TBR Bookmas | Blogmas 2016

Hi guys!

First of all, I’d like to apologize. I said I’ll do Blogmas and then I disappeared for 3 days. Oops. Life happens, and to be honest, no inspiration? C’mon, it happens to everyone.

Anyway! So lately I’ve been obsessed with reading Christms-themed books. Okay so I may have not actually read any of these but I seriously want to. I’ll probably end up ordering some online. But I did add a couple of books to my Goodreads (TBR) and I’d love to share some here!

First one I got from Zoella’s book club (wish we had a WH Smith here!):

The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

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It’s the second book in the series, but this is a post about fun Christmas books so there you go. Here’s the blurb on Goodreads:

Dash and Lily have had a tough year since they first fell in love among the shelves of their favorite bookstore. Lily’s beloved grandfather suffered a heart attack, and his difficult road to recovery has taken a major toll on her typically sunny disposition.

With only twelve days left until Christmas—Lily’s favorite time of the year—Dash, Lily’s brother Langston, and their closest friends must take Manhattan by storm to help Lily recapture the unique holiday magic of a glittering, snow-covered New York City in December.

Muffins and Mistletoe (Starlight Hills #1) by Debora Dennis

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This looks like such a fun-loving cozy Christmas read. It’s like a cheesy Christmas film in a book. I’d love to read this!

SWEET HOLIDAY NOVELLA

Welcome to Starlight Hills! Mountain views, small town charm, and one little bake shop, where romance is always on the menu.

Christmas is the best time of year to be in love in Starlight Hills. Cold nights perfect for snuggling, plenty of mistletoe to be caught kissing under, and an abundance of gingerbread muffins for sharing under the stars. But when Corinne Mackenzie turns down a proposal from the man she loves at the Thanksgiving table, it could be the worst time of year instead. Convinced the only way to fix the biggest mistake of her life is to enlist the help of the town’s resident matchmaker, she’s got a plan to make this the best Christmas ever.

After his proposal is rejected in front of family and friends, Jimmy Crane knows his only chance of surviving the holiday is to avoid the woman who stomped on his heart. The only obstacle to his plan is his matchmaking mother and Corinne’s knack for getting him under the mistletoe.

Twelve Days of Christmas by Trisha Ashley

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I think I have a thing for Twelve Days of Christmas? I guess it’s a good base for a Christmas book, isn’t it? Probably 12 days to develop the story and characters. The 12 most Christmas-y days! This also seems like yet another by-the-fireplace-cosy-socks-and-candles read. If you know what I mean..

Christmas has always been a sad time for young widow Holly Brown, so when she’s asked to look after a remote house on the Lancashire moors, the opportunity to hide herself away is irresistible — the perfect excuse to forget about the festivities.

Sculptor Jude Martland is determined that this year there will be no Christmas after his brother runs off with his fiancee and he is keen to avoid the family home. However, he will have to return by the twelfth night of the festivities, when the hamlet of Little Mumming hold their historic festivities and all of his family are required to attend.

Meanwhile, Holly is finding that if she wants to avoid Christmas, she has come to the wrong place. When Jude unexpectedly returns on Christmas Eve he is far from delighted to discover that Holly seems to be holding the very family party he had hoped to avoid.

Suddenly, the blizzards come out of nowhere and the whole village is snowed in. With no escape, Holly and Jude get much more than they bargained for — it looks like the twelve days of Christmas are going to be very interesting indeed!

Christmas at Tiffany’s (Christmas at Tiffany’s #1) by Karen Swan

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Yet another cute chick-lit Christmas novel! I’m such a sucker for these.

Three cities. Three seasons. One chance to find the life that fits.

Cassie settled down too young, marrying her first serious boyfriend. Now, ten years later, she is betrayed and broken. With her marriage in tatters and no career or home of her own, she needs to work out where she belongs in the world and who she really is.

So begins a year-long trial as Cassie leaves her sheltered life in rural Scotland to stay with each of her best friends in the most glamorous cities in the world: New York, Paris and London. Exchanging grouse moor and mousy hair for low-carb diets and high-end highlights, Cassie tries on each city for size as she attempts to track down the life she was supposed to have been leading, and with it, the man who was supposed to love her all along.

