What We’re Reading Over Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving weekend is almost here! While we pack up and get ready spend time with loved ones (and stuff our faces), you better believe we’re bringing along a book or five to keep the family craziness at bay. Here’s what the RT editors are reading this long weekend:

Elissa Petruzzi

My Thanksgiving weekend is generally filled with a lot of sports watching — when the only sport I care about is reading! So I’ve got a nice stack of upcoming YA to keep me company while everyone else shouts at the TV. Right now I’m in the middle of the very buzzy Red Queen, a fantasy by Victoria Aveyard. Next up is Ally Carter’s new series starter, All Fall Down, which I can’t wait to get to since I love, love, love her YA. Then if there’s still time — and more football — the upcoming Bone Gap by Laura Ruby has caught my eye, a fantastical, creepy small-town thriller. My favorite!

DJ DeSmyter

Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger: I’ve had a copy of this paranormal YA since it came out in 2013, but am finally finding the time to read it. With a gorgeous cover (seriously, I’d hang that poster in my room) and an exciting premise, I can’t wait to dive in!

The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long: “A darkly compelling mix of romance, fairy tale and suspense…” — sold. I am so into this YA fantasy and I haven’t even started it yet.

The Island by Lisa Henry: An erotic M/M romance with a hint of suspense? Count me in! This is another book that I’ve had a copy of for several years and haven’t gotten to yet. But now that I’m home and have access to all my old books, it’s time to dust off the shelves!

Jennifer Peters

Wrapped Around Your Finger: A Story of Submission by Alison Tyler: I’ve been a fan of Tyler for years, ever since I first discovered erotica, and have had the pleasure to work with her a little bit over the years. She was doing the Fifty Shades of Grey thing long before that series was imagined, and she writes BDSM like no one else. I’m dying to see how far she takes things in her latest novel!

Virgin by Radhika Sanghani: This was one of the buzz books at Book Expo America this year, and I’m a sucker for good chick lit. It sounds like it will be the perfect combination of sexy and funny.

The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macallister: I’m not usually into historical fiction, but this one sounded intriguing. I edited the RT review of the book last month, and it went from being lost on my shelves to moving to the top of my TBR pile. 

The Divide by Matt Taibbi: This is a real departure from the other books on my list this month, but I love journalist Matt Taibbi’s writing, and I’ve had his latest tome — about the financial crisis — on my shelf since it came out this spring. It’s a heavy read, but I always like to have a balance of guilty pleasures and “important” books on my TBR list. 

Regina Small

Texts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg: I’ve been waiting for what feels like FOREVER for this book and now that it’s finally available, I’m psyched to read it during my travels home for Thanksgiving. Written and compiled by the hilarious Mallory Ortberg of the Toast, Texts from Jane Eyre is a collection of imagined text exchanges between famous literary characters. Promising to be a clever and creative (yet totally affectionate) skewering of classics, Texts from Jane Eyre revisits some much loved, very familiar faces — it’s basically the literary equivalent of coming home.

The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor by Gina Homolka: Anyone who knows me knows I love food. LOVE. Thanksgiving is specifically one of my favorite holidays for this reason. All the epic meals, but no pressure to choose the best gift? Perfect. But once the festivities and indulging are over, I try to get back into healthier eating habits, which is why I’ll be paging through this first cookbook by Homolka, who runs the popular recipe blog Skinnytaste. I’ve been a Skinnytaste fan almost since the beginning — Homolka always manages to put a smart, lighter spin on delicious, flavorful food, so I can’t wait to see what she’s cooked up now.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel: Years ago, I had the pleasure of hearing Emily St. John Mandel read from her debut novel, Last Night in Montreal, which I then immediately purchased and devoured. This latest novel from Mandel, a nonlinear tale about the life and death of a famous actor, has been receiving some impressive accolades, including a National Book Award nomination. I’ve been eager to find out if Station Eleven has the same beautiful, melancholic air that permeated so much of Last Night in Montreal, and a four-day break seems like the perfect time to find out.


Danielle Valente

This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper: What better time to read about a crazy family than Thanksgiving? After seeing the movie adaptation of Tropper’s hit, I knew the book was a must read. The laughs, heartbreak and drama that ensue when the Foxmans sit shiva will go perfectly with tea and leftover pie.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt: It’s time to scratch Tartt’s classic off my TBR list. Though the story of Richard Papen falling into a college clique with a terrifying secret is probably more suitable for Halloween, I’m up for a scary mystery during any holiday. My roommate is currently reading the novel and has implemented a no-spoilers policy, so it’s time I get in on the secret, too. 

Elisa Verna

Captivated by You by Sylvia Day: I’m finishing up the long-awaited fourth installment in Day’s bestselling Crossfire series, which is so soapy and fun to get lost in. It’s rare that I’m as invested in the secondary characters in an erotic romance as I am in the main couple, but that’s why this series is such a hit.

Pacific Fire by Greg van Eekhout: Quite the opposite of erotic romance, I’m looking forward to also finishing Eekhout’s March follow-up to California Bones, which I loved so much. He peppers his urban fantasy with the right amount of humor and pecularity (it’s not UF unless things get a little weird, c’mon now).

In the Kitchen With Kris by Kris Jenner: If I had guilty pleasure reads, this would be one of them. But I read whatever the heck I want, including cook books by reality TV stars. I’m interested in seeing what Kris Jenner’s family recipes include, considering I haven’t seen her cook on KUWTK since the early seasons. Maybe she has more free time now, post-Bruce?


Gotham City Sirens book one by Paul Dini: I’ve always been a Marvel girl, but I’m trying to give DC a fair shake. I’ve really been loving the new Batgirl run so I decided to try another highly recommended title that was female character driven.

Mrs. Peregrine’s Home for For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs: My mom recommended this one to me. We have a similar love of strange dark tales and this one certainly seems to fit the bill. I’ve flipped through it and I’m interested to see how the photographs enhance the story.

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James: I figure that I will have enough wine over the holiday that I can finish live tweeting the last 25 percent of this book. I’m really only looking forward to making other people giggle and being able to say that I finally finished it.

Bad Behavior: Stories by Mary Gaitskill: This book contains the story the film Secretary was based on, so I thought it would make a good companion to Fifty Shades. Gaitskill was recommended to me as an author with a unique voice who writes about gritty topics and damaged characters.

What are you reading over Thanksgiving break? We’ve got a Thanksgiving reading guide here and a slew of ebooks on sale this week here. Happy Thanksgiving!

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