Books to read to keep you busy as we approach holiday season


As we approach the holiday season, many are times when we find ourselves doing the same activities repeatedly. Take, for example, binge-watching. One can get bored, right?

What are some of the things you can do to take your mind on a detour that is different from the day to day activities? Reading? Yes, reading. The beauty of reading books is that it takes you to a different world.

More of a Eutopia, if I may say. What’s more to reading is that it gives you a different perspective about almost everything, you get to learn new ideas, and more so it helps you improve your vocabulary. If you want to improve both your oratory and cognitive skills, the secret is to read books.

Choose your favourite genre, and you will undoubtedly enjoy it. It will not only evoke your imagination, but it will also improve your way of thinking. Wisdom comes from knowledge, and this knowledge comes from reading.

Especially now, with the children being at home, what better way is there to keep them busy by handing them a book to read. We need to inculcate the culture of reading in our young ones. To decipher the meaning in what they are reading and for them to understand the world around them.

Books are an excellent way to start a conversation. Take, for example, book clubs, and they help you connect with like-minded people and get to share your ideas and thoughts. Below are some books you can read to pass time during the Christmas season.

  1. A Burning by Megha Majumdar

The novel focuses on three figures who are connected to a violent terrorist attack on a train. Set in India, Megha focuses on each character in their heartbreaking tenderness.

2. The vanishing Half by Brit Bennet

The novel discusses twin sisters who went in different directions and how each one of them struggled to raise their children in other worlds. The author clearly illustrates how each sister’s decisions impact herself and her daughter and how all their lives remain connected.

3. The Diary of Anne Frank

It is about a young girl Anne Frank who went into hiding with her family during World War 11. She hid in an attic, and the story focuses on the changes she underwent during her hiding, both emotional and physical changes, and how she fell in love.

4. His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie

The story is about Afi Tekle, who is from Accra, Ghana, who marries a wealthy man upon his mother’s request. The man Elikem Ganyo currently has a wife who barely knows Afi, and so does Afi. His mother’s hope is for Afi to convince Elikem to leave his current wife.

But Afi realizes that her new husband won’t be part of her daily life, and she, therefore, takes this as an opportunity to raise her social status and explore her ambitions.


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