It’s been a very long year, so let’s end it on a high note. At Wob, we know that books are the gifts that keep on giving. So what better way to enter the festive season than checking out which books are trending for Christmas 2021?
You may even find the perfect gifts for your secret Santa giftee, a treat for yourself, or the entire list for all your loved ones! From Marcus Rashford’s bestselling read to every sci-fi lover’s current obsession, explore the talks of literary town!
1. Dune – Frank Herbert
There is no surprise that Frank Herbert’s classic science fiction novel is currently trending. This bestselling and award-winning first instalment of the Dune series features on many people’s wishlists this year. Always a favourite among sci-fi lovers, the Dune books have been thrust into the spotlight thanks to the brand new adaptation of Dune on the big screen, in cinemas now. With music by Hans Zimmer and starring Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya, it is bound to be a favourite throughout Christmas.
Melange, or ‘spice’, is the most valuable – and rarest – element in the universe. And it can only be found on a single planet: the inhospitable desert world Arrakis.
Whoever controls Arrakis controls the spice. And whoever controls the spice controls the universe.
When stewardship of Arrakis is transferred to his house, Paul Atreides must travel to the planet’s dangerous surface to ensure the future of his family and his people. But as malevolent forces explode into conflict around him, Paul is thrust into a great destiny beyond his understanding.
And in this game of power, only those who can conquer their fear will survive.
2. The Man Who Died Twice – Richard Osman
Richard Osman has already been gracing our screens as creator and presenter on the likes of BBC’s Pointless and his celebrity quiz show, House of Games, and now he graces our bookshelves with murder mysteries. This sequel to Osman’s first novel, The Thursday Murder Club, has become one of the fastest-selling novels since records began! This unbelievable record-breaker has got everyone scrambling for their own copy. Most importantly, the third novel in the series is already on its way, so better hurry!
It’s the following Thursday.
Elizabeth has received a letter from an old colleague, a man with whom she has a long history. He’s made a big mistake, and he needs her help. His story involves stolen diamonds, a violent mobster, and a very real threat to his life.
As bodies start piling up, Elizabeth enlists Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron in the hunt for a ruthless murderer. And if they find the diamonds too? Well, wouldn’t that be a bonus?
But this time they are up against an enemy who wouldn’t bat an eyelid at knocking off four septuagenarians. Can the Thursday Murder Club find the killer (and the diamonds) before the killer finds them?
3. A Boy Called Christmas – Matt Haig
At Wob, we love celebrating the works of Matt Haig all throughout the year! However, ’tis the season to highlight Christmassy favourites. This stunning story published in 2016 was an instant classic Christmas story. It has been adapted into a feature film, to be released on the 26th of November 2021 on Netflix and in cinemas. It’s the perfect read for kids ages 9+. This book and Haig’s other festive tale of The Girl Who Saved Christmas are rightfully trending on our yule list.
BELIEVE IN THE IMPOSSIBLE
You are about to read the TRUE STORY of Father Christmas.
If you believe that some things are impossible, you should put this book down right away.
(Because this book is FULL of impossible things.)
Are you still reading? Good.
Then let us begin . . .
4. The Lion Above the Door – Onjali Q. Rauf
This is the newest novel from the author of The Boy at the Back of the Class – which is being studied in primary schools across the UK. This book as well as Rauf’s other works are a fantastic way to introduce kids to difficult subjects like the life of a refugee and the history of war. The characters are wonderfully relatable for a lot of children today. Sharing fiction with fact, the book features real photographs of forgotten heroes from WWII. An eye-opener for kids and their parents, this is definitely on our Christmas list!
Leo and his best friend Sangeeta are the odd ones out in their school. But as Leo’s dad is always telling him, it’s because they’re special. Only thing is, if they’re so special, how come they never see anyone who looks like them in their school history books?
Then, on a class trip to a nearby cathedral, Leo’s attention is drawn to a large marble slab high above the doors of the hall. Right there, bang in the middle of a list of war heroes, Leo finds himself staring at something incredible: his own name.
Desperate to know who this other Leo was, the two friends embark on a search. And together, they begin to uncover missing stories from the past, ones which they are determined to put back into their rightful place in the pages of history.
5. You are a Champion – Marcus Rashford
It’s hard to find someone who hasn’t heard of Marcus Rashford. Spreading his influence far beyond the beautiful game, this footballer has stood up and made a genuine change in the lives of thousands of families in the last year. Rashford’s book has been trending ever since it was announced. It is particularly popular as a Christmas gift this year. An inspirational book with genuine actionable tips for kids to grow and improve daily, it’s ideal for all children, even those who don’t like football!
It’s hard to know what is possible until you start. You have to be able to dream big and be prepared to work towards your dreams. I’ve achieved a lot so far, but it didn’t come in one go; big things rarely happen overnight, and good things rarely happen as if by magic . . .
Marcus Rashford is famous worldwide for his skills both on and off the pitch – but before he was a Manchester United and England footballer, and long before he started his inspiring campaign to end child food poverty, he was just an average kid from Wythenshawe, South Manchester. Now, Marcus Rashford MBE wants to show YOU how to achieve your dreams, in this positive and inspiring guide for life.
