When the rain is lashing down outside and you just can’t face braving the crowds at the weekend, why not stay indoors and curl up with one of these great books?
Sweet Bitter- Stephanie Danler
Packing up your life to move to the other side of the country, or the world, doesn’t always go as smoothly as Instagram would have us believe. The protagonist of Sweet Bitter, Tess, moves from Ohio to New York and begins to doubt her plan once she arrives. She manages to land a job at a restaurant and comes into contact with a multitude of weird and wonderful New Yorkers. It’s currently a TV series, so if you can look past the drug use, you might see some parallels with your own life in a big city.
Turtles All The Way Down-John Greene
After making us cry for years with The Fault In Our Stars, John Greene’s latest is well worth a read. Two girls, one with OCD, decide to solve a mystery in order to claim the reward but they soon get drawn into a world that is stranger than fiction. If you want something that is fun and not too heavy on the tears this time, then it is worth your while.
The Blister Exists-Little Thunder
The Hong Kong artist tells the story of all the different positions that need to be mastered to become a true pole dancer. More of a graphic book than a novel, the drawings are beautiful and you don’t have to be a pole dancer to appreciate it.
When Breath Becomes Air- Paul Kalanithi
If you do want a weepy, then this bestseller is right up your street. This was written by a prominent neurosurgeon and neuroscientist who was diagnosed with brain cancer. The book is a journey through treatment, the highs and lows of life, as well as figuring out what it all really means. If you are looking for some answers, then this book is for you, but just don’t read it in public.
Convenience Store Woman- Sayaka Murata
This short novel tells the story of a woman who works at one of Tokyo’s many convenience stores. Her family question her career, society questions her career and we get a glimpse not only into Japanese society, but also the writer herself (who also works in a convenience store).
A Monster Calls-Patrick Ness
If you haven’t seen Guillermo Del Toro’s big screen version of this book, then you can dive straight in and be transported to a fantasy world where a young boy tries to come to terms with his mother’s illness, alongside meeting a monster. The original author, Siobhan Dowd, died before she could complete the book, so the pen was passed to Patrick Ness and what a job he did too.
The Spy-Paulo Coelho
The renowned author returns with an account of Mata Hari, who arrived in Paris with nothing and suddenly transformed herself into one of the most sought after socialites of the time. This novel spans her life as a dancer, courtesan, and spy and has plenty of the magic that Coelho is famous for.
The Vegetarian-Han Kang
The South Korean authour returns with another novel about a woman who decides to become a vegetarian and the dark places that it takes her to with her family. It’s a little weird but if you love Korean culture, then this is one worth trying.