‘Tis the season for reading!

Published 11:30 am Tuesday, December 19, 2023

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Curl up with a fuzzy blanket and cup of warm cocoa while reading one of these delightful Christmas books, available at Polk County Public Libraries! There’s something for everyone, from romance to thrillers to short stories.


The Christmas Wedding Guest by Susan Mallery

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The Somerville sisters believe in love, but they’ve lost faith it will happen for them. Reggie hasn’t been home since the end of the world’s shortest engagement. When her parents decide to renew their vows, she buffs up her twinkle to help with the Christmas wedding. Unexpectedly, Toby, her first love, is back too, and the spark between them shines as brightly as ever. Done waiting for the one, Dena is pregnant and on her own—on purpose. But then a gorgeous, sad-eyed songwriter checks into a room at her inn. Micah, unable to write since he lost his wife, finds inspiration in Dena’s determination to be a mom. As the Christmas wedding draws closer, these two sisters just might unwrap the most treasured gift of all—love. The audiobook and ebook are available on the Hoopla app with no wait!


Christmas Presents by Lisa Unger

Instead of presents this Christmas, a true crime podcaster is opening up a cold case… Coupling a picturesque, cozy setting with a deeply unsettling suspenseful plot, this is a chilling seasonal novella. The audiobook is available on the Hoopla app with no wait!


The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan

Library Journal gave this 2021 novel a starred review and said it “is full of references to books, descriptions of the twisty insides of a bookshop, and fun details about Scotland, Quakerism, and the centuries-old Great Yew Tree of Ormiston.” The audiobook and ebook are available on the Hoopla app with no wait!


The Jolliest Bunch by Danny Pellegrino

For many families, the holiday season is―quite frankly―unhinged. Whether that involves inappropriately improvised monologues at the children’s Christmas pageant, gifts that land someone in the emergency room, or just sitting through the emotional rollercoaster of a Hallmark movie marathon, the holidays are a chaotic and magical time. And nobody knows this better than author Danny Pellegrino, who takes you on a nostalgic trip through his most festive memories in a collection of stories that are heartfelt, hilarious, and (unfortunately) true. The ebook is available on the Hoopla app with no wait!


You Make It Feel like Christmas by Toni Shiloh

As if going home for the holidays jobless and single wasn’t bad enough, Starr is dragged into a holiday season full of activities leading up to her sister’s uber-romantic Christmas Eve wedding–to Starr’s ex-boyfriend. But when her brother’s best friend Waylon attends their family Thanksgiving, she starts to wonder if maybe coming home for Christmas isn’t so bad after all. The ebook is available on the Hoopla app with no wait!


Jen Pace Dickenson is the Youth Services Librarian for Polk County Public Libraries. For information about the library’s resources, programs, and other services, visit polklibrary.org or call (828) 894-8721.