Have yourself a bloody little Christmas πŸŽ„πŸŽ…

Well, it’s almost that time of year again, lights and baubles, tinsel and mistletoe, sleighs and reindeer, Macaulay Culkin and Julie Andrews (or are Flemish TV stations the only ones to rehash Home Alone and The Sound of Music every single year?). It’s the time to be jolly and merry and read Christmassy books!

And you see, that is where my Christmas reading problems start: while I do feel like sitting in front of the fire, warm and cosy, reading books with a Christmassy setting, Christmassy reads are more often than not fluffy and light, and as I don’t do fluffy and light in the other 11 months of the year, I don’t see why I should do in December. But Kelly, don’t you want to shake things up with a Christmassy romance? Nope, I do not, thank you very much! I have seen dozens of such books on my WP and Twitter feed lately, and if those are your bag, have at it, enjoy! They’re just not for me.

Last year, I came across The Deaths of December by Susi Holliday, and realised that I’d found my kind of Christmas tale. So this year, I went looking for similar stories, non-festive festive reads, set in the Christmas period but not forcing me into a genre I don’t fully enjoy. I’ve made a list and I thought I’d share it with you, in case you, like me, like your Christmas novels on the bloody side…

Click on the little Christmas trees to take you to the book on Goodreads!

I already have a few of these in various formats and I can’t wait to dig in and get into the Christmas spirit! There is, however, one light and fluffy Christmas read I might make an exception for:

I have all the Shopaholic books, it’s been a while since I read any, but I still have a soft spot for Becky, so if I read one warm and fuzzy Christmassy book this season, it will be this one.

There is also one book that is not Christmassy, but it is a perfect winter read, I’m dying to read it but I still haven’t got to it, and I hope to read it this December:

Do you have any recommendations to add to my list? Has any of these caught your eye, are you more into traditional Christmas stories, or do you continue to read whatever it is you read during the rest of the year? Let me know below! And if you’re into more traditional Christmas reads, be sure to check out this festive post on Jill’s Book Cafe.

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