Reading helps one to discover themselves. A good book opens up many new dimensions of likes and dislikes. While reading a book, one gets transported to the stories one is reading, which allows a reader to connect with the book’s emotions, experiences, events, and characters.
During holidays and Christmas in particular, friend and acquaintance get together for fun and frolic. For many, there is nowhere to go, and one feels lonely during these holidays.
Looking on the positive side, it is time to spend in solitude and catch up with some of the best holiday books that one had shortlisted but did not have the time during the hectic workdays. These books not only give one respite from the hustle and bustle but some quality time with some of the best sellers.
This review will check out a few books that range from gripping books to romance that count among the best holiday reads in 2021.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwoo
Set in the near future, this novel is a horrifying story about an ultra-religious group that takes over a government. The story is set in Gilead, where men dominate the group while wives remain passive and subjugated to the role of housekeepers, wife breeders, sex workers, or disposable commodities. One of the disturbing holiday books in 2021, this timely read raises the question of whether they are warnings for our future or just an innovative fantasy.
The Last Thing He Told Me: A Novel by Laura Dave
This book is set in Northern California, where Hannah, the protagonist, is a furniture maker slash artist who makes a home with her husband, Owen. A public implosion against Own’s company makes him go missing. The story unfolds as Hannah goes about finding what happened, not only where he is gone but also why he left behind cash in a large duffel bag and a light imprint on the world. This book has an edgy plot and is among some of the good holiday reads in 2021.
Animal by Lisa Taddeo
One of the foremost writers in today’s Unites States, Taddeo belongs to the breed of writers who have carved out a niche as cartographers of female desire. Following an explosive debut with Three Women in 2019, Taddeo had written Animal at the same time. The plot is about the web of trauma faced by the protagonist. The untangled stories are about horrific events witnessed during her childhood, present-day suicide committed by her lover while on a date in an Italian restaurant. The protagonist Joan reconciles her grim past events and even darker present; all caused mainly by cruelties and whims of men. ‘Animal’ is a heady and controversial novel that is immersive and intoxicating and one of the best holiday books for adults.
Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
The story is about a couple of Luther and Nova Crank who goes on a Caribbean cruise while deciding to skip the Christmas celebrations. Their daughter Blair was in Peru on a mission, and they had enough of the Christmas chaos – the endless shopping, mall madness, and the cumbersome decoration of the Christmas tree. The cruise was set to sail on December 25, and the idea was to spend some time in a peaceful holiday and some festive parties.
Things went awry as their neighbors protested their plans. The neighborhood stood to lose the best neighborhood award. This Christmas book of 2021 has humor and unique irony.
The Twilight Before Christmas by Christine Feehan
The protagonist Kate Drake is a bestselling novelist with magical powers who decides to open a bookstore in her hometown in northern California during a Christmas visit.
She opens the store in a dilapidated factory where a local contractor and Ex-US Army Ranger Matt grant wants to work with her as he finds her attractive and sexy to him. Kate, who is one of the seven witches, sees a century-old evil force coming to destroy the town during Christmas and decides to pool the magical powers with her sisters to prevent the dark forces in what is arguably among the best holiday books for adults.
The author of this book is Christine Finn, who is a New York Times bestselling author and winner of supernatural Excellence awards for romantic literature” The Black Prince” in 1999.