Monday, 21 December 2020

#5OnMyTBR | Christmas

This meme was created by E. @ Local Bee Hunter's Nook and you can find the announcement post here. Also, side note, these aren't necessarily books that I own physically but they're all on my Goodreads TBR and they'll mostly be the five most recently added.  

This Week's Prompt is...

Winter Celebrations so I just decided to go full on Christmas romance although I'm realising that I've been highlighting some of these a lot recently! These are just a few festive reads that pretty high up on my TBR and even though I won't get around to reading them this year, I have high hopes for Christmas 2021!
 

1. In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren  

      
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but not for Maelyn Jones. She’s living with her parents, hates her going-nowhere job, and has just made a romantic error of epic proportions.

But perhaps worst of all, this is the last Christmas Mae will be at her favorite place in the world—the snowy Utah cabin where she and her family have spent every holiday since she was born, along with two other beloved families. Mentally melting down as she drives away from the cabin for the final time, Mae throws out what she thinks is a simple plea to the universe: Please. Show me what will make me happy.

The next thing she knows, tires screech and metal collides, everything goes black. But when Mae gasps awake…she’s on an airplane bound for Utah, where she begins the same holiday all over again. With one hilarious disaster after another sending her back to the plane, Mae must figure out how to break free of the strange time loop—and finally get her true love under the mistletoe.
 
I am still yet to try any of Christina Lauren's book even though I know they're dominating the romance side of booktube and book blogs and pretty much all of their books interest me. I can't resist a good groundhog day style book and of course it's Christmas so even more bonus points. 
 

2. The Christmas Holiday by Sophie Claire  

 
After a bad break-up, eternal optimist Evie Miller has moved to the small village of Willowbrook to finally pursue her dream of opening a craft shop. Unfortunately, with money worries and an ex-boyfriend determined to track her down, her fresh start isn't going entirely to plan.

Jake Hartwood is also looking to escape his past. Haunted by the loss of his wife, he's determined not to get close to anyone again - and the last thing he wants is to be celebrating this December.

Hoping to avoid the festivities, Evie and Jake arrange to escape Christmas together as friends in Provence. But will the magic of the season change things between them?
 
This is a more recent addition to my TBR after I went on a bit of a festive romance kick and started adding a ton to my shelf. This sounds exactly like a Hallmark movie script and I'm not complaining because sometimes that's all I really need out of my entertainment is solid, cutesy romance. 
 

3. My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins et al   

 
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me ...This beautiful collection features twelve gorgeously romantic stories set during the festive period, by some of the most talented and exciting YA authors writing today. The stories are filled with the magic of first love and the magic of the holidays.
 
I've been on the hunt for this anthology for a while now but still haven't managed to get my hands on a copy. I really, really want to read this as I love a good short story collection and this selection of authors are some that I really like. 
 

4. The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss

 
When it comes to relationships, thirty-four-year-old Kate Turner is ready to say "Bah, humbug." The sleepy town of Blexford, England, isn't exactly brimming with prospects, and anyway, Kate's found fulfillment in her career as a designer, and in her delicious side job baking for her old friend Matt's neighborhood café. But then her best friend signs her up for a dating agency that promises to help singles find love before the holidays. Twenty-three days until Christmas. Twelve dates with twelve different men. The odds must finally be in her favor . . . right?

Yet with each new date more disastrous than the one before--and the whole town keeping tabs on her misadventures--Kate must remind herself that sometimes love, like mistletoe, shows up where it's least expected. And maybe, just maybe, it's been right under her nose all along. . . .
 
 

This is a new 2020 release that I've seen a lot of people talking about as we got closer to the festive season, it sounds adorable and definitely one that I'll have to make sure is on my TBR for next year.

5. One Way or Another by Kara McDowell

 
The average person makes 35,000 decisions every single day. That's about 34,999 too many for Paige Collins, who lives in debilitating fear of making the wrong choice. The simple act of picking an art elective is enough to send her into a spiral of what-ifs. What if she's destined to be a famous ceramicist but wastes her talent in drama club? What if there's a carbon monoxide leak in the ceramics studio and everyone drops dead? (Grim, but possible!)

That's why when Paige is presented with two last-minute options for Christmas vacation, she's paralyzed by indecision. Should she go with her best friend (and longtime crush) Fitz to his family's romantic mountain cabin? Or should she accompany her mom to New York, a city Paige has spent her whole life dreaming about?

Just when it seems like Paige will crack from the pressure of choosing, fate steps in -- in the form of a slippery grocery store floor -- and Paige's life splits into two very different parallel paths. One path leads to New York where Paige falls for the city . . . and the charms of her unexpected tour guide. The other leads to the mountains where Paige might finally get her chance with Fitz . . . until her anxiety threatens to ruin everything.

This book was one that I really wanted to read this month but I just couldn't find a physical copy. I just really love the concept of following the main character on two different paths and getting to see how her life could be different if they'd done one thing differently. Definitely another one that I'll try and get to next year. 

Which christmasy books are on your TBR? If you've already read some of these, let me know what you thought! Leave a comment with your own #5OnMyTBR posts for me to check out! Happy Reading!

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