Complete These Holiday Song Lyrics, and We’ll Give You a Book Recommendation!

What song gets you in the holiday spirit? We think there’s a holiday song for everyone, from the traditionalist to the trendsetter, from the cheeriest and most holiday-obsessed to those who feel more like Scrooge during the festive season. Pick a song that matches your holiday mood, and we’ll tell you what book you should read or put at the top of your gift list for the holidays!


Your Song: “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey
Your Book: All I Want for Christmas by Wendy Loggia

“All I Want for Christmas Is You” is a song about someone whose Christmas list contains just one wish: a special someone to share the joy of the season. If you love the song, you should definitely read All I Want for Christmas. Bailey Briggs loves everything about Christmas. At the top of her Christmas wish list this year is someone to kiss under the mistletoe! This cute and charming book is perfect for those hopeless romantics who can never get enough holiday cheer!

All I Want for Christmas

All I Want for Christmas

A sweet Christmas romance about a girl with one wish: to kiss someone under the mistletoe. The holiday escape you need!

Bailey Briggs is counting down the days to Christmas. But all she really wants this year is the one thing she doesn’t have: someone special to kiss under the mistletoe. And she’s 100 percent certain that that someone isn’t Jacob Marley. Is she right?

Your Song: “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?”
Your Book: New Year’s Kiss by Lee Matthews

“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” is a holiday classic that has been sung by everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to the Carpenters to Kacey Musgraves. It’s a song about hoping your holiday crush might reciprocate your feelings and show up to share the first kiss of the New Year. New Year’s Kiss is about a girl who tries to get through her end-of-the-year bucket list with the help of a charming stranger. Will she make it through her list? Will she have someone to kiss as the ball drops? Grab a copy of this adorable holiday romance and find out!

New Year's Kiss

New Year's Kiss

If your New Year’s resolution was to find the perfect upbeat romance read…this is it! Tess is ready to ring in the new year–will she have a new boy by her side?

Tess and her opinionated older sister Lauren are spending the week after Christmas at the snowy Evergreen Lodge in Vermont–and they aren’t happy about it. Their stern grandmother, who owns the holiday resort, is not known for her warmth and good humor. But when shy, straight-laced Tess meets Christopher in the lobby, things are suddenly looking up.

Your Song: “Santa Tell Me” by Ariana Grande
Your Book: American Royals II: Majesty by Katharine McGee

“Santa Tell Me” is about someone who asks Santa not to make her fall in love if things will only end in heartbreak. Majesty, book 2 in the American Royals series, features a trio of royal siblings who can certainly relate, as each of them is in love with someone they probably shouldn’t be. If holiday movies featuring royalty are your thing, you have to ask Santa to tuck this book into your stocking!

American Royals II: Majesty

American Royals II: Majesty

Is America ready for its first queen? You’ll love this sequel to the New York Times bestseller that imagines America’s own royal family–and all the drama and heartbreak that entails. 

Power is intoxicating. Like first love, it can leave you breathless. Princess Beatrice was born with it. Princess Samantha was born with less. Some, like Nina Gonzalez, are pulled into it. And a few will claw their way in. Ahem, we’re looking at you Daphne Deighton.

Your Song: “River” by Joni Mitchell
Your Book: Dear Martin by Nic Stone

“River” is a poignant song about longing for an escape from emotional turmoil during the holidays. If your mood is a little more pensive this holiday season, we recommend you try Dear Martin. It is the story of Justyce McCallister, who is trying to come to terms with the racism and police brutality he’s experienced. He dreams of a better world and hopes that writing to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. can offer him some much-needed wisdom and inspiration.

Dear Martin

Dear Martin

Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning #1 New York Times bestselling debut, a William C. Morris Award Finalist.

Justyce McAllister is a good kid, an honor student, and always there to help a friend—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. Despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can’t escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates.

Your Song: “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” by Thurl Ravenscroft
Your Book: The Cousins by Karen M. McManus

We never get tired of watching the Grinch try to steal all the presents in Whoville right before Christmas. If you’d love some intrigue around the holidays, try The Cousins. The Story siblings and their children have been disinherited by the family matriarch for a reason no one talks about. When Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah Story are invited to visit their mysterious grandmother, they decide to start digging into all the Story family secrets. Will they get to the bottom of their grandma’s Grinch-ness? Grab this book and find out!

