|The last month of the year is always the most festive and chaotic as people gear to say hello to a new one / Photo by: Isabelle Acatauassu via Flickr|
The last month of the year is always the most festive and chaotic as people gear to say hello to a new one. People can feel overwhelmed with all the celebrations around them as well as the sight of everyone is frantically running around in shopping centers to buy their gifts or make reservations for parties. It might seem like the least you can do during holidays is to cozy up in your favorite chair and read a new book. However, that might actually be what the doctor will order so that you can get a respite from all the holiday pressure—a nice novel to distract you from the chaos.
No matter what genre it is, holiday reads are perfect to set the mood this season. There are new releases and classic books that you can choose from if you want to get away from all the frenzy and just calm your mind. You can also get a book and make it the perfect present for your friends and family this season of gift-giving. You can think of it as giving the gift of knowledge, and it can be more personal.
Benefits of reading during the holidays
Books are very helpful when it comes to introducing us and keeping us abreast of the social and cultural processes of the times. They are also a great source of many benefits for the mind. According to an article published by PY Hotels and Resorts on their website, books are windows to new worlds, people, and stories. They are capable of removing our attention from the things that stress us.
Reading can result in relaxation and it also significantly decreases the level of cortisol, a hormone released by the body in response to stress. There’s nothing more effective to help us forget the daily troubles and to relax than having a restful sleep. Reading a book is an ideal activity before you go to sleep. Experts recommend this activity for at least half an hour every night, as it makes the brain let go of the tension and at the same time makes the muscles relax.
For creative people, reading is also a great exercise during the holiday vacation to reset their imagination. As the reader immerses themselves in a story with different plots, characters, dialogues, and details, they also exercise their minds. Reading stimulates the brain’s neural capacities, which improve memory and cognitive abilities.
With all of these said, here then are the ideal books to read this holiday season:
|Books are very helpful when it comes to introducing us and keeping us abreast of the social and cultural processes of the times. They are also a great source of many benefits for the mind / Photo by: Charles Hackley via Flickr|
A Wedding In December
Author: Sarah Morgan
“A Wedding in December” is a snowy perfection novel set in Aspen. The White family gathers for the youngest daughter Rosie’s whirlwind Christmas wedding. Book Club Chat, a website that provides book reviews, detailed in their article that as Rosie’s marriage happens, the family is determined to celebrate wholeheartedly, but a huge secret is unraveled and the whole family is shaken. The last thing that the characters need after living apart for the last six months is being trapped together in an irresistibly romantic winter wonderland.
Aside from a major revelation, another problem that crops up is the bride-to-be’s sister’s dreading the wedding. She worries that her impulsive and sweet-hearted sister is just on the path of making a mistake. Katie, the bride’s sister, is determined to save the bride from herself, but the irritatingly handsome best man named Jordan will get in her way to stop her from her plans.
This book perfectly encapsulates the mixture of family drama and romance.
On the Plain of Snakes: A Mexican Journey
Author: Paul Theroux
There are a lot of people who wish to travel during the holiday season. This book recounts a sprawling road trip that delves headlong into the current debate about immigration from Mexico. The New York Times mentioned in their article that reading this book can make one feel like the opposite of scrolling through your social media feed.
Theroux actually traveled the country, starting with the symbiotic communities lining each side of the United States border, then to Mexico City, Mazatlan, and on to the southern regions. The book is filled with the details of Mexican stories of their successful journeys and failed attempts to cross the border. These are ever-present stories, which suggest that a trip to the United States is a life passage for other people. But for others, it is a matter of survival that they have to do for themselves and their loved ones.
One Day in December
Author: Josie Silver
This highly recommended book revolves around the story of Laurie, who is pretty sure that love-at-first-sight doesn’t exist anywhere but only in fiction. However, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man with whom she fell in love at first sight. When their eyes meet, there is evidently a pure moment of magic, but then fate will play a game on her and she never sees him again until they meet at a Christmas party.
Whichever book you choose for those cold December nights when all you want is to cuddle up in thick blankets to rest your weary body from all the holiday shopping, one thing is certain: It’s the perfect companion you can get under the circumstances.