Relaxing Holiday Reads
Sometimes you lose track of yourself during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Taking time to enjoy a good book can be the perfect way to slow down and relax. We asked several authors, agents, and other book people for what read they’re looking forward to enjoying during the holiday craziness.
“My first job – to narrow it down. It’s been a busy fall and I haven’t been able to keep up. I’ve been buying but not reading. I just looked over my tower of TBR books. I counted and there are 43 books in the swaying pile – all that I am dying to get to. But here are the first four I’m planning to escape into: Cascade by Maryanne O’Hara, The Salt God’s Daughter by Ilie Ruby, The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro, and John Saturnall’s Feast by Lawrence Norfolk.”
“I’ll be reading Lisa Genova’s Love Anthony, a novel that tackles motherhood, autism, infidelity and, ultimately, love. It sounds complicated but also uplifting. I am intrigued by and find inspiration in women’s fiction about overcoming the worst that life throws at you.”
“True luxury to me is having time to re-read an old favorite. As an agent, I read current books and submissions until my head spins off like a dreidel. Ahhhh, but to have time to revisit an old love – THIS is something I look forward to every year. So, during our break from work in December, I am pulling out His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novick. The scene where Captain Will Laurence meets the dragon Temeraire for the first time is branded on my brain as one of my favorite fantasy scenes of all time. Temeraire – I will be with you again soon! *clinks glass*”
“This holiday season I will be happily and joyously diving into Hilary Mantel’s, Wolf Hall. I love the lush, sweeping epic tales and Wolf Hall has me feeling nostalgic for some of my favorites: The Historian and Discovery of Witches. I am also devouring Gone Girl and am actively mourning finishing Shadow of Night – can’t wait for the final installment in the trilogy. So many amazing books out there… too many.”
“Relaxing?!? Ha! The truth is I’ll be curled up with the copy edits on my tenth novel, Time Flies, coming from Simon & Schuster/Touchstone on June 11. When I finish those, I have a pile of books awaiting me – Wendy Wax’s Ten Beach Road and Jane Porter’s The Good Woman, as well as early copies of Allie Larkin’s upcoming Why Can’t I Be You (February) and Beth Hoffman’s Looking for Me (June.) Happy holiday reading, everybody!”
“When I think of the holidays, my mind wanders to snow drifts, family, cozy fires and cocoa. Though white Christmases are a rarity at my home in Maryland, I still find myself searching for comfort reads at this time of year — and that usually means classics.
For the past few years I’ve told myself I would finally, FINALLY pick up one book in particular: Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. I managed to leave childhood without reading the novel or seeing the movie — guess my mom thought it would be too heavy for me, an emotional and skittish kid — and I’ve decided to reeducate myself. That means I’ll be spending time with the March family . . . and hey, I hear there’s a fellow Meg in there. Bring on the hot chocolate!”
“I am sitting in my library looking at these stacks and wondering who will be the big ‘winner!’ Ok…drumroll…it’s May We Be Forgiven by A.M. Holmes. I was out with a group of fabulous authors a couple of weeks ago and this title came up. It seemed to be a universal thumbs up so that works for me!!”
What books are you curling up with this holiday season? Let us know in the comments!
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