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WW Book Club December 17th — December 23rd: 7 Reads You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

From quirky whodunits to dreamy romances and 'found family' sagas — enjoy them all!

Welcome, fellow book lovers, to the 25th week of the Woman’s World — also known as WW — book club! This week, we’re sharing our favorite new festive reads, from adventurous whodunits to ‘found family’ sagas and laugh-out-loud romantic comedies. No matter what kind of bookish mood you’re in, these tales are sure to bring you holiday joy! And there’s one thing we can guarantee: These books are curated to lift your mood, lower your stress and make you feel great.

Here is our WW book club roundup for December 17th to December 23rd, 2023 — let us know which ones you end up reading and what you think. We love hearing from you! (To quickly access all our WW book club recommendations, click here.)

Yearning for a cozy Christmas rom-com?

Try You Make It Feel Like Christmas by Toni Shiloh

WW Book Club: You Make It Feel Like Christmas by Toni Shiloh
Toni Shiloh

Lovable characters, festive charm and a surprise romance…this saga has it all. Starr Lewis is single, jobless and dreading going home for the holidays. To make matters worse, she has to help with her sister’s Christmas Eve wedding. But when she reunites with her brother’s best friend, Waylon, sparks start to fly. Starr has to decide what she really wants — to go back to the city or pursue a new dream.

Looking for a surprisingly cute and homey whodunit?

Solve the case and read Dashing Through the Snowbirds by Donna Andrews 

WW Book Club: Dashing Through the Snowbirds by Donna Andrews
Donna Andrews

The new installment in beloved author Donna Andrews’ Meg Langslow Mystery series is a jolly holiday whodunit. When Meg’s boss forces her to spend Christmas working on a DNA analysis project, she and the other programmers are beyond disgruntled. Then, when their boss is found murdered, there are plenty of suspects. Now, it’s up to Meg to crack the case — and keep Yuletide spirits bright!

In the mood for a winter getaway to London?

Fall in love with Hanukkah at the Great Greenwich Ice Creamery  by Sharon Ibbotson

WW Book Club: Hanukkah at the Great Greenwich Ice Creamery by Sharon Ibbotson
Sharon Ibbotson

Filled with starry-eyed moments and emotion, this tale follows grumpy, soon-to-be-CEO Cohen Ford. While visiting London, he stumbles into the Great Greenwich Ice Creamery, and he’s immediately taken by the woman behind the counter, River De Luca. She was born deaf, and her passion for life is inspiring. Will River’s love dare Cohen to embrace Christmas, Hanukkah, and life?

Craving a moving ‘found family’ holiday story?

Crack open The Christmas Orphans Club by Becca Freeman

WW Book Club: The Christmas Orphans Club by Becca Freeman
Becca Freeman

This festive, feel-good novel stars four friends — Hannah, Finn, Priya, and Theo — who have a tradition of spending Christmas together because their family lives are…complex. When Finn announces he’s moving to L.A., this could be their last holiday together. With the future hazy — and with nothing left to lose — the friends reveal secrets. This year, change may be exactly what they need.

Planning your Christmas baking menu?

Dive into The Secret History of Christmas Baking by Linda Raedisch

WW Book Club: The Secret History of Christmas Baking by Linda Raedisch
Linda Raedisch

Gingerbread, almond cookies, Linzer tarts…there are countless classic Christmas desserts! And if you’ve ever wondered about the history behind some of these famous confections, you’re in the right place. In her new book, writer and pro-baker Linda Raedisch shares the fascinating stories, folklore and myths behind gingerbread men, marzipan and more. With facts, crafts, illustrated instructions, and more than 40 recipes — like Christstollen and honey cake — she helps bakers of all skill levels celebrate the festive season with sugar, spice and a big dash of joy.

Feel like embarking on a wholesome, heartfelt adventure?

Enjoy Midnight at the Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan

WW Book Club: Midnight at the Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan
Jenny Colgan

In this delightful sequel to The New York Times bestseller The Christmas Bookshop, Carmen Hogan is upset to learn that an American production company wants to film a very cheesy Christmas movie in her small bookstore, McCredie’s, in Edinburgh. But the money is too good to pass up, and Carmen is forced to accept that sometimes change is for the better. Still reeling from a breakup, Carmen’s not looking forward to the holidays. But just as snow begins to fall and the lights twinkle, new possibilities present themselves…for McCredie’s bookstore and for Carmen herself. 

On the hunt for a festive tale featuring four-legged friends?

Pick up The Twelve Dogs of Christmas by Susan Wiggs

WW Book Club: The Twelve Dogs of Christmas by Susan Wiggs
Susan Wiggs

In bestselling author Susan Wiggs’ newest novel, The Twelve Dogs of Christmas, Brenda Malloy wants nothing to do with the holiday spirit. Last year, Brenda and her husband rushed their beloved dog Tim to the vet on Christmas Eve. Tim survived after the vet cleared the obstruction — a pair of women’s lace undies. The bad news? They were not Brenda’s. A year after the breakup, Brenda’s doing well: training for a marathon, writing a children’s book and volunteering with a dog rescue in Houston. So when the rescue partners with a program in Avalon, New York, Brenda volunteers to drive a van filled with 12 dogs. What follows is a series of snowy events and a chance encounter with a single dad named Adam Bellamy. A sweet “tail” about searching for holiday cheer, furry friends and finding home!

Click through for more WW book club roundups:

WW Book Club December 10th — December 16th: 7 Reads You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

WW Book Club November 26th — December 2nd: 7 Reads You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

And for all of our book club roundups, click here!

This article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.

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