So, you are a college student living away from home! That’s great. Some of the best years of your life can be spent in college and universities. But not everyone is enjoying themselves during the holiday season because this time of year often makes students feel homesick due to being away from loved ones. However, worrying about being sad or lonely during the holiday season is a pointless exercise.
The best way to fight this feeling of loneliness and boredom is by keeping yourself distracted with some good books. Everyone loves reading so why not use it as a weapon against homesickness? Here are the top 10 books to rekindle that Christmas spirit if you feel you’re living away from home for the first time.
- ” Love Actually “
This is without a doubt one of the best romantic comedies in recent years and well translate into a great holiday read during your winter breaks. This book can be easily found online or in stores near you. So, don’t waste time and head to the store right now! If you are not careful enough, you will be able to finish it in a single sitting.
- ” The Hundred-Foot Journey “
This is one of the best books I’ve read this year and everyone who likes food and cooking should give it a chance. It tells the story of an Indian family moving from India to Europe with the desire of opening an Indian restaurant.
The story is touching, funny and the recipes included are absolutely mouthwatering. The good news for students away from home is that there are several versions of this book including paperback or Kindle.
- ” A Dog’s Purpose “
This is a great book about the many lives of your beloved pet. It talks about the journey of a dog reincarnated as different types of dogs with all the feelings, desires, and fears.
Most dog lovers will be able to relate to this book more than any other, so give it a chance if you are feeling down during this holiday season.
- ” The Alchemist “
This fantastic novel tells the story of a shepherd boy who travels from Spain to Egypt in search of treasure. But along the way, he learns more about life and himself.
Something that makes this book stand out is how it discusses all sorts of philosophical questions related to life and destiny, while it also has a very nice narrative and amazing story-telling.
- ” A Game of Thrones “
A Song of Fire and Ice series is one of the most rewarding fantasy book series. The great news for college students is that this book has been divided into several short books which you can easily read during your winter breaks.
- ” Outlander “
This novel tells the story of a time traveler who, after being sent back to 18th Century Scotland, falls in love with a highlander and becomes entangled in a Jacobite rebellion.
This is one of those books that has everything: action, love, sex, and history. The good news for college students is that this book has been divided into several short books which you can easily read during your winter breaks.
- ” The Hobbit “
It’s the perfect time to re-read this classic book. You can also watch the movie to make things easier for you, but be sure to pick up the book too. JRR Tolkien wrote one of the greatest fantasy stories ever told and reading it during winter break will brighten your holiday season.
- ” The Maze Runner “
This fantastic book tells the story of a group of boys who have been living in an area surrounded by a maze for about two years. However, one day a girl appears and she wants to lead them out of their trap.
This is a great read especially if you like dystopias and teen adventure novels. For your good luck, there are several versions of this book available at your local store.
- ” One Thousand Gifts “
This wonderful book talks about the author’s journey after she suffered a car accident that caused many health problems. The story reads like a journal and is full of powerful insights on gratitude, contentment, and happiness.
A perfect book to put under the tree, this book will teach you to appreciate what you have and stop complaining about what you don’t.
- ” The Catcher in the Rye “
This is one of those books that everyone should read at some point in their lives. More than ten years after its first publication, this story about a young man who hates everything and everyone is still more relevant than ever.
If you are looking for something to help you identify with the protagonist, then this is your book.
But if you only want to read books based on the ‘Christmas’ theme, here are some good recommendations for university students:
- ” A Christmas Carol “
This is a must-read for any student who wants to learn more about English literature and storytelling. Dickens is one of the most respected authors in the world and if you haven’t read anything by him yet, then this is a great book to start with.
- ” The Best Christmas Pageant Ever “
If you don’t want to read a whole novel, then you should read this great book by Barbara Robinson. It’s about a bunch of kids who take over the role of angels and shepherds during their school Christmas pageant.
- ” A Christmas Memory “
This is one of those beautiful stories about love and friendship that everyone can relate to, especially during the holidays. This story will certainly fill you with happiness and good feelings.
- ” The Holiday Season “
This is a lovely short book that tells the tales of people who live in New York City. It’s perfect for reading on cold winter nights. If you are feeling sentimental, then this is the book to read because it will leave you with a gentle, warm feeling.
- ” A Pearl in the Storm “
Another great book for inspirational people is about a woman who lost everything after Hurricane Katrina. It’s a story that will make you laugh and cry, but it will give you hope.
If you are looking for some good books to read during winter break while lounging around your dorm room, then you should pick up one of these books.