6. Keisha the Sket – Jade LB
Close to the heart of many inner-city young people, this story got hoards of teens from a whole generation into reading, outside of school and outside of a book! Originally written and shared on the internet in 2005 by an anonymous 13-year-old wordsmith, the story described issues and situations that many kids and teens at the time knew about and were experiencing themselves (often without awareness from teachers, parents, and guardians). It was a true representation (with a little embellishment of course) of life for the kids who had access to it. It was unlike the books in English class which were far from their reality. The fact this book is published in book form is truly empowering for all kids who never see their lives in the pages of bestsellers.
Where were you when Keisha the Sket first broke the internet?
Keisha is a girl from the ends, sharp, feisty and ambitious; she’s been labelled ‘top sket’ but she’s making it work. When childhood crush and long-time admirer, Ricardo, finally wins her over, Keisha has it all: power, love life and the chance for stability. But trauma comes knocking and with it a whirlwind of choices that will define what kind of a woman she truly wants to be.
Told with the heart and soul of the inner city, with an unforgettable heroine, KEISHA THE SKET is a revelation of the true, raw, arousing and tender core of British youth culture.
7. The Power of Geography – Tim Marshall
Another new book for 2021, Tim Marshall’s novel comes after his bestselling novel Prisoners of Geography. In The Power of Geography, readers are treated to the same level of insight written with fantastic wit, easily accessible for both those with an existing knowledge base of geo-politics and those who have never dipped a toe into the waters of non-fiction.
In this revelatory new book, Marshall explores ten regions that are set to shape global politics in a new age of great-power rivalry: Australia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, the UK, Greece, Turkey, the Sahel, Ethiopia, Spain and Space. Find out why Europe’s next refugee crisis is closer than it thinks as trouble brews in the Sahel; why the Middle East must look beyond oil and sand to secure its future; why the eastern Mediterranean is one of the most volatile flashpoints of the twenty-first century; and why the Earth’s atmosphere is set to become the world’s next battleground.
Delivered with Marshall’s trademark wit and insight, this is a lucid and gripping exploration of the power of geography to shape humanity’s past, present – and future.
8. Mist – Stephen King
The King of Horror himself treated all fans this year with the reissue of Mist. A novella, originally published in an anthology, is now available as a standalone book. This is a must-buy for super fans. Also an easy entrance into the genre of psychological horror and the world of Stephen King as a whole. This trending book is definite stocking filler material.
A man staggered into the market . . . ‘Something in the fog!’ he screamed
Following a freak summer storm, David Drayton, his son Billy, and their neighbour Brent Norton join dozens of others and head to the local grocery store to replenish supplies.
Once there, they become trapped by a strange mist that has enveloped the town. Violent forces concealed in the mist are starting to emerge. And there is another shocking threat from within – one group of survivors, led by a religious zealot, is calling for a sacrifice.
Now David and his son must try to escape. But what’s outside may be even more dangerous.
9. The Storyteller – Dave Grohl
Perhaps the nicest rock star ever? Dave Grohl’s The Storyteller is topping bestseller lists everywhere as we speak. With such an eclectic history, can’t imagine the tales Grohl has to tell in this memoir of life and music. This is another must-have, for music lovers, fans of biographies, and anyone who wants a glimpse into the life of a living legend.
Having entertained the idea for years … I have decided to write these stories just as I have always done, in my own hand. The joy that I have felt from chronicling these tales is not unlike listening back to a song that I’ve recorded and can’t wait to share with the world, or reading a primitive journal entry from a stained notebook, or even hearing my voice bounce between the Kiss posters on my wall as a child.
From hitting the road with Scream at 18 years old, to my time in Nirvana and the Foo Fighters, jamming with Iggy Pop or playing at the Academy Awards or dancing with AC/DC and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, drumming for Tom Petty or meeting Sir Paul McCartney at Royal Albert Hall, bedtime stories with Joan Jett or a chance meeting with Little Richard, to flying halfway around the world for one epic night with my daughters…the list goes on.
10. Tap to Tidy – Stacey Solomon
With over 4.8 million followers on her Instagram, the TV personality Stacey Solomon is now famed for her ‘tap to tidy’ stories. In these stories, she shares her creative cleaning, crafting, smart cooking, DIY, and more through photos and videos on the app. Solomon inspires people daily and the consistently uplifting community she has created is nothing short of phenomenal. Solomon’s book is not only packed with tips and tricks but also filled with her infectious character and humour. This book is the sort of gift that is both useful and entertaining, perfect for Christmas.
If you’re reading this, then we have something in common …. Whether it’s a love of getting crafty, meticulously organising or making fun-shaped snacks!
I find it hard to sit still, but losing myself in a craft project or tidying a drawer is my form of meditation. It’s a chance for me to forget about the things going on in the world around me for a minute.
I hope this book helps you to lose yourself for a moment, too – and that you enjoy reading it and even, maybe, having a go at some of the bits inside.
Lots of Love, to the moon and back
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