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Your Black Friday TBR: 5 Books You’ll Enjoy More than Shopping

by  | November 28

I have never understood why anyone in their right mind would get up at the crack of dawn the morning after gorging on a Thanksgiving feast to fight hordes of determined shoppers for a few good deals. As far as I’m concerned, the day after Thanksgiving was made for one thing: lounging. My post–Turkey Day TBR pile is all set, and I will be on my couch cuddled up with a blanket, reading and munching on leftovers while the Black Friday shopping frenzy ensues. What’s more: I will relish every second of the JOMO (joy of missing out). Want to skip the shopping but need some reading recs? Here are a few suggestions:

The Turn of the Key

The Turn of the Key

by Ruth Ware

If you're looking for a quick read you can fit in before your loved ones get back from the mall, let me suggest The Turn of the Key. Ruth Ware could have called her latest thriller The Turn of the Page, because, trust me, you will be furiously flipping through each one in order to find out what creepy, crazy thing will happen next—and whether your hunches about certain characters are correct. When a live-in nanny is accused of murdering one of the children in her care, but insists that someone else in the family’s richly appointed “smart” home must be responsible, you know you’re going to have plenty of suspects to scrutinize. Best to get comfy on the edge of your seat.

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Code Name: Lise

Code Name: Lise

by Larry Loftis

If you're feeling smug about your decision to choose armchair adventure over knock-down, drag-out fights at doorbusters, you will likely appreciate Code Name: Lise, the real-life story of Odette Sansom, one of the most highly decorated spies in World War II. This is a nonfiction book that reads like the most satisfying novel—with action, romance, desperation, and hope. Consider this read the trip of a lifetime: one you don't even have to leave the house for.

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Walt Disney World Hacks

Walt Disney World Hacks

by Susan Veness

Speaking of travels, if you're skipping shopping because your gift budget's already been earmarked for a family trip to Disney World, why not take this opportunity to start planning your stay? Walt Disney World Hacks is a magical book that holds more than 350 secrets for making the most of your time in the Happiest Place on Earth. So take note of all these tips for saving time, money, and, most importantly, your sanity, and check “Disney planning” off your to-do list.

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JOMO

JOMO

by Jessica Misener

Is Black Friday only the beginning of your stay(home)cation? Then you may want to peruse a copy of JOMO: 350+ Ways to Make Staying in More Fun than Going Out, which is the perfect way to celebrate the joy of missing out and indulging in some self-care. With so many brilliant ideas for in-home entertainment and activities (such as making homemade ice cream, taking a virtual museum tour, and learning to read tarot cards), you’ll never be at a loss for things to do. In fact, you might start to wonder why you EVER go out.

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The Family Upstairs

The Family Upstairs

by Lisa Jewell

Finally, if you're feeling like this long weekend with your crazy family is too much to bear, crack open The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell and you will soon become abundantly thankful for your own kin. In this can't-look-away story of three entangled families residing in one big ol’ batsh*t house, the dark and twisting drama unfolds until the very last line—and it'll stay with you long after you close the book.

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