Looking for a book this holiday? Need a story to read by the fire with a nice hot cup of cocoa? Here is a list of good novels I would recommend.
1. "The Great Gatsby" — F. Scott Fitzgerald
This classic American novel tells the story of eccentric millionaire Jay Gatsby, as told from the perspective of his next-door neighbor Nick Caraway, as they adventure around New York and Long Island in 1922.
2. "To Kill a Mockingbird" — Harper Lee
This book is about young Scout Finch and her many adventures, including her lawyer father's defense of a black man unjustly accused of rape.
3. "The Giver" — Lois Lowry
A science fiction novel about an alleged perfect society controlled and restricted by rules. The story revolves around a young boy named Jonas who lives in this so-called perfect world.
4. "The Help" — Kathryn Stockett
A group of southern black women in the 1960’s who spend their lives working as maids for white privileged families band together with the help of a young white journalist and publish a book of their stories.
5. "A Wrinkle In Time" — Madeleine L'Engle
A fantasy novel about a young girl named Meg Murry, who travels through time and space to rescue her father with the help of her brother and her friend. They must save him from evil forces that have kidnapped him and taken him to another planet.
6. "The Notebook" — Nicholas Sparks
A love story between working boy Noah Calhoun and rich girl Allie Hamilton. After their summer romance ends, Noah goes off to war while Allie goes to college. Years later, they meet again and must navigate their relationship in the face of the changed circumstances of their lives.
7. "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" — Ann Brashares
Four best friends find a pair of jeans that miraculously fit all of them perfectly. Once they go their separate ways for the summer, the jeans are what keep them connected to one another no matter where they go.
8. "The Fault In Our Stars" — John Green
A young adult novel about a young girl named Hazel Grace Lancaster who was diagnosed with cancer. Her life is changed once she meets a handsome boy in a cancer support group named Augustus Waters, who is in remission. Their relationship blooms into a powerful romance.
9. "Girl On A Train" — Paula Hawkins
This mystery and suspense novel will have you looking at the lives of others around you differently.
10. "The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime" — Mark Haddon
The story of a 14-year-old autistic boy from London who finds a neighbor's dog stabbed in the chest by a pitchfork and decides to investigate.
11. "The Five People You Meet In Heaven" — Mitch Albom
The life and death of an elderly man named Eddie who works as a maintenance man at an amusement park. The story shows how one life has an effect on another no matter how big or small it was.