10 Best Holiday Reads

Come holiday time there’s nothing better than a list of books to keep you well-prepared for the hours of possible reading ahead. Check out the list below if you’re ready for some absorbing classical and contemporary novels!

1. The Golden House – Salman Rushdie
Bursting with insightful narrative, Salman Rushdie’s latest book follows the life of real-estate tycoon, Nero Golden and his three sons. The story is told from neighbor and aspiring filmmaker, Rene’s point of view as he deems the Golden family the perfect subject as he chronicles their downfall. Rushdie also cleverly combines America’s political instability with his characters to give readers an intense read filled with satire and drama.

2. The Book of Speculation – Erika Swyler
Simon Watson lives alone on a house at the edge of a cliff, his parents having died many years earlier. When he receives a mysterious book inscribed with his grandmother’s name, Simon is left to decode the book – essentially, his family history – before he’s met with more tragedy. Swyler’s debut borders on fantasy and is indeed a book of speculation that links the enchanting life of a family- both past and present.

3. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper – Phaedra Patrick
Patrick’s debut features a lovable cast of big hearts focusing on the life of 69 year-old, Arthur Pepper. On the day of his wife’s one year death anniversary, he finds a strange gold charm in her belongings that launches his very own adventures that takes him from country to country. An enchanting and charming read, this novel shows readers the importance of living life to the fullest.

4. Maybe Someday – Colleen Hoover
This romance follows Sydney’s footsteps as she goes from living a content life to discovering her boyfriend is unfaithful. As Sydney attempts to move on, she bonds with the mysterious man that plays beautiful music in the balcony opposite hers everyday. This novel is the perfect blend of drama and romance for chick lit lovers.

5. Anything is Possible- Elizabeth Strout
In this short collection of 9 stories, Strout explores the lives of a small group of people in a small town and links them all together. The stories specifically focus on the challenges, secrets and various degrees of shame each of the characters have, making readers understand the poignant yet hopeful nature of life itself – that despite all the things that burden our hearts, we continue to carry on.

6. Fahrenheit 451- Ray Bradbury
Regarded as one of the author’s best works, this dystopian novel explores a future society where owning books are illegal and as a result they are burned along with the houses that hide them by ‘firemen’. This novel is thought-provoking and sports a unique story line that can be widely appreciated by many readers. Ironically, it has also been banned by the Church for the Bible being one of the books burned in the dystopian novel.

7. The Color of Magic – Terry Pratchett
Featuring Pratchett’s world renowned fantasy universe – Discworld, we take readers back to where it all began- The Color of Magic. The novel begins with a naïve tourist and his explosive expedition on the world supported on the back of a turtle along with an inept wizard acting as his tour guide. Pratchett’s bizarre storylines are in fact genius as he uses original fantasy and humorous elements and is a must read (re-read).

8. The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton
The Outsiders’ plot follows Ponyboy Curtis and his divided society where the rich and the poor often find themselves against each other. Interestingly enough, Hinton created this novel purely because she was unsatisfied with the literature of her time and is considered to have changed the way people view Young Adult Literature.

9. To Say Nothing of the Dog – Connie Willis
Willis’ award-winning comic science fiction novel is truly a work to be appreciated. Brimming with comedy and wit, it is a time travel story where 21st century history student- Ned Henry- decides to take a relaxing time travelling trip back to Victorian England. His trip, however, falls short of being relaxing as he is left to contend with recalcitrant rowboats, missing cats, love at first sight and hideous pieces of art that seem to have the power of jeopardizing the course of history.

10. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
A classic that never fails to entertain, Douglas Adams’ famous series follows Arthur Dent and his unorthodox adventures with friend and researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Ford Prefect. Adams’ series chronicles numerous bizarre situations leading to an unforgettable science fiction read through space.

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