12 Days of Queermas Readathon TBR

Hi everyone! I hope December is treating you well so far! Today I have my TBR for a very special Sapphic Saturday readathon – 12 Days of Queermas which runs from the 13th to the 24th of December! I’ve been slowly collating queer Christmas books throughout this year so this is the perfect excuse to read them all! I’ve also included some books that take place during Hanukkah and Kwanza (although the latter was a wee bit hard to find!), so I hope that this may also act as some recommendations of books that you could pick up too!

I love a good readathon bingo card, so of course I’ll be looking to tick off as many as possible! Of course, it’ll be a real Christmas miracle if I manage to get through all of these (although the majority of them are novellas), so this is just the selection I have to choose from (alternatively, another Wintery recs list)! I’ve also popped what prompts they would work for at the end of each synopsis, aside from the generic ones like complete one book! As for the holiday movie or show, I’ll be watching a couple of queer Christmas movies throughout the readathon, alongside my girlfriend via the power of Zoom! Also, if you’re not reading the group book but pick up one of these, feel free to cross off the buddy read square because, guess what! You’re buddy reading it with me now!! Also I’d love for any new adult recs you have as, although some of these are in between adult and new adult, all I can see on Goodreads is them being marked as adult!

Christmas Inn Maine – Chelsea M. Cameron (Group Book)

All Colden Hayes wanted was to spend Christmas by herself in a cottage by the sea where the cheer of the holiday season couldn’t reach her. Everything was going according to plan until the cottage she rented turned out not to exist and she ends up snowed in at a charming inn that happens to be owned by the family of her most-hated coworker, Laura Sterling. Talk about bad luck.

Colden ends up saying yes to Laura’s mother when she insists on giving her a room. It’s only for a night, but she somehow finds herself agreeing to spend Christmas with the Sterlings as well. She blamed the festive atmosphere that she couldn’t seem to escape. Maybe there’s something in the mistletoe?

Against her will, Colden finds herself being sucked into the comfort and joy of the season, even though she can’t seem to escape Laura, who is literally everywhere Colden is, like she’s doing it on purpose. Things get even worse when they’re forced to share a bed when there’s a fire at a local farm and the inn offers all the available rooms to the family.

Colden finally realizes there’s a thin line between annoyance and attraction, and she and Laura definitely crossed it. She’s also pretty sure that Laura’s mother is shipping them hard and so is the rest of her family, right down to her great-grandmother whose main companion is a two-hundred-pound pig named Minnie.

Will the magic of the holiday season melt Colden’s heart? Or will she go back to Boston alone, with only the memories to keep her warm?

Buddy read a book with a friend, read a novella, read a book with a realistic cover

Christmas Kisses – Natasha West

A Mistletoe Moment – Sam Henry does NOT want to be at her office Christmas party. With a big promotion on the line and the ex that broke her heart at the gathering, the chances of actual fun are slim to none. Until the end of the night, when Sam collides with Tilda Banks, a hot bartender working the party. And all it takes is a sprig of mistletoe to make sparks fly.

The next day, neither woman can shake the memory of the kiss, both deciding to track each other down. But it’s not as easy it looks. Sam and Tilda race around the city in the countdown to Christmas, dealing with warring family, job interviews and big life decisions while they try to find one another. But what if they do find each other? Was it just a mistletoe moment? Or is it something worth chasing?

Stock Take – Working in a supermarket in the run up to Christmas sounds like hell on earth. But the festive season gets an extra sprinkling of mayhem for Emily Garrison when she finds herself unwillingly promoted to manager of the chaos. However, when fragile new hire Kat Crenshaw lands a job under Emily, there’s a certain magnetism neither can ignore. Emily and Kat are about to find out just how exciting Christmas in a supermarket can get…

Get the festive feeling with this novella and short story double-bill from Natasha West. This festive boxset includes two previously published stories from the author of ‘Just Married?’ and ‘The Plus One.’ Pop this double shot of funny and sexy holiday romance in your stocking today!

Read a novella, read a book with a realistic cover

It Had To Be You – Clare Lydon

Georgia and Milly are in a relationship and Milly wants Georgia to come home with her for Christmas. Georgia worries that their significant age gap will be a problem, she is old enough to be Milly’s mother and she is not convinced that she will have a lot to talk about with Milly’s family.

Who’s to know that the simple act of meeting the family will turn lives upside down as the past comes to back to haunt them all.

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Gay Apparel: A Queer Holiday Flash Fiction Anthology

A queer holiday anthology project collecting stories from all over the world.

Includes contemporary, historical romance, space epic, weird western, post-apocalypse, gay, lesbian, trans, ace, neurodivergent, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Solstice, New Years, and some new holidays, too.

Read an achillean book, read a book with trans rep, read an own-voices book

I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Mason Deaver

Ben has a plan for the ultimate Christmas present for Nathan. All it requires is taking a large golden retriever from one end of the country to the other. No pressure.

