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Dec 20

Christmas around the corner

Posted on December 20, 2022 at 5:00 PM by Maggie Witte

Check out the reads we’ve picked to get you in the holiday spirit. Merry Christmas and happy holidays! Stay safe, stay warm, and keep reading on!

LIght pole with street signs and a walk signal with a heart.

DB 101568 Dash & Lily’s book of dares by Rachel Cohn and Devid Levithan

Dash and Lily, two sixteen-year-olds, carry on a wintry scavenger hunt at Christmas-time in New York City, neither knowing quite what--or who--they will find. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2010.

Man and woman hugging with two pine trees on left side and one on the right on snowy red background.

DB 68582 Let it snow: three holiday romances by John Green

In three interconnected short stories set in a small southern town, six teens discover unexpected romance after a train is stranded by a blizzard. In Maureen Johnson's "The Jubilee Express" Jubilee takes refuge in a Waffle House and meets local boy Stuart. Also contains "A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle" by John Green and "Patron Saint of Pigs" by Lauren Myracle. For senior high readers. 2008.

A gift box with bright green bow sitting on woven cloth.

DB 81414 Boyfriend shopping by Earl Sewell

Three teen holiday romances. In Earl Sewell's "Shopping for My Boyfriend," Anna's longtime crush, Jeremy, finally asks her to be his girlfriend. Thrilled, she does something amazing to get him the perfect gift. Includes stories by Caridad Ferrer and Deidre Berry. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2014.

Close up of woman wearing knitted cap looking over the shoulder of someone standing in front of her.

DB 86601 What light by Jay Asher

When Sierra's family from Oregon opens up their Christmas tree lot in California for the season, she longs to be back home. That changes when she meets Caleb. Mistakes Caleb has made in the past reemerge and threaten their future, however. Violence. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Silhouette of man and woman holding hands, about to kiss, and of a couple in a horse drawn sleigh.

DB 92575 Carols and chaos by Cindy Anstey

1817. Kate Darby, a lady's maid, and Matt Harlow, a valet, become entangled in a yuletide counterfeiting scheme as they try to stave off their feelings for one another. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2018.

Girl standing under mistletoe and golden balloons in shape of letters and numbers making the title.

DB 98168 10 blind dates by Ashley Elston

After an unexpected breakup, seventeen-year-old Sophie lets members of her large, eccentric extended family set her up on ten blind dates during Christmas vacation. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2019.

New Years Kiss

DB 101669 New Year’s kiss by Lee Matthews

Shy, straight-laced Tess meets Christopher while spending Christmas break at her grandmother's Vermont lodge, and he agrees to help her complete her bucket list before New Year's Eve. Strong language. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2020.

Man and woman sitting in chairs under Christmas lights and hanging mistletoe looking at cityscape.

DB 101670 All I want for Christmas by Wendy Loggia

Bailey happily counts down the days to Christmas with holiday music, baking cookies, snowy sleigh rides, and wearing her light-up reindeer ears to work at Winslow's bookstore. But this year, she's wishing for a special someone to kiss under the mistletoe. Some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2020.

Man and woman hugging with two pine trees on left side and one on the right on snowy red background.

DB 105870 So, this is Christmas by Tracy Andreen

When Finley Brown returns to her hometown of Christmas, Oklahoma, from boarding school, she finds things have changed everywhere. But Finley didn't expect to find the boy she may or may not have tricked into believing that Christmas was an idyllic holiday paradise on her grandmother's doorstep. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2021.