It’s a new year and everyone has a goal to be reading more books and expand what you are reading. I have a couple of good book suggestions for you.
1. Born a Crime- Trevor Noah: If you do not know who Trevor Noah is by now, I don’t know where you have been. Trevor Noah is a South African that took over the Daily Show a couple of years ago. It was the greatest thing that has come to all South Africans. We are all in this together (I bet High School Musical is stuck in your head now.) Trevor’s book is an autobiography about his life and how he grew up in Soweto. It shows how South Africa was in apartheid and how he had to grow up being colored. It’s hilarious; serious and really something that you should be reading if you like history but also if you just want to laugh.
“Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.”
2.Snapped!- Deborah Vines: This is a book I did not think I would never have read in my life. I did and I absolutely loved it! Deborah Vines is a local author in my area, which made me read it. It is a mash-up between Eat, Pray, Love and 50 shades of grey. Before you turn your nose up at it, I will just put a snippet of what the book is like.
“SNAPPED! chronicles the author’s brief foray into the world of BDSM, the resultant breakdown of her marriage, and her crazy (and oftentimes humorous) efforts to stay sane in the aftermath—while searching for answers as to why she chose to throw herself down the proverbial rabbit hole. It touches on the psychology of the fetish; sexuality; the many faces of love; addiction and betrayal—and finally, hope and redemption.”
I have been going to classes at Purchase College and I have this incredible teacher that is a writer amongst other things. I decided to read her books and boy, was I so glad that I did. There is a special connection when you know the person who has written the book. I have read two of her books and I highly recommend both of them.
3. One Season – EJ Flynn: This book takes place after a massive ’tilt’ on the earth’s axis. It takes place in what was New York City. It is a really quick read and I really loved it completely.
“About midway through the 21st century, the tilt of the earth’s axis started to shift drastically and the seasons began to change. Most of the world quickly became completely uninhabitable in the new harsh, unforgiving climate. This global event, known as “The Shift,” nearly wiped out the human race. Growing up long after, orphaned sisters Annie and Maggie struggle to survive in the ruins of what was once the island of Manhattan. The ultra-wealthy have taken refuge in climate-controlled bubbles spanning over entire sections of the formerly booming metropolis. But when these bubbles begin to fail, the sisters may be their only hope for survival out in The Elements where it is always cold, always gray, and always One Season.”
4. The Underground- EJ Flynn: This is the second book in the series following One Season. It came out in the Summer of 2018 and is also a quick read. It follows on from One Season and everything that has happened in the previous book.
“Anne and Hutch have escaped the confines of the Tyson Estate with plans to live out in the harsh conditions of The Elements where it is always winter. Instead, they accidentally discover an entire society of people living underground. Dwellers, as they call themselves, enjoy a peaceful existence away from the Estates and out of The Elements in a world called Sub Terra. There are dozens of families living in homes they call Dwellings. They live in what once was the New York City Subway System. They exist as people did before The Shift. Their clothes, their ideals, all reminiscent of the early 21st Century. Anne and Hutch are welcomed with open arms when they arrive. But these Dwellers have a secret. A secret shared by all who live there. A secret that will change Anne and Hutch’s lives forever.”
5. The Subtle art of not giving a f**k- Mark Manson. This book is one of the most hilarious books I have read. Although the title is very intimidating. It really talks about how you can work on things that you really need to focus on and get rid of the other ones that you don’t have time to do worry about them.
“There are only so many things we can give a f*ck about, so we need to figure out which ones really matter, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience. A much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded live”
I hope that these books will help ignite the flame under your butt to read some more. The books are quite a quick read so you won’t need a long time to read them, plus most of them have audiobooks that you can listen to in the car! If you have any suggestions for me. I would love to hear about them!