My 2020 Holiday Reading Guide – Part 1

2020 holiday reading guide

For many of us, the 2020 Summer holidays may look a lot different. This year will be the year of staycations for most which is not necessarily a bad thing.

A relaxing staycation or even a holiday can be the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in a good book.

From non-fiction, to the most gripping thriller books, I am sharing some of my 2020 reads, in a two part series which I hope somewhere in between you’ll find your perfect Summer read!

My 2020 Holiday Reading Guide – Part 1

One by One by Ruth Ware

Ruth Ware fans will not be disappointed by this one. This book had me from page 1 with twists and turns coming from every angle.

I loved the modern day storyline which made it even more believable!  

2020 holiday reading guide

What’s it about?

Snow is falling in the exclusive alpine ski resort of Saint Antoine, as the

shareholders and directors of Snoop, the hottest new music app, gather for a make or break corporate retreat to decide the future of the company. At stake is a billion-dollar dot com buyout that could make them all millionaires, or leave some of them out in the cold.

The clock is ticking on the offer, and with the group irrevocably split, tensions are running high. When an avalanche cuts the chalet off from help, and one board member goes missing in the snow, the group is forced to ask –would someone resort to murder, to get what they want?

The book is available at Exclusive Books.

The Coast-to-Coast Murders by James Patterson

In true James Patterson style, there’s a killer on the loose – plotting and planning a deadly path of destruction.

The manhunt to find the killer is extremely intense so if you like your thrillers fast and action-packed (and gruesome), then you’ll love this one.

2020 holiday reading guide

What’s it about? 

Michael and Megan Fitzgerald are siblings who share a troubling past. Both

adopted, and now grown -Michael is a long-haul truck driver, Megan a college student majoring in psychology -they trust each other before anyone else. They’ve had to.

When a young woman is found murdered in Michael’s LA apartment, he is the chief suspect and quickly arrested. But then there’s another killing that is

strikingly similar. And another. And not just in LA -as the spree spreads across the country, the FBI become involved in a manhunt for a cold-blooded serial killer.

False leads and shocking circumstances that defy logic will leave the LAPD and FBI desperately searching for a way to prevent a string of murders that seem unstoppable.

You can find it at Exclusive Books.

Nine Letters by John Webb

After reading 2 very intense thrillers, One by One and The Coast-to-Coast Murders, it was a tad bit refreshing reading this one.

Written by South African author, John Webb, Nine Letters is light hearted, funny and made me smile all the way through.

2020 holiday reading guide

What it’s about?

Durban lawyer Teddy Dickerson has run out of ideas. Cynical, single and middle-aged, he’s the very last of his family to still call South Africa home.

When his formidable Aunt Val dies, she leaves him an unusual bequest: her task for Teddy is to post letters to eight of her friends around the world, a job that will take him on a journey into new and unexpected territory.

When the replies start flowing in –quirky, unexpected and often hilarious missives from India, Egypt, England, Canada and beyond –Teddy realises there was more to his tough aunt than he’d thought.

Will he take on Aunt Val’s role as confidant and comforter of the lost? Confidant and comforter? Teddy?!

One thing’s for certain: Aunt Val is laughing in her grave.

You can find this one here.

Tuesdays with Morrie & Have a little faith by Mitch Albom

A friend of mine has loaned me these 2 gems by Mitch Albom. Both of these are non-fiction and will definitely leave a mark on you.

I will certainly not forget these stories.

What’s it about?

Tuesdays with Morrie is a memoir by American author Mitch Albom about a series of visits Albom made to his former sociology professor Morrie Schwartz, as Schwartz gradually dies of ALS.

In Have a Little Faith, Mitch Albom offers a beautifully written story of a remarkable eight-year journey between two worlds — two men, two faiths, two communities — that will inspire readers everywhere.

Both books are available on Takealot.

Total Meditation by Deepak Chopra

Thanks to a leadership course I participated in this year, I started practicing a few mindfulness and meditation exercises which I’ve found very beneficial in my daily life.

I was intrigued to learn more about it and this book has completely opened a new path for me.

What’s it about?

Meditation leads to transformation. It affects every aspect of your wellbeing and can bring about positive change in your body, affect your mental outlook,

increase your decision-making ability and eliminate worry and anxiety.

World renowned for revolutionizing meditation for modern life, Deepak Chopra

draws on his 30 years of practice and reveals how to achieve blissful awareness by waking up to who you really are. Perfect for beginners, sceptics or those looking for a new approach to stillness, his simple 7-day programme offers a life changing path to a quiet mind.

You can find it here and its currently on sale!

Surrounded by Psychopaths by Thomas Erikson

Some people are exceptionally manipulative. They can convince anyone about anything and lure them with their charm. They enjoy controlling others and will do anything to get what they want. Sound familiar?The bad news is that you can’t really escape them. But here comes the good news: you can beat them at their own game.

What’s it about?

After going through the highs and lows of different personality types (Red, Blue, Green and Yellow) in his international bestseller Surrounded by Idiots, Swedish behavioural expert Thomas Erikson will now show you how your weaknesses and personality traits can be exploited by other people and how you can stop them in their tracks.

By learning more about your personality type and how you work, you’ll be able to see through any psychopath’s manipulative behaviours and fend off their attempts to wreak havoc into your life.

Witty, engaging and informative, this book will give you everything you need to handle life’s most skilled manipulators and identify the psychopaths in your life… before it’s too late!.

You can find the book over here.

Stay tuned for part 2 of my holiday reading guide!

P.S If you’ve read anything good this year, let me know xxx




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