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10 new and notable books to read

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! So, to save you trawling the shelves of your local bookshop, we’ve rounded up 10 new and notable books to snuggle up with, recommended by the team at Bookazine.

Fiction books

Machines Like Me | Ian McEwan

In an alternative 1980s London, Charlie is in love with Miranda. When he comes into money, he buys Adam, a synthetic human, and together they co-design Adam’s personality to a near-perfect human. Soon, a love triangle forms, bringing about a moral dilemma.

Machines like me

The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted | Robert Hillman

Hannah arrives in rural Australia from Hungary in 1968 and is determined to open the town’s first bookshop. Tom Hope, recently abandoned by his wife, can’t understand Hannah but agrees to work for her. Soon, the two discover a spark between them.

The Bookshop of the broken heartedThe Bookshop of the broken hearted

The Forest of Wool and Steel | Natsu Miyashita

Tomura is startled by the sound of a piano being tuned; it seeps into his soul and transports him to the forest. To find out more, he embarks on training under the tutelage of three master piano-turners, with one question on his mind: do I have what it takes?

The forest of wool and steel

Kid’s books

Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal | Jeff Kinney

Rowley acts as the biographer for his best friend, Greg Heffley, who has been writing about his school years in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid journals. Unfortunately, Rowley is not the best choice for this role and his “biography” is a hilarious mess.

Diary of an awesome friendly kid

Fing | David Walliams

Myrtle Meek has everything she could want – except a Fing. Her parents want to make her happy so they go on a journey to figure out what a Fing is and where to find one – even to the depths of the jungle where the rarest creatures can be found…

Fing David Williams

Non-Fiction books

The Path Made Clear | Oprah Winfrey

Using her own life lessons plus wisdom from Ellen DeGeneres, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jay-Z and others, Oprah inspires readers to consider what they’re meant to do in the world and how to pursue it with a passion and focus.

The Path Made clear

The Algebra of Happiness | Scott Galloway

The author teaches brand strategy at NYU, but often his class veers to “life strategy”. His students struggle with life’s big questions: Is a work/life balance possible? How do you make a long-term relationship succeed? Galloway explores these and other questions.

The Algebra of Happiness

The Beautiful Cure: The New Science of Human Health | Davis Daniel

Professor Daniel Davis charts the quest to understand how we fight diseases and how our bodies heal themselves. He explains how they are changed by sleep, age and our state of mind, and how this knowledge is unlocking an approach to medicine and wellbeing.

Beautiful cure

The Next Great Paulie Fink | Ali Benjamin

Newcomer Caitlyn Breen joins Mitchell School in a class with only ten other kids who’ve known each other since kindergarten. Also, their class clown Paulie Fink is gone. Now they need to fill the Paulie sized hole in the class by holding a competition.

THe next great paulie fink

Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different 2 | Ben Brooks

What do footballer Kylian Mbappé, the philosopher Socrates and singer Ed Sheeran have in common? They all defied expectations and made seemingly impossible dreams come true. Other boys have incredible stories, too, as this book reveals.

Stories for boys who dare to be different

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This article first appeared in the February/March 2019 issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.