Today is December 11, which means we have exactly two weeks until Christmas....
In my house, my husband usually takes care of most of the family gift-giving, since he is much more in tune with what our two late-teen boys are interested in. (A list that’s usually dominated by video games, blockbuster action movies and electronics, you probably won’t be too surprised to learn.)
With DH taking care of most of the gifts, that leaves me with more time to read (thanks, sweetheart!) and I’m going to try to get at least one non-review holiday book read this Christmas season. So many great ones, past and present, so choosing one for the limited leisure reading time I have is tough!
My two favorite genres at Christmas are historical and contemporary, so this week I’ll focus on contemporary, and next week historical, but by all means, if you have any “not-to-be missed” titles in any genre, please share with us!
If there’s one contemporary anthology I’d like to read this season that I haven’t had the chance to dive into yet, it’s Baby, It’s Cold Outside, a collection of stories by writers who originally hit it big as e-published writers, headlined by Jennifer Probst, Emma Chase and Melody Anne. It looks fun, quirky and sexy. (And I may be partially attracted to the book because I like the song so much. Speaking of which, have you seen/heard the adorable version by Idina Menzel and Michael Bublé? If not, take a peek. Great duet and cute video!)
I’m always tempted by Lori Wilde’s Twilight, Texas series, especially her holiday titles, and her new book Christmas at Twilight looks just as heart-warming as usual, with perhaps a slightly darker edge than her usual fare. Intriguing!
In ’Tis the Season, Robyn Carr has a bundled re-release of two of her beloved Virgin River Christmas titles, plus an unrelated seasonal novella. If you’re an avid Carr fan, you’ve likely read these already, but if you haven’t, this might be a welcome treat in your stocking.
Other favorites with new Christmas titles:
RaeAnn Thayne released two Christmas titles this year: Snow Angel Cove and The Christmas Ranch (which included a re-issue of A Cold Creek Holiday).
Popular writer Brenda Novak has a new seasonal Whiskey Creek title, The Heart of Christmas.
Another seasonal favorite, Sherryl Woods continues her popular Chesapeake Shores series with The Christmas Bouquet.
For some romance fans, Christmas isn’t complete without Debbie Macomber’s holiday release, and she’s expanding her guardian angel motif with Mr. Miracle.
Have you discovered Emma Cane yet? Sleigh Bells in Valentine Valley looks like a sweet-yet-sexy second-chance-at-love Christmas story.
Lisa Plumley has a whole series devoted to the holiday, with her delightful Kismet Christmas books.
Sheila Roberts has a new Icicle Falls Christmas book, The Lodge on Holly Road, plus she has a bunch of fun Christmas books in her backlist, including The Nine Lives of Christmas, a story that stars a cat.
So many options! Don’t you just love holiday romance?
(Don’t forget, next week we’ll take a look at some great historical choices. Feel free to leave some recommendations in the comments—in any genre.)
Happy Holidays! Happy reading. xo