I know, my fellow bibliophiles, that during the maddening holiday season that is October 31st to December 31st, you desire, crave, and absolutely need time to yourself to read. It’s essential.
I love to read anyway, but add in all the holiday festivities and family drama, and the only place I want to be is in a corner reading about somewhere that isn’t my mother’s kitchen!
So, I’ve put together my list of 6 books I’d like to at least TRY to read during this busiest time of the year.
The Dharma Of The Princess Bride
Everyone my age LOVES The Princess Bride. My husband can nearly quote the whole movie. So, when I found this book by Ethan Nichtern that explains Buddhist teaches via a cult classic movie, I was more than happy to add it to my shopping cart. Who doesn’t like to learn while being entertained?
Tom Hanks has put out a book of short stories. That’s enough to get you interested, right?
This romance novel by T.J. Brown is a must-read for everyone going through Downton Abbey withdrawl. It’s a period piece full of drama and romance. Ah, Mr. Bates, we miss you.
The Essex Serpent
I know, I know – I’m late to the party on this one. Everyone I know has read and loved it. This is “a historical novel, set in late nineteenth-century England, about an intellectually minded young widow, a pious vicar, and a rumored mythical serpent that explores questions about science and religion, skepticism, and faith, independence and love.” So says the book jacket. Seriously, that vague AND specific description is enough to make me want to read Sarah Perry’s novel!
The Bookshop On The Corner
A spunky heroine who happens to be a librarian also? Jenny Colgan won the 2012 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance and was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller. Sign. Me. Up.
Where The Light Falls
Allison and Owen Pataki wrote a novel set during the French Revolution? Sounds much better than helping my mom whip the potatoes.
BONUS: The Magpie Murders
I’m in the middle of this one now (NO SPOILERS!) so I didn’t include it in my “to be read” list but I cannot wait to get to the end. Mystery whodunnits are my favorite genre and I can barely put this one down! Anthony Horowitz is a master. If the ending is as thrilling as promised, I’ll blog about it when I’m done.
So, what’s currently in your “To Be Read” pile? And where’s your favorite spot to hide from the family and read during the holidays??
PS Note: That’s not me in the stock photo. I wouldn’t dare put up my Christmas Tree before Thanksgiving!