What would be an avid reader’s ideal weekend? Binge reading. Whether it is fiction or non-fiction, we have put together a list of five books, both new releases and some from the old lot too, which you can pick up, to settle on your couch and catch up on reading.
- The Divines by Ellie Eaton
A slice of the past and the present, with changing timelines, here is a book on contemporary fiction with a slice of British boarding schools in the 1990s and present day Los Angeles is what this book is in a nutshell. The book tells you the story of Josephine in her thirties who is taken back to her notorious teenage past at St.John’s boarding school which she revisits, only to be faced by the horror of seeing her marriage and career impacted by the events in the past that shaped her. Through Josephine’s story, Eaton brings out the hues of what shapes the lives of adults.
- Last Night in Nuuk by Niviaq Korneliussen
This book by a young debut author who is seen as creating her own genre, brings out the story of five young girls coming of age in the capital city of Greenland called Nuuk, as they explore their identities at the cusp of adulthood. Vibrant imagery brings forth the daring and confused mindsets of these youngsters grappling with issues right from relationships to families rocked by political scandal, this book is a read for someone wanting to hear a story told in a urbane and happening way.
- Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor
Want to opt for sci-fi? Try this book which is about a girl named Fatima who forgets her name and then it was death that paid her a visit. Her new name Sankofa was nothing that would remind her of her family and her past. She walks alone with a fox beside her for noone else is her companion as her touch is death. She searches for the object in the sky that came to her while meteors fell and the quest makes this book a gripping weekend read.
- Meet Me In Bombay by Jennifer Ashcroft
Want some romance to cheer you up this weekend? Set in the times of world war 1, here is a story about Madeline Bright and Luke Devereaux who fall in love at the stroke of midnight on new year’s eve in 1913 in Bombay. While her mother disapproves and Luke has no choice but to go to fight at the onset of world war 1, the girl from England who discovers colonial India, now wait for Luke to fulfil his promise of returning to meet her in Bombay after being separated by continents and then remembering who she is in a world where connectivity and communication were a different challenge.
- Ikigai by Albert Liebermann and Hector Garcia
This is a non-fiction book that is more a happy read than being preachy. Wonder why the Japanese are so content and live so long? Ikagai has its origins, is said to be home to the largest population of centenarians in the world. The concept of Ikigai was then shared to readers globally to understand what makes a person live a healthy and happy life. The book talks about the four main aspects to live a life that focuses on understanding the true reasons why being happy and beating stress can help you live a longer and happier life.