Here’s A List Of Books To Get You Through The Holidays

By Isabella Bull December 10, 2019

Brain food.

Sometimes, Netflix just doesn’t cut it. 

If you’re over the persistent screen headache but desperately in need of something to occupy your time over Christmas, we got you covered with these fine reads.

There’s nothing quite like the beginning of a new book journey… so in advance, you’re welcome.

1. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman 

Before HBO’s new blockbuster TV series ‘His Dark Materials’ hit the small screen, the incredible story was on paper. Northern Lights is the first installment in the Dark Materials trilogy, and follows the journey of Lyra Belacqua, in search of her missing friend and her imprisoned uncle, who has been conducting experiments with a mysterious substance. You’ll have to read it to find out the rest…

2. Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton 

A story of brotherhood, prison, drug dealers, true love and the most unlikely of friendships (it’s a lot, we know), Boy Swallows Universe is a heartbreaking, joyous and exhilarating novel. This book is the winner of the 2019 ABIA Book of the Year… so it’s obviously quite good.

3. You Don’t Know Me by Sara Foster 

A mystery novel! You Don’t Know Me is an absolute thriller about the burden of shame, and questions what the truth is really worth. Also, what happened to Lizzie Burdett?! Gripping characters and the compelling mystery make this read seriously impossible to put down. Perfect for squirrelling away.

4. 19th Christmas by James Patterson 

We may be biased when we say that this list would not be complete without a James Patterson novel (huge fan, full disclosure). 19th Christmas reunites the Women’s Murder Club to protect the streets of San Francisco… on Christmas. And if you like this one, there’s literally 18 others you can read! A fitting addition, we must say.

5. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern 

This novel is magical. It’s also about magic. The Night Circus is set in 1886, where a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, constructed entirely in black and white, the Cirque des Rêves delights all who wander its paths… also magicians, contortionists, cats, carousels. The Night Circus will genuinely make you believe in magic.

6. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult may very well be one of the most emotive authors of our time. Small Great Things will make you laugh, think, and cry… a lot. This novel tackles race, privilege, justice, discrimination and compassion - and doesn’t absolve. It’s so important, and we truly hope you read this one.

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