We aren’t sure if you are an avid reader or someone who usually opts to wait for the Netflix series to come out, but reading can be one of the most wonderful pursuits to indulge in during your down time. Reading is like being transported, journeying to new worlds, discovering new things and experiencing different environments, the depth and breadth of which is only limited by your own imagination. Whether you prefer true crime stories that detail past horrors, easy-style beach reads, laborious autobiographies or the latest best-selling thriller, there is something for everyone in the literary sphere. Both fiction and non-fiction tales provide us the opportunity to explore new horizons and view different topics that can challenge the way we see the world around us. You might not be a member of a book club, but you have undoubtedly heard someone reference a fresh perspective they had gleaned or propose a daring view point they had previously not considered from something ‘they just read’. Books can help us escape, make us laugh or cry, make us think; often in a way tv shows and movies just can’t. For many of us, there can be few pleasures more cherished in life than a day off in the sun with a good book and some peace and quiet. Doesn’t that sound nice with half term just around the corner?
Luckily for fellow book worms, or those whose curiosity has now been peaked, there are plenty of ways to get involved with reading in Dubai. Digital devotees can still choose to fill up their Kindle or listen via the Audible app and preferred page holders can visit one of the numerous bookstores, not to mention the regular giant sales like Big Bad Wolf (on right now in Studio City) or the Emirates Festival of Literature itself (Feb 2020). You can even get top tips and reviews via the radio show Talking with Books on Dubai Eye.
So in honour of the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, which is open to the public until October 20th, here is our pick of the best books to be reading right now.
- The Testaments, Margaret Atwood
One of the most anticipated books of the year has finally arrived, the sequel to the world wide phenomenon (aided by HBO) that was The Handmaid’s Tale. Penned by the legendary Margaret Atwood, this novel recounts the stories of three characters as they each experience different sides of the Gilead society.
- Blowout, Rachel Maddow
A non-fiction masterpiece from the ultimate geo-political storyteller, Blowout explores the toxic world of oil and gas, the dangerous Russian connection and the powerful threat to global democracy. Humurous, gripping, informative and scary all at the same time, this will open your eyes to a whole new world.
- The Institute, Stephen King
The latest masterpiece from one of the ‘kings’ of fiction, Stephen King echoed some real life child imprisonments in his new novel The Institute. More aligned with his stories that scare you in a more sutble way, this tale shares the perspective of special children forced to bend to the will of adults willing to treat them like animals and encourages us to ask ourselves important questions about what one would do for the ‘greater good’.
- We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World, Malala Yousafzai
The inspiring activist and Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafizai taps into a global discussion on refugees and immigration by sharing her own story of displacement and talking to others about what it is like to lose everything and start afresh in a country and society that is totally alien, and potentially hostile, to you.
- The Nickel Boys, Colsen Whitehead
The acclaimed author of The Underground Railroad (if you haven’t read it you should) returns with a harrowing and powerful novel that again reflects the dark truths in American history by dramatizing the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.
- Dry, Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman
Written by Shusterman and his young son, this novel perfectly captures the voices of the teenage protagonists as they encounter an all-too-real potential disaster and attempt to navigate their way through. If you haven’t been swayed by Greta on the dangers of climate change, this story might just do it.
- Becoming, Michelle Obama
A deeply personal memoir, this autobiography is penned by one of the world’s most revered women and someone for whom there are so many useful lessons to be absorbed about how to deal with bullies, adversity and pain.
- Sea Prayer, Khaled Hosseini
As one of the world’s most beautiful and poetic writers, not to mention a profoundly talented storyteller, Khaled Hosseini never shys from the important issues. His latest offering is an illustrated work of short fiction that aims to address the refugee crisis with compassion and understanding.
- The Book of Gutsy Women, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton
Co-authored by the former US Secretary of State and her daughter, this collection of stories honours some of the most amazingly bold women throughout history including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Mary Ritter Beard, Harriet Tubman and Edith Windsor.
- Gun Island, Amitav Ghosh
The ninth novel from this celebrated Indian author will see rare book dealer Deen Sutta encounter some unusual events that challenge the way he sees the world and sets him on a long, soul-restoring and faith seeking journey.
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