Tuesday, March 05, 2013

What to Read Today Now that the Sun is Out in London!

It's a beautiful day here in London today. Set to be the warmest day of the year so far at 15 Celsius, what better way to make use of the sunshine than by having your lunch break outside. And what better way to spend this glorious day than in the company of a lovely book. Not sure what to choose? Maybe these suggestions will help:

In the mood for a brilliant thriller/mystery? 
'Gone Girl' by Gillian Flynn: Who are you? What have you done to each other? These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. So what did happen to Nick's beautiful wife?
For our review of this book, click HERE.

Long to visit an ever-vibrant intriguing city?
'Jasmine and Fire: A Bittersweet Year in Beirut', by Salma Abdelnour: A poignant and humorous journey of trying to resettle in Beirut and fumbling through the new realities of life in one of the world's most complex, legendary, ever-vibrant, ever-troubled cities. What's more, in a year of roiling changes around the Middle East and the rise of the Arab Spring, Salma found herself in the midst of the turmoil, experiencing it up close.

Looking for laugh out loud moments?
'How to be a Woman', by Caitlin Moran: It's a good time to be a woman: we have the vote and the Pill and we haven't been burnt as witches since 1727. However, a few nagging questions do remain: Why are we supposed to get Brazilians? Should we use Botox? Part memoir, part rant, Caitlin answers the questions that every modern woman is asking.

A touch of the classics and my favourite book ever?
'The Brothers Karamazov' by Fyodor Dostoyevsky: When brutal landowner Fyodor Karamazov is murdered, the lives of his sons is changed irrevocably. Mitya, the sensualist, whose bitter rivalry with his father immediately places him under suspicion for parricide. Ivan, the intellectual, whose mental tortures drive him to a breakdown, and the spiritual Alyosha, who tries to heal the family's rifts and the shadowy figure of their half-brother Smerdyakov. As the ensuing investigation and trial reveal the true identity of the murderer, Dostoyevsky's dark masterpiece evokes a world where the lines between innocence and corruption, good and evil, blur and everyone's faith in humanity is tested.

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