Holiday Wrap-Up: A Collection of Holiday Book Reviews


It’s time for the holidays! Grab your cup of overly caffeinated chocolate milk, protect your body from the cold with a comfy blanket, and relax with one of these five relevant reads!

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens’ classic novel is often considered one of his lesser works yet it is still revered as a masterpiece; a testament to the author’s greatness since even his lowest point is incredibly high. The story follows the grumpy Ebenezer Scrooge as he learns the true meaning of Christmas through the ghost of his past, present, and future. Despite some character overreactions and plenty of logical leaps, this timeless tale managed to entertain generations with countless adaptations and a truly engaging concept.

Score: 8/10

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

A poorly done work from three modern young-adult authors, Let it Snow is a tedious mess that is best left untouched. The characters may be likeable, but at the cost of clunky writing and a pace so infuriatingly inconsistent. Ignore this at all costs.

Score: 3/10



Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

John Grisham’s immensely popular novel Skipping Christmas is the definition of a mixed bag. On one hand, you have a unique concept with fantastic character development, but the other hand contains a slimy mess of cringe-worthy dialogue and nonsensical plot progression. If you want something that is just plain fun, feel free to give this anomaly a try.

Score: 5/10




Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris

Holidays on Ice has some fantastic moments. Some chapters are filled with writing so clever and moments so intriguing that it glues your eyes to the pages. Unfortunately, a good eighty percent of the story is aggravatingly boring and drawn out too long. Even in its barer parts, the plot still makes sense and feels realistic. If you happen to be in possession of this part, prepare yourself to constantly gain and lose attention.

Score: 7/10


The Christmas Train by David Baldacci

Despite a pretentious outline and a godawful setup, The Christmas Train manages to be an enjoyable (albeit guilty) read. If you’re interested in this one, begrudgingly read past the start and head on to the fantastic finale.

Score: 6/10


A Christmas Carol: 8/10
Let it Snow: 4/10
Skipping Christmas: 5/10
Holidays on Ice: 7/10
The Christmas Train: 6/10