When a snowstorm rocks the east coast sooner than expected, though, Ben is trapped at the airport, and suddenly all their plans for a perfect first Christmas with Nathan are on the line.

This 60-page short story details Ben and Nathan’s first Christmas together back in 2019.

This short story is available for free via Gumroad’s ‘Pay What You Want’ option, however any proceeds this short story earns will be donated to the National Center for Transgender Equality.

Read a novella, read an achillean book, read a book with trans rep

The Christmas Chevalier – Meg Mardell

Alvy Lexington has bought himself the best Christmas present in the world. True, the draughty flat on a dingy stretch of the Thames has none of the welcoming holiday warmth of his family’s West London townhouse. That is the entire point! No one who knows him by his given name will ever set foot here. When his old friend Laura Jacobs needs somewhere to spend the holidays, Alvy knows he should keep his distance, but… But Laura makes him do incautious things. Like offering her a job—since when did he manage a printing press?—and inviting her to a certain Christmas Eve masquerade.

Laura knows the lush London of the Lexingtons is only a temporary escape from her grey days as a governess. But she is determined to enjoy this glittering winter wonderland while it lasts, especially her dance with an angel of a man at the masquerade. Why, his French chevalier costume practically glows! While she daydreams about her white knight, an unexpected business opportunity with Alvy makes her hopeful of a new independent life. But first, she is going to have to come to a real understanding with her old friend.

Read a novella, read a book with trans rep, read a book with a realistic cover

She’ll Be Home For Christmas – Emily Hayes

How do you find a way to tell the truth when you have been lying from the start?

A sizzling hot Age Gap Long Distance Online Christmas Romance.

Lucy Beckett is an Instagram sensation and top model and pretty much everyone under the age of 30 knows who she is. She is exhausted with fame and the superficiality of her life. She is fed up of people around her just wanting her face, her body, her money and her fame.

Lucy is lonely and just wants to be seen for herself, for who she really is. She creates a fake profile online to find real friends who don’t want her for all the wrong reasons.

She never expects to find a real intense soul connection with someone in the build up to Christmas.

Lucy’s new girlfriend is coming home for Christmas. Can Lucy find a way to finally tell the truth?

Read a novella, read a book with a realistic cover

A Girlfriend For Christmas – Barbara Winkes

This Christmas, will hearts be broken, or will wishes come true?

Cindy Jeffries has been harboring a crush on Alison Carter, her boss’s niece, for months. So when Alison needs a favor, she’s more than eager to help out.

Alison, a successful businesswoman, is fed up with her friends’ matchmaking efforts. She hopes that introducing Cindy as her girlfriend will put an end to them.

The unusual pact comes with unforeseen consequences. Both of them will have to figure out what matters most in life, and if love is worth taking the risk.

Read a novella, read a book with a realistic cover

All I Want For Christmas – Georgia Beers, Maggie Cummings & Fiona Riley

In Triple Dog Dare by Georgia Beers, Sasha Wolfe has been talking up her new girlfriend to her overbearing mother for months, and when her skeptical sister dares her to invite this new squeeze over for family Christmas, Sasha accepts the challenge. After all, how hard can it be to bring your nonexistent girlfriend home for the holidays?

In Hustle & Bustle by Maggie Cummings, Hannah Monroe is ready to dazzle customers with her pop-up shop at NYC’s winter holiday market. NYPD beat cop Toby Beckett, who just wants to protect and serve, barely notices the spirit of the season until events keep pushing her into Hannah’s path.

In A Christmas Miracle by Fiona Riley, Mira Donahue’s bar, Mirage, is the hottest Christmas party venue in Boston, despite Mira’s secret: she hates Christmas. When self-described Queen of Carols Courtney Rivers books Mirage for her company’s holiday party, she clashes with Mira over the plans. Then a freak storm strands them in the bar, and more than miracles abound.

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The Holiday Treatment – Elle Spencer

By day, Holly Hudson’s a story editor for Wifetime Network. By night, she’s the writer for the network’s very cheesy, very straight holiday romance series―Christmas in Evermore. Holly took the job to accomplish exactly one thing: a gay Christmas movie. She’s been shot down before, but things start to look up when Meredith Drake unexpectedly moves into the network’s holiday division.

On the heels of a brief (but totally hot) fling, Holly and Meredith agree to keep things professional now that they’ll be working together. Especially since the network has a strict policy about workplace relationships. Instead, they vow to channel their passion into a pitch for the network’s first Christmas movie to feature two female leads.

In this contemporary romance, Holly and Meredith work to make the Yuletide gayer while discovering that happy endings aren’t only for the movies.

