Christmas Book Recommendations

Do you love to read heart-warming holiday stories? How about scary holiday stories? Or mystery holiday stories? Or holiday romances? Here’s a list of 2023 and 2024 books recommended by bookseller and reviewer John Charles, bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz, and your host, Christina Dodd. There’s something for everyone. Click to read the descriptions and to order from the excellent Poisoned Pen Bookstore who ships world-wide!

Simply the Best
A Chicago Stars Novel
Susan Elizabeth Phillips  
(We’re expecting this young lady to go far with her Chicago Stars series! And I happen to know she’ll be at the Poisoned Pen in person on Wednesday, 2/14 for an in person autographing. Pre-order your copy now!)

The Night Island
Jayne Ann Krentz  
(Another rising star! In January, she’ll also sign copies of her romantic suspense, and you can get your copy through the Poisoned Pen. Pre-order your copy now!)

Every Single Secret
Christina Dodd
(To know her is to love her! 😂 On Tuesday March 5, Christina will in person be at Poisoned Pen autographing her romantic suspense, EVERY SINGLE SECRET. Definitely pre-order your copy now!)

Christmas at Corgi Cove
Annie England Noblin  

Regency Reunions at Christmas
Diane Gaston,  Laura Martin,  Helen Dickson  

Three Holidays and a Wedding
Uzma Jalaluddin,  Marissa Stapley  

Wreck the Halls
Tessa Bailey  

The Kingdom of Sweets
Erika Johansen  

System Collapse (Jayne Ann Krentz’s recommendation, not a Christmas novel, but the whole series is great!)
Martha Wells  

Fourth Wing (My recommendation, also not a Christmas novel, and I’m probably the last person in the world to find out about this series. I loved it! I can’t wait for the second book to arrive in my mail box.)
Rebecca Yarros

The Beginning of Everything
Jackie Fraser  

The Fiction Writer
Jillian Cantor  

Bright Lights, Big Christmas (My recommendation: Mary Kay Andrews always writes a great Christmas story!)
Mary Kay Andrews  

The Curse of Penryth Hall
Jess Armstrong  

Don’t Want You Like a Best Friend
Emma R Alban  

At First Spite
Olivia Dade  

The Twelve Months of Christmas
Sheila Roberts  

Snowed In For Christmas
Jacqueline Snowe

The Holiday Mix-Up
Ginny Baird

The Twelve Dogs of Christmas
David Rosenfelt  

The Ex-Mas Holidays
Zoe Allison  

A Holly Jolly Ever After
Julie Murphy,  Sierra Simone  

Did you know I have another book coming in 2024? Read all about it!

I’m the daughter of Romeo and Juliet.

Yes, that Romeo and Juliet. The one that Shakespeare wrote about.

No, they didn’t die in the tomb. Rumors of their deaths were greatly exaggerated. In fact, they’re alive and well and the parents of seven kids. I’m the oldest, with the emphasis on ‘old’—a certified spinster at twenty, and happy to stay that way. It’s not easy to keep your taste for romance with parents like mine. Picture it—constant monologues, passionate declarations, fighting, making up, making out . . . it’s exhausting.

…This smart-aleck female is my newest creation, Rosie Montague (Rosaline if I’m in trouble), and the book is A DAUGHTER OF FAIR VERONA, coming June 25, 2024 in hardcover, eBook and audiobook.

The whole thing is Susan Elizabeth Phillips’s fault.

Or maybe Jayne Ann Krentz’s.

Probably my daughter Arwen is the one most to blame. Or to praise. It depends on how you look at it. Let’s start there. READ MORE!