The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck

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This book isn’t like the previous ones on my list. It’s more of an inspirational-bawl-your-eyes-out kind of read. Christmas appropriate, I’d say? Since everything and everyone gets more emotional and thankful for all that we have. That’s partly why I love Christmas too! – other than the fact that having desserts is so much more fun and uhm, presents? – just kidding. Kind of.

If You Could Change Your Life by Reversing Your Biggest Regrets, Sorrows and Mistakes…Would You?

When Eddie was twelve years old, all he wanted for Christmas was a bike. Although his life had gotten harder — and money tighter — since his father died and the family bakery closed…Eddie dreamed that somehow his mother would find a way to have his dream bike gleaming beside their modest Christmas tree that magical morning.

What he got from her instead was a sweater. “A stupid, handmade, ugly sweater” that young Eddie left in a crumpled ball in the corner of his room.

Scarred deeply by the realization that kids don’t always get what they want, and too young to understand that he already owned life’s most valuable treasures, that Christmas morning was the beginning of Eddie’s dark and painful journey on the road to manhood. It will take wrestling with himself, his faith, and his family — and the guidance of a mysterious neighbor named Russell — to help Eddie find his path through the storm clouds of life and finally see the real significance of that simple gift his mother had crafted by hand with love in her heart.

Based on a deeply personal true story, The Christmas Sweater is a warm and poignant tale of family, faith and forgiveness that offers us a glimpse of our own lives — while also making us question if we really know what’s most important in them.

The Christmas Secret by Donna VanLiere (Christmas Hope #5)

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Can we just take a minute to appreciate this cover? I think it’s absolutely gorgeous. It may be because of the purple and blue colours of the sky and snow. I love the combination of these colours! This cover really does scream out Christmas to me. This one’s actually got 4.23 goodreads stars! No matter how much I don’t like to judge a book by its amount of stars, it sometimes give that extra push to read, doesn’t it?

When a struggling young single mother saves the life of an elderly woman, she sets into motion a series of events that will test her strength, loyalty, and determination, all the while setting her on the path to finding true love.

Christine Eisley is the mother of seven-year-old Zach and five-year-old Haley. Her ex-husband provides little, if any, child support and makes life difficult for Christine by using the children as pawns. She works long hours as a waitress to make ends meet, but her job is in jeopardy because she’s often late to work due to the unreliable teenaged sitters she’s forced to use. When Christine saves the life of a woman who works in Wilson’s department store, the owner of Wilson’s wants to find her, to thank her, but Christine has disappeared, losing another job once again. He sets his grandson, Jason, to the task of finding the mysterious “Christy.” Jason, an accountant by trade who has lost his job to downsizing, thinks he is “above” working at Wilson’s. Soon, he discovers that this new task gives him more than he bargains for.

The Christmas Secret is a novel for anyone who wants to see how love is a gift that keeps giving back; that hope is a treasure that never runs dry, and that faith is a miracle that is reborn with each new day.

Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe (The Comfort Food Cafe #2) by Debbie Johnson

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I would not be me if I didn’t add a book that involves food of some sort.

‘My new favourite author’ – Holly Martin

‘A lovely, emotion-filled, giggle-inducing story’ – Sunday Times bestselling author Milly Johnson

The brand new Christmas romance from best-selling author Debbie Johnson and the follow up to ‘Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe’.

The Comfort Food Cafe is perched on a windswept clifftop at what feels like the edge of the world, serving up the most delicious cream teas; beautifully baked breads, and carefully crafted cupcakes. For tourists and locals alike, the ramshackle cafe overlooking the beach is a beacon of laughter, companionship, and security – a place like no other; a place that offers friendship as a daily special, and where a hearty welcome is always on the menu.

So that ends my top Christmas-themed to-be-read book list! Have you read any of these books here? Do you have any good Christmas-themed book recommendations? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!

Happy Holidays and happy reading!

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