Looking for something a little different to read over the holidays, but still want a touch of Christmas?
I know that I sometimes get tired of the same old, same old stories during the holidays and want to spice things up a bit! I mean, how many times can you read How The Grinch Stole Christmas before turning into a Grinch yourself? I love that old green gobin, but still!
Well, here are 8 Christmas stories with a twist!
Non-traditional reads featuring imps, angels, witches, and more, there’s something for anyone tired of wonderfully sappy Christmas stories making them cry!
Not for the kiddos (but nothing risque), these are all adult Chirstmas reads!
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Down the Chimney
Down the Chimney by Debra Dunbar is a novella from one of my favorite series! A hilarious read about an imp surviving Christmas!
Roped into being the Ruling Council’s Christmas Ambassador, Sam finds herself more Santa than Satan at a slew of human social events, all while trying to score an impossible-to-get gift for Lux and plan the most amazing Christmas celebration any imp has ever thrown. (Amazon)
Festive in Death
Festive in Death by JD Robb isn’t your usual Christmas story, It’s not really a Christmas story at all, but does take place at Christmas time. My favorite homicide Lieutenant and her sexy, bazillionaire husband are back for another adventure!
Personal trainer Trey Ziegler was in peak physical condition. If you didn’t count the kitchen knife in his well-toned chest.
Lieutenant Eve Dallas soon discovers a lineup of women who were loved and left by the narcissistic gym rat. While Dallas sorts through the list of Ziegler’s enemies, she’s also dealing with her Christmas shopping list – plus the guest list for her and her billionaire husband’s upcoming holiday bash.
Feeling less than festive, Dallas tries to put aside her distaste for the victim and solve the mystery of his death. There are just a few investigating days left before Christmas, and as New Year’s 2061 approaches, this homicide cop is resolved to stop a cold-blooded killer. (Amazon)
The Stupidest Angel
Christopher Moore is one of my favorites! He’s funny, snarky, and irrelevant…three of my favorite things! The Stupidest Angel is perfect for anyone looking for an unusual, quirky holiday read.
‘Twas the night (okay, more like the week) before Christmas, and all through the tiny community of Pine Cove, California, people are busy buying, wrapping, packing, and generally getting into the holiday spirit.
But not everybody is feeling the joy. Little Joshua Barker is in desperate need of a holiday miracle. No, he’s not on his deathbed; no, his dog hasn’t run away from home. But Josh is sure that he saw Santa take a shovel to the head, and now the seven-year-old has only one prayer: Please, Santa, come back from the dead.
But hold on! There’s an angel waiting in the wings. (Wings, get it?) It’s none other than the Archangel Raziel come to Earth seeking a small child with a wish that needs granting. Unfortunately, our angel’s not sporting the brightest halo in the bunch, and before you can say “Kris Kringle,” he’s botched his sacred mission and sent the residents of Pine Cove headlong into Christmas chaos, culminating in the most hilarious and horrifying holiday party the town has ever seen.
Move over, Charles Dickens – it’s Christopher Moore time. (Amazon)
How the Witch Stole Christmas
You can always count on Dakota Cassidy for fast, fun reads and How The Witch Stole Christmas does not disappoint! Even though it’s book five of the series, it can stand on its own (but it’s a great series, so read them all!).
The game is afoot in Ebenezer Falls, Washington, and this time someone is trying to ruin Christmas!
With twists, turns, and suspects aplenty, amateur sleuth Stevie Cartwright is determined to find a murderer and her missing familiar before the silver bells tarnish!
USA Today bestselling cozy mystery author Dakota Cassidy serves up mayhem and murder in How the Witch Stole Christmas, Book 5 of her bestselling series, Witchless in Seattle Mysteries. (Amazon)
I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas
I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas by Lewis Black.
Christmas is supposed to be a time of peace on earth and goodwill toward all. But not for Lewis Black.
He says humbug to the Christmas traditions and trappings that make the holiday memorable.In I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas, his hilarious and sharply observed book about the holiday, Lewis lets loose on all things Yule.
It’s a very personal look at what’s wrong with Christmas, seen through the eyes of “the most engagingly pissed-off comedian ever.”You’ll never think of Christmas in the same way. (Amazon)
Spending the Holidays With
People I Want to Punch in the Throat
Mostly Christmas but with a few other holidays thrown in as well, Spending the Holidays With People I Want to Punch in the Throat is the gift that keeps on giving!
In this hilariously irreverent collection of essays, Jen Mann, nationally bestselling author of People I Want to Punch in the Throat, turns her mordant wit on the holidays.
On Mann’s naughty list: mothers who go way overboard with their Elf on the Shelf, overzealous carolers who can’t take a hint, and people who write their Christmas cards in the third person (“Joyce is enjoying Bunko. Yeah, Joyce, we know you wrote this letter.”).
And on her nice list . . . well, she’s working on that one.
Here, no celebration is off-limits. (Amazon)
I’m normally not a John Grisham fan, but Skipping Christmas is just too good a story to pass up!
Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents.
That’s just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they’ll skip the holiday altogether.
Theirs will be the only house on Hemlock Street without a rooftop Frosty, they won’t be hosting their annual Christmas Eve bash, they aren’t even going to have a tree.
They won’t need one, because come December 25 they’re setting sail on a Caribbean cruise. But as this weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences – and isn’t half as easy as they’d imagined. (Amazon)
Dakota Cassidy does it again with White Witchmas! This is another one of her awesome, funny series that can be read alone (but you know you’ll want to read them all!).
Join USA Today bestselling paranormal romance author Dakota Cassidy for a laugh-out-loud Christmas romp full of intrigue, secrets, and magic in Book 4 of her bestselling A Paris, Texas Romance series.
Witty dialogue, a quirky cast of characters, and a sexy hunk will keep you turning the pages of White Witchmas, a paranormal romantic comedy with magic, witches, and a whole lot more. (Amazon)
Any fun, non-traditional holiday reads on your list?
I’m always looking for my next read, the quirkier, the better!