Reese Witherspoon with her December book pick, One Day In December by Josie Silver. Picture: Instagram.

Whether it is on the plane, at a resort or in a taxi, a book comes in handy during the holidays. These received the celebrity stamp of approval. 

SARAH JESSICA PARKER: Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smash 


The Sex and the City star loved this. It centres on Smash growing up in a family of working-class farmers in Kansas during the 1980s and ’90s. “An urgent, honest book about what it means to live in poverty in America today. I love this book,” she said on Instagram. R350 on Loot.co.za 

DANNY PAINTER: Origin by Dan Brown 

Jacaranda FM presenter Painter will dive into this on holiday. It’s about a Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology who arrives at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend the unveiling of a discovery, only to be met by something that leaves guests in a frenzy. Painter says the book is a “page-turner”. R140 on Loot.co.za 

CARISHMA BASDAY: Becoming by Michelle Obama 


Basday, famous for her role in Material, will be reading the biography of the former US First Lady. R289 on Loot.co.za 

REESE WITHERSPOON: One Day In December by Josie Silver 

The Big Little Lies star has recommended Silver’s novel as her December Book Club pick. It revolves around Laurie, who falls in for a stranger and spends the next year in search of him, only to discover he’s dating her best friend. “It absolutely charmed me,” Witherspoon said on Instagram. R224 on Loot.co.za

 KAJAL BAGWANDEEN: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur 


The 3 Days To Go star will be reading Kaur’s collection of prose and poetry about life, love, pain, healing and femininity. “A book of poetry is often perfect for a holiday read,” Bagwandeen says. “Pages to inspire you, make you nostalgic or sometimes even uncomfortable. “Kaur’s writing speaks to people, particularly women globally and it’s evident she pens from her own experiences. A beautiful book to treasure” said Bagwandeen. R224 on Loot.co.za