Read a book with a realistic cover, read a book with snow on the cover

The Christmas Ball – Lily Seabrooke

Alice doesn’t want to go to this Christmas party. Pretending to be straight around all her family and the Fowler family for an entire month to prepare for a ball, for her to dance with the man they want her to marry is not in the top 100 ways to spend December. But since her family is paying her tuition, she can’t risk saying no. Besides, it’s only once every ten years. She just has to survive.

She thinks she can handle it, until she finds out her rehearsal partner she’ll be spending the month with is the same one from ten years before–and the first girl Alice ever liked. And unfortunately for her, her feelings haven’t changed.

The Christmas Ball is a 50k-word f/f romance with family drama, a secret romance, a childhood crush, plenty of mutual pining, and of course, they only have one bed. Content warning for open-door sex scenes, queerphobia, and a really sleazy man.

Read a novella, read a book with a realistic cover

Written in the Stars – Alexandria Bellefleur

After a disastrous blind date, Darcy Lowell is desperate to stop her well-meaning brother from playing matchmaker ever again. Love—and the inevitable heartbreak—is the last thing she wants. So she fibs and says her latest set up was a success. Darcy doesn’t expect her lie to bite her in the ass.

Elle Jones, one of the astrologers behind the popular Twitter account, Oh My Stars, dreams of finding her soul mate. But she knows it is most assuredly not Darcy… a no-nonsense stick-in-the-mud, who is way too analytical, punctual, and skeptical for someone as free-spirited as Elle. When Darcy’s brother—and Elle’s new business partner—expresses how happy he is that they hit it off, Elle is baffled. Was Darcy on the same date? Because… awkward.

When Darcy begs Elle to play along, she agrees to pretend they’re dating to save face. But with a few conditions: Darcy must help Elle navigate her own overbearing family over the holidays and their arrangement expires on New Year’s Eve. The last thing they expect is to develop real feelings during a fake relationship.

But maybe opposites can attract when true love is written in the stars?

Her Christmas Carole – Margaux Fox

In 1995, Jo and Carole fell wildly in love and lust and everything in between, running around the countryside as teenagers.

Tragedy struck and circumstances changed drastically leaving Carole in London focussing on her career and Jo in the countryside trying to save her failing farm.

Every year they see each other only on Christmas day and always on Christmas day. Each year they exchange Christmas Cards and letters. Each year they are polite, yet distant.

Twenty five years of pain and loss have passed and Carole and Jo are all grown up. Can they find a way to heal their wounds and the distance between them and rekindle the greatest love either of them have ever known?

What really happened to tear them apart all those years ago?

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Fearless – Shira Glassman

A newly out-of-the-closet band mom falls for an orchestra teacher while snowed in at All-State. Lana Novak hasn’t played violin in over twenty years, her musical life these days confined to being a devoted band mom to her clarinet whiz daughter Robin.

She didn’t think she could get back into it after this long, but Melanie Feinberg, the outgoing, enthusiastic, and very cute butch orchestra director from Robin’s school, has other ideas.

Read a novella, read an own-voices book

Holiday Haunts – Imogen Markwell-Tweed & Wendy Dalrymple

Christmas is the perfect time of year to fall in love; especially if you’re a specter or a retail employee, that is. At Holiday Falls Mall, love blooms in sweet and spooky ways for four shop employees during the holiday season.

This collection features two stories from queer romance writer Imogen Markwell-Tweed, and two stories from sweet romance writer Wendy Dalrymple for a unique, intertwined anthology of paranormal romance novelettes.

Read a book with snow on the cover

Mangoes & Mistletoe – Adriana Herrera

Kiskeya Burgos left the tropical beaches of the Dominican Republic with a lot to prove. As a pastry chef on the come up, when she arrives in Scotland, she has one goal in mind: win the Holiday Baking Challenge. Winning is her opportunity to prove to her family, her former boss, and most importantly herself, she can make it in the culinary world. Kiskeya will stop at nothing to win , that is, if she can keep her eyes on the prize and off her infuriating teammate’s perfect lips.

Sully Morales, home cooking hustler, and self-proclaimed baking brujita lands in Scotland on a quest to find her purpose after spending years as her family’s caregiver. But now, with her home life back on track, it’s time for Sully to get reacquainted with her greatest love, baking. Winning the Holiday Baking Challenge is a no brainer if she can convince her grumpy AF baking partner that they make a great team both in and out of the kitchen before an unexpected betrayal ends their chance to attain culinary competition glory.

Read a novella, read an own-voices book

Sugar & Spice – Eli Wray

Mason attempts to bake gluten-free cookies for their crush and college classmate, Natalie.

When the baking goes very wrong, can Mason still win Natalie’s heart?

This low stakes story includes holiday baking, two people pining, rain-soaked admissions from hopeless romantics, some wholesome smut and a 100% nonbinary trans cast.

Read a novella, read a book with trans rep

Are you planning on taking part? If so, I’d love to hear what you’re going to be reading!

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