Grown-Up Reads

The Best Grown-Up Reads of December 2019

by the Brightly Editors

As we wind down another busy year and lean into a season of festivities, consider adding these new releases to your holiday diet. From a witty rom-com to a supernatural thriller, a revisited classic to a novel that digs into our present moment, these new books are perfect additions to your season of reading.

  • Would Like to Meet

    by Rachel Winters

    In this pitch-perfect ode to romantic comedies, workaholic Evie Summers must prove that the cinematic meet-cute (à la When Harry Met Sally) is totally realistic if she's going to convince her agency's biggest screenwriter to deliver his rom-com screenplay. She sets out recreating iconic scenes in the hopes of finding Mr. Right - or at least Mr. Right Until Her Career Is Saved - to hilarious and charming results.

    (On Sale: 12/3/19)

  • Meg and Jo

    by Virginia Kantra

    Are you as excited as we are for the new Little Women adaptation? Celebrate with this modern retelling of the Alcott sisters, which finds Jo down on her luck in New York City and Meg in the suburbs with the life she'd so carefully planned out. Their mother's illness finds all the sisters converging at home over the holidays - with a group dynamic that's familiar yet wholly original.

    (On Sale: 12/3/19)

  • The Dead Girls Club

    by Damien Angelica Walters

    As teens in the early '90s, Heather and Becca dubbed themselves "the Dead Girls Club" and spooked each other with nightmarish stories. It was all fun and games until Becca began insisting that the Red Lady, a vengeful witch, was real - and then tragedy struck. All of those memories come rushing back to a grown-up Heather when she receives a gift with a clear message: the nightmare isn't over.

    (On Sale: 12/10/19)

  • Relax and Be Aware

    by Sayadaw U Tejaniya and Doug McGill

    This accessible meditation guide from Buddhist master Sayadaw U Tejaniya invites us to rethink how we create a mindfulness practice. Rather than overhauling our busy lives and aiming for a total reset, Tejaniya advocates for a continuous and gentle awareness. Comprised of 31 short chapters to peruse over the course of a month, Relax and Be Aware might just be the mindfulness answer you're looking for.

    (On Sale: 12/10/19)

  • Such a Fun Age

    by Kiley Reid

    Debut author Kiley Reid examines race, class, and privilege in a page-turning novel that's already generating well-deserved buzz. Prominent entrepreneur Alix Chamberlain is shocked when her babysitter Emira Tucker, a 25-year-old black woman, is accosted at a high-end grocery store one night and accused of kidnapping Alix's toddler. The fallout that ensues raises difficult questions - for Alix and Emira, as well as for readers.

    (On Sale: 12/31/19)