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YA Books On Our TBR This Holiday Season

The holiday season is just around the corner and here are some YA books that will put you in the holiday spirit!

Like most people, our “To Be Read” list (TBR) is extremely long. It feels like everyday there is a new book that we are just dying to read, but the time of year where this list is the longest is Christmas time. Think about it, there are so many fantastic books based during the holiday season and you can't exactly read them in the summer. Besides, nothing puts you in the Christmas spirit quite like a cute holiday book, so without further adieu, here are the YA holiday books we want to read this year!



Together at Midnight by Jennifer Castle


Kendall is a high school senior who is just returning from her semester abroad in Europe. Max is just trying to make his way through a gap year before college. When the two witness an accident in New York City, they are forced to think about the true meaning of kindness. The two dare each other to perform random acts of kindness to complete strangers. As their relationship begins to blossom they begin to question who they are and who they are meant to be with.


A holiday slow burning romance in New York City, what more could you ask for! We were originally drawn to the book by its simple cover and intriguing summary. This book has the perfect theme that will help anyone remember what the holidays are all about. It seems like the perfect standalone Christmas book and we can’t wait to read it.



One Way or Another by Kara McDowel


Paige Collins hates to make decisions. She is constantly worried about making the wrong decision and then paying for it. Paige is haunted by the what-ifs. When she is forced to choose between spending the holiday with her longtime best friend and crush in a snowy cabin or visit dazzling New York City with her mom, a place she has always dreamed of going, her life splits into two entertaining scenarios. After living out both choices, Paige will discover the answer to her what-if.


Surly we have all asked ourselves what- if and if it were us, we would have a hard time picking to! This book has both the interesting plot line and holiday gusto we were looking for in a book. What Paige faces is a realistic experience with a magical result. Either way this story decides to unfold, we are excited to read what happens to Paige in these parallel universes.



Kiss Me in New York by Catherine Rider


Charlotte is a British student waiting for a flight that will take her away from one of the most dreadful semesters of her life and Anthony is a local New Yorker on his way to surprise his longtime girlfriend. After both end up being dumped, they run into each other and an airport book titled, 10 Easy Steps for Getting Over Your Ex, the two embark on a holiday quest to heal their broken hearts.


Once again, New York City, but unlike most of the books on this list, this one does not feature a sweet beginning to a romance, but rather the harsh bitter end. This book has a different take on a holiday romance and we are all for it.




Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan


While Dash is roaming his favorite bookstore, he discovers a mysterious red notebook. When Dash opens the notebook, he finds a list of dares left by left by a young girl named Lily, who hopes that the perfect guy will come along and accept her dares. Dash and Lily are left to decide whether their relationship should become a reality or if they need to put it back on the shelf.


We are stoked to read Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares for many reasons. One being that there is not one, not two, but three books! Plus, Netflix just dropped a series based on the novel. This trilogy may be the perfect thing to occupy our time this winter.




The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand


Five years ago, on Christmas eve, Holly Chase was visited by three ghosts. These ghosts showed Holly how terrible of a person she had become and attempted to help her change her ways and become a better person, but Holly didn’t. Now, Holly is forced to work for the company Project Scrooge as their new and improved ghost of Christmas past. Stuck in her 17 year old body, watching her friends and family grow up without her, and working a dead end job in the afterlife have made Holly miserable. Little did she know, this year everything was about to change.


This book is a new twist to the holiday classic, A Christmas Carol. The summary was equal parts fascinating and mysterious leaving us itching to read this book! The Afterlife of Holly Chase sounds unlike anything we’ve ever read before and we can't wait to find out what happens.



Have you read any of these books? Which ones are on your TBR list? Let us know in the comments!




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