The Ultimate Holiday Reading List

The Ultimate Holiday Reading List

2017 is almost at its end and after a long year, most of us just want the holiday to start. Relaxing and switching off mean different things to different people: The adventurers can’t wait to get their hearts racing; others can’t wait to spend some quality time with their families. For the avid reader, December holidays mean an endless supply of good books. Here are some suggestions for your holiday reading list to keep your brain exercised:


Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King

Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Science, Suspense

A brilliant father/son collaboration between Stephen King and Owen King.

In a small town near the Appalachian Mountains, a mysterious thing happens to women when they go to sleep. They become wrapped in a kind of cocoon and goes to “another place” in their sleep. When they are disturbed and awaken, they become wild and very violent. There is one woman named Evie who seems to be immune to this strange sleeping disease. The medical community needs to decide: Is she a medical miracle that should be studied? Or if she is some kind of demon they need to get rid of? See what happens when men are left abandoned and need to act on their primal instinct.



Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

Genres: Fiction, Crime, Mystery

After the success of The Girl On The Train, Paula Hawkins is at it again with a satisfying read about the stories we tell about our pasts and the power they have to destroy our present.

Nel committed suicide. She called her sister, Jules, a few days before she died but Jules didn’t answer the phone. Jules instinctively knows that her sister wouldn’t have killed herself. Nel left behind a teenage daughter whom Jules now has to take care of in a place she hoped she would never have to return to. She is petrified of this place, the memories she buried deep in her soul, and the old Mill House… But most of all, of the water and the place they call the Drowning Pool.



Death’s Mistress: Sister of Darkness by Terry Goodkind

Genres: Fantasy, Fiction

Death’s Mistress: Sister of Darkness: The Nicci Chronicles, Volume I, is the first in a new series that centres around one of Goodkind’s beloved characters from his concluded series, Sword of Truth.

Nicci, one-time lieutenant of the evil Emperor Jagang and known as “Death’s Mistress” and the “Slave Queen”, sets out on her own adventures after the reign of Richard and Kahlan finally stabilised. She and her travelling companion, Nathan, a prophet who keeps getting into trouble, visit the mysterious witch-woman Red and fight lethal battles on the high seas. The fate of both the Old World and the New rests on them.



The Perfect You by Caroline Leaf

Genre: Christian Living

Dr Caroline Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist, specialising in metacognitive and cognitive neuropsychology.

In her latest book, The Perfect You, Dr Leaf explains how personality and intelligence tests are designed to label you and put you in a certain box. However, no personality profile can actually classify you, because you are designed to be unique. She takes the reader through a process to reunite with their inner self, the person they were designed to be, freeing them from negative emotions that destroy brain tissue. Once they are free from the suffocating box of expectations, they’ll embrace their true identity and develop a clear sense of divine purpose in their lives.



The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction

The Girl in the Tower is the thrilling sequel to Katherine Arden’s bestselling debut novel, The Bear and the Nightingale.

The story continues to follow the heroine, Vasilisa, who grew up at the edge of Russian wilderness. She saved her village from destruction with the help of the winter demon, Frost. Instead of celebrating her victory, her people condemned her as a witch. Now Vasilisa needs to make an impossible choice – marriage or the convent. She chooses adventure instead, dressing herself as a boy. Her life changes when the Grand Prince of Moscow anoints her a hero for prevailing in a clash with bandits. She cannot reveal to the court that she is a girl in order to avoid the terrible consequences of her deceit. Frost still provides her with counsel that may or may not be trustworthy as she confronts an even greater danger to Moscow.



Origin (Robert Langdon #5) by Dan Brown

Genres: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery

Origin is the fifth instalment of Brown’s Robert Langdon series, following Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, and Inferno.

Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, attends a major announcement at the Guggenheim Museum that “will change the face of science forever”. Edmond Kirsch, a former student of Langdon and a futurist known for high-tech inventions, hosts the event. An utterly original presentation captivates the guests, and Langdon realises that it will be far more controversial than he imagined. The evening erupts in chaos and Kirsch’s discovery is almost lost forever. Langdon goes on a quest with Ambra Vidal, the museum director, to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret – a breathtaking truth that has long eluded us.



Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel

Genres: Fiction, Drama

Dangerous Games is a thrilling drama of ambition and corruption, politics, passion, and ultimate justice, written by #1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel.

Alix Phillips is a television correspondent who works alongside cameraman Ben Chapman. Her latest assignment is investigating the damning allegations involving the US Vice President, Tony Clark. This explosive story may reshape many lives if she uncovers the truth. When she digs deeper into the possible key of the secrets – Olympia Foster, the widow of America’s most admired senator – Alix starts receiving threats. Should she continue with her exposé?


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