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.
Me | Elton John
In his first and only official autobiography, music icon Elton John reveals the truth about his extraordinary life, from the rollercoaster lifestyle shown in the film Rocketman, to becoming a living legend, to finding love with David Furnish and becoming a father.
The Infinite Game | Simon Sinek
The New York Times-bestselling author and thought leadership guru offers a bold new approach to business strategy and achieving long-lasting success by asking one question: are you playing the finite game or the infinite game?
Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister | Jung Chang
A major new biography from the bestselling author of Wild Swans, this is the gripping story of sisterhood, revolution and betrayal, and three women – the Soong sisters from Shanghai – who helped shape the course of Chinese modern history.
The Water Dancer | Ta-Nehisi Coates
Hiram is a young slave who decides to escape his Virginia plantation after seeing a vision of his slave mother, who was sold away from him when he was a boy. This is a bold novel about a magical gift, a devastating loss and an underground war for freedom.
The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
When Zachary Rawlins stumbles across a strange book in his university library, it leads him on a quest unlike any other. He’s entranced by the tales of lovelorn prisoners, lost cities and nameless acolytes – and by a mysterious recollection from his own childhood.
The Giver of Stars | Jojo Moyes
Inspired by a remarkable true story, this tale features five incredible women who will prove to be as beloved as Lou Clark, the unforgettable heroine of Me Before You. Don’t miss the standalone new novel from this bestselling author.
Books for kids and young adults
White Bird: A Wonder Story | RJ Palacio
In the author’s bestselling collection of stories Auggie & Me, which expands on the characters in Wonder, readers met Julian’s grandmother, Grandmère. Here, Palacio makes her graphic novel debut with Grandmère’s heartrending story of survival.
Emi Takes Hong Kong | Jane Karen Ho
New to Hong Kong with young children? Little ones will love this local author’s inspiring picture book about creativity that also doubles up as a travel guide, with map, quiz and glossary. There’s also a fun search-and-find element on each spread.
Imaginary Friend | Stephen Chbosky
In this horror story from the bestselling author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, a little boy is haunted by a voice in his head only he can hear. It urges him to build a tree house in the woods by Christmas, or nobody in the town will ever be the same again.
A Tale of Magic | Chris Colfer
Fall in love with an all-new series from Chris Colfer, author of The Land of Stories. It’s filled with adventure, imagination and wonderfully memorable characters both familiar and new.
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This article first appeared in the October/November 2019 issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.