What book is everyone spending their Christmas break with?

I’d love to know!

I always think I’m going to read loads over the holidays, but never get through more than two! That said, I have All The Light We Cannot See (obviously) ready to go, plus one or two more.

Any recommendations for books you’ve loved this year, please do send them over!

Heather x


The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. I loved Birnam Wood so I thought I would try her first novel, which won the Booker Prize in 2013.

And currently awaiting the Fourth Wing sequel (requested from the library) - guilty pleasure!


I would suggest:

Sophie Cousens - This Time Next Year

Kristin Hannah - The Nightingale

Hadley Freeman - House of Glass

Benedetta Tobagi - La resistenza delle donne (The women’s resistance)

The quartet ‘Before the coffee gets cold’ - Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Ken Follett - The Key to Rebecca, Fall of Giants, Winter of the World & Edge of Eternity

Kikuko Tsumura - There is no such thing as an easy job

Currently reading Benedetta Tobagi.


I’ve just read and loved ‘a terrible kindness’ (Jo Browning Wroe) and ‘four winds’ (Kristin Hannah). Just about to move on to ‘go as a river’ (Shelley Read). Enjoy!

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No such thing as a ‘guilty’ pleasure! The Luminaries is on my bookshelf ready to ready, too.

Thanks, Gaby! I love both Toshikazu Kawaguchi and Kikuko Tsumura.

Keep meaning to read Hadley Freeman, so thanks for the nudge!

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Thanks for these – looking them up right now!

I’m away with three books…

first was a delicious funny and light but really well written treat - Pinapple Street, Jenny Jackson.

Now into Exciting Times, Naoise Dolan. Not overly loving it yet, it’s clever, it’s good but perhaps it’s just not gelling with me yet.

Then, a gear shift to come with Diary of a Provincial Lady, EM Delafield. Long heard to mentioned by various writters as a good book and finally going to check it out!

Other books this year… cleopatra & Frankenstein was as good as everyone says!

I’m general, I really recommend You’re Booked podcast by Daisy Buchanan if you don’t listen already. Love it, brilliant recommendations for books.

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Am a bit late to the conversation but I read The Year of the Locust over Christmas. Definitely recommend.

The long awaited second book by Terry Hayes after I Am Pilgrim. Gripping and gritty in equal measure and provocative given our current times.