It’s December! And that means Christmas all the time everywhere all over everything. So… what better thing to post about than Christmas-themed sci-fi/fantasy books?!
I haven’t actually read all of these, and some of these I have read but didn’t love, but everyone has different taste! So these aren’t so much personal recommendations as just me bringing some Christmas books to your attention so that you all can decide which ones might be just right for putting you in the holiday spirit!
The Coal Elf by Maria DeVivo
This is the first in what sounds like a fun YA series about elves in the North Pole who mine the coal given to bad kids.
Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker by Gregory Maguire
This one is inspired by the Nutcracker, but about the toymaker, Drosselmeier, and is supposedly atmospheric and hopeful. Update: I’ve read this one now, and it although I’d say it was more wistful than hopeful, it did have a very atmospheric, fairytale-esque feel.
Vampire Claus by Robert Winter
This novella is a M/M romance about a vampire and human who meet on Christmas Eve and attempt to deliver gifts to children by Christmas morning.
A Vampire Christmas Carol by Sarah Gray
This one, from what I understand, is about Scrooge having to fight a bunch of vampires in order to save himself and the people he once cared about.
Claus by Tony Bertauski
This one is supposedly a unique twist on the legend and backstory of Santa and his elves. It’s the first in a series with different characters in each book, and from what I understand it can be read as a standalone.
Snowed by Maria Alexander
This one is a YA paranormal first-in-series with a unique take on Christmas legends.
Winterspell by Claire Legrand
This is kind of a YA retelling of the Nutcracker, but as a paranormal/high fantasy/steampunk mash-up with faeries and other realms and magic. [Review]
Mending Noel by Charlie Cochet
This is the first in a whole series of light, fun M/M novellas about different characters in the North Pole. [Review]
The Three Sisters by Sonia Halbach
This one is a sweet, fun YA Christmas adventure inspired by the ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas poem about teens in an underground city that reminds me of Santa’s North Pole. It’s the first in a series but works relatively well as a standalone. [Review]
Scrudge & Barley, Inc. by John Inman
Don’t judge this one by the silly (albeit pretty) cover because it’s actually a really touching M/M retelling of A Christmas Carol! [Review]