If you don't have time for a long book during the holidays, how about a collection of short stories, each one just the right length for one sitting. One of the newer collections to the library is Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link. It includes 9 stories including "The Wrong Grave" and "The Faery Handbag." Each story begins with a drawing by Shaun Tan and an ominous sentence such as "Anyone might accidentally dig up the wrong grave." or "It's night in The Free People's World-Tree Library. All the librarians are asleep, tucked into their coffins..." or my favorite "After a while, everyone had become a zombie. So they went for a swim."
A bit creepy but fun. Stop by the library today to get your hands on it, otherwise you might have to wait until after the holidays!