Happy holidays! We’re celebrating this festive season by rewatching all of our favorite classic holiday movies, and adding a few new picks to our list too. But when we’re not watching… we’re reading! After all, if there’s anything better than cozying up on the couch to watch a holiday movie it’s starting a new book that gives you all the same feels!
The Santa Clause
Scott Calvin life is completely changed becomes a reluctant hero in The Santa Clause when he's forced to take on the magic of Santa Claus. Though Emory's journey isn't quite as festive, she still needs to find answers about her new magic when a treacherous night in the Dovermere sea caves leaves a group of her classmates dead and her as the only survivor.
New Year's Eve
Both New Year's Eve and The Reunion take place on... you guessed it, New Year's Eve, so they're a perfect fit! Plus, both of these stories feature intertwining stories and multiple POVs, but The Reunion has a little more mystery (and even murder?!), making it a perfect thriller to end your year with!
Sometimes you just need a change of scenery to shift your perspective, and that's exactly what our main characters get in both The Holiday and Betting on You! Bailey and Charlie don't have to travel internationally to start to see what's right in front of them, instead they begin to go from fake dating to... something more during a ski trip to Colorado, and you'll have to read this delightful rom-com to find out the rest for yourself!
Sometimes the person we think is the right fit for us might end up being the exact opposite of what we need, a truth that Abby and Harper must face in Happiest Season, and the same one Audrey and Lucy realize in Pride and Prejudice and Pittsburgh! This adorable time travel romcom (inspired by Pride and Prejudice) follows both girls as they try to embrace the happily-ever-afters everyone expects of them, but fall for each other instead.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Nightmare Before Christmas is the perfect movie for those of us who don't want our holiday films to be too over the top and festive, just Christmas-y enough to keep us in the holiday spirit! Bonesmith isn't a holiday book by any stretch of the imagination, but it is absolutely perfect for fans of this classic movie since both are filled with skeletons, delightful characters, and epic journeys.
There are so many reasons that Elf is a beloved holiday classic, but two of our faves are the holiday magic (of course) and the feel-good cozy goodness that we feel every time we watch this movie! Mysteries of Thorn Manor will give you those same warm, fuzzy feelings, and will even transport you to a magical winter world, too!
The Polar Express
So... this one might be a *bit* of a stretch, but both Last Violent Call and The Polar Express have trains in them so clearly they're a match! Plus, these fluffy, feel-good novellas in set in the Secret Shanghai Universe are fan-faves for a reason, and absolutely deserve a spot on your TBR, just like The Polar Express deserves a spot on your holiday watch list!
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
The Grinch's attitude towards the holiday season (and towards people in general) is completely turned around when he learns how to love, and Spell Bound's grumpy main character, Sun, goes through a surprisingly similar journey! Sun and Rook have no choice but to work together to get their mentors back…or face losing their magic forever.
Is there anything better than a classic romcom for the holidays? Both Love Actually and The Love Match are delightful and heartfelt rom-coms that will tug at your heartstrings and make you laugh, a perfect combination!
Any romantic Hallmark movie
The ADORABLE cover of Talk Santa to Me tells you pretty much everything you can expect from this sweet, hilarious YA romcom! This festive read is perfect for fans of Jenna Evans Welch and Hallmark Christmas movies, and will have you feeling the festive spirit in no time.