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.
Milkman | Anna Burns
In a city where being interesting is dangerous, Middle sister suddenly finds herself in the spotlight when rumours about her maybe-boyfriend and her encounter with Milkman start to spread. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous.
China Dream | Ma Jian
In seven episodes, Ma Jian shoots an arrow at President Xi Jinping’s “China Dream” propaganda. Blending tragically absurd reality with myth and fantasy, this dystopian novel reveals what China is today.
Billion Dollar Whale | Tom Wright and Bradley Hope
This definitive inside account of the extraordinary 1MDB scandal – a true-life thriller about a modern Gatsby who swindled over $5 billion – exposes the secret nexus of elite wealth, banking, Hollywood and politics from two award winning Wall Street Journal reporters.
Brief Answers to the Big Questions | Stephen Hawking
The renowned scientist who unravelled some of the universe’s greatest mysteries also believed science plays an important role in fixing Earth’s problems – from climate change and the threat of nuclear war to the development of artificial intelligence. He explores those ideas in his last book.
Love for Imperfect Things | Haemin Sunim
Many of us respond to life’s pressures by turning inward and ignoring them or by working harder, hoping that this will make ourselves and the people around us happier. This book by an influential Zen monk reveals how we must be at peace with ourselves before we can be at peace with the world around us.
Celebrating Snoopy | Charles Schulz
The world’s most famous beagle gets the book he deserves in this collection, which won the 2018 Eisner Award for Best Archival Collection. Packed with five decades of Snoopy strips from Peanuts, it’s a heartwarming tribute and a collector’s item.
Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild | Dav Pilkey
Dog Man is sent to the pound for a crime he didn’t commit. While his friends work to prove his innocence, Dog Man tries to find his place among dogs and people. Being a part of both worlds, will he even find his place in either?
Queen of Air and Darkness | Cassandra Clare
Following the incidents of Lord of Shadows, Emma and Julian must save the Shadowhunters’ world before the deadly parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love. Clare’s books have sold more than 50 million copies worldwide.
Geronimo David Walliams | Baby penguin
Geronimo has only one dream: to fly. But everyone knows that penguins can’t fly – or can they? With help from his friends and family, Geronimo discovers that even the wildest dreams can come true.
I Am a Rebel Girl: A Journal to Start Revolutions | Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
With original artwork by the artists who illustrated the Rebel Girl series, this activity-filled book will help all rebel girls embrace their own potential with joy.
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This article first appeared in the December/January 2018/19 issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.