The second best thing about Christmas is having the time to just sit back, relax and pull out a great book. The first is, of course, receiving presents. So I guess that makes receiving a book as a present the absolute best thing about Christmas.
A good, long novel is fun to pass the time, educational and enlightening. It's the gift that keeps on giving -- especially if you take ages to finish the thing.
If you're looking for a great book or two to put on your Christmas list and bury your nose in during the holiday break, take a look at the eight options below. These stellar books have been consistently rated as the best books to read in 2018, so don't miss your chance to get into them before the year is gone:
Becoming by Michelle Obama
This intimate and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States is a #1 New York Times Bestseller. In her book, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address.
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Crazy Rich Asians
You've heard all the buzz around it and probably LOVED the film - now it's time to read this fantastic novel! Crazy Rich Asians is an insider's look at the Asian Jet Set, a perfect depiction of the clash between old money and new money, and between Overseas Chinese and Mainland Chinese. It's a fabulous novel about what it means to be young, in love, and filthy, filthy rich.
I'll Be There For You
Any fan of Friends, the 90s, or sitcoms in general will find that this book is exactly up their alley.
I'll Be There For You tells tales from behind the scenes and relives the wonderful - and maybe tempestuous? - time that was the era of Friends!
The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck
Superstar blogger and now superstar author Mark Manson cuts through the crap in this awesome book to show us how to stop trying to be "positive" all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.
This much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real-talk is filled with ruthless humour and entertaining stories. It's a refreshing slap in the face for anyone living in the 21st century. You can find it on Playster in both ebook and audiobook format!
Brief Answers To The Big Questions
If you haven't gotten around to reading Stephen Hawking's incredible Brief Answers To The Big Questions, do that first ASAP. This groundbreaking text serves to answer the big questions - like where did we come from? Is time travel possible? Can we predict the future? And a whole lot more - in a scientific but easy to digest way.
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Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones
Obsessed with Game of Thrones? Put this bad boy on your Christmas wishlist. This book takes readers on an adventure 300 years before A Game of Thrones to explore the beginnings of House Targaryen—the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria.
Fire & Blood begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat.
The Hate U Give
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds - the poor neighbourhood where she lives and the wealthy, suburban prep school that she attends.
The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer, while Khalil was unarmed. It's a super thought-provoking and relevent read, perfect for pulling yourself out of the holiday bubble.
Nine Perfect Strangers
From the bestselling author of Big Little Lies comes Nine Perfect Strangers, a continually surprising and frequently funny page-turner. In her latest novel, Liane Moriarty writes about the lives of nine people who gather at the same remote health resort.
Amidst all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these ten days involve some real work, but none of them could imagine just how challenging the next ten days are going to be.
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