The Cousins

The Cousins

From the New York Times #1 bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying comes your next obsession. You’ll never feel the same about family again.

Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah Story are cousins, but they barely know each another, and they’ve never even met their grandmother. Rich and reclusive, she disinherited their parents before they were born. So when they each receive a letter inviting them to work at her island resort for the summer, they’re surprised . . . and curious.

Your Song: “Like It’s Christmas” by the Jonas Brothers
Your Book: Breathless by Jennifer Niven

“Like It’s Christmas” is a feel-good song that reminds us that being in love makes every day feel like Christmas. If you are ready for intense romantic feels, we recommend Breathless. Claude thinks she has her life all figured out, until a bombshell announcement by her parents changes everything. Over one summer on a remote island, she meets a boy and is overcome by the intensity and magic of first love.



From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places comes a compulsively readable novel about a young woman determined to write her own story–sex, heartbreak, family dramas, and all.

With high school coming to an end, Claudine Henry is focused on four things: sex, starting college, becoming a famous writer, and… sex. But when her parents announce they’re splitting up, her entire world begins to fall apart. The epic road trip she planned with her best friend is cancelled, and she finds herself stuck on a remote island off the coast of Georgia with her mom – an island with no WiFi, no cell service and no friends.

Your Song: “Last Christmas” by Wham!
Your Book: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Maybe you’re wondering what a Christmas song has to do with murder, but just hear us out. “Last Christmas” is a song about someone who fell in love with the wrong person last year and is determined to make this holiday season a romantic do-over. In A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, Pippa reinvestigates a notorious crime in her town. When she decides that the wrong person has been blamed for the murder, she puts herself in danger to prove it.

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder

Everyone is talking about this New York Times bestselling addictive must-read mystery series with shades of Serial and Making a Murderer about an investigation turned obsession, full of twists and turns and with an ending you’ll never expect.

Everyone in Fairview knows the story. Pretty and popular high school senior Andie Bell was murdered by her boyfriend, Sal Singh, who then killed himself. It was all anyone could talk about. And five years later, Pip sees how the tragedy still haunts her town.

Your Song: “Every Year, Every Christmas” by Luther Vandross
Your Book: Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

“Every Year, Every Christmas” is a song about hope and faith in the face of disappointment. Spin the Dawn is the story of Maia, a girl whose family has faced hardship and loss. When her father’s failing health prevents him from competing to be the new imperial tailor, Maia disguises herself as a boy and enters the contest. If you love the optimistic spirit of the holidays, Maia’s perseverance and selflessness will inspire you.

Spin the Dawn

Spin the Dawn

Project Runway meets Mulan in this sweeping fantasy about a teenage girl who poses as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor and embarks on an impossible journey to sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars. And don’t miss Elizabeth Lim’s latest novel, the instant New York Times bestseller, Six Crimson Cranes!

Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia makes the ultimate sacrifice and poses as a boy to take his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors in a cutthroat competition for the job.

Your Song: “Christmas Time Is Here” from A Charlie Brown Christmas
Your Book: The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen

Charlie Brown, star of the Peanuts comic strips and movies, is a perpetual worrier, a kid struggling to make sense of the world and his place in it. The Magic Fish is a graphic novel about Tiến, a boy who draws on Vietnamese folktales in an attempt to explain to his immigrant parents that he’s gay. It is a celebration of love and the stories that connect us.

The Magic Fish

The Magic Fish

Tiến loves his family and his friends…but Tiến has a secret he’s been keeping from them, and it might change everything. An amazing YA graphic novel, named one of the best books of the year of the New York Public Library, that deals with the complexity of family and how stories can bring us together.

Real life isn’t a fairytale. But Tiến still enjoys reading his favorite stories with his parents from the books he borrows from the local library. It’s hard enough trying to communicate with your parents as a kid, but for Tiến, he doesn’t even have the right words because his parents are struggling with their English. Is there a Vietnamese word for what he’s going through?

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