Jun 25, 2018

Chill with a good book this summer (Here are our top 8 suggestions!)


Reading is an age-old habit that can improve your memory, your vocabulary, your thought process, and even with personal development. And of course… it can give you a window to new vistas and worlds. Tragically, as we grow older, most of us run short on the time and motivation to pick up a book. So whether it's Kindle, a paperback or Audible, here are some books you can (and should!) lose yourself in this summer.



Exit West - Mohsin Hamid (Fiction)

This Man Booker Prize nominee chronicles the story of two lovers in a war-torn city in the Middle East. In cases of wars, doors open for refugees to seek asylum. Mohsin Hamid puts up a masterpiece that delves into the cultural and emotional conflicts of the two protagonists.


A Long Way Home - Saroo Brierley and Larry Buttrose (Non-fiction)

At the age of 5, Saroo Brierley was lost in an India train. With no idea of his family name or hometown, he survived weeks in Calcutta’s streets before being adopted by an Australian family. A Long Way Hometells the miraculous tale of how he used Google Earth to find his long-lost family.



The Wealth of Humans - Ryan Avent (Non-fiction)

This one is a real eye-opener on how we're on the verge of going through another industrial revolution. Economisteditor Ryan Avent explains how technology and automation is set to replace several jobs around the world, and about a major socio-economic change we're set to witness.


Kings of the Yukon: One Summer Paddling Across the Far North - Adam Weymouth (Non-fiction)

Adam Weymouth takes us on his journey along the 2000-mile long Yukon River, showcasing the reality of even the most remote areas of the planet... and how man's presence is felt in the unlikeliest of ways!



The Bette Davis Club - Jane Lotter (Fiction)

This light-hearted throwback novel follows Margo, our protagonist, who borrows a 1955 red MG on a cross-country road chase in search of her niece, who ran away from her wedding and invaluable family property. With a fortune on the line, this story takes you unexpected places!


I Really Didn't Think This Through: Tales from My So-Called Adult Life - Beth Evans (Non-fiction)

Famed Instagram artist Beth Evans takes you on an emotional rollercoaster with her book of illustrations. It covers a range of issues, from the most minor inconveniences to life's greatest struggles. Evans' simplicity and honesty makes her work charming and relatable.



Tuesdays with Morrie - Mitch Albom (Non-fiction)

Mitch Albom discovered his old mentor, Morrie, around his final days, and began once again to visit him every Tuesday, as he had in college. Their rekindled relationship built up, resulting in Morrie's swan song. This touching tale speaks of an emotional mentor-student relationship.


The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea - Yukio Mishima (Fiction)

This short, shocking masterpiece from Yukio Mishima highlights a band of unruly 13-year-olds disillusioned by the adult world. When an adult begins an affair with a sailor, he's admired at first, but things take a dark twist when the group starts finding out the truth about his personality.


Fiction and non-fiction can both have a profound impact on you, and when all’s said and done, there really isn't any excuse not to read! If you have a few minutes to read Twitter, Facebook or your favourite news websites, then you definitely have time to read a story. Even if you're not an avid reader yet, try out one of these books. It’s a great way to get you started!


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