With Thanksgiving just around the corner and December only a few short weeks away, many of us will be hopping a flight to see family and friends this holiday season. If you’re looking for a way to pass the time during your travels and keep stress at bay, picking up a book can help. Research shows reading can put our brains into a pleasurable state, bringing the same health benefits you get from relaxation and inner calm, similar to meditation.
Check out these 2017 releases during your travels:
Looking for a story about young 20-somethings trying to survive in NYC? This is the book for you. Three best friends are trying to get through their 20s—careers, dating, making rent. Facing a quarter-life-crisis, they turn to Pretty, a magical tincture that makes them…well, gorgeous. And while they find their new-found beauty opening unexpected doors, soon they learn that vanity has a price.
In this story of self-discovery, Leah is facing the disconnect between the life she expected and the one she’s actually living, when she finds herself literally on the road to self-realization as she goes to claim the car of her deceased mentor. Unexpected, sexy, and weirdly funny, The Red Car is an incisive exploration of one woman’s unusual route to self-discovery.
If you’re looking for something a little darker, this historical novel set in 1850s Ireland follows the journey of an English nurse who’s gone to look after an 11-year-old girl who, locals claim, hasn’t eaten for 4 months. While the nurse wonders if it’s a hoax, she finds herself fighting to save the child’s life in this psychological thriller.
Bright, colorful and an easy read for those shorter flights, this collection by Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson provides quirky line drawings on what items might be found in the pockets and purses of real and fantastical people.
Not really looking for fiction? Oliver’s essays could be the book for you. In this collection, Oliver encourages us all to keep moving, to lose ourselves in the awe of the unknown, and to give power and time to the creative and whimsical urges that live within us.