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Santa may be busy making his list and checking it twice, but Mrs. Claus is also writing a list—a To-Be-Read list of great books! When not working on her Etsy site promoting her hand-knitted stockings, Mrs. Claus loves to sit back, grab a cup of hot cocoa, and read a book (her tastes run toward funny, romantic, and light-hearted themes). The elves here at Writer’s Relief decided to take a peek at what Mrs. Claus is looking forward to reading and share it with you. And PS: Be sure to leave out a few extra cookies for Santa to bring home to the missus!
Mrs. Claus’s To-Be-Read List
Loving Day by Mat Johnson
Warren Duffy returns to America after his life has fallen apart, only to find out that he has a teenage daughter he didn’t know about. Together they grapple with their biracial heritage and what it means to be family.
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
Alexa Monroe surprises herself by agreeing to be the wedding date of a stranger she gets stuck with in an elevator. But she and Drew Nichols have more fun together than they expect. When they part ways to go back home, they simply can’t forget each other. This is an elevator pitch gone right!
The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa
Wedding planner Carolina Santos has been left at the altar. Things start to look up when an opportunity to collaborate on a life-changing project presents itself…until Carolina learns that she will have to work with her ex-fiancé’s brother and best man. What could possibly go wrong?
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
Working in a bookstore is a dream come true for Nina Hill, who lives a quiet, solitary existence. Her life drastically changes, however, when she discovers she has a large family who is overly eager to meet her.
First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
The women of the Waverly family all have deep desires that leave them dissatisfied with their lives and uncertain about their magical apple tree. But the first frost of the season will challenge them all in ways they never expected.
Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
Teacher and poet Ayesha is frustrated when her family keeps pushing her toward marriage. Her life gets even more complicated when she meets Khalid, who is attractive but holds beliefs that conflict with her own.
Please Like Me (But Keep Away) by Mindy Kaling
Actress, director, and producer Mindy Kaling explores friendship in her forties, using humor as a coping method for social anxiety.
What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
Randall Munroe is a web comic artist who draws illustrations about science, language, and technology. He takes absurd scenarios and “what ifs” and gives accurate, scientific, and very humorous speculations about the answers to the questions.
Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier
An eighteen-year-old pregnant pizza deliverer is in denial about the events occurring in her life. She escapes her reality by becoming obsessed with one of her customers, a stay-at-home mom who orders pizza on a weekly basis.
Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
For centuries, the grounds of La Pradera have been tended by the Nomeolvides women, who are forbidden to fall in love. When a strange boy appears in the gardens, Estrella Nomeolvides discovers him and begins to uncover secrets about the past.
Less by Andrew Sean Greer
Arthur Less is a struggling novelist about to turn fifty. Instead of accepting the invitation to his ex-boyfriend’s wedding, he accepts invitations to every literary event he’s been invited to in order to get out of town. But as Less travels the world, the possibility of love may still be on the horizon.
The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
Seventy-nine-year-old Martha Andersson lives in a retirement home with her friends, who still have a desire to be independent and enjoy life. So when the retirement home honchos start cutting corners, Martha and her friends turn to a life of white-collar crime. After all, it’s important to keep busy!
Question: Which book from Mrs. Claus’s list will be on your To-Be-Read list?