One of my favorites things about the holiday season is having some extra time to catch up and indulge in things I don’t normally get to do during the year.
One of those things is reading.
I’ve always been a HUGE bookworm, but unfortunately don’t get to indulge in it as much as I used to.
That’s not to say I don’t read anything, I actually read a lot throughout the year, but it’s mostly blogs, news articles, or educational books. I rarely get the chance to read something just for the heck of it.
So usually the holidays is when I take time to indulge in “just because” books. They’re usually easy fun reads that don’t require too much thought or something uplifting and inspiring that keeps me motivated throughout the season.
Since we’re kicking off the holiday season with Thanksgiving this week , I thought I’d share some books that I think would be great to read during this time of year.
So here are 6 books to add to your holiday reading list:
1. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
If you’ve seen any of my Instas, then you’ll know I’ve been having a love affair with this book. I picked it up randomly after DCT and I returned from our honeymoon and I still had time off from work and read it cover to cover in a day. And I loved it so much I read it again (slower this time) this past month.
Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of famed book Eat, Pray, Love. In Big Magic she opens up to share her wisdom and unique perspective on creativity.
It is both amazingly inspirational and wonderfully practical – an empowering read for anyone, but especially if you are or hope to do any sort of creative work in your life.
2. Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling
I’ve always been a big fan of Mindy Kaling and was counting down the days her new book, Why Not Me, released. This was another book I read in less than a day (I had a lot of time on my hands after the wedding 😀 ), it is both funny, inspiring, and incredibly relatable.
I feel a lot of celebrity memoirs can come off as a bit pretentious, but I think Mindy finds the right balance between “Hollywood starlet” and “best gal pal” through various stories on falling in love, creating new friendships, and dealing with body image.
As one review said – “By all conventional measures Mindy Kaling should not be where she is, and that is the beauty of the stories she shares.”
3. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriaty
Another book I stumbled upon, Big Little Lies is both a chilling mystery and oddly hilarious read. Somehow Moriaty makes reading about 3 moms in a suburban town incredibly engaging, full of wit and heart, and irresistible to put down.
It’s a story on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.
Don’t be discouraged, even if you have no experience in the world of marriage, parenting, and the upper-middle-class family life, this book will still suck you in.
4. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
There are very few books that make me snort with laughter sitting in a quiet coffee shop – this happens to be one of those books.
The Rosie Project is a romantic comedy about an oddly charming, socially-challenged genetics professor as he seeks true love through a scientifically valid survey he dubs the Wife Project.
From the first few pages I was already chuckling to myself. This book is outlandishly funny, but also full of warmth and emotional depth. While you may be able to predict the plot, half the fun is watching the main character go through his transformation. It is an all-around joy to read.
5. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
If you were a fan of Gone Girl you will loooove The Girl on the Train. It is as emotionally heart wrenching as it is psychologically thrilling.
This story is told from three not-to-be-trusted perspectives of Rachel, Megan, and Anna. There is intersecting and overlapping of their not-quite-what-they-seem lives. It’s a mystery filled with jealousy, betrayal, and wounded hearts.
I would cringe as I read through some parts of the book, felt my heart go out to characters in other parts, and went mad trying to figure out whodunit.
I literally devoured this book, and it was delicious.
6. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Sometimes there are books that hit you right in the center of your soul. The Invention of Wings is that book for me.
Inspired by the true story of an early nineteenth century abolitionist and suffragist, Sarah Grimke, Kidd author of The Secret Life of Bees, paints a beautiful and moving portrait of two women linked by horrors of slavery.
It is a powerful story of crushed hopes, betrayal, and extreme sorrow; but also of courage, sisterly love, and finding a sense of self. It is an empowering read that is guaranteed to leave you incredibly moved.
As for me, I decided to pick up Felicia Day’s book, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) for Thanksgiving. Something I’m hoping is both funny and inspiring.
Now I’m turning it over to you.
Read any of the books above? If so, tell me what you think in the comments. And share any recommendations you may have.
I love a good book discussion. So go, discuss.
‘till next time
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