Need a good book for the holiday period? Check out the titles from our extended RL community

by Claire Chow
24 November 2023

Who doesn’t love a good book in their stocking? We’re stoked to bring you another annual list of great reads from RL members and authors in our extended social media community.

And what a mix! There’s romcoms, picture books, non-fiction and how-to guides.

Here’s the good book list for 2023…

Jodi GibsonReinventing Emily Brown. A fictional narrative which explores second chances in both life and love. 

Jessica DettmannWithout Further Ado. A feminist romcom about a woman obsessed with Kenneth Branagh’s 1993 film version of Much Ado About Nothing.

Carolyn SwindellWe Only Want What’s Best. The tagline explains it all: ‘A long-haul flight. Two ambitious dance mums. A child in danger.’

Susan PatersonWhere Light Meets Water. A debut novel of love and art. 

Heidi WalkinshawSome Fish Have Moustaches. A gorgeous picture book that celebrates all kinds of fish…especially those with moustaches!

Jackie Dent The Great Dead Body Teachers. An adventure into the world of anatomy and dissection.

Sarah AyoubHow to Be a Friend. Another fantastic picture book for the kiddos. 

Jessica Mudditt Once Around the Sun. A travel memoir from Cambodia to Tibet. (Pre-order for March). Also, Holly’s Hell – true crime memoir by Holly Deane-Johns and edited by Hembury Books (Jessica’s new business venture.)

Rachel Hanson edited Running Deep, Unheard Voices and A Place in the Country. All are non-fiction and published by Fremantle Press.

Cassie Polimeni The Garden at the End of the World. A debut picture book, about a young girl’s fairytale adventure to the real-life Global Seed Vault in Norway. 

James Nicholson I’m Glad I’m Me. A book about seeing values in ourselves. For readers 4 and 11.

Sandy Barker Match Me If You Can.  A laugh out loud romcom. 

Emma Bowd The Day You Were Born. A beautiful hardcover picture book and a modern retelling of the old English poem ‘Monday’s Child’.

Lachlan Nicolson Offload. A how-to guide on growing a small business without the burnout.

Want more good book gift ideas? Here’s last year’s list. You can also check out Rach’s Wrap-Up recommendations from the past six months here. If you too published a book this year, pop the title and where to buy in the comments. 

Claire Chow

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