Don’t be a cotton-headed ninny-muggins this holiday season! If you need some extra holiday cheer, the perfect cure is snuggling up with a great book. Throw on some nostalgic holiday music or something that brings you chill vibes, and grab your coziest sweaters while you get into the spirit of the season with these extra cozy reads.
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How to Excavate a Heart by Jake Maia Arlow
This sapphic Jewish Christmas story is the definition of cozy! Shani meets May when she literally hits May with her Subaru, and if that’s not awkward enough, the two of them get snowed in together on Christmas Eve. Is it a winter fling or the real thing? We can’t wait to find out!
Add this book to your shelf here.
You’re A Mean One, Matthew Prince by Timothy Janovsky
This M/M romance deserves a spot on this list just for its clever play on the Grinch in the title, but it’s also a super fun twist to the classic Christmas rom-com. Matthew Prince is rich and spoiled, and when he gets sent to his grandparents’ charming, Hallmark-worthy town for the holidays, he’s less than thrilled. Enter Hector Martinez, who’s not impressed by Matthew’s bad vibes. Can you see where this is going?
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And while you’re at it, you might as well curl up with a copy of the childhood classic that inspired this book’s title, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Find the OG Grinch here.
Whiteout by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, & Nicola Yoon
Other than the fact that this collab features a group of true author icons, this collection is destined to become a YA classic simply because it’s been marketed as exuding Black joy, cozy vibes, and beautiful romance. These intertwining stories follow a group of twelve teens helping a friend pull off an epic apology, and it’s all set during a Christmas-time storm that turns Atlanta into a literal snow globe!
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A Merry Little Meet Cute by Julie Murphy & Sierra Simone
If you wanna get a little more ~spicy~ with your cozy holiday reads, this one’s for you! This adult romance follows a plus-size adult film star who ends up cast in a family-friendly, good ol’ cheesy Christmas movie. Plus, her co-star is none other than Nolan Shaw, an ex-boy band member and her childhood crush, who happens to know who she is. If you wanna combine the cheesy comfort of a Hallmark movie with some ~steamy scenes~, then you’re welcome.
Kiss Her Once for Me by Alison Cochrun
A fake engagement ruse, a meet-cute who turns back up at just the right time, and queer romance… We’ve already added it to our carts. Ellie and the owner of the coffee shop she works at devise a drunken plan to fake a marriage for financial gain, and if that weren’t wild enough, it turns out that the owner’s sister is the fling that broke Ellie’s heart last Christmas. We’re living for the Christmas chaos!
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Oh, and don’t forget the hot cocoa!
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