Weekly Top Five: Good Books Worth Your Time This Holiday Break

Weekly Top Five: Good Books Worth Your Time This Holiday Break

Here it is, the Friday afternoon we’ve all been waiting for - THE Friday before Christmas, when (many) people now begin some extra time off work to spend time with family, relax, and celebrate. It’s the beginning of an 11-day climax that wraps up with the welcoming of 2019  - and then the cold hard truth that we once again have to proceed with the grind. But let’s forget about that for now, mmmkay? Let’s focus on the positive! If you’re like me (and my BV girls) and you love to read but struggle to find the time to do so as regularly as you’d like, now is your chance! You should have a bit more freedom to crack that book open, maybe while you travel to visit family or because you have the day off and some extra r & r time. So, as a tribute to all the book worms of the world, I bring to you a WTF dedicated to good books worth your time this holiday break.

1 . “The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron

The Enneagram, an ancient personality test, has been all the rage recently, and for good reason - it identifies nine personality types of which we all fall within, including the positive and negative qualities of each. I enjoyed reading each number and identifying people in my life I felt aligned with that number, and then tried to gain understanding of what makes them tick. The hard part is to identify yourself and have your idiosyncrasies put on display, but it provides guidance for how to accept or change those parts of yourself. — Tara Goldberg

2. “You Think it, I’ll Say Itby Curtis Sittenfeld

This collection of short stories is an easy and entertaining read, with authentic characters living through often mundane situations told in a witty and even so-real-its-uncomfortable kind of way. The author, Curtis Sittenfeld, questions class, relationships and gender roles in this wieldy collection. Though you won’t want to, you can easily put this book down after you finish a story and pick it back up as time allows. — Tara Goldberg

3. “One Day in December by Josie Silver

An amusing story of unrequited love, One Day In December tells the tale of Laurie, a recent college graduate who is still getting a handle on the whole adulting thing. Sitting on the bus after a long day at her lame job, Laurie locks eyes with a handsome man perched on the bench just feet from her window. The connection is instant — love at first site — and then the bus drives away. After searching for a year and reluctantly giving up on him, Laurie is introduced to roommate and best friend’s new boyfriend. Turns out, it’s the literal man of her dreams: the bus boy. A fun and easy read that takes during Christmas in London, this book is the perfect accompaniment to a long holiday weekend! — Maddie Adams

4. “Reincarnation Blues” by Michael Poore

I was actually turned onto this book by my roommate, Alex.  It’s a dark yet lovely and addictive read about a man who is reincarnated ten thousand times to be with the woman he loves (who happens to be Death herself).  The object of each reincarnated life is to live one perfect life, and it takes ten thousand tries to realize he can’t do it alone - and ten thousand tries to get it right.  Who doesn’t love a good love story, right? — Jordan Farrell

5. “Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the Worldby Jennifer Palmieri

I think I forced everyone to read this book after I read it.  It is the book I wish someone gave to me when I was a young adult.  It is the book I will give my niece when she’s old enough to understand and appreciate it.  The author, Jennifer Palmieri, was the White House Director of Communications during Barack Obama’s campaign and subsequently the Director of Communications for Hillary Clinton’s campaign.  Dear Madam President is an open letter to the first woman president of the United States and is a reminder to young women to stand up and ask for what you want - a powerful, personal, insightful book that can help guide any woman in the professional and personal playing field that is life.  Yes, it can veer on that “I am woman, hear me roar” train that can be so off-putting, but it’s worth it.  — Jordan Farrell

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