Holiday Reading List

Winter break is here and what better time to do some more reading than usual! I’ve got some book suggestions you might want to add to your Christmas and Holiday wish lists, so here they are:
1) Artemis, by Andy Weir, who also wrote The Martian. This is a really hot title right now. it features a protagonist named Jasmine Bashara who lives in a lunar colony and wants nothing more than to get rich, an opportunity which finally comes to her in the form of a criminal heist; little does she suspect that she’ll become embroiled in a conspiracy to overthrow her colony, Artemis, and have to fight for her life and for her city, and become a hero in addition to a thief.
2) A Column of Fire, by Ken Follett, and the third book in the Kingsbridge series. This novel tells the tale of Ned Willard, who wants nothing more than to marry the love of his life, Margery Fitzgerald. When Europe becomes absorbed in a religious conflict in the middle of the 16th century, Ned goes to work for Queen Elizabeth as one of many spies, and must fight against the faction his love, Margery, belongs to. Follett is world-famous for his historical thrillers and spy novels, and this latest one is currently a bestseller.
3) The Spy, by Paulo Coelho. Are you seeing a pattern? Spies and criminals for Christmas, please! The Spy is Coelho’s latest novel, which tells the story of Mata Hari, a young woman who arrives in Paris in 1917 without a penny to her name, but who, over the course of just a few months, becomes the most celebrated woman in the city by entertaining, charming, and delighting Paris’ most powerful and elite. The novel is told in a series of letters, which captures Mata Hari’s meteoric rise, and eventual downfall after being accused of espionage during the height of WWI. I’ve not yet read the book myself, but it sounds like Coelho’s most stylistically sophisticated and thrilling work yet!

I hope you get to read to your heart’s delight over break! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Brannon Blunk
Hello there! My name is Brannon Blunk, and I'm a senior Custom-Designed Major at Drexel University. If you ever want to discuss something I write, I'd love to hear from you!

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