9 Books to Consider for the Holidays

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“No two persons ever read the same book.” Find the right book for you this holiday season or find one to give as a gift! Here are 9 great books to consider this season. -All American Healthcare


1. The Girl on Train by Paula Hawkins

“A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.”

Rachel takes the same train to work everyday and encounters the same couple every morning eating breakfast on their deck. From what she can see, their life is perfect.

One day, Rachel sees something that will change her experience with them forever. What she does next changes the lives of everyone involved.

For those who liked Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl,” this eerie tale is right up your alley.”

2. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen is a great read for high school girls as it follows the story of a young seventeen-year-old girl trying to balance life between the ruling power and resistance.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace.

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3. The Martian by Andy Weir

“Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.”

After barely surviving a dust storm, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone. Thinking he was dead, Mark’s team left him behind with no way to signal Earth and no signs of survival.

Mark uses his ingenuity and drive to survive to deal with the unforgiving environment, but will he be able to beat the odds stacked against him?

The Martian is a New York Times bestseller, and a must-read this year.

4. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

“Christina Baker Kline’s Orphan Train is an unforgettable story of friendship and second chances that highlights a little-known but historically significant movement in America’s past—and it includes a special PS section for book clubs featuring insights, interviews, and more.”

Orphan Train is set in 1929, just months before the stock market crash that led to the Great Depression. A young Irish girl is put on a train to the Midwest with dozens of other orphans. Here, she meets a woman with a similar journey of her own, and together they can find unanswered questions that will free them both.

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5. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

In love we find out who we want to be.

In war we find out who we are.”

The Nightingale takes place in 1939 France. Vianne says goodbye to her husband as he heads for the Front in anticipation of a Nazi attack. Against Vianne’s hopes, the Nazis invade in full force, leading her to take in an enemy.

Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a young eighteen-year-old searching for rebellion and passion. When she is betrayed by love, she finds herself joining the resistance from inside France.Bestselling author Kristin Hannah brings you a unique perspective of WWII as she tells you the story of two sisters separated by years and morals, creating their own paths in a German-occupied France.

“It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.” -GoodReads

6. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

This Pulitzer Prize winner was written by the bestselling author Anthony Doerr. This touching book shares the story of a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in France as they both try to survive the devastation of WWII.

Marie-Laure and her father flee to a walled citadel near the coast of France when the Germans invade the country. Werner begins his journey as an orphan in Germany, but a trade he learned earns him a place at an academy, followed by a special assignment which leads him to the coast of France and Marie-Laure.

Doerr highlights the ways, against all odd, people try to do good to one another.

Ten years in the writing, a National Book Award finalist, All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer “whose sentences never fail to thrill” –Los Angeles Times

7. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

“Two decades after giving us To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee gives us another unforgettable novel of wisdom and humanity.”

A twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch “Scout” returns home from New York City to visit her father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil in the South, Jean Louise’s trip home turns bittersweet.

Featuring may of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past—a journey that can only be guided by one’s own conscience.

8. The Guilty by David Baldacci

Will Robie is the government’s most professional, disciplines and lethal assassin. He infiltrates the most hostile countries in the world, defeats our enemies’ advanced security measures, and eliminates threats before they ever reach our shores.

But now, his skills have left him. Sent overseas on a critical assignment, he fails, unable to pull the trigger. Robie returns home to a town he once left behind, severing all personal ties, only to discover that his father and him have more matters to work out than expected

Robie’s dad, the town judge, has been arrested and charged with murder. Can Robie save his father?

9. A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

“Based on a true story.”

A Long Walk to Water is a great book for children ages 10-12.

This New York Times bestseller begins as two stories told in alternating sections by two eleven-year-olds in Sudan. The story of Nya takes place in 2008. She is a young girl who walks two hours twice a day from her home to a pond.

The other story is told from Salva, a boy in 1985 who becomes one of the “lost boys” of Sudan. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way.

9 Books to Consider for the Holidays

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