No one really likes holiday travel. But since it’s the one time of the year that everyone comes together, if you find yourself spending time in the car, on a plane, or even a long subway ride this season, we suggest you bring a few books as companions. Whether your taste runs to romance, thrillers, or page-turning biographies, here are some of the season’s best new books worthy of a spot in your travel bag.

1. Nell and Lady by Ashley Farley ($15): Growing up as close as sisters, Nell and Lady never thought they’d see the day where they were no longer friends. But after a shocking secret is revealed on Lady’s 16th birthday, the girls become something closer to strangers. Nearly 30 years later, Lady’s mother is on her deathbed and has one final wish: a reconciliation between Nell and Lady. Reconnecting, the two longtime friends will confront their difficult pasts and set a new example for their own daughters. This touching story of friendship and forgiveness will leave you grateful for the friends in your life.

2. My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite ($23): This short novel packs a big punch. Taking a satirical approach to the ever-popular thriller genre, Braithwaite tells the story of two sisters with a secret. Ayoola has always been the favorite child, but what her parents and the outside world don’t know is that she’s a killer, and her sister Korede has gotten really good at cleaning up her messes. But when Korede’s crush takes interest in her sister, she must do everything in her power to keep the two apart.

3. Until the Last Star Fades by Jacquelyn Middleton ($15): This complex and tender romance novel from Jacquelyn Middleton tells the story of Riley Hope, a college senior who seems appears to have it all. But what people don’t know is that Riley struggles with depression and is doing her best to keep it all together… and then she meets Ben. As Riley and Ben get to know one another, they find that their new relationship is exactly what they both needed. Can they learn to confide in each other and unleash their deepest secrets?

4. Never Grow Up by Jackie Chan ($26): Beloved icon Jackie Chan brings readers inside his life in this remarkable new memoir. At 64, Chan isn’t looking forward to retirement — there’s so much more he wants to accomplish in life. In Never Grow Up, the actor takes his fans and followers through his many successes, failures, and the moments that forever changed his life. This honest memoir is a positive and illuminating read that not only makes the perfect travel companion but also makes a great gift for anyone on your holiday shopping list.

5. One Minute to Zen: Go from Hot Mess to Mindful Mom in One Minute or Less by Ali Katz ($17): Mother or not, finding a little peace during the holiday season is something to strive for. Ali Katz’s One Minute to Zen provides insightful tips and anecdotes for anyone feeling overwhelmed by their day-to-day obligations. This short but impactful book is a guide every woman should check out.

6. Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott ($19): If you loved John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, you’re going to fall hard for this new release from Rachael Lippincott. Stella and Will are both battling life-threatening illnesses; when they meet, they begin to see that life is better when they’re together. Knowing that their relationship could put them both in serious danger, they’re willing to risk it all if it means no longer living with a broken heart. (Be sure to pack a few tissues in your carry-on for this one.)

7. River Bodies by Karen Katchur ($25): River Bodies has the perfect blend of entertainment and thrill for your winter travels. Becca Kingsley is headed back to her hometown now that her father is sick; she doesn’t anticipate getting thrown into the middle of a murder investigation. As she teams up with the lead detective on the case, the two make it their mission to find out what really happened to the bodies washing up in their local river. But when their search digs up shocking secrets, they’ll come to find that some things are better left undiscovered.

8. Night of Miracles by Elizabeth Berg ($26): The holiday season is all about connecting, whether with loved ones or new friends, and Elizabeth Berg’s new novel will inspire you to bond with those in your life this winter. After the passing of her good friend Arthur Truluv, Lucille keeps herself busy by teaching baking classes inspired by Arthur himself. When a new family moves into the neighborhood and a sudden tragedy rocks the entire community, Lucille will step up and do whatever it takes to support the family and take care of their young son.

9. The River Widow by Ann Howard Creel ($25): This enchanting historical fiction novel showcases the power of women to do whatever it takes to save the ones they love. It’s 1937 and Adah has just killed her abusive husband. Covering up the accidental murder, she gets rid of the body in a nearby river — only to be swept up in the current herself. Escaping the near-death experience, she skips town with her stepdaughter, knowing her late husband’s family will soon be looking to hold Adah accountable for her actions. But when Adah meets a new man who promises her a sparkly new life, she’ll be forced to make a radical decision that will affect the lives of everyone involved.

The House Next Door

10. The House Next Door by James Patterson ($28): Looking for a book to read between stops on the subway? This winter release is packed with three new thrilling stories, perfect for the suspense junkie. From a suspicious new neighbor to a kidnapping and a visit from extraterrestrials, this story collection is a surefire way to get you through even the most strenuous travel days.

What books will you be tucking into your carry-on this season? Tweet us @BritandCo to share your pick.

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