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Swoon Staffers: Favorite Holiday Reads

There’s just something about this time of year that makes us want to curl up somewhere cozy with a familiar, feel-good story. Find out what books the Swoon Reads team are cracking open this holiday season and share your favorite holiday reads with us in the comments!

silent night coverSilent Night by R.L. Stine

Y'all can keep your feel-good holiday stories. My favorite holiday book is this Fear Street classic straight out of 1991. The main character, Reva Dalby, is a spoiled department store-heiress, and she gets her comeuppance in true Stine fashion. There's a lipstick scene that has stuck with me for more than a decade. If you're craving some chills with your hot cocoa, Silent Night is the Christmas book for you. —Kat B.

Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Because it's set in NYC and I read it for the first time during my first winter here. Also—it's adorable and The Strand features heavily in making their romance come together. —Ashley W.

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Not sure if this counts as a "holiday" read but every year when I'm home for the holidays (and have access to my childhood library) I reread the Chronicles of Narnia series. I love love love the world of Narnia, and honestly, I kind of have the hots for Peter Pevensie, so I'm always happy to reunite with him every December. —Heather J.

my true love gave to meMy True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins

My favorite is probably My True Love Gave to Me, but there are also holiday themes in everyday books! To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han and Carry On by Rainbow Rowell are two of my favorite re-reads for the season! Lara Jean + Peter K. & Simon+Baz 4EVA. —Lauren S.

Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin

Ignore the movie. This book is perfect for reading in the winter, when the air is cold and the nights are quiet (at least as quiet as they ever get in NYC!). If you take the time to read this book, it will reward you with a feeling of total enchantment and an unforgettably evocative sense of winter in the city. —Miriam M.

harry potter illustratedHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling

If you know me then you know I’ve re-read every book in this series more times than I can count, particularly during the holidays. There’s just something warm and inviting about them and I always find myself wishing I had the time to dive back in for a full series re-read each year. When I was gifted the gorgeous illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for Christmas last year, I knew it would be one that I came back to each holiday season with a cup of hot chocolate in hand and a Harry Potter movie marathon playing in the background. —Teresa F.

Christmas in America

My family has a coffee-table book called Christmas in America that's my favorite book to return to every year. It's full of photos of holiday sights, scenes, and traditions from coast to coast; I loved looking at those pictures as a little kid. Now as a semi-grownup, reading the captions brings me new insights about celebrations across the country—and the pictures never lose their beauty! —Melissa W.

How about you, Swooners? Any perennial favorite holiday reads?

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