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This post is all about the Best Holiday Books 2022.

Best Holiday Reads 2022

It can be so overwhelming to shop for holiday books. There are so many books out there. Luckily, I’m your bookish guru and have read over 100 Christmas books over these past few years.

From classic Christmas stories to spicy romances to family reads, I have your holiday book list covered!

I started reading holiday books a few months ago so I could include some new holiday books that had just been released.

Whether you want to read a book for yourself or get the best holiday books for your friend’s stocking this year, I got a selection below where you won’t need to look elsewhere!

This post is all about the Best Holiday Books 2022.

My Top Best Holiday Books 2022

Best Overall: In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

“I adore this holiday read! I always recommend it to everyone! Maelyn Jones is a great character!”

Most Romantic: The Clause in Christmas by Rachael Boom

“I love the classic ‘will they won’t they.’ I always tell my bookish besties to give this a read. It’s fast-paced and puts you in the Christmas mood for romance.”

Most Popular: The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan

“This book got turned into a Hallmark Christmas movie last year. While I remain a fan of the book, this is a Christmas book and movie always on my list to read/watch to others I know!”

Best Holiday Books 2022

1. All I Want for Christmas by Maggie Knox

I love country music, and this Christmas romcom book hit all the notes (literally)! It was a fast-paced, fun read centering around Sadie and Max. They are singers who get paired up together for Starlight, a singing competition. They can’t stand each other, but will that last, or will this duo hit the right notes (pun intended)?

2. Once Upon a Time in December by Amy E. Reichert

A cozy holiday read that you’ll definitely find yourself wanting to reread. Protagonist  Astra Noel Snow (yes, that’s her name, and I love it) lives her life by always carrying the special holiday with her. After her recent divorce changes her holiday plans, she meets Jack Clausen. Will the magic of the season rub off on this new couple? Find out!

3. The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan

The Christmas Sisters is my favorite book by Sarah Morgan. It centers around three very different sisters who reunite for the holidays. Each one has a few secrets and past hurt that they carry with them into

4. The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan

A story of two sisters, Carmen and Sofia, who are complete opposites. I really enjoyed the setting of the bookshop in Edingsburg. It was a delightful read, I always recommend it!

5. Comfort & Joy by Kristin Hannah

My first Kristina Hannah book made me fall in love with her writing style. This holiday book I’ve read this about three times. I adore Joy Candellaro and her holiday story!

6. The Christmas Letters by Janny Hale

Elizabeth learns her boyfriend of 7 years is leaving her…at Christmas time. I admit this storyline is something I hope never happens to me! But I loved how Elizabeth rallied, and I got to follow her holiday story, which led to Paul Dawson. I won’t give anything away, but find out if Elizabeth decides to open her heart again when you read this book.

7. The Christmas Spirit by Debbie Macomber

The story goes back in time to the 70s, following a bartender and pastor who switch places around the holidays. Another Debbie Macomber gem! I got to interview her about this book for a literary profile, and I can’t tell you what a great read this is for the holidays!

8. Home Sweet Christmas by Susan Mallory

Camryn Neff is focused on getting back to her life in Chicago. But until then, she’s in Wishing Tree to look after her sisters. But it’s there she meets Jake Crane. But Camryn isn’t looking for anything serious, especially in this small town. But can you decide who to love and where?

9. Holiday Romance by Catherine Walsh

For the last ten years, Molly and Andrew have sat next to each other on a plane to Ireland. But this year, a snowstorm stopped their annual travel plans. Now, these two friends are convinced there is nothing remotely romantic between them.

With Andrew a fan of the holidays, Molly may have to slow down and discover maybe, just maybe, there is something special about the holidays and themselves.

10. A Merry Little Meet Cute by Julie Murphy

Bee Hobbes is a plus-size adult film star who decides to do a holiday movie for a family-friendly television channel. Nolan Shaw, her childhood crush, ends up being her new co-star and the two find themselves in the small town of Christmas Notch. The bad-bad and Bee soon find themselves heating up off-screen, but can they keep it a secret?

11. Snowed in at Christmas by Sarah Morgan

Sarah Morgan crafted intriguing characters in the Miller siblings and Lucy Clarke. A story that had me turning the pages as fast as I could. This is one story I always recommend!

12. A Christmas Promise by Nora Roberts

Pandora McVie uncle leaves her $150 million. The catch to her inheritance is she has to spend half a year at Catskills mansion with Michael Donohue. This setup is hardly ideal, and I fell in love with these characters and the setting!

13. Nick and Noel’s Christmas Playlist by Codi Hall

I adore the story of Nick and Noel. Nick just got out of the military and comes home to find his long-time girlfriend cheated on him. He goes out with his BFF Noel in hopes of getting cheered up, only to find their little kiss feels oh so right. Will these two friends become more?

14. Wishing on a Christmas Cowboy by Sara Richardson

Kyra Fowler just got her dream job in London. The only thing she has to do is sell her estranged father’s ranch he left her. But Aiden Steele won’t let her sell to a developer when he needs to preserve his sister’s and niece’s ranch from getting ruined. Will these two find common ground?

