R29 Reads: The Books We’re Picking Up This December
Something went wrong.
Please try again later.
In this article:
Something went wrong.
Please try again later.
Year in, year out, the festive season has us pining for log fires in faraway cabins. Snowy winter walks and lots of mulled wine feature heavily in this daydream but it would also include the opportunity to fall back onto a cloudlike sofa and get lost in a good book. Santa might not have gifted us this holiday just yet but we can get started on the reading part immediately.
Last month Team R29 uncovered a range of interesting new releases, including capitalist critique The Cabinet by Un-Su Kim. The South Korean novel was praised for its take on modern work culture, charting the journey of one paper pusher who discovers a cabinet full of ‘symptomers’ (aka humans with strange abilities). In a similar vein, Light From Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki sat high on our list for its fantastical take on Faustian bargains and space-set adventures.
This month we’re turning our attention away from otherworldly stories and getting stuck into some more grounded reads. From a novel set during the height of the pandemic to a self-help book full of thoughtful, actually useful advice, we’ve got plenty of great reads on our wish list this month.
To check out everything that Team R29 is reading this December, click through the slideshow ahead…
At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn a commission.
Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
Halle Berry's stunning good looks have often left fans stunned, but her latest social media post showed off a side of hers that we'd never seen before. MORE: Halle Berry leaves fans speechless with eye-catching top The actress took to Instagram to post a picture of herself after a bold make-up job, sporting a dazzling cat eye with gold and blue eyeshadow. She even had sequined gold eyebrows to match the eye, topping it all off with a black bob with cropped bangs for a Cleopatra look. WATCH: Hall
A representative for the 62-year-old music mogul confirmed that the pair are set to marry following a report published by The Sun which claimed that Cowell popped the question on Christmas Eve during a family holiday in Barbados, where they first met. The rep confirmed the engagement to The Sun and People but declined to comment on the details.
Northwestern University engineers have developed a new smart sensor platform for face masks that they are calling a "Fitbit for the face." Dubbed "FaceBit," the lightweight, quarter-sized sensor uses a tiny magnet to attach to any N95, cloth or surgical face mask. Not only can it sense the user's real-time respiration rate, heart rate and mask wear time, it also may be able to replace cumbersome tests by measuring mask fit. All this information is then wirelessly transmitted to a smartphone app,
Holly Willoughby looked seriously sensational when she returned to the Dancing on Ice rink alongside co-host Phillip Schofield on Sunday. MORE: Brendan Cole reveals thoughts about Strictly star Oti Mabuse joining Dancing on Ice judging panel The presenter wowed in the most incredible ice-blue off-the-shoulder gown by Suzanne Neville to kick off the 2022 edition of the ITV competition, and she looked absolutely stunning. She kept things simple with a small pair of earrings, letting the dress make
Princess Beatrice was spotted hitting the shops on King's Road in Chelsea on Thursday, taking her daughter Sienna for a stroll along the famous London street. SEE: Princess Beatrice's sentimental tribute to baby Sienna - did you spot it? In photographs published by the MailOnline, Princess Beatrice looks calm and collected as she sipped on a coffee and pushed Sienna's stroller. Rocking a stylish off-duty outfit, the royal wore a striped lambskin jacket from Burberry teamed with relaxed-fit trous
The 46-year-old actress recently interviewed her Scream co-stars Cox, Neve Campbell, and David Arquette on her daytime talk show and recalled thinking she was pregnant as a 21-year-old. During the interview, Barrymore remembered how the Friends star supported her through the situation.
Dianne Buswell and Joe Sugg are one of a number of couples who found love thanks to Strictly Come Dancing. And on Wednesday, the professional dancer was clearly feeling nostalgic as she uploaded their first ever picture taken together, prior to their romance. MORE: Joe Sugg packs on the PDA with Strictly's Dianne Buswell in romantic selfie Asked to show the first photo from her favourites album, Dianne remarked: "So I did mine wrong, I did my last pic, this is actually my first [heart emoji]." W
Rose Ayling-Ellis is continuing to break barriers as she urges government officials to give sign language a legal status in England. MORE: Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice's partnership sparks tour to make this big change Her recent win on Strictly Come Dancing with dance partner Giovanni Pernice has gone down in history, highlighting the needs and awareness for the deaf community. WATCH: Rose Ayling-Ellis reveals family hardship after Strictly win Speaking about the positivity surrounding
Favoured by Marty McFly back in 1985, and more recently by the equine-infatuated Berkshire set, the body-warmer/gilet has nevertheless struggled to find mainstream acceptance or make it onto any “best-dressed” lists. Until now, that is.