It's quite tricky to visualise Christmas without a moment cosying up to a crackling fire, Barry’s tea in close proximity and a book in hand.
Once you and your family have exhausted all the polite Christmas conversation topics and are one mince pie away from veering into politics, these 12 books will give you a perfect excuse to sneak back to your childhood bedroom.
No matter your literary poison of choice — memoir, essay collection, historical fiction, even TV script — there's a 2019 book release for you to tear through during the Christmas break.
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Whether you're looking to embrace the oncoming onslaught of family, food, and organised fun or escape at a moment's notice, we've got the literary pick for you. So read up, choose carefully — and allow the twelve books ahead to whisk you away to a world where Auntie Paula doesn't bring up the fact you're still single. Happy Christmas, everyone!
The Best Seller
Normal People by Sally Rooney, €8.99, Easons
There is not enough word count to describe the number of awards and bestsellers lists this book has under its belt. Currently being adapted into a drama for the BBC, Normal People is a must-read story of modern love and friendship with universal relevance. I could go on but...
The Fashion Story
The New Fashion Rules by Victoria McGrath, €8.00, Amazon UK
A fashion bible with a profound perspective into the industry and personal style. Written by super-influencer and one of the original fashion bloggers, Inthefrow/ Victoria McGrath is a widely respected, self-made phenomenon sharing her groundbreaking fashion experience.
The Hot Topic
Three Women by Lisa Taddeo, €23.79, Easons
Three Women is a disruptive study of female desire told through the lives of three strangers, Sloane, Lina and Maggie. The best-selling story focuses on relationships and the trials and tribulations women fall victim to within them. The novel’s appeal lies in its incredible eight-year writing process and its resonance with all women.
The Children’s Favourite
Oh, The Place’s You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss, €9.45, Dubray Books
Childhood is not complete without a Dr.Seuss classic. Foreshadowing the bumpy pathway of life that lies ahead along with a nudge of encouragement to keep moving forward. Ironically, this story proves just as valuable for adults too.
The Neighbour by Fiona Cummins, €11.19, Easons
For the mystery junkies who lose no sleep after a fright. A creepy sense of realism upon a couple moving into a new neighbourhood. Guaranteed to lure you in and keep you in a constant state of guessing.
The Fairytale Classic
Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, €6.75 Dubray Books
Although we know the story like the back of our hand and have seen all of the adaptations it's near impossible to tire of curious Alice, the tardy white rabbit, and mischievous Cheshire cat. A trip for the imagination and timeless addition to your bookshelf.
The Kitchen Hero
No Fuss Vegan by Roz Purcell, €20.00, Easons
With help from Ireland’s star foodie, eating healthier through plant-based meals is child's play. Packed with a delicious range of recipes, Roz’s third cookbook offers a gentle introduction to vegan eating without the negative connotations attached. A forward-thinking kitchen saviour for anyone who loves food.
Everything I Know About Love By Dolly Alderton, €9.45, Easons
Award-winning journalist and co-host of the incredible High Low podcast, Dolly Alderton might very well be a generation saviour. Her gorgeously written, heart-warming, funny and meticulously felt memoir is an easy read for all women struggling through their tough twenties, reminds us that we are not alone. I cannot express enough how mandatory it is to buy this book, you can thank me later.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, €10.50, Easons
Life is no easy trip for anyone, we are often thrown off balance and in desperate need for some grounding. Paulo Coelho’s adored parable depicts the journey of life and the important lessons we learn along the way. Some are obvious, but others need a deeper dig in order to strike gold. It is a national best-seller for a reason.
The Beauty Bible
Pretty Iconic by Sali Hughes, €15.00, Amazon UK
Britain’s most trusted beauty journalist, Sail Hughes provides the inside scoop on which products are worth the hype and who they are best suited to. Sali sheds light on the new and explosive beauty brands on the scene with Charlotte Tilbury giving praise. A necessity that is suitable for all beauty preferences.
The Self-Care Journal
The Law Of Attraction Journal, €20.14, The Happiness Planner
Self-care, personal growth, and self-development are key components in living an extraordinary. Staying motivated and focusing on your goals provides you with a unique quality of life. Self-reflection through journaling is such a beneficial practice and boosts happiness. A new, healthy habit for 2020? Sorted.
The Sports Special
100 Years of Leeds United by Daniel Chapman, €21.99, Easons
Perfect for a loyal soccer fan? Of course, choose your preferred team accordingly.
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