Is it just us, or do the holidays make curling up with a good book even more enjoyable? With the festive cheer of Christmas just around the corner, there’s no better time to get cozy and slip into a new world between the pages… Best of all, books make the most thoughtful gifts for your family and friends!
From stocking stuffers to secret Santa gifts, books allow people of all ages to experience new ideas and feel connected to one other — which makes them the absolute perfect present, of course. This holiday season, give the gift of reading and take a look at our list of family-friendly books:
Our Top Picks:
The Great Alone (Kristen Hannah, 2017): A “stay-up-all-night story about love and loss,” this unforgettable novel chronicles a family’s struggle to survive in the Alaska wilderness. Partly a coming-of-age story centered around thirteen-year-old Leni — full of themes like independence, belonging, and strength of character — The Great Alone is an ideal story for families to read together.
Where the Red Fern Grows (Wilson Rawls, 1961): The emotional bond between a person and their dog is almost impossible to describe, but Where the Red Fern Grows captures the essence of this one-of-a-kind relationship beautifully. If you’re a pet lover, this renowned classic about a young boy in the Ozarks and his two pups will touch your heart from beginning to end.
My Name is Lucy Barton (Elizabeth Strout, 2016): Focusing on the “most tender relationship of all” — that of a mother and daughter — this poignant novel tells the tale of a woman who reconnects with her mother (and the past she escaped) as she recovers from surgery. A New York Times bestseller from the writer of Olive Kitteridge, this touching book is essential for any family.
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead (Sheryl Sandberg, 2013): A must-read for professionals of all ages, this book is packed with anecdotes and discussions from female leaders across the country. Touching upon the discrimination that women face in the workplace, Lean In aims to empower women (and anyone reading) to rise above adversity and feel confident in their careers.
A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L’Engle, 1962): A young adult classic that’s beloved by all generations, this science-fantasy epic follows three young characters as they travel through space and time to save the world. With major themes including spirituality, purpose, and the battle between goodness and evil, A Wrinkle in Time is the perfect book for a fantastic family discussion.
Stargirl (Jerry Spinelli, 2000): Focusing on a new student named Stargirl who dresses and acts much differently than her peers, this thought-provoking novel examines the pressure that high school students face to fit in and be accepted. Selfless, kind, and unapologetically herself, Stargirl is both shunned and celebrated for her bravery — which makes for great discussions around the dinner table.
From all of us at Sego Homes, happy reading!