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5 amazing books to read over the holidays
by Ally Buso | December 7, 2018

Feeling all booked up this holiday season?

Tomorrow is the last day of school for the semester. This can only mean one thing; winter break is finally here!

From skiing or skating outdoors to baking holiday treats, there are a ton of different ways to spend your time over the break. But once in a while, we just need to have some ‘me time’. On those days I love to curl up under some fuzzy blankets with a cup of tea and read a good book. For all those bookworms out there, I brought together a list of my top five favourite books that are guaranteed to keep you turning pages all day long.

Here is a list of my top 5 favourite books:

 

1. Broken Harbour — Tana French

Broken Harbour book cover

Tana French is one my favourite authors at the moment. She writes best-selling Irish crime fiction. What’s Irish crime fiction you ask? It’s exactly what it sounds like: crime novels set in Ireland, brogues and all. Tana French expertly crafts stories that are both compelling and captivating, leaving the reader on the edge of their seat wanting more.

Broken Harbour follows the story of the Spain family who are murdered in their home. The only survivor of the vicious attack is the mother of the family, Jenny Spain. As detective Mike “Scorcher” Kennedy and his partner investigate, they discover madness and mayhem in the Spain home which ultimately leads to their demise.

 

2. Gone Girl — Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl book cover

This book became a worldwide sensation practically overnight. Gillian Flynn crafted a masterful thriller with this novel, that is beloved by millions. While you may have already seen the movie adaptation, I strongly recommend you read the book as well.

Gone Girl follows the story of Nick and Amy Dunne. The couple moved from New York City to a small town in Missouri. As their marriage slowly devolves, Amy turns up missing. Nick then gets swept up in the ensuing investigation. In an attempt to prove his innocence, he uncovers that there is so much more to Amy’s sordid story than he could have ever imagined.

 

3. The Shining — Stephen King

The Shining book cover

This story is an absolute classic. Stephen King is one the horror genre’s most prolific writers. I love that Stephen King’s work is accessible even to those who may not always enjoy the horror genre. The Shining is one of King’s defining works, with the novel reaching international acclaim and the movie adaption being produced by a world-class director and cast.

The Shining follows the story of Jack Torrance, his wife Wendy and their son Danny. Jack accepts a position as a caretaker at the seasonal Overlook Hotel during the winter months. Jack thinks it will be the perfect escape for him and his family to rebuild their connection. Nothing couldn’t be farther from the truth, as time passes and Jack descends deeper into madness and drags his family along with him.

 

4. Disaster Artist: My Life Inside “The Room,” the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made — Greg Sestero & Tom Bissell

Disaster Artist book cover

This novel is the basis for the quirky James Franco and Seth Rogen film of the same name. While the movie did very well in theatres and was incredibly entertaining, the novel is a far more intimate retelling of Greg Sestero’s life story.

The novel chronicles the story of Greg Sestero’s involvement as a co-star through the conception, filming and release of the film The Room. The novel also spotlights the friendship between Mr. Sestero and Tommy Wiseau, the enigmatic man behind The Room.

 

5. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children — Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children book cover

Miss. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is Ransom Riggs’ debut novel. While the book is aimed at a younger audience, the novel extremely well-written and is a great pick if you are looking for some light reading. Miss Peregrine’s is the first in a series of four novels.

As a child, Jacob Magellan Portman grew up hearing fanciful tales of monsters and “peculiar” children from his grandfather, Abraham. After witnessing Abraham’s death, Jacob is plagued by dreams of a far-off land. In an attempt to come to grips with what he has seen, Jacob and his father travel overseas to visit Cairnholm, Wales, the subject of Jacob’s unrelenting nightmares. Once there, Jacob begins to unravel the mysteries surrounding his grandfather’s life and learns that Abraham’s tales were more than just mere stories.


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