I’m so excited to welcome Chanda of Chanda Reads (and therusticbibliophile on Insta) to the blog today to share her favorite Christmas book covers! I love a good cover, and Christmas ones are always my favorites, so I’m loving her guest post pick for Bookish Little Christmas. I’ve read one of her picks, and a bunch of the others are on my TBR. She’s got good taste!
As the holiday season approaches I wanted to highlight some of my favorite Christmas and/or holiday themed covers. Whether you like the traditional Christmas book cover of a couple cuddling in a snowy landscape, a lone Christmassy figure, a house decked to the nines for the holidays, or a modern chick-lit style cover I included a wide array (12 to be exact) of the most aesthetically pleasing covers I could find for the holiday season. I only included adult releases from the past 5-6 years because there are just too many amazing covers if you include the classics or children’s titles and also only included books with a 3.5/5 or above Goodreads rating, because no-one deserves to be hoodwinked by a good cover.
Full disclosure: I’ve only actually read one of these (A Holiday by Gaslight), but I actually chose this book because the cover caught my eye.
1. A Holiday by Gaslight by Mimi Matthews, 4.12/5 stars on Goodreads
I think this might be my most favorite Christmas book cover of all time. I was randomly scrolling Facebook one day and this cover made me stop scrolling to buy it on the spot. The muted reds and greens, the haunting snowy landscape, the eye-catching font, and the holly details combine to make a remarkable cover.
My own rating for this book was 4.5/5 stars – it is a sweet holiday read that left me smiling for hours after I finished it.
2. An Alaskan Christmas by Jennifer Snow, 4.17/5 stars on Goodreads
This cover reminds me of every Hallmark Christmas movie about a country gal and city guy who get over their differences and find true love under the mistletoe- so it’s perfect 😂
(NOTE from Jana: I’ve read this one, and it’s cute! I’d give it 3.5/5 stars because it wasn’t as Christmassy as I wanted it to be. And Chanda was nearly correct, it’s just a city gal and a country guy. lol)
3. Christmas Shopaholic (Shopaholic #9) by Sophie Kinsella (4.34/5 stars on Goodreads)
Christmas Shopaholic is a perfect example of the simple and bold design trend that has emerged over the past few years on contemporary romances. I love the clean look of this one, with the focus being on the gifts and sprinkles of snow.
4. The White Christmas Inn by Colleen Wright (3.98/5 stars on Goodreads)
The cover of The White Christmas Inn looks like the door of a house that, on the inside, probably smells like freshly made cinnamon rolls and hot chocolate. Come on in, they saved you a seat by the fire.
5. Christmas Camp by Karen Schaler, 3.88/5 stars on Goodreads
Christmas Camp’s cover gives me strong nostalgic vibes of what I thought, as a child, my house would look like when I became an adult. You know – based off the entirely realistic expectation that I would live in a giant house identical to Kevin McCalister’s, sans burglars of course.
6. Sealed with a Christmas Kiss by Rachael Lucas, 3.97/5 stars on Goodreads
I usually hate twisty and curly title font, but Sealed with a Christmas Kiss is able to achieve the whimsical intentionality of the font by combining it with the aforementioned contemporary style of illustration.
7. Merry Mistletoe by Emma Davies, 4.19/5 stars on Goodreads
The minimalistic illustration style on the cover of Merry Mistletoe is enchanting as it gives off a quirky and heart-warming vibe.
8. Christmas in Winter Valley by Jodi Thomas, 4.54/5 stars on Goodreads
The subdued colors of the sunset* and landscape make a perfect backdrop to the bold colors of the font and foreground scene, complimenting it without making it busy.
*sunrise? Is this one of those Buzzfeed personality test questions? If you see a sunrise you’re a morning person; a sunset you’re a vampire?
(NOTE from Jana: I guess I’m a vampire!)
9. Christmas at Claridge’s by Karen Swan, 3.78/5 stars on Goodreads
Sometimes it’s nice to get a non-conventional Christmas cover, without all the fluff of embracing couples, bright colors, and cozy scenes. I was drawn to the subtle tones, lone figure, and empty streets of London, which seemed a sure indicator that this novel would be a very different read than most others on this list.
10. Snowfall on Cedar Trail by Annie Rains, 4.57/5 stars on Goodreads
Did someone say Christmas cover fluff? Boom: Cute puppy on cover? Check. Pristine snow? Check. Lighted outdoor trees? Check. Perfect embodiment of a real-life gingerbread house? Check. It doesn’t get much fluffier than this, and I am here for it.
11. The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan, 4.17/5 stars on Goodreads
Maybe it’s because I don’t have [and always wanted] sisters, but this cover made me immediately smile. The warm tones add to the already cozy feel of it.
12. A Match Made in Mistletoe by Anna Campbell, 3.91/5 stars on Goodreads
Regency and historical romances are some of my favorites to read, but I’ll be honest: some of the covers are…not to my taste. This cover, however, is stunning with the sharp contrast of the gold gown to the deep reds and greens of the title and background.
I hope you enjoyed my picks for best Christmas covers and
I hope you have a very happy holiday season! :)
Thank you much to Jana, for allowing me to be a contributor this Bookish Little Christmas!