Ah, the holidays. Between jam-packed work schedules and procuring gifts for everyone on your list, we can all look forward to kicking back and truly enjoying "the most wonderful time of the year." And what better way to do so than with a good book? In case you're in need of a recommendation (or eight), we solicited our resident office bookworms for the page-turners they can't wait to dig into over winter break. From Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo's home-keeping bible to Donna Tartt's magnum opus, check out the books we're adding to our respective shopping carts.
1. THE SECRET HISTORY BY DONNA TARTT
"I recently finished The Goldfinch and loved it so I wanted to check out Donna Tartt's first book. This one is a murder mystery set on a college campus in rural Vermont (the author went to Bennington with Brett Easton Ellis, whose 1998 book Glamorama I reviewed in the early days of my career). Since I went to Middlebury, the characters and the setting have a particular resonance with me."
—Amy Synnott, Executive Editor
The Secret History ($11; amazon.com)
2. Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family by Anne-Marie Slaughter
"I'm currently reading Anne-Marie Slaughter's Unfinished Business, based off the 2012 article she wrote for The Atlantic, 'Why Women Still Can’t Have It All' (which broke the Internet way before Kim Kardashian did). As someone relatively new to this whole working mom thing, I'm very interested in her assertion that the traditional route to success is what's really stalling gender equality, and learning more about what she believes both women and men can do to change it."
—Jennifer Merritt, InStyle.com Deputy Editor
Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family ($19; amazon.com)
3. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
"I will be reading Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff. I've heard so much about it and cannot wait for a good page-turner. And with a description like this, how can you miss? 'A deeply satisfying novel about love, art and creativity and power that is unlike anything that has come before it.'"
—Joanna Bober, Lifestyle Editor
Fates and Furies ($17; amazon.com)
4. Slade House by David Mitchell
"I'm a big fan of Mitchell's somewhat hefty, out-of-this world, time traveling epics, like Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks. No one gets inside multiple characters' heads better than him. He takes on different voices with such conviction, though some people complain that his stories are too far out. Slade House is supposedly a lighter version of his previous opuses, which picks up on similar themes. It's a sci-fi that reads like a like ghost story. I can't wait to sit down by the fire for night or two and power through it!"
—Angela Matusik, InStyle.com Executive Editor
Slade House ($15; amazon.com)
5. Negroland: A Memoir by Margo Jefferson
"My horoscope says that my moon will be in Cancer around Christmas, meaning that I will definitely want to be alone—and that is no problem for me because I can't wait to dive into Margo Jefferson's book. I have heard great things about it so it's been on the top of my list for about two months now."
—Danielle Prescod, Accessories Editor
Negroland: A Memoir ($16; amazon.com)
6. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
"I'm reading A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara because Nate Berkus told me that it's the kind of book that will keep me up all night and change my life. That's a pretty glowing review, if you ask me."
—Anne Kim, Lifestyle Editor
"My book club picked this novel for our first book of 2016. It's a hefty choice at 720 pages, but I'm looking forward to digging into it over winter break. However, one of my pals told me to take it slow—she knows I am a binge reader—because it's a lot to process and there are some parts that will make you cry. Sounds perfect!"
—Sharon Clott Kanter, Senior Editor
A Little Life ($19; amazon.com)
7. Bright Lights Paris: Shop, Dine & Live...Parisian Style By Angie Niles
"Per usual, I'll be dreaming of Paris over the holidays, only this time thanks to fashion publicist and La Vie Ann Rose blogger Angie Niles's book, which reads like a first-person travel guide to the city, complete with shopping recommendations and hand-drawn recipes."
—Claire Stern, Assistant Editor
Bright Lights Paris: Shop, Dine & Live...Parisian Style ($14; amazon.com)
8. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
"I'm going to be reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up over the holidays because everyone around me that has read it is obsessed with it. I like to start off each new year with a little life detoxing, so I can only imagine this will be a great place to start!"
—Kim Peiffer, InStyle.com Managing Editor
"My colleague, Violet Gaynor, told me about Marie Kondo's genius decluttering bible. I, too, can't wait to clean my closets for the new year."
—Meggan Crum, Accessories Director
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing ($11; amazon.com)
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