Our Favorite Holiday Reads

With the holidays coming up, it’s a busy time of year…which means it’s the perfect time to re-read some old (and newer) favorites! Returning to books we’ve loved before is an easy way to indulge the urge to read as much as we can, while also being able to leave off and pick up between holiday activities and spending time with family. These novels include fantasy adventures, wintry snowscapes, and classic holiday stories that remind us of many happy Yuletides past!

The Neverending Story — Michael Ende’s ‘neverending story’ has everything we want from a good holiday read—adventures to magical places, interesting characters, and beloved animals whose parts of the story we may or may not still get far too invested in (Artax, anyone?)

The Princess Bride — William Goldman’s “only the good parts” swashbuckling adventure is an old favorite…and the only book here we actually read after watching the movie, but that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable. Whether it’s re-reading Goldman’s book or watching Inigo Montoya fight the six-fingered man on-screen, it’s always fun to reenter this story.

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The Golden Compass — The first in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series, The Golden Compass is one of our favorites to read on a snowy day (or, in sunny SoCal, when we’re wishing for one!). Pullman’s fantastical world mirrors our, but who wouldn’t want to read about talking, armored polar bears?!

The Complete Sherlock Holmes — There are so many Holmes stories to choose from, it’s easy to pick a long-forgotten one to discover again for the first time, or to re-read one of Doyle’s more well-known tales. Some of Doyle’s stories, like “The Adventure of Gloria Scott” are even free to read online!

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Nutcracker — This list wouldn’t be complete without at least one holiday story! The Nutcracker is a holiday classic, and this edition of ETA Hoffman’s 1816 story, with illustrations from Where the Wild Things Are author Maurice Sendak, always puts us in the holiday spirit.

What are your favorite books to read during the holidays?