Whether by plane, train, or automobile, the holidays often involve a great deal of travel. Nothing helps to pass the time en route like getting lost in a good book. Luckily, we have some great reads on the shelves of our Read It and Return Lending Library. When you set about your travels, dive into one of our 4 favorite picks of the season:
1) Starry Nights by Debbie Macomber
Carrie Slayton is a small-time reporter itching to make her break in a big city. After writing only for the society-page of her newspaper, Slayton is granted a challenge by her editor. She can unleash her journalistic potential and write on any topic of her choosing, but only if she can first land an interview with an author who is as reclusive as he is famous.
Slayton puts her investigative skills to work and tracks down author Finn Dalton. Though she initially connects with him in search of her story, she is soon torn over the story that could make her career or the relationship of a lifetime. Both intriguing and romantic, this novel takes place during Christmas and is sure to bring the holiday cheer alive.
2) Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles #1) by Kevin Hearne
Any winter chill will subside when you read Kevin Hearne’s action packed fantasy adventure, Hounded. Dive into book one of the Iron Druid Chronicles with Atticus O’Sullivan, the young protagonist of the series. He may look like your average 21-year-old, but he’s actually a powerful Druid that happens to be 21 centuries old. When an angry Celtic god tracks him down for his magical sword, he’ll need all the power and help he can get to overcome him.
Hearne’s series is the perfect read for sci-fi and urban fantasy fans, and is sure to make any road trip or plane ride zoom right by. Be sure to check back with us in January, too. A sweepstakes with Kevin Hearne is coming your way!
3) 101 Foods that Could Save Your Life by David Grotto
David Grotto’s informative book will help you kick-start your new year’s goals and shift your health into high gear. A renowned nutritionist, Grotto, dives into the unique health benefits of many power foods, from yogurt to grape juice, and equips readers with insight that can change their lives.
You’ll learn about aspects of food that you never considered. For example, did you know that honey can help your wounds heal faster, or that consuming cherries can lead to better sleep? As an added bonus, there are great recipes to try out as well. Whether you’re a fitness buff or simply exploring healthier choices, Grotto’s book is a must-read this holiday season.
4) Sherlock Holmes, The Complete Novels and Stories, Volume I by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
This holiday, immerse yourself in the mysterious world of Sherlock Holmes, a fictional detective that has been adored in literature for centuries. The timing is truly apt, as Sherlock Holmes first appeared in Beeton’s Christmas Annual in 1887. This riveting volume of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock stories is a great immersion into the mystery genre and will make you forget about your route until you arrive at your destination.