If you’re feeling a little frazzled with all your holiday preparations at the moment, you’re not alone. However, one thing we can promise is that Christmas will come, and then it will go, and then this will all be just a happy memory. Once the meals have been eaten and the gifts have been open, if you’re really lucky, you may be able to enjoy a little downtime and the chance to do a little bit of holiday reading. If you need suggestions for yourself or your kids, never fear, because today we’re highlighting a few picks from the fabulous Lindsey Reeder of Random House Canada.
Holiday Reading for Toronto Moms
Road Ends by Mary Lawson
Mary Lawson’s beloved novels, Crow Lake and The Other Side of the Bridge, have delighted legions of readers around the world. The fictional, northern Ontario town of Struan, buried in the winter snows, is the vivid backdrop to her breathtaking new novel, Road Ends.
Perfect by Rachel Joyce
From the author of the international bestseller, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, comes another exquisite and emotionally resonant novel about the search for the truth and unconditional love.
Longbourn by Jo Baker
A brilliantly imagined, irresistible below-stairs answer to Pride and Prejudice: a story of the romance, intrigue and drama among the servants of the Bennet household, a triumphant tale of defying society’s expectations, and an illuminating glimpse of working-class lives in Regency England.
Holiday Reading for Toronto Tweens
The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten
This fabulous YA novel won this year’s Children’s Literature 2013 Governor General’s Literary Award! With good reason, because it’s a beautiful story of a young boy dealing with his obsessive compulsive disorder and discovering first love.
The Eye of Minds by James Dashner
From James Dashner, the author of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, comes an all-new, edge-of-your seat adventure. The Eye of Minds is the first book in The Mortality Doctrine, a series set in a world of hyperadvanced technology, cyberterrorists, and gaming beyond your wildest dreams . . . and your worst nightmares.
Holiday Reading for Toronto Kids
Mo’s Mustache by Ben Clanton
Mo is a monster who just got a mustache. A big, black, beautiful mustache. Everybody likes Mo’s mustache. Now Knot, Dot, Nib, Tutu, Bob, Bill, and Ben all have mustaches too. In fact, soon EVERYBODY has a mustache! Why is everyone copying Mo? And how will he (and his mustache) ever stand out?
A wonderfully silly book about style and individuality, sure to grow on readers who don’t have facial hair — and even those who do!
Whimsy’s Heavy Things by Julie Kraulis
Whimsy’s heavy things are weighing her down. She tries to sweep them under the rug, but she trips over them. She tries to put them in a tree, but they fall on her. She even tries to sail them out to sea, but they always come back. Eventually Whimsy decides to deal with the heavy things one at a time… and a surprising thing happens. With exquisite illustrations and delightfully simple text, Whimsy’s Heavy Things is a sweet story about changing the things that weigh us down into the things that lift us up.
What about you – do you have any holiday reading suggestions to share?