It’s a rainy Christmas Eve here in Atlanta–not necessarily the precipitation I associate with Christmastime! But let’s be honest, snow is pretty, but it’s also a hassle. I’d much rather read about it or watch it in a movie than actually deal with it. And it seems like every time in snows in fiction, something beautiful or magical happens.

I used to be a bit of a scrooge. I’m not sure why, exactly, but every year in college my friends would get excited about Christmas music and all the cheesy traditions and I felt sort of bah humbug. I usually would finally feel like I was in the Christmas spirit on, oh, December 26. A little too late. This year is different, though. I started thinking about gifts I wanted to buy people before Thanksgiving even hit, and I’ve been willingly listening to Christmas music! I’ve even watched three Christmas movies and enjoyed them.

Over the weekend I was browsing on Hello Giggles and ran across this list of YA books to get you through the winter. I had read the John Green collection listed first and loved it, so somewhat on a whim I bought the second suggested collection of stories. It was way above my typical buy price of $3.99 for a Kindle book, but I was feeling Christmas-y, remember? And you know what? It was worth every penny.

I’m not usually into short stories, either, but these were great. As for the John Green, think Love Actually–seemingly unrelated stories that end up colliding. And the Stephanie Perkins collection was a lovely, diverse set of stories that included magic, romance, and some of the quirkiest relationships I’ve ever read.

If you’re looking for some light, heartwarming reading for this evening, look no further!

  • Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle

John Green Christmas Stories

  • My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins Stories

On a completely different holiday literature note, I’ve been waiting for Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris to come in at the library. I just got a notification that it was in, but my branch is CLOSED today! So maybe I’ll extend my Christmas spirit by a few days this year and give that one a read after the fact.

Are you into holiday-themed books and movies? What are some of your favorites?

Laura Lindeman

Laura Lindeman