6 Books to Curl Up With Over the Holidays

Family Reading List for the Holidays

The holidays are here! Your preparations might include decorating your home, baking seasonal treats, mixing up a wintry cocktail, and possibly finalizing travel plans to visit family. If the thought of days on end with your family has you searching for a distraction already, check out one of these books about high-drama, dysfunctional, or otherwise entertaining families to read during the holiday season.

Kevin Kwan

Crazy Rich Asians

This over-the-top satirical novel about a wealthy family from Singapore is the perfect distraction from any holiday drama. After all, how can you focus on your own drama when you’re dealing with the Youngs? The Young family is not just rich; they’re crazy rich. When Nick Young brings home his American-born Chinese girlfriend for his friend’s opulent wedding, his family quickly makes their opinions known. This book is also excellent on audio for anyone facing a long drive to see family.

Francesca Hornak

Seven Days of Us

Released just in time for the holidays, this debut novel could describe your worst nightmare or an amazing week, depending on how your family gets along in confined spaces. When Olivia Birch comes home for Christmas from her job as a doctor abroad, she is quarantined for her exposure to a deadly virus. The real problem? Her entire family is quarantined with her… for a full week.

Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

The Nest

The four Plumb siblings are firmly middle- to upper-class, but when it comes to big financial decisions, they’ve all been waiting for their youngest brother to turn 40 so they can access “The Nest,” their joint trust fund. When Leo, the eldest sibling, makes a colossal mistake, the whole family absorbs the cost. Literally. With no Nest left to draw on, what will the other Plumbs do?

Angela Flournoy

The Turner House

With thirteen children in the Turner family, there are bound to be some siblings who get along and some who don’t. After their father dies and their aging mother moves in with her oldest son, the now-grown children must decide what to do with their childhood home on the east side of Detroit.

Karen Joy Fowler

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Rosemary is in college when she tells this story, but that’s not really what this book is about. When Rosemary was young — almost too young to remember — her sister Fern was removed from their home. What happened to Fern? Why does Rosemary’s brother seem to blame her? And how do you define family? This book is best read with no expectations, so we recommend not reading the jacket (or any other summary) beforehand.

J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

As if the holidays weren’t already the perfect time to revisit a childhood favorite, watching Harry suffer through life with the Dursleys before finding his true family at Hogwarts may be just the thing to make you appreciate your own family this holiday season — no matter how dysfunctional!

Who is your favorite fictional family? Share in the comments below!

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