprise appearance of an old boyfriend and his pushy new girlfriend, whose motives are far from clear...

Will chaos ensue, or will Becky manage to bring comfort and joy to Christmas?

15. In a Holidaze 


In a Holidaze by Christina LaurenIt's the most wonderful time of the year...but not for Maelyn Jones. She's living with her parents, hates her going-nowhere job, and has just made a romantic error of epic proportions.

But perhaps worst of all, this is the last Christmas Mae will be at her favorite place in the world—the snowy Utah cabin where she and her family have spent every holiday since she was born, along with two other beloved families. 

Mentally melting down as she drives away from the cabin for the final time, Mae throws out what she thinks is a simple plea to the universe: Please. Show me what will make me happy.

The next thing she knows, tires screech and metal collide, and everything goes black. 

But when Mae gasps awake…she's on an airplane bound for Utah, where she begins the same holiday all over again. 

With one hilarious disaster after another sending her back to the plane, Mae must figure out how to break free of the strange time loop—and finally get her true love under the mistletoe.

16. One Day in December: A Novel 


One Day in December: A Novel by Josie SilverTwo People. Ten chances. One unforgettable love story.

Laurie is pretty sure love, at first sight, doesn't exist anywhere but in the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. 

Their eyes meet, there's a moment of pure magic...and then her bus drives away.

Certain they're fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. 

But she doesn't find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they "reunite" at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It's Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.

What follows for Laurie, Sarah, and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. 

One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming, and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.

17. Winter Street 


Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand"Open this diverting tale of family dysfunction and you'll find a holiday package filled with humor, romance, and realism." --USA TodayKelley Quinn is the owner of Nantucket's Winter Street Inn and the proud father of four grown children: Patrick, a hedge fund manager; Kevin, a bartender; Ava, a school teacher; and Bart, who has recently shocked everyone by joining the Marines. 

During Christmas, the elderly male protagonist discovered that his wife had been affair with him for many years, and was so angry that he canceled the Christmas party and sold the co-run hotel. 

The ex-wife has become a well-known TV anchor. Feeling that their family is in a difficult situation, the special plane rushes back to accompany the children, and the old relationship with the male lead is rekindled. 

The wife came back to dinner and found that their old relationship had revived. She felt that the male protagonist still loved his ex-wife, and it was revealed that he had been using a trumpet to blacken his ex-wife and left in anger. 

At the same time, the eldest son was under investigation due to insider trading. His wife and children had taken refuge but returned to reunite. 

The second son walked out of a failed marriage proposed to his new girlfriend and became pregnant. 

The third daughter bravely broke up with the boy who could not give her enough love and had been with her. 

Accompanying her warm male colleague, the youngest son has recently lost contact with the army and was finally confirmed as missing.

18. The Holiday Swap


'The Holiday Swap' by Maggie Knox now one involves two characters or two heroines who are actually twin sisters one of them is like a cooking show host and the other one runs the family bakery at home 

and so one's super famous and one's just happy being at home and running her shop building the family business and greeting the customers that have been customers of the business for many years. 

But what happens is that our heroine on the TV show gets into an accident and she loses the ability to smell and taste so she obviously can't be like a judge of competition or like you know fulfill her job so she decides to do a twin swap situation so she switches places with her sister back home 

and then she would carry out the family business you know big foods and Greek customers and things like that meanwhile our baker sister goes to become a TV show star and they both have their own romantic relationships here at the bakery now find someone from a small local town. 

meanwhile, our heroine who is replacing her sister on a TV show meets someone on set and they kind of have this nice relationship but of course, with twin swap situations they both end up accidentally but purposely also ruining their lives for each other 

so the bakery sister might have exposed the family secret to the competitor and then our you know sister that's on the TV show might have just ended the career for her sister on that TV show so it got really messy and it was very complicated. 

I felt like the sisters really did a doozy for each other and really just ruined each other's careers and lives and there weren't really enough apologies or just enough conversation or enough fixing to really make me feel like the ending was a happy ending.

19. The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan


"Morgan...brings her elegant blend of deep-felt emotion and witty dialogue to yet another title here."

-Entertainment Weekly" The perfect gift for readers who relish heartwarming tales of sisters and love."

-BooklistIn the snowy Highlands of Scotland, Suzanne McBride is dreaming of the perfect cozy Christmas. 

Her three adopted daughters are coming home for the holidays and she can't wait to see them. But tensions are running high…

Workaholic Hannah knows she can't avoid spending the holidays with her family two years in a row. 

But it's not the weight of their expectations that's panicking her—it's the life-changing secret she's hiding. Stay-at-home mom Beth is having a personal crisis. 

All she wants for Christmas is time to decide if she's ready to return to work—seeing everyone was supposed to help her stress levels, not increase them! Posy isn't sure she's living her best life, but with her parents depending on her, making a change seems risky. 

But not as risky as falling for gorgeous new neighbor Luke…

As Suzanne's dreams of the perfect McBride Christmas unravel, she must rely on the magic of the season to bring her daughters together. 

But will this new togetherness teach the sisters that their close-knit bond is strong enough to withstand anything—including a family Christmas? 

20. The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan


Nina Redmond is a librarian with a gift for finding the perfect book for her readers. 

But can she write her own happy-ever-after? In this valentine to readers, librarians, and book-lovers the world over, the New York Times- bestselling author of Little Beach Street Bakery returns with a funny, moving new novel for fans of Meg Donohue, Sophie Kinsella, and Nina George's The Little Paris Bookshop.

"Losing myself in Jenny Colgan's beautiful pages is the most delicious, comforting, satisfying treat I have had in ages." —Jane Green, New York Times bestselling author of Summer Secrets

Nina Redmond is a literary matchmaker. Pairing a reader with that perfect book is her passion… and also her job. 

Or at least it was. Until yesterday, she was a librarian in the hectic city. But now the job she loved is no more.

Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. 

There she buys a van and transforms it into a bookmobile—a mobile bookshop that she drives from neighborhood to neighborhood, changing one life after another with the power of storytelling.

From helping her grumpy landlord deliver a lamb to sharing picnics with a charming train conductor who serenades her with poetry, Nina discovers there's plenty of adventure, magic, and soul in a place that's beginning to feel like home… a place where she just might be able to write her own happy ending.

Conclusion of Best Holiday and Christmas Books for Adults in 2024

Christmas is one of the grandest and most solemn festivals in the West it is very important! 

As soon as December enters, all parts of the world are enveloped in a strong Christmas atmosphere, probably because the end of the year is also the time when the holidays are gathered. 

The picture of having fun with family and friends is very warm~ and I rack my brains to prepare gifts for everyone. The mood itself also makes people enjoy it.

It's the end of the year, take an opportunity to thank those who accompany you, and carefully choose a gift that represents sincerity and heart. It represents your gratitude to your sincere companions and respect for life. 

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