12 Must-Reads For Your Holiday Book List

Seasons readings! Whether you’re curled up in your favourite blanket or lying low after overdosing on eggnog, the holidays are a perfect time to catch up on your reading.

Fortunately, our “12 Tomes of Christmas” offers books for naughty and nice readers alike.

“On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me …”

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Twelve…Vampire Chronicles
The 12th instalment of Anne Rice’s famed vampire series, Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis.

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Eleven…Wandering Wookiees
Any aspiring Jedi on your list will want to get their hands on Star Wars Galactic Maps: An Illustrated Atlas of the Star Wars Universe, including realms from Rogue One.

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Ten…Pecking Crows
The Birds‘ star Tippi Hedren talks Hitchcock and Hollywood in Tippi: A Memoir.

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Nine…–teen ’30s Scandal
One of early Tinseltown’s most shocking celeb stories, The Purple Diaries: Mary Astor and the Most Sensational Hollywood Scandal of the 1930s, by Joseph Egan.

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Eight…MM Film
Alexandra Zapruder discusses the impact of her grandfather’s infamous amateur film footage in Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film.

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Seven…Decades Waiting
Unpublished since 1945, The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun is vintage Tolkien: history, myth and character names you can’t pronounce.

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Six…Master Thrillers
New nailbiters from James Patterson, Linwood Barclay, Ian Rankin, Lee Child, Michael Connelly and Jack Higgins will keep you on edge this holiday season.

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Five…Men Who Sing
There’s the first-ever Paul Simon biography, a Beach Boys’ memoir, Johnny Cash’s unpublished work, Bob Dylan’s collected lyrics and 800 pages of The Complete David Bowie.

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Four…Affecting Females
Bestselling scribe Wally Lamb’s I’ll Take You There explores the effect of three women (and one ghost!) on a film buff’s life.

 

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Three…Pulitzer Prizes
Thomas L. Friedman might just make a run for his fourth Pulitzer with Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations.

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Two…Sides of the Queen The public and private sides of Queen Victoria’s 63-year reign explored by Julia Baird in Victoria The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman who Ruled an Empire.

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…and a hot new book from Zadie Celebrated author Zadie Smith traverses continents and tackles friendship, identity, race and dance in her latest novel, Swing Time.

A version of this article appeared in the December 2016/January 2017 issue with the headline, “Seasons Readings,” p. 16.