I do not like the holidays. Yup, you read that right: I am a Scrooge, and I don’t care who knows it. Halloween is my jam, Thanksgiving is lovely, but once Black Friday rolls around, I tap out of the holiday spirit. Don’t get me wrong: I still participate in the pageantry and presents, but you won’t catch me watching Christmas movies or going caroling or feeling the warm and fuzzies for all mankind. Instead, my go-to is books—reading that is more grounded in reality, be it thrillers, dramas, horror stories, or anything else, so long as no one is angsting over mistletoe.
So whether you’re an end-of-year holidays-hater in search of an escape or just need a palette cleanser amid all the sugary sweet cheer, here are some reads to take you away from all that ho-ho-horrifying chipper mush.