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Borrow from my Bookshelf, Part 2

August 14, 2015

August is suddenly here and as usual I’ve spent half of my summer breezing through books.

Here are ten more of my favourite novels to bring to the beach:

1. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
– one comedian’s social study on how technology has rapidly changed the way we date and our modern day search for a soul mate. I found the questions and answers of this study fascinating and finished the book cover to cover.

2. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
– an exquisitely intricate novel set in occupied France during World War II; Doerr welcomes the reader into the worlds of two lost souls searching for their place in the War.

3. The Little Paris Book Shop by Nina George
– a beautifully written story about a floating book barge set on the Seine in France. Nina George’s plot may be a little tedious but her language is worth cherishing.

4. The Headmaster’s Wager by Vincent Lam
– a fictional look at the lives of Chinese expatriates who refused to leave during the Viet Namese War; Perceival Chen is already an imperfect man when his character and loyalty are tested by the desperation of War.

5. City of God by Paolo Lins
– a candid and detailed look into surviving one of Rio’s roughest neighbourhoods; Paolo Lins holds nothing back about growing up in the City of God.

6. City of Thieves by David Benioff
– the Russian Revolution is raging and unlikely friends Lev and Kolya strike a deal for their survival; in order to escape imprisonment they must search the starving city of St. Petersburg for a dozen desperate eggs.

7. A Curious Mind by Bryan Grazer
– award-winning hollywood producer Brian Grazer’s novel and resume both argue for the value of curiosity. In his inspiring book, Grazer encourages his reader to embrace opportunities by asking curious questions and by being more bold.

8. Humans of New York by Brian Stanton
– follow photographer Brian Stanton as he photographs strangers on the street and asks them to share a candid story with the camera. The Humans of New York is a simple idea with a powerful impact. www.humansofnewyork.com 

9. The International Bank of Bob by Bob Harris
– Bob’s a luxury travel writer who abruptly quits his job and decides to invest his earnings in www.kiva.org – a surprisingly simple organization that allows anyone to send micro loans to entrepreneurs in the developing world. Curious as to how his $25 loans are spent, The Bank of Bob documents the writers travels around the world to visit his borrowers and to see first hand the growth of his investment.

10. May I borrow a book? Please leave your suggestions in the Comments box below!



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  • Reply Shona Mac August 19, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    Hello my friend!

    Have you read The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion? It’s a heart-warming easy read about a man with asperger’s search for a wife. The sequel, The Rosie Effect, is good too.

    Also, Alice Genova’s new one, Inside the O’Briens, isn’t quite as amazing as Still Alice but is a horrible (but great) story about a man diagnosed with Huntington’s disease. You will need tissues.

    And lastly a non-fiction one- Crazy Rich Asians. We should get together and write a sequel called Crazy Rich Arabs sometime.

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