Romance and Me: Holiday Romances

Filed in Romance and Me , The Latin Lover Posted on December 14, 2011 @ 3:00 pm 11 comments

Hey Everyone!

Only 2 more weeks and it is Christmas!! *wait a few moments while I jump up and down and calm down my excitement* Ok I’m back. So with the holidays fast approaching I think the topic of today’s discussion is quite obvious: it’s time we talked about holiday romances!

Starting from the end of October holiday themed books start to flood bookshelves, and after mid-November everywhere you look you see Christmassy covers and holiday-related titles.

Until last year somehow I haven’t noticed this trend (maybe because I wasn’t blogging yet), but I participated in my very first holiday reading challenge last year and thanks to it I discovered the sub-category of holiday romances and became a fan! Maybe it’s because I love Christmas, and everything related to the holidays, or that I’ve always enjoyed holiday films as well, but I know that the combination of sweet, heart-warming romances set around Christmas time are a big hit for me. (Sure, some of them can be too sickeningly sweet and cheesy, but somehow around the holidays cheesiness is tolerated a bit more, don’t you think?)

And now this year as I’m organizing the Book Lovers’ Holiday Reading Challenge (if you haven’t joined the fun you still have time, you can sign up here) I had to browse all the holiday related titles and was amazed at the vast variety one can choose: there are holiday themed contemporary romances, historical romances, paranormal romances, urban fantasies, eroticas, chick lits and almost any genre you want!

So to get in the holiday spirit why not read a heart-warming holiday romance? Who knows, you might discover some new favourites 🙂


Do you read holiday themed novels/romances? Why do you like them?

Do you only read them around Christmas?

What kind of/genre of holiday themed books do you read?

Or if you don’t read holiday themed novels, why is that?

Do you have any holiday themed novels you’d like to recommend to us?

About Stella

Stella is a proud bookaholic and a self-taught multilinguist in training. Besides reading, her other great passions are travelling and baking. When she is not globetrotting she lives in sunny Budapest, where she loves to spend her free time preparing (and feasting on) delicious cookies or devouring equally yummy books. Her favourite genres are urban fantasy and romance and she couldn't live without her daily dose of sunshine. Besides being the Latin Lover on BLI Stella also blogs about books and a bookish life on Ex Libris.

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  • Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy December 14, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    If you like Christmas love stories, you might enjoy my first ever Christmas novel release – Sing We Now of Christmas from Rebel Ink Press.

    • Stella December 14, 2011 at 6:06 pm

      Thanks for the recommendation Lee Ann!

  • Viki S. December 14, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Yes, I read holiday themed books around the holidays. But I mix them in with my normal reads. My favorite genre is paranormal. THE NAUGHTY LIST is fun. IMMORTAL RIDER was written around Christmas – LOVED IT! I’m going to start A BITE BEFORE CHRISTMAS this weekend.

    • Stella December 14, 2011 at 6:06 pm

      I also had my eye on The Bite Before Christmas, sounds so much fun 😀 Happy Holidays Viki, enjoy your books! 🙂

  • Natalija December 14, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    I just finished “High-Powered, Hot-Blooded” by Susan Mallery. I highly recommend this book to everyone who is looking for a great read at Christmas time.

    • Stella December 14, 2011 at 6:05 pm

      Thank you Natalija, I haven’t heard of that one yet, and never would have guessed it was a holiday read.

  • Lori Strongin December 14, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    I definitely get why this time of year brings out the romantic in so many people. Who wouldn’t want to cuddle up in front of a fire with someone special, sharing hot cocoa and cuddles.

    Though, I do have to cringe when I read about certain…intimate scenes taking place under the tree. Seriously, how are they not getting constantly stuck in the butt with the pine needles?


    • Stella December 15, 2011 at 4:10 am

      LOL I agree Lori! Pine needles hurt! And I have this irrational fear of lying under them, I always picture the ornaments falling in my eye, ouch.. 😉

  • aurian December 15, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Yes, I love holiday themed stories, but I can read them all year long, not specifically this time of year. U just read a sweet one by Leslie Kelly, review is on my blog. (Am at the office atm).

  • Mary Kirkland December 15, 2011 at 9:43 am

    I read whatever sounds good at the time. I don’t just read holiday themed books around the holidays because they are great year round. I mean just because I miss it around christmas doesn’t mean I should put off reading it for a year.. lol

  • Christine December 18, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    “Sure, some of them can be too sickeningly sweet and cheesy, but somehow around the holidays cheesiness is tolerated a bit more, don’t you think?”

    YES!!! I feel the same way!

    I started reading Christmas themed books–and Christmas romances, in particular about two years ago and this third year has pretty much set this new tradition of mine into stone. It really helps awaken the Christmas spirit in me as I start to read these types of stories in December. I can’t imagine NOT reading at least one Christmas romance this time of year anymore!

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