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With the holidays right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what you’ll do with your free time. For some, a Hallmark movie marathon is the only answer. Others might prefer to partake in an excessive amount of Christmas baking. And still, for others, free time is spent cozying up by the fireplace with a cup of coffee and a good book, reading for hours at a time.
If you’re a reader, here are 3 books that you should consider adding to your Christmas list.
1. Seven Days of Us
What’s a Christmas list without at least one Christmas book on it, right? Well, Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak is that book. Hornak’s novel entails paints an all-too-relatable picture of what it can be like to go home for the holidays.
The book begins with the Birch Family finally getting together for Christmas again– something they hadn’t done in years. Olivia, the doctor of the family, who is home from treating an epidemic abroad, has been instructed to stay in quarantine, which ultimately means, her family has to as well. As you might imagine, seven days on lock-down with your family, and unreliable wifi can bring up some tension. Do you, too, feel a hint of cabin fever when visiting your family over the holidays? Then Seven Days of Us might just be for you.
Interested? Check out the full summary and reviews here.
Want to spend the holidays reading about the experiences of one of America’s most beloved first ladies? Then Becoming should be at the top of your Christmas list. In her newest memoir, Michelle Obama authentically shares her story– including a variety of personal experiences from her childhood years, to her time in the White House, and everything in between.
Though Becoming was released less than a week ago, it has already made its way to the number one spot on Amazon’s current best-seller list, received rave reviews, and a 4.5-star rating on Goodreads. Check out the full summary here.
3. The Hate U Give
You might not typically read Young Adult Fiction, but this New York Time’s best-seller is worth making an exception to your normal reading habits. Star Carter, the book’s teen protagonist, deals with everything most teenagers do, and more. Trying her best to navigate the ups-and-downs of living in a low-income neighborhood, yet attending a posh private preparatory school can be tricky enough. Add that to the fact that she has a front-row seat to the unhealthy racial tensions in her town and even witnesses a police officer shoot and kill her childhood best friend. Needless to say, this is not an emotionally light read, but it is, nonetheless, an important one.
You can check out the full summary and reviews here.