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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.


Sex & Vanity | Kevin Kwan

The iconic author of the bestselling phenomenon Crazy Rich Asians returns with the glittering tale of a young woman who finds herself torn between two men: the fiancé of her family’s dreams, and George Zao, the man she’s desperately trying to avoid falling in love with.

Final Cut | SJ Watson

Once a buzzing seaside destination, Blackwood Bay has been ravaged by an economic downturn. It’s a ghost town – and the perfect place for film-maker Alex to shoot a new documentary. But the community is suspicious. After all, nothing exciting ever happens in Blackwood Bay – or does it?

The End of Her | Shari Lapena

Stephanie and Patrick have everything they ever wanted. Then Erica appears from Patrick’s past and makes a disturbing accusation: his first wife’s death wasn’t an accident, she claims, but murder. Stephanie begin to question her husband. How will it end?

Malorie | Josh Malerman

In the thrilling sequel to Bird Box, the inspiration for the record-breaking Netflix film starring Sandra Bullock, bestselling author Malerman brings unseen horrors to life. This time, Malorie is front and centre, confronting the dangers of her world head-on.

Utopia Avenue | David Mitchell

David Mitchell’s kaleidoscopic novel tells the story of British band Utopia Avenue’s turbulent life and times; of stardom’s wobbly ladder; of voices in the head, and the truths and lies they whisper; of music, madness and idealism. Can we really change the world, or does the world change us?

Last Tang Standing | Lauren Ho

Crazy Rich Asians meets Bridget Jones’s Diary in this funny and irresistible debut novel about the pursuit of happiness, surviving one’s thirties intact, and opening up to love. The ultimate summer read


How Contagion Works | Paolo Giordano

Writing from lockdown in Italy, physicist Giordano explains how disease spreads in our interconnected world. By expanding on other forms contagion – from the environmental crisis to fake news – Giordano shows not just how we got here but also how we can move forward together.

No Filter | Sarah Frier

In No Filter, Bloomberg’s Frier reveals the extraordinary inside story of how Instagram became the hottest app in a generation, reshaping our culture and economy in the process.

Young adult & kids

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (A Hunger Games Novel) | Suzanne Collins

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes revisits the world of Panem, 64 years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games.

Peppa’s Summer Holiday | Peppa Pig

Peppa can’t wait to go in the swimming pool with her pink flamingo inflatable! There’s plenty to do on holiday and maybe she’ll make some new friends while she’s there…? A super fun, summery read, perfect for all those holiday vibes.

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This article first appeared in the June 2020 of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.