As the holidays approach and our to-do list takes over, make some time to laugh out loud with three fabulous reads that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit! Remember, you can’t choose your family but you can choose your books!
We Met in December
by Rosie Curtis
Jess is moving to London. Finally! Having grown up in a quaint, unremarkable seaside town with a mediocre job and erratic mom, she will be living in a magnificent Notting Hill mansion with four strangers. Treasuring this opportunity for new beginnings, (her real life!) Jess snags a dream job in publishing and the chance to live in a ZIP code she never dared to imagine. These twentysomethings become fast friends, cooking, drinking and binge-watching their favorite shows together. Only one rule to follow: NO couples in the house. But of course, in walks Alex. The most handsome boy next door (literally!) who left his prestigious law position to study nursing and is as kind as he is sexy. Throughout their year rooming together, from one Christmas celebration to the next, Jess learns the true meaning of family and love. Jingle all the way with this enjoyable, sweet, feel-good romantic treat.
by Sophie Kinsella
Becky Brandon loves her family, her job and — most of all — Becky loves Christmas. She counts the days to lose herself in gingerbread houses, festive lights, and of course, Christmas shopping! As the holiday quickly approaches, her once dependable parents experience a mid-life crisis, moving themselves to a hip neighborhood and leaving Becky as Christmas Day host for the very first time. Obsessed with tradition and the perfect gift for her husband, Becky is thrown for a loop when her handsome rock star ex-boyfriend moves into the neighborhood, her vegan stepsister mysteriously shows up sans husband and much of her precious shopping turns into an online fiasco. This comical, delightful holiday read, latest and #9 in the Shopaholic series, celebrates family, friendship and, of course, shopping!
Seven Days of Us
by Francesca Hornak
When the Birch family is quarantined for seven days in the English countryside for Christmas, it is anything but merry. Eldest sister Olivia, a physician recently returned from a grueling volunteer position in Africa, learns she may have been exposed to a deadly virus. The family decides to spend their mandated confinement celebrating the holidays in their crumbling yet beautiful home far from the city. Father is a cantankerous, seriously moody food writer whose reviews often reflect his general world complaints, of which there are many. Mother has not revealed the findings of her medical secret, insisting on holiday togetherness. And the youngest daughter, Phoebe, becomes engaged to her longtime boyfriend (who may like boys a lot more than girls) is way more concerned with the size of her ring than the serious illness her sister may be infected with. This outrageous, bizarre family saga will make your gift wrap dilemma, overcooked turkey and spending woes seem just a little less stressful.
Little Women is the latest #bookmovie with a star-studded cast (including Emma Watson, of Harry Potter fame!) coming once again to the big screen. Check listings for a theater near you on Christmas Day!