There’s never really a bad time to curl up with a good book, but the middle of winter does make it an extremely inviting prospect. With cold nights and weekends fairly frequent we thought it best to put together a list of good reads so you don’t even have to think about it. So grab that blanket, find a good spot by the fire and settle in.
The Course of Love
Alain De Botton
If you think waiting for the next Game of Thrones book (sorry, A Song of Fire and Ice) is hard, try waiting 20 years. The Course of Love is the sequel to the Essays of Love (so probably read this first), it explores the story of Ribah and Kristen and how they go about their lives. And more importantly, how their love changes from the initial infatuation to a mature, lasting relationship.
The Gunning of America
A look behind the scenes of what helped forge the relationship between Americans and their guns. Haag examines the 150-year history of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company—one of the most iconic arms manufacturers in the States and their influence in transforming the gun from an unexceptional commodity into a necessity.
Narconomics: How To Run A Drug Cartel
Having recently watched Narcos (would recommend 10/10) I was dumbfounded by how quickly drug cartels could expand and by how much money and influence they were able to accumulate. A business journalist by trade, Wainwright first encountered the South/Central American drug cartels in 2010 when he was sent to Mexico to write about the drug trade from the supply side. This book analyses the narcotics trade and ultimately, how you can defeat the drug cartels. Although the title might suggest it, you won’t become the next Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria (say that quickly in a Spanish accent) anytime soon.
If you love Tina Fey in her many movie and TV roles, you’ll love her book Bossypants straight away. Fey brilliantly explores her life, from growing up and being a ‘vicious nerd’ to her time on Saturday Night Live and everything in between.
Aziz Ansari with Eric Klinenberg
If you love Master of None (see it on Netflix if you haven’t) you’ll love this. Ansari and Klinenberg explore how the culture of finding love has changed as technology has taken over our lives. Asking big questions you’ve always wanted answered such as “why did he just send me a pizza emoji?” the team takes you on a wild ride of social science and humour as they analyse results from research taken from around the globe.
Primates Of Park Avenue
Primates of Park Avenue reads like a real life version of Gossip Girl, that might actually be filled with more drama. Struggling to fit into the scene after marrying a man from the Upper East Side, Martin drew on her background in anthropology and primatology to find a way to understand her new world. Primates Of Park Avenue takes a funny and heartfelt look at the lives of privileged Manhattan mothers.
The Paper House
This is the first novel by Spargo-Ryan and I’m definitely hoping it won’t be her last. Delving into the nitty gritty of love, and loss, this story follows the lives of Heather and Dave as their whole world changes in an instant. It’s real. It’s raw. It’s amazing.
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child Parts I & II
It’s not worth my life for me to even allude to any spoilers about this. But I will say, being back in the Harry Potter world will instantly transport any diehard fan back 10 years, waiting with baited breath for the new books and racing to see who could finish them first. Don’t expect your standard J.K novel here—this is a script for the West End play so you’ll need to put on your imagination hat and set it to the extreme imagination setting.
But What If We’re Wrong?: Thinking About The Present As If It Were The Past
Ever wanted to force an existential crisis? Look no further. Asking questions as profound as they are simplistic (i.e What will be the defining memory of rock music?) Klosterman transports the reader into a position of seeing the current world as if they were perceiving it as the distant past. Trippy AF, and almost impossible to put down.
Nothing To Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
North Korea is possibly one of the most equally interesting and terrifying places in the world for a travel buff like myself. Nothing To Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years as they progress through various different phases in their lives. Prepare to be taken deep inside North Korea beyond the reach of government censors as Demick’s subjects experience love, raise families and struggle for survival.
You’re a Badass: How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness And Start Living An Awesome Life
You know exactly what you’re in for with this book when you note chapters with names like “Fear Is For Suckers” and “Your Brain Is Your Bitch”. Sincero stacks 27 bite size chapters full of hilarious anecdotes, advice and easy exercises to help you turn your life into a life you love.
The Island Will Sink
What happens when you can outsource your memories—and even edit them? In the not too distant future, the world is a very different place where EcoLaw is enforced by insidious cartoon panda bears (sounds fun?). Join Max—who lives a life he cannot remember—as he explores his memories and the characters he meets along the way in a world that is on the brink of catastrophe.
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