It is not surprising that bookstores along with other retailers are very busy this holiday season. The atmosphere of holidays calls for relaxation as much as physical activities, foods, and merriment. One of the most common and effective ways for mind relaxation is reading. Here are some good reads perfect for holiday season.
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
A biographical book that shares the wisdom of a wise man and the value of undying friendship, Tuesdays with Morrie will surely make your holiday season a great time to see beautiful things amid the stressful life. The book is the final lesson between a college professor, Morrie, and one of his long-lost students and author of
the book, Mitch Albom. Now stricken with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a specific disease that causes the death of neurons which control voluntary muscles, Morrie does not have much time left, and both men recognize the fact.
When Mitch arrives, they meet for the next fourteen consecutive Tuesdays up until Morrie passes away. During these meetings, they would discuss various topics about life, death, love, culture, marriage, and regret among others, which make up the content of the book. In this book, readers will be challenged to reevaluate their current situation and ponder about forgiveness, family, compassion, generosity, kindness, and more that which this deteriorated world needs the most.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint- Exupéry
You have heard for sure about one of the world’s most famous quotes: “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” It came from this book actually. The Little Prince is a timeless gem that tells the story of a pilot, who is lost in Sahara desert and meets a little prince, who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe.
Although the illustrations are a bit crappy and childish, it is actually meant for adults much more than for kids— though some professional critic would argue that since the book is relayed in the simplest manner possible, the author might have really intended it for kids. The book, however, is allegorically complex, not on the word usage but rather on the metaphors that Antoine is trying to convey. Well, what’s more, could be said that having a parent’s guidance to help kids grasp the meaning of every metaphor in the book? Not a bad idea. This holiday season, bond with your family and join the prince in his personal journey— learning the peculiarities of adult behavior through a series of extraordinary encounters.
Chipper by James Lincoln Collier
The setting might be a little historical since it dates back to 1895. But as good as it can be, the story plot and the lessons ought to be learned from the book are perennial. Now an orphan, a twelve-year-old Chipper has to live with the Midnight Rats kid gang, after running away from her aunt and uncle’s brutal beating. He surely feels bad about the gang stealing and fighting. But survival isn’t a light blow for anyone. What else could he do when life has hit him so hard as young as he is? There are times when feels he is better than any other kids in the gang but hope doesn’t just come down like a rain. He is sure to be different than the others, but for him, it’s hopeless to make that difference into something useful that would change his life.
It’s a good read for this holiday season since aside from the joy and love we share with our loved ones, we must also remember those street-dwellers who don’t have anything to celebrate with and/or for this holiday.
Such Stuff: A Story-makers Inspiration by Michael Morpurgo
Well, this isn’t a novel or some stories. But who said good reads this holiday season are all about stories? Away from stressful works and off-duty meetings, many writers make use of holiday seasons to write more numbers of pages than how much they can write in the ordinary days. But it would be such a waste if writers are just up to page numbers than quality writing. So, here is a gift from one of the world’s most renowned authors for fans and potential writers alike.
Michael Morpurgo, the award-winning author of War Horse and Butterfly Lion, shares the writing secrets and inspirations. This book is a collection of essays and articles from the author himself, revealing valuable secrets about his more than twenty bestselling novels. With informative tips on how a good quality writing works and where stories begin, Such Stuff is a perfect gift for your friends or family members who write stories. Or for yourself, if you’ve decided to try stepping into your literary journey.