Must-Read Books for Thanksgiving Break

By: Ashley Andrews

It’s time to polish off the last of your Halloween candy and bring out the cornucopia, because November is officially here. You can now freely express holiday joy without judgment from the Scrooges who aren’t quite as festive.

This includes preparing for Thanksgiving, which may be one of the best holidays ever. What can be better than having a whole day dedicated to family and stuffing yourself with delicious food? Furthermore, you get Thanksgiving break, AKA time to lay in bed and watch Netflix.

For me, it’s the perfect opportunity to crack open a new book and get wrapped up in a fictional world of my choosing. To kick off the holiday spirit of giving, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite reads that includes something for every type of reader.

As you begin to make plans for your break, do yourself a favor and take some time to pick up one, if not all, of these books. Whether you’re waiting for your flight in the airport or wanting something to read while recovering from a turkey-induced coma, they’ll be sure to keep you hungrily flipping the pages.

1.    For the Mystery-lover: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

Based on the true story of the murder of a Savannah socialite, this thrilling story is your not-so-typical who-done-it tale with a Southern twist.


2.   If you’re a fan of the Classics: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte  

Unlike other romances written during her time period, Charlotte Bronte offers readers a sexier Victorian era romance with a plot twist that will have you biting your nails down to the nub in suspense.


3.   For the Hopeless Romantic: Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

In this book of interweaving love stories, a girl lives in a reality where she missed her chance with her soul mate, but in her parallel universe, she actually ends up with her love interest.


4.   If you like a bit of history with your fiction: The Secrets of Mary Bowser by Lois Leveen

Set in Virginia during the Civil War era, this brilliant book is based on the adventurous life of freed-slave, Mary Bowser. After being sent up North to receive an education from her master, she returns to help the Union’s cause in Richmond and ends up becoming a spy in Robert E. Lee’s home.


5.   For all the educational Nonfiction readers: American Witches: A Broomstick Tour Through Four Centuries by Susan Fair

Even though Halloween was last month, there’s nothing wrong with brushing up on your knowledge of witches. This delightfully devious book takes readers on a journey through America’s history with our favorite spellcasters.



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