The holidays are magical for plenty of reasons: comfort food, snow, twinkly lights, and, of course, vacation time. To me, vacation means one thing above all. More time to read!
Holiday reads should be fun, uplifting, and quick — something to pick up while you’re stirring cake batter, or in a food coma from said cake.
Whether you tear through books year round or you’re just looking for one to read on your flight home, check out my recommendations for this holiday season.
First in this three part series: family.
For better or worse, this time of year means quality family time. These books explore the concept of family in all its strange, confusing, and heartwarming forms.
Three grown sisters return to their parents’ small-town home. Cordy, a lonely wanderer; Bean, fired from her big city job; and Rose, an academic trying to hold the family together. Old arguments and new secrets make for a rocky reunion, as the sisters re-learn how to love each other — and themselves. No matter how far you travel, you always end up where you’re meant to be.
The women of the Waverly family are heirs to an enchanted garden. Claire has built a life as a chef, using her grandmother’s mystical recipes to spread love and joy to the people of her town. When her long-lost sister returns with a daughter in tow, the women must learn how to share their magic — and their lives. A sweet, magical read.
When Cornelia Brown — a spunky, fiercely independent 30 year-old — meets eleven year-old Clare, abandoned by her erratic mother, the two form an improbable and life-changing friendship. A heartwarming story about the families we choose for ourselves.
What are your favorite books about family? Let us know in the comments!