Another Goodreads list down, and now a new one’s just begun. It’s officially time to deck the halls with YA books, and our inner YA elf is SCREAMING right now. To celebrate this holiday season the right way, you need two things:
A killer holiday playlist
YA books for dayzzzzz
Try NOT to get into the YA holiday spirit with this perfect list of book and holiday song pairings, we dare you. By the end of this post, you’re practically going to be the Mariah Carey of YA. #YAWelcome.
1. Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda and “I Miss You Most (at Christmastime)” by Mariah Carey
Fragments of the Lost will give you alllll the feels, so we decided to start slow and pair it with the classic “I Miss You Most (at Christmastime).” Roll up your sleeves, get out your tissues, and get ready to text your ex, ’cause this is about to take you on an emotional roller coaster. But trust us, it’s worth it.
The first time you hear this song every holiday season we know you start skipping down the halls. Don't deny it. This book is so lighthearted and whimsical, it will make you do the same. Skip away, reader!
The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily is all about finding the holiday spirit, so it makes sense to pair it with our favorite magical snowman, Frosty. If you need a pick-me-up after a long, hard 2017, then this is the pair for you.
Okay, so even though “River” doesn’t have a holiday in its title, it is a beautiful, wintry song about growing up and learning hard lessons. That’s how Dear Martin makes us feel (*cue tears*), so they are a match made in YA heaven.
Otherworld is about finding a new reality in a virtual reality game, believing in that reality, and realizing that it’s everything you ever wanted—just like Santa. . . . Or is it? You might think it’s a weird pairing, but it’s oddly perfect.
First off, the titles match pretty perfectly, but, weirdly enough, so do the story lines. It’s as if Justin Timberlake’s frosted tips designed this song JUST for this list. You need this in your life. You need it. PS: We really hope you get that midnight smooch.
9. Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs and “Believe” by Josh Groban
There are very few holiday songs that bring us into another world the way Ransom Riggs always does. Lucky for us, we found the perfect pair in this song from The Polar Express, which is a movie about believing in another world and that ANYTHING is possible. Get ready for a wild, peculiar Christmas on The Polar Express.