If you are heading off for winter holidays or are facing Christmas with the family and need a form of escape it is essential to be armed with a couple of good books. I’ve been trawling through the best-seller lists and have added in a couple more on my wish list, to give you a few ideas to help you fill those festive hours.
Serious Thrillers – it’s hard to read a nail-biter in the summer, the weather can make everything so unbelievable! Embrace the dismal weather and go for something appropriate; try the latest instalment of Alex Cross from James Patterson in Cross Justice. Patterson always delivers an easy-to-read gripper. If you fancy something new try The Girl on the Train, the debut from Paula Hawkins. A Gone Girl-esque novel following an unreliable narrator on her morning commute.
Meant to Reads – there’s always a couple that escape you throughout the year so now is the time to catch up! I keep meaning to read Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee’s posthumously released second book, I loved To Kill A Mockingbird so much. For more of a science fiction feel The Martian by Andy Weir may have been around since 2011, but with the film starring Matt Damon having just come out in the cinema its time for a catch-up.
Biographies – I find biographies to be the perfect holiday read as they are factual but not to serious – if you pick them right! As I Was Saying: The World According to Clarkson (by Jeremy Clarkson evidently) is out just in time for Christmas, like clockwork. It’s probably rude, probably crude and definitely going to offend someone. Sticking to punchy writing, Amy Poehler’s Yes Please has been top of my list for a while. Anyone with a career like hers must have something interesting to say!
And for those who are jetting off for some winter sun (you lucky things), here’s a couple for you:
Winter Sun – the latest novel from Nicholas Sparks, See Me, is bound to be a roller-coaster of emotion – they always are! This book questions the strength of love and it puts its ability to overcome anything to the test with troubled characters galore. My personal recommendation is Zadie Smith’s On Beauty, not a new book but one that I’ve read several times. It’s rich characters and intertwined plots make it an exciting read.
Hope I’ve helped!