As far as I remember, I've only ever - and I mean ever - read one holiday-themed novel. And, of course, it was campy enough to include vampires. And you know what's worse? I actually thought it wasn't that bad. I mean, sure, it was slightly (overly) predictable; sure, it was a gag Christmas gift; but I still read it in 2 days and was seriously creeped out at one of the short stories for a good two weeks. That's more than I can say for some of the other romance novels I've picked up to read.
And this Christmas, I'm being realistic. Last year, I bought the complete versions of The Nutcracker and what better time to read it than now? But with my luck, I doubt that I will be able to finish anything this holiday season other than shopping.
There is one novel I read this year that I think would fit into the holiday season category nicely. It is not particularly Christmas or holiday themed, but it is set in winter and has that magical touch of Christmas throne in. The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen is a must read whether its the holiday season or not.
Josey Cirrini is sure of three things: winter is her favorite season, she's a sorry excuse for a Southern belle, and sweets are best eaten in the privacy of her closet. ...Soon Josey is living in a world where the color read has startling powers, and passion can make eggs fry in their cartons. And that's just for starters.
The Sugar Queen is so much more than you expect and nothing what you expected. I'm stashing my copy in my car to reread with those precious spare moments in between work.