Skylar and I Share our Holiday TBRs

Hey guys! Today I’m doing a collaboration (if you couldn’t tell from the title lol) with Skylar from Girls… Let’s Talk. Skylar’s blog centers around advice, entertainment recs, and tips and tricks for young women. It’s really cool and you should totally check it out if you haven’t. For this collab, we’ll both be sharing some of the books on our holiday TBRs this year. To see her post, click here.

Before we get into which holiday-themed books I’m most excited to read this winter, I’d just like to note real quick that the synopses I included for each book is just what I could find on the internet and Goodreads (since I haven’t read them yet obvi) so I apologize if anything’s incorrect. Without further ado, let’s just get into it!

Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle

Let it Snow is an anthology of three Christmas-themed short stories that all take place in one Hallmark movie-esque small town. (Just a note, you’ll probably notice a lot of these books give Hallmark movie vibes. They’re basically all my family watches in the winter, so books that are similar to them are just too tempting to resist.) I really don’t know much about this book, but one of the short stories is by John Green and I love his writing style. I’ve also heard really good things about Maureen Johnson’s writing although I haven’t read any of her books before.

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

I’ve watched the TV adaptation of this and it’s so adorable that I just can’t wait to read the original book. Basically, Lilly leaves a red notebook full of dares on the shelf of her favorite bookstore in hopes of the perfect guy finding it before the holidays. Dash finds it and they end up passing the notebook back and forth, trading dares and secrets. Guys, I can’t be the only one that thinks this is the most adorable thing ever. Like, I refuse to believe that. This goes without saying, but this book is definitely at the top of my TBR.

Midnight in Everwood by Maria Kuzniar

Midnight in Everwood is a retelling of the Nutcracker. It’s set in the early 20th century and follows Marietta, who will soon have to give up her love of ballet to take her place in Edwardian society. A mysterious man who moves in next door to her constructs an elaborate set for her final ballet performance which she discovers is magical.

She ends up being transported to a snowy forest full of mythical creatures and magic. Marietta eventually becomes trapped in the frozen sugar palace and must find a way back to her own world. This book sounds so cool. I love the premise and it sounds so whimsical. I’m super excited to read it!

Together At Midnight by Jennifer Castle

After teens Max and Kendall witness a tragic accident during the holidays they are riddled with guilt. They decide to accept a dare to perform random acts of kindness for complete strangers. Max and Kendall have history together and these challenges bring each other closer together. This is another one I don’t know a ton about, but I really love the idea of two teens falling for each other while performing random acts of kindness. That sounds so cute!

Recommended for You by Laura Silverman

This book follows Shoshanna, who loves working at the bookstore, Once Upon, and a new hire at the same bookstore, Jake. Their boss announced that whoever sells the most books will get a holiday bonus, they become rivals. Shoshanna needs the bonus to fix her car, which has definitely seen better days. And Jake- he doesn’t even read! So how are his sales rivaling hers?

As the competition intensifies, Jake and Shoshanna get to know each other better and realize that they might not be enemies after all. Adorable, right? I know a lot of the books on this list are romances, but come on! the holidays are the perfect time for cheesy rom-coms. It’s simply a fact.

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

The Afterlife of Holly Chase is a retelling of the classic holiday story, A Christmas Carol. It follows 17 year old Holly, who was visited by three ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she was and why she needed to change her ways. The only problem? She didn’t change. At all. And then she died. Now she’s stuck working for the secret company, Project Scrooge, as the new Ghost of Christmas Past.

Each year, they try to convince a new “Scrooge” to change their ways. Her afterlife basically centers around convincing other people to not make the same mistakes she did. In other words, it sucks! As this years Scrooge is selected, can this all change? This concept sounds so cute and fun. The twist on A Christmas Carol is so creative and I’m super excited to read this book and see if it stands up to my expectations for it.

Love & Other Train Wrecks by Leah Konen

Noah, the hopeless romantic, and Ammy, who doesn’t believe in true love, meet on an Amtrak car headed to Upstate New York for the holidays. When the train breaks down due to a snowstorm, they are forced to travel together to make it to their intended destinations.

This detour turns into a journey of a lifetime for both of them until it takes a turn for the worst. Could this adventure change their thoughts on love… and each other? Okay if any book gives Hallmark movie vibes, it’s this one and I’m so here for it. It sounds so cute and I can already tell I’m going to love Noah. This should be a really fun read.


I hope you enjoyed reading this post and found some books that you’ll be adding to your TBRs this holiday season too! I’d like to give a huge thank you to Skylar for collaborating with me. This post was a ton of fun to make. If you haven’t yet, make sure to go check out her blog. It’s a really fun site and her posts are really well thought out. Thanks so much for taking the time to read this post. As always, I hope this post finds you well and you have a great day!

8 thoughts on “Skylar and I Share our Holiday TBRs

  1. I love this! I just started reading your blog but it’s amazing. Right now I’m trying to start a school one anoymously.

  2. I love that a few of our books are the same!
    I’m not sure if I posted these, but Dash & Lilly’s Book of Dares, Let it Snow, and Midnight in Everwood are on my TBR too!
    I had so much fun with this post, and I’m adding all of these to my TBR, they all sound super good!

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