15. The Clause in Christmas by Rachael Boom

Cassie Hayward just inherited a house in the small town of Poppy Creek. But to successfully get the house, she has to complete festive tasks. It’s overseen by the town lawyer, Luke, who finds himself getting more attached despite his best efforts.

16. The Santa Suit by Mary Kay Andrews

I adore this holiday read. I read it last Christmas, and I always recommend it to everyone I know. Ivy Perkins is a character I didn’t forget and one I enjoyed getting to know!

17. Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz

I’ve read the story of Darcy Fitzwilliam for the past few years and always love this story more and more each year. It’s a great re-telling I recommend!

18. Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Becky Brandon is ready to embrace change as she returns to the states from Letherby. But things don’t always go as planned, and the chaos of family and other things start to make Becky question things. Will she find joy in the holidays after all?

19. In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

The most popular book of the season. From the cover to the characters, I adore Christina Lauren’s writing. This book is no exception. If you want a romance read you won’t soon forget, I recommend picking up a copy of this one!

More Recs for the Best Holiday Books 2022 from HeyitsCarlyRae Contributors


A Very Merry Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams
Contributor Nicki with A Very Merry Bromance!

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A Very Merry Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

The book club is back again with a Christmas-themed, grumpy-sunshine romance. Famous country singer Colton Wheeler had a one-night stand with Gretchen Winthrop last year, and it’s all he’s been able to think about since. Gretchen is a no-nonsense, hard-working, pro bono immigration lawyer with no time for romance, and she absolutely does not celebrate Christmas. But when Gretchen’s ultrarich whiskey family business proposes a deal involving Colton as the face of the brand, he finds there is more to Gretchen’s Scrooge-like behavior than she wants to admit.

Contributor Lindsey with Season of Love
Contributor Lindsey with Season of Love!

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Season of Love by Helena Greer

This sapphic holiday novel is the perfect Christmas read. It made me crave a place I’ll never be able to go. It’s been a long time since I’ve had such a visceral reaction to a book, especially a holiday book. I was impressed by Greer’s ability to craft likable characters, a quaint town, and a realistic Christmasland tree farm that felt like a character in and of itself. 

Contributor Jessica with Scrooge and the Girls Next Door!

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Scrooge and the Girls Next Door by Melanie Jacobson

Single mom Paige has dreamed of owning a house in Creekwood, where she and her daughter, Ellie, can finally call home. When she discovers a small, rundown house within her budget, Paige believes all her dreams are finally coming true.

That is until the cranky next-door neighbor, Henry Hill, tries to outbid her on the house, then attempts to get her Christmas lights shut down. Scrooge and the Girls Next Door is a heartwarming book where opposites attract, and two hurt people overcome their long-held grief together.

Contributor Jennifer G. recommends A Cat Cafe Christmas!

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A Cat Cafe Christmas by Codi Gary

This sweet romance follows Kara, a veterinarian, who opens the Meow and Furever Cat Cafe with her best friend, Charity. There they serve delicious coffee and treats while finding new homes for stray cats. But with the holidays around the corner, they are struggling to make ends meet, and they may lose the cafe if they can’t bring in more customers.

When grumpy Ben arrives on the scene with his marketing credentials and big ideas, he thinks he can save the cafe, even if he doesn’t like cats. When a kitten unexpectedly finds its way into Ben’s life, Kara and Ben spend more time together and discover they may have more in common than they thought. Will they be able to save the cafe, the kitties, and maybe even their own hearts in time for Christmas?

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Contributor Chandler M. recommends In A Holidaze!

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In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

Maelyn Jones is struggling and feels like she is moving backward in life, living with her parents and hating her job. She goes with her family on their annual Christmas trip to a cabin in Utah. However, when Maelyn leaves to return home after Christmas, she gets in a car accident and then wakes up on the plane heading to Utah. She relives the holidays over and over again, on a constant loop. What will make her get it right so she can move forward with her life? 

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Contributor Vinsci F. recommends The Twelve Dates of Christmas!

Vinsci F.

The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss

Kate Turner’s best friend signed her up for a dating agency event where she participated in twelve dates with twelve different men. Some dates were disastrous, and some were hilarious, but what I love most about this book is that it’s set in the small community of Blexford, England, with all its Christmas traditions. I also enjoyed knowing that the love Kate was looking for was right in front of her. 

What is the most read Christmas book?

A Christmas Carol has been the quintessential classic Christmas book for generations. Charles Dickens’ story follows the embittered Ebenezer Scrooge, a man who hates Christmas and all that it represents.

What is the most famous Christmas story?

A Christmas Carol. It is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a man who hates Christmas and everything associated with it. On Christmas Eve, he is visited by the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley. Marley warns Scrooge that he will be visited by three ghosts: the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future.

What is a good short Christmas story?

A Christmas Carol is a classic tale by Charles Dickens. In it, the curmudgeonly Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. The story teaches lessons of compassion and redemption and is sure to please readers of

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