Books with Dazzling Parties That Will Get You in a New Year’s Eve Mood

Books that are specifically about New Year’s Eve can be hard to come across if you’re not looking for a picture book or a cozy mystery, but I’ve compiled a list of books that feature fabulous parties you might wish you were attending this New Year’s, to help get you in a celebratory mood.


Snow in Love by Melissa de la Cruz et al

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What’s better than one deliciously cozy, swoon-worthy holiday story? Four of them, from some of today’s bestselling authors.

From KASIE WEST, a snowy road trip takes an unexpected detour when secrets and crushes are revealed.

From AIMEE FRIEDMAN, a Hanukkah miracle may just happen when a Jewish girl working as a department store elf finds love.

From MELISSA DE LA CRUZ, Christmas Eve gets a plot twist when a high school couple exchange surprising presents.

From NIC STONE, a scavenger hunt amid the holiday crowds at an airport turns totally romantic.

So grab a mug of hot cocoa, snuggle up, and get ready to fall in love…

The party doesn’t happen directly in the book, but in Aimee Friedman’s “Working in a Winter Wonderland,” the protagonist dreams about her friends upcoming epic New Year’s Eve party and starts a new job to start saving up for the perfect dress.

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story is of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his new love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.

One can’t think of literary parties without immediately thinking of Jay Gatsby and his over-the-top twenties-style affairs. His parties are so popular that many people emulated them and throw their own Gatsby-inspired events.

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The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. Everyone there wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

LEDA COLE’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

ERIS DODD-RADSON’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

RYLIN MYERS’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will this new life cost Rylin her old one?

WATT BAKRADI is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy for an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is AVERY FULLER, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Amid breathtaking advancement and high-tech luxury, five teenagers struggle to find their place at the top of the world. But when you’re this high up, there’s nowhere to go but down….

This book is all about how the rich live in a futuristic Manhattan.  Elegant birthday parties are the norm, and one even includes edible flavored bubbles that drift by in the dark.

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Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Scythe

Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

An unconventional choice for this list because of the book’s focus on death and dealing out death, but there are several fabulous parties in the novel, complete with swimming pools, professional party-goers, and more. A book about death might also not be the worst way to ring in the new year, if it inspires you to think about your own life and goals.

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The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Lord of the Rings

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell by chance into the hands of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins.

From Sauron’s fastness in the Dark Tower of Mordor, his power spread far and wide. Sauron gathered all the Great Rings to him, but always he searched for the One Ring that would complete his dominion.

When Bilbo reached his eleventy-first birthday he disappeared, bequeathing to his young cousin Frodo the Ruling Ring and a perilous quest: to journey across Middle-earth, deep into the shadow of the Dark Lord, and destroy the Ring by casting it into the Cracks of Doom.

The Lord of the Rings tells of the great quest undertaken by Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring: Gandalf the Wizard; the hobbits Merry, Pippin, and Sam; Gimli the Dwarf; Legolas the Elf; Boromir of Gondor; and a tall, mysterious stranger called Strider.

Would any list of parties be complete without mentioning Bilbo’s eleventy-first birthday party, to which he invited the entire Shire, cleared out the local food supplies of the surrounding area, and imported toys and fireworks the likes of which had rarely been seen before? Sign me up for an invitation!

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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

Nevermoor The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks–and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.

But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.

It’s then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart–an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests–or she’ll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.

Protagonist Morrigan might be about to start a new life at a magical hotel, where the resident event planner is always pulling out all the stops to throw the best parties in town.

6 thoughts on “Books with Dazzling Parties That Will Get You in a New Year’s Eve Mood

  1. Caro @ bookcheshirecat says:

    This is such a great list, I love it! There are truly not a lot of stories set during the New Year, but I recently loved Snow in Love 🥰 The very first story of the anthology My True Love Gave to Me is set during several New Year’s parties & I liked that story a lot 🙂

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