5 Warm and Cozy Holiday Picks by BCPL Staff

Boone County Public Library staff members share their favorite Holiday novels that are sure to get you in the spirt!  So build a fire, grab a blanket and snuggle up with a holiday pick from BCPL staff.



Holly Calhoun, Youth Services Circulation Assistant, recommends Twelve Slays of Christmas by author Jacqueline Frost. This Christmas themed cozy mystery takes place in Mistletoe, Maine on a Christmas Tree farm called Reindeer Games.  It is a fun and light mystery read for the holiday that anyone would enjoy.




Micha O’Connor, Youth Services Community Events Liaison, recommends Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris.  It is a volume of short stories covering several holidays, but the entry called “SantaLand Diaries” is by far my favorite.  Chronicling his time as Crumpet the Elf at Macy’s, he first broadcasted the piece on NPR’s This American Life.  He became an overnight success afterwards and this particular work has been adapted into a one-man play now a classic holiday fare in theaters across the country.


Joy Adams, Technical Services Specialist, and Ginger Stapp, Early Literacy Specialist, both recommend Skipping Christmas by John Grisham.  After learning their daughter will not be home for Christmas, a couple decides to skip all the traditions of Christmas and take a tropical vacation instead.  But with an unexpected change, there is a lot of last minute scrambling to make the traditions happen.  The film Christmas with the Kranks, starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Tim Allen, is based on this novel.  Both are funny and heart-warming.




Teresa Sayers, Collection Development Manager, recommends The Yule Log Murder which contains stories from veteran mystery authors Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, and Barbara Ross. They are lighthearted mysteries with appropriately happy holiday endings, and Teresa has really enjoyed them all!



Jennifer Cheek, Public Relations Specialist, recommends the American Classic Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.  Although not specifically a holiday story, there is a wonderful chapter that takes place during Christmas after the family has lost their fortune and their father is serving as a chaplain in the Civil War. The sisters are happy to receive the simple gift of a book inscribed by their mother and even donate their Christmas breakfast to a family of immigrants that have very little. It is a wonderful story of simplicity and an amazing family bond that gives you the sense of peace everyone hopes to feel during the holidays.

2 thoughts on “5 Warm and Cozy Holiday Picks by BCPL Staff

  1. For a time, Little Women (the gorgeous adaptation with Susan Sarandon and Winona Ryder) was our favorite Christmas movie. I was a single mother of five and four of them were girls. I had an Amy, a Megan (I often called her Meg from a very early age) and a Beth — and sometimes when I came home from work, they exclaimed “Marmie”s home!”. Now that they are grown they say it’s a little too sad, (we often cried while watching it); but the themes of familial bonds, change and continuity are beautifully portrayed. Merry Everything!

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