10 Best Holiday and Christmas Books for Adults in 2021

On the occasion of Christmas, 10 recommended best Holiday and Christmas books for adults not to be missed

Today we will share Best Holiday and Christmas Books for Adults. The holiday reading list we provide is partly from past Christmas recommendations, and the other part is new books, ranging from detailed historical rumors to reimagining of Christmas classics, and also includes interpretations of humorous family gatherings and some classic Christmas books for adults.
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 spend a fulfilling festival, but also let you settle down in the hustle and bustle of the world.

Below, I have compiled the 10 Best 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.

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    10 Holiday and Christmas Books for Adults

    1. Mr. Dickens and His Carol

    Charles 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-the "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 

    In 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 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 

    Luther 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 to celebrate 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 tortuous.

    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 

    As 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 the second chance and realize our deepest hopes and dreams in this magical season.

    5. The Twilight Before Christmas: A Novel 

    The 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 in the list ranking New York Times bestselling author, she wrote the novel "The Black Prince" earned nine supernatural Excellence Awards in Romantic Literature in 1999 (Paranormal Excellence Awards). 

    Christine Fein also appeared in many writers’ conferences and signings, including: 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's memories.

    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 

    Sometimes, 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 Guillory 

    Originally 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 

    When 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 

    Many 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-JRR 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-each 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 NorthPole. 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, 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.


    Conclusion of Best Holiday and Christmas Books for Adults in 2021

    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.