Reading with a Side of…

Hi all! It’s Becky. I am a big fan of the holiday season, which in my house (because of a legally binding agreement with my family) starts the day of Thanksgiving. Here is a list of some great holiday books paired with great holiday mocktails to make your holidays a little brighter.

Orange Cranberry Mimosa Holiday Mocktail from Rhubarbarian

Grinch Punch from Simplistically Living

Candy Cane Christmas Mocktail from This Vivacious Life

“Cocktail time” by ambernambrose is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

Maelyn Jones isn’t living her best life. She has a job she hates, she’s living back home with her mom and stepfather, and she has zero potential romantic possibilities. However, it’s Christmastime, which is Maelyn’s favorite time of the year because it means the annual trip to her parents’ friends’ cabin and seeing Andrew, their perfect son. Unfortunately, this year didn’t go the way Maelyn was hoping; instead, it was filled with disappointing news and awkward interactions, but Maelyn is about to get a second chance. On the way to the airport, at the end of the holiday, Maelyn is in a terrible accident. Instead of waking up in the hospital, she wakes up on the plane at the beginning of the holiday. Now, Maeln gets to relive the most wonderful time of the year until she gets it right and finds her happy ending.

The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer

Rachel Rubenstein-Goldblatt is the daughter of an acclaimed Rabbi with a secret. Rachel loves Christmas. She is the writer of dozens best selling Christmas romance books, but when her publisher asks for Hanukkah romance, Rachel must embrace her family’s holiday traditions for material. There is just one problem the most popular event of the holiday season is The Matzah Ball hosted by Jacob Greenberg, Rachel’s camp boyfriend turned enemy. Can Rachel find inspiration for her new novel and maybe find romance?

Mind the Gap, Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Dash and Lily’s relationship has survived high school, but now they are together but apart as Lily stays in New York, and Dash attends Oxford University in England. Lily decides she wants to spend Christmas with the boy she loves and travels to England to surprise him. As the two spend time together they realize they had grown and changed, and they must decide where they want their relationship to go.

What books help you embrace the holiday spirit? Add your picks to the comments section!

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