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Books you should be reading in the New Year

If there’s one thing we all need in Hong Kong – it’s a good book to escape the hectic life we all lead here! There’s nothing quite like losing yourself in a good book, especially this time of year where we are all (supposedly) taking things slow. Yet, try and walk into a book shop in HK and not spend hours browsing, reading, dreaming, then coming out empty handed. So we’ve made a plan of action for you; we’ve got together some recommendations on books you absolutely must be reading this year! Saving you the time and effort of trawling those shelves, reading each and every blurb, ELHK HQ presents…. our top titles for 2016!

Eating Animals

Jonathan Safran Foer

We love this book because it says it like it is. Most of us spend our whole lives eating meat, but do we really know why? Do we understand where our meat comes from? Don’t worry — this isn’t a hippie style ‘everyone should turn veggie’ kind of read. This is thought provoking, honest and a somewhat terrifying (when it comes to the facts and figures of meat production) read. A great book for those that have hung ( no pun intended! ) between omnivore and vegetarian for years, as well as anyone who wants to learn more about where the food in our supermarkets really comes from.

Humans of New York

Brandon Stanton

With close to 16 million people following his Facebook page, it was a no-brainer for Brandon put out a second book based on his much-loved blog. This is an amazing insight into all the joys and heartbreak of being a human being, provided via the personal stories willingly shared by random New Yorkers he finds on the streets.


The Expatriates

Janice Y. K. Lee
Set in present-day Hong Kong, The Expatriates follows the lives of three women who up and leave their lives to move to this remarkable city. The story follows three distinct lives, that at first are separate, but lead closer together through the trials and tribulations of being an Expat in Hong Kong. This book is relatable to each and everyone of us– we all moved here for one reason or another, and have most likely gone through similar situations. ‘The Expatriates’ gives you that warming feeling that you are not alone in your Hong Kong problems
Black-Eyed Susans: A Novel of Suspense

Julia Heaberlin

There have been a number of popular thrillers out recently but none as creepy as this!
As a 16-year-old, Tessa was found in a field, the only survivor among the dead victims of the so-called Black-Eyed Susans killer. Years later, the accused is about to be executed when Tessa discovers he may not be the right man. Perfectly executed flashbacks will have you double-guessing everything till the very end.



According To Yes

Dawn French

Dawn French is well known for her joyous and funny outlook, and in her newest novel she has turned her eye to Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The Wilder-Bingham family is a very wealthy and privileged household with a rigid set of rules on how they should conduct themselves. Yet eccentric Rosie is about to enter their lives and unravel the perfectly manicured facade.


Where My Heart Used To Beat

Sebastian Faulks

Typically lyrical and beautiful for Faulks, his latest novel is one about war, true love, memory and dealing with one’s demons. Psychiatrist Dr Robert Hendricks has been asked to a French island to write a biography of his host, Alexander. But it seems Alexander knows more about Robert than he does himself, and memories of violence and tragic loss he has spent his lifetime avoiding are now inescapable.



City on Fire

Garth Risk Hallberg

There was a bidding war between publishers for this debut novel, resulting in a record-breaking two-million dollar advance, and for good reason. Set in New York in 1977, the book is an intricate myriad of deep and interesting characters, all somehow connected to the shooting in Central Park on New Year’s Eve.

Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenge

Amy Cuddy

Harvard professor Amy Cuddy describes presence as a state where we stop worrying about the impression we are making on others and instead fix the impression we’ve been making on ourselves. Her book shows us that we don’t need to embark on a grand spiritual quest or complete an inner transformation to harness the power of presence; we are all capable with small tweaks to liberate ourselves from the fear of high-pressure moments.

For more book reviews, pick up a copy of Expat Living Magazine next out on Feb 1!