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Book club: Summer holiday reads

Looking for a good book over the holidays? Here’s 10 new and notable books recommended by the team at Bookazine. You’ll find the latest from business thought leaders such as Sheryl Sandberg and Elon Musk, as well as some fantastic reads to chill out with by the pool or on the sand.


Books: Sheryl Sandberg's latest tome
Sheryl Sandberg’s latest tome

Option B – Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy | Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant

Option B weaves Facebook COO Sandberg’s experiences with new findings from social scientist Grant in a book about moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks. It includes stories of people who’ve bounced back after illness, divorce, assault or imprisonment.

Book: A new thriller from Paula Hawkins
A new thriller from Paula Hawkins

Into the Water | Paula Hawkins

The author of The Girl on the Train returns with a new thriller in which a single mother turns up dead in a town’s river. She’s not the first woman lost to these waters, and her death dredges up secrets long submerged.

Book: A series of short stories by Murakami
A series of vignettes by Murakami

Men Without Women | Haruki Murakami

Across seven tales, Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball and the Beatles, woven together in expert fashion.

Book: A story about the impact of change
A story about the impact of change

The Excellent Lombards | Jane Hamilton

Mary Frances Lombard is in love with her family’s sprawling apple orchard, and she would love the rhythm of life to continue undisturbed. But change is inevitable, and threats of urbanisation and disinheritance soon shake Frankie’s foundations.

Book: A look at the reasons for success
A look at the reasons for success


Why do naturally talented people frequently fail to reach their potential while less gifted individuals achieve amazing things? The secret is grit. Award-winning psychologist Angela Duckworth shares fascinating new revelations about who succeeds in life and why.



Hong Kong from A to Z | Ellen Ng

Beautifully illustrated by Hong Kong designer Assia Bennani, this book follows a little girl named Ayma and a lost frog, Romer, in a fun adventure, in which they discover the places of Hong Kong and experience the city’s rich culture, and fall in love from A to Z.

Book: A fun read for kids
A fun read for kids

Tilly and the Time Machine | Adrian Edmondson

Tilly’s dad builds a time machine in the shed and there’s only one place she wants to go: back to her sixth birthday party, when she ate too many cupcakes and her mummy was still here. But something goes wrong! Tilly’s dad gets stuck in the past and only she can save him.

The Dog Who Chased His Tail | Gregory March

The perfect book to relax your little ones! This kids’ how-to-meditate story is designed to help your child focus and calm down using a simple meditation technique. Read it with your child at bedtime or when they are overexcited.

Book: Young entrepreneurs can get inspired by Elon Musk
Young entrepreneurs can get inspired by Elon Musk

Elon Musk and the Quest for a Fantastic Future (Young Readers’ Edition) | Ashlee Vance

Elon Musk is an inspirational role model for young entrepreneurs, breaking boundaries and revolutionising the tech-world. He’s not only an inventor and a bold thinker, but he offers children the possibility of a brighter, more exciting future in this book.

Book: One for fans of the Disney favourite
One for fans of the Disney favourite

Beauty and the Beast | Elizabeth Rudnick

When Belle’s father is taken prisoner in an enchanted castle, her path is forever changed. Enjoy this book about adventure and love, and about the inner Beauty and Beast in all of us in this novelisation of the upcoming Disney film.

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This article first appeared in the Apr/May edition of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.

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