We’ve finally made it to Thanksgiving week and we cannot wait to indulge in some good turkey and good food with even better friends and family. But aside from gathering with our loved ones, we’re also looking forward to have some “me time” and some quiet time to reflect on all things that we’re thankful for. What better way to spend the holiday than to be curled up with a great book and a cup of hot chocolate in front of the fireplace? To make this dreamy thought a reality, we’ve rounded up the 10 awesome books to read this Thanksgiving break. You won’t need any other list!
1. Becoming by Michelle Obama
Get inspired this Thanksgiving with this just-released memoir from former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. In this intimate book, she recounts her years growing up in the South Side of Chicago and her experiences as an executive juggling motherhood. The memoir is an up-close and personal look into the life of Mrs. Barack Obama as she served as the first African American First Lady of the United States. Candid and warm, this memoir will be inspiring as it is mesmerizing. Available in various formats at Amazon.
2. The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa, Translated by Philip Gabriel
Journey with Satoru and his pet cat Nana as they travel through Japan and its changing seasons and colors. The unusual traveling pair are find kindness and self-sacrifice in their journey to visit Satoru’s longtime friends. Nana has a cute little crooked tail, which is believed to be sign of good fortune. Get your copy in hardcover, Kindle or Audiobook at Amazon.
3. The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
If you’re in the mood for a romcom type of novel, you’ll love The Proposal. The story follows an LA-based freelance writer named Nikole, or Nik, as she declines a proposal from her actor boyfriend. Everything would have gone well, except that the proposal happened in front of 45,000 people at a Dodgers game. Yikes. She then falls for her knight in shining armor, Carlos, who saves her from humiliation. After casually dating, the two find that there might be more to their relationship than just good times and great sex. What’s next for these two? Get your copy at Amazon to find out.
4. Hazards of Time Travel by Joyce Carol Oates
This glorious dystopian novel follows a brave woman as she travels back 80 years to Wainscotia, Wisconsin, where she falls in love with an exile as she deals with the misalignment of her values and that of Wisconsin’s oppressive society. Pre-order to join the adventure by visiting Amazon.
5. Impossible Views of the World by Lucy Ives
Follow along this mystery debut by Lucy Ives as she tells the story of Stella Krakus, a curator at Manhattan’s Central Museum of Art. There, her colleague goes missing as a cryptic map surfaces. Are the two events related? As she dives deep into her own little investigation, she realizes that the events at the museum have ties to the experiences she’s having in her life. Grab your copy at Amazon today, available in hardcover, Kindle, and Audiobook formats.
6. Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang
Here’s another debut to look forward to: Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance opens up the beautiful world of Weylyn Grey, who was orphaned and raised by wolves. When he single-handedly stopped a tornado on Christmas Day in Oklahoma, he realizes that he is meant to be something more than just different. Told in the perspectives of those who knew Weylyn Grey, this warm novel is sure to entertain and delight this Thanksgiving. Available at Amazon.
7. The Kingdom of Copper by S. A. Chakraborty
If you loved The City of Brass, you’ll be thoroughly glad that The Kingdom of Copper has finally arrived. As the sequel to Brass, Copper continues to tell the story of Nahri as she summons a mysterious djinn called Dara during one of her adventures. From Cairo, she is taken to Daevabad where the aftermath of a battle lingers. Ali meanwhile, faces a terrible secret that his family have kept for years. What will become of these two heroes? Order a copy at Amazon to find out.
8. The River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks
This Thanksgiving, explore the mind of the late Oliver Sacks in this posthumously released collection of stories and thoughts that reflect on the connections we make in our daily live and how it ultimately becomes the purpose of our existence. Available at Amazon.
9. The End We Start From by Megan Hunter
This debut novel from Megan Hunter is already highly acclaimed by critics. It has under its belt the title of Finalist for the Barnes and Noble Discover Prize and Editor’s Choice Prize for Fiction winner. The story follows a woman who gives birth to her first child, Z during a flood in London. As the mother and child flee for safety, they seek refuge in the northern parts of London where they wander to find a new home. It is a story of resilience and adversity in the dreariest of times. Get this at Amazon.
10. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
While this novel has been around for about a year, it hasn’t lost its charm. Bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng offers her second novel that follows single mother Mia and her daughter Pearl as they raise difficult questions in the picture-perfect community of the Richardson family, their landlords. Find out how they navigate relationships and values in this riveting novel from Ng. Available at Amazon.
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