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10 good books for your reading list

The holiday season is always a good time to give yourself permission to take some time out with a good book. Stumped for what to actually get stuck into? The team at Bookazine have recommended these 10 new and notable books, from authors such as Dan Brown and John Le Carre, which will be perfect additions to your holiday reading list. So whether you are cosying up out of the cold, or enjoying warmer climes, happy reading!


How to Stop Time by Matt Haig book cover

How to Stop Time | Matt Haig

Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old history teacher, but owing to a rare condition he’s been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to jazz-age Paris, Tom has seen a lot, and now he craves an ordinary life.

Holiday reading: Origin by Dan Brown

The Origin: A Novel | Dan Brown

Harvard professor Robert Langdon meets former student Edmond Kirsch, now a billionaire and futurist. Kirsch is about to reveal a breakthrough that will “change the face of science forever” when the evening erupts into chaos, sending Langdon on a perilous quest. A popular choice for a holiday reading list.

Holiday reading: Turtles All The Way Down

Turtles All the Way Down | John Green

This is the bestselling author’s first novel since The Fault in Our Stars. Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a $100,000 reward at stake, and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate.

Holiday reading: The Book of Dust

The Book of Dust | Philip Pullman

The renowned storyteller returns to the parallel world of Lyra Belacqua and His Dark Materials for an epic adventure featuring daemons, alethiometers and more. The Book of Dust is neither prequel nor sequel, but, as the author coins it, an “equel” of the original trilogy. Add this to your holiday reading list.

Holiday reading: A Legacy of Spies

A Legacy of Spies | John le Carre

The master returns with his first Smiley novel in decades. Peter Guillam, staunch colleague of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, is living out old age on a Brittany farmstead when a letter summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him.


Holiday reading: Generation HK by Ben Bland

Generation HK: Seeking Identity in China’s Shadow | Ben Bland

Teenage activists turned politicians, multi-millionaire super tutors and artists fighting censorship – these are the stories of Generation HK captured in this book. It’s a coming-of-age story that reflects the bitter struggles beneath the gleaming facade of modern Hong Kong. A thought-provoking choice for your holiday reading list.

Holiday reading: Dear Hong Kong By Xu Xi

Dear Hong Kong: An Elegy to a City | Xu Xi

This highly personal narrative unravels the author’s decision to leave Hong Kong for good. Xu Xi explores her tumultuous relationship with the city and her frustrations with recent developments in a farewell address to a place that has shaped her identity.

Holiday reading: The Four Tendencies

The Four Tendencies | Gretchen Rubin

In this groundbreaking analysis of personality, Rubin reveals one simple question that will transform what you do in life. “How do I respond to expectations?” Based on their answers, she discovers, people fit into Four Tendencies: Upholders, Questioners, Obligers and Rebels.

Holiday reading: You Can Do Anything

You Can Do Anything | George Anders

Pulitzer Prize-winner Anders explains the remarkable power of a liberal arts education, and how it can open the door to cutting-edge jobs, taking classics students into management consulting, philosophy majors into high-stakes investing, and more.

Holiday reading: The Naughty Nineties

The Naughty Nineties | David Friend

This often-hilarious time capsule comprises firstperson accounts from 1990s personalities such as Monica Lewinsky and Lorena Bobbitt to political figures. It’s a look at a scandal-laced decade, and a road map for understanding how we got to the Trump Teens. One for the holiday reading list of anyone who lived through the 1990s.

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This article first appeared in the Oct/Nov 2017 issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.

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