The holidays are just around the corner, and while the snow is perfect for a walk in the cold, a good book is a must for settling in under a blanket. Yes, books are one of the must-haves to put under the tree. So here are a few nuggets unearthed in the bookshops of Metz, Nancy, Luxembourg, Rennes or Thionville.
If your friends and family love mystery and detective work, you'll be right on target with Pars vite et reviens tard by Fred Varfas(Alinéa, Luxembourg). This investigation is a must-read and will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page.
If you prefer something more recent, let yourself be carried away by the intrigues of Martin Alvarez's The Tulip Suitcase(Hisler, in Metz) or Clare Mackintosh's latest book, Letting You Go(Librairie du Forum, in Rennes).
To be the perfect Father Christmas, you can give Joe Sacco's Paying the Earth(Librairie Momie, in Metz). This comic book, committed to ecology, takes you on a journey through time.
The Lanfeust de Troy saga(Hisler in Thionville) is lighter and appeals to our childlike soul.
Finally, if you want to have a historical note, opt for La Saga des Pikkendorf(Book'in in Thionville) and its chivalrous settings.
The end-of-year holidays are the perfect time to go back in search of rosewater classics. Why not dive back into Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice(Librairie Ernster, Luxembourg)?
If you have mastered your classics, you might want to check out Les étoiles brillent plus fort en hiver, by Sophie Jomain(Hall du Livre, Nancy) or Nuits Appalaches by Chris Offut(Librairie La Nuit des Temps, Rennes). Both books will transport you with their endearing characters.
There is nothing like science fiction to transport you. If you have never read it, don't miss Frank Herbert's Dune saga(Librairie Ernster, in Luxembourg), which has nothing to envy to Matrix or Star Wars!
And to follow the inspiring and moving journey of a woman cosmonaut, read Lady Astronaut by Mary Robinette(Hisler, Metz).
If you are looking for new sagas to devour after the Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter, here are two new ones
L'Épée de Vérité, by Terry Goodking(Librairie Le Failler, in Rennes) will ensure you have a few sleepless nights with its tales full of magic and adventure. The Eighth Colour by Terry Pratchett(Librairie L'Autre Rive, Nancy) will take you on a journey to a distant dimension.