I don’t know about you, but to me, other than Jesus’ birth, Christmas is all about family, staying in jammies way too long and last but certainly not least, cheesy Christmas movies.
However, we don’t have cable, and I recently learned that Hallmark’s streaming app doesn’t include any of the Christmas movies from the current year.
Soooooo cheesy Christmas books were my next best option. (I did however binge on Hallmark movies when I was home with my mom a few weeks ago…and I loved every.single.minute of it.)
I did fit in two non-Christmas books (gotta take a break from the cheese once in a while…) but the books I did read, I loved! (I realize it’s past Christmas now, so giving you reviews for recommendations is kind of not helpful, but two of these books weren’t so overtly Christmasy that you couldn’t enjoy them after the holidays too.)
Ok so I’ll just get to it!
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeny
I’d been wanting to read this book for a while, because I feel like I saw it everywhere on social media for a while. While I can’t say that I LOVED it, I enjoyed it enough to keep reading it until the end.
The Nest is about the four dysfunctional Plumb siblings, who are set to receive their inheritance, nicknamed “the nest,” when the youngest sibling turns 40. One of the siblings gets into a car accident with a girl who is not his wife in the car, and that act endangers not only his portion of the inheritance, but his siblings’ portions as well. The rest of the book is all about that sibling’s issues, as well as his brother and sisters’ issues, and how they come together to work through them.
Like I said, I definitely enjoyed this book, but I don’t know that I can exactly recommend it. There are some crude parts, and some issues that are dealt with that felt unnecessary.
Overall rating: 2.5/5
Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber
This was the first of the Christmas books I read, after seeing it recommended by Mix and Match Mama, and I loved it!! It was SUPER predictable, from like the 5th page, but even so, I really enjoyed it! It’s a modern day retelling of You’ve Got Mail, which plays into the predictability, but also makes it fun.
If you’re looking for a Christmas book that will make you feel like you’re reading a Hallmark movie, this is definitely a good choice.
Overall rating: 4/5
A Nantucket Christmas by Nancy Thayer
This was the second Christmas book I read, and I also loved it! Between Elin Hilderband and Nancy Thayer, Nantucket is quickly becoming somewhere I want to live.
Family doesn’t always look like you’d like, which is definitely true for Nicole Somerset and her step-daughter, Kennedy. Kennedy shows up for the holidays with her husband and young son, without a hint of holiday spirit. She’s also pregnant, moody and set on ruining her dad’s marriage in order to get her parents back together.
This book will remind you that sometimes you have to work extra hard at creating holiday spirit, and many times, you have to rise above people’s actions, and be the bigger person. It’s a great holiday book, and will leave you smiling.
Overall rating: 4/5
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
This book was fabulous. Seriously. It’s like the Asian Gossip Girl, and every bit as juicy.
It takes place mostly in Singapore, and is about a very large family of…you guessed it…crazy rich Asians. The main characters, Nicholas and Rachel, have been dating and living in New York City for a few years, when Nicolas decides he wants to bring Rachel home to meet his family and his home country. This is where the insanity ensues.
Rachel has no idea that Nicolas comes from a family of…once again…crazy rich Asians, and he’s the number one most eligible bachelor in all of Singapore, or even Asia for that matter.
[Remember in Gossip Girl, how Blair thought it was so horrible when Serena started dating poor, nobody, Brooklynite Dan? Well that’s about how Nicolas’s family receives Rachel, only worse.]
One warning: there’s about 42 million characters in CRA, and it’s a tad confusing
in the beginning throughout the whole book. But there’s a family tree in the beginning, and once you get the hang of whose relation is of importance and whose isn’t, it starts getting easier to understand. It’s worth reading through the million characters though, I promise. I already can’t wait to read the second and third books in the series!
Overall rating: 4.5/5
Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa De La Cruz
As the title suggests, this book is a modern day retelling of Pride and Prejudice. (I guess I was all about the retelling of classic books this month!) Darcy Fitzwilliam is originally from Pemberley, Ohio, but resides in New York City. She comes from a wealthy family, but has been estranged from her family for 8 years, during which she has worked hard to create her own fortune by becoming a partner at her firm.
But then her mom has a heart attack and she finds herself back in her home town, where basically her whole life is shaken up. Between her best friend, Bingley Charles, and her next door neighbor Luke Bennett, there are loveable characters, and fun ways the author intertwines the original plot with a modern twist.
Overall rating: 4/5
What did you read this Christmas season?? Any good holiday books I can keep track of to read next year? Any suggestions for what to read at the start of the new year? Please share!
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