Shuffling of the Shelves – December Part 1
By Serena Kerrigan-Noble, Hannah Moore, Lucy Shardlow and Melissa Tran
The transition from autumn to winter and the arrival of the festive season has seen a change in the charts this week.
Festive themed books are making an appearance on WHSmith’s top 100 Book Chart. Edging to the top of WHSmith’s chart is Sarah Morgan’s Snowed in for Christmas, which Phillipa Ashley has hailed as “the ultimate feel-food festive novel.” The perfect seasonal book to get us into the festive spirit, this novel has all the trimmings of a hallmark Christmas film. Readers follow Lucy Clarke as she ends up the reluctant guest of the Miller family. As the snow continues to fall and tensions begin to bubble over, the reader is treated to a cosy, funny and heart-warming festive extravaganza of love, family and festive cheer. Another festive read making its way up the chart is Sunday Times bestselling author, Trisha Ashley’s One More Christmas at the Castle. In both novels, the trope of forced proximity and awkward reunions is sure to have readers feeling merry by the end.
In the Waterstones chart this week is Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan, which continues to follow the success of Picoult’s previous novels. Following the story of Olivia and her grown-up son Asher, Mad Honey looks at themes of abuse, death and family relationships. Also featured in the Waterstones charts is She and her Cat by Makoto Shinkai and Naruki Nagakawa. The novel was translated into English by Ginny Tapley Takemori, who also translated Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata. A Japanese bestseller, She and her Cat is an adaptation of Shinkai’s manga and short film of the same name.
Taking a look at the Movers and Shakers chart over on Amazon, it is amazing to see Dr Alex George take the top spot with his empowering debut book A Better Day. His book’s aim is to guide young readers in how they can care for their own mental health. Not only does this book provide the foundations to overcome the many challenges faced by teenagers, it also offers insightful advice in the hope to always strive for a better day. Another book that seems to be storming through the charts is The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan. This new feel-good Christmas book will have you melting inside. Set in snowy Edinburgh and following two women trying to save a quaint little bookshop from closure, this mesmerising cosy romance is bound to get you in the festive spirit!
BookTok is fast filling up with winter reads to add to your TBR list! Firstly, we have The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Babyliss. The plot follows Kate who is seemingly happy being single, until her best friend gets her to sign up to a new dating app. With twelve eligible bachelors lined up waiting, will Kate find the one? This is the perfect romance to get stuck into in the run up to the big day! Next we have A Cross-County Christmas by Courtney Walsh. This is the first book in Walsh’s Road Trip Romance series and follows workaholic Lauren as she makes the first trip home for Christmas in years. Her ride home turns out to be her childhood crush, Will Sinclair. Now that she is stuck in a car with him for the long haul, will the truth come out? This is another cosy, Christmas romance that would make a great stocking filler!
Our noteworthy book this month is Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing by Matthew Perry. This highly anticipated memoir by the Friends star has sparked some controversy online with Perry making a jab at fellow actor Keanu Reeves, questioning why Reeves is still alive when “talented” actors like River Phoenix and Chris Farley had tragic deaths. Perry has since apologised stating that he just chose a random name and should have used his own name instead. Perry’s statement has caused a whirlwind of tweets to pour in concerning the memoir with one stating that he makes “a number of not-so-humble brags like mentioning his $20m homes and all the women he slept with” (Twitter). Unsurprisingly, this memoir is going to be a hit with many Friends fans wanting the inside scoop on Perry’s life on and off-screen. But, is this a book that truly tells his story or is Perry just looking to add to his fortune?