December is a wonderful month to explore various books. Christmas, and New Year’s holidays make for perfect reading time. So, it’s time for some December novels!
They also inspire a plethora of books for both adults, and children. However, there are other holidays in the 12th month of the year that also lend themselves to excellent reading material.
Holiday books not only make for excellent reading but fantastic gift ideas that can be shared with the whole family for years to come.
My mind’s eye flashes back to books read around a blazing fire. This scene is prominent in so many holiday movies, as well as taking place at our house every December.
I am especially fond of giving books for Christmas. It was something my parents instilled in me when I was very young.
They open so many worlds and expand horizons when the weather is horrific. That is why I became a writer of poetry and children’s books.
12/1 – World AIDS Day
A day to remember all those souls, strangers, friends, and family who have had to deal with this disease and the world crisis in the 1980s and since in certain nations where treatments are harder to come by.
- Remember This – Steve Adams
- Elegy for the Undead – Matthew Vesely
- The Mayor of Castro Street; The Life and Times of Harvey Milk – Randy Shilts
12/3 – International Day of People with Disability
Recognizing a day to celebrate people with disabilities, and the advances they have made to society.
December 18-26 – Hanukkah
A Jewish Festival of Lights. The oil in the ancient Jews lamps that did not burn down for eight nights, showing Yahweh was their light.
- Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins – Eric A. Kimmel and Trina Schart Hyman
- Merry Hanukkah – Debby Caruso
- The Matzah Ball: A Novel – Jean Meltzer
12/25 – Christmas
A Christian holiday of the birth of Jesus Christ. It was the pagan holiday of Yule.
- Claus Universe Boxed Set books 1-3 (Claus, Jack, Flury) – Tony Bertausk
- All I Want For Christmas – Rebekah Pace
- Christmas at Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop: A Novel – Jenny Colgan
- Dear Santa – Debbie Macomber
- A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
12/26-1/1 – Kwanzaa
A Holiday based on African Harvest Festival Traditions, and is African American in origin.
12/31 – New Year’s Eve
A holiday celebrating the beginning of the New Year. In pre-Christian Rome, the day was dedicated to Janus, God of Gateways and Beginnings.
- New Year’s Kiss – Lee Matthews
- Happy New Year, Baby (SEAL Team: Holiday Hero’s Book 2) – Laura Marie Altom
Many of these books have free Kindle versions. Be sure to check them out! I know I will.
If you would like more reading suggestions consider these.
- The Gold Persimmon
- The Empire of Ice and Stone
- The Minister of Chance
- The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs Kip
Sue Cook lives in Freeport, Illinois with her husband Randy and two dogs. Her passions include assistance dogs, rescue dogs, music, acting, theater, poetry, and Doctor Who. She’s been in both film and theater and is a regular cast member of the podcast Doctor Who’s Line is it….Anyway? Sue is an advocate for the use of Service Dogs to assist their disabled handlers to maintain their independence. Quigley’s Quest, her first children’s book, addresses how a dog becomes a Service Dog.