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Books to Pack For Your Next Holiday

Holidays are just around the corner! After a tiring work or school year, sometimes we just need time to recharge. For different people this means different things. Take a fulfilling break with any of these three different books depending on your mood.


1. Laughter is the best medicine

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It is usually ill-advised to laugh at the misfortunes of others. However, once you join in Eleanor Oliphant’s escapades, you would not be able to resist letting out a giggle at her honest, deadpan and socially awkward comments.

“No thank you,” I said. “I don’t want to accept a drink from you because then I would be obliged to purchase one for you in return, and I’m afraid I’m simply not interested in spending two drinks’ worth of time with you.”

In the lighthearted novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, Eleanor finally learns to start letting people into her isolated life when she meets Raymond, the IT guy working in the same office. This heartwarming story might just inspire you to open your heart too.

“I noticed him glance at me, and then he slowed his steps to match mine. I realized that such small gestures – the way his mother had made me a cup of tea after our meal without asking, remembering that I didn’t take sugar… – such things could mean so much. I wondered how it would feel to perform such simple deeds for other people. I couldn’t remember.”

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2. Revive your adventurous spirit

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Feel like doing something out of the ordinary? Let You Don’t Know Me by Imran Mahmood take you into a thrilling court drama with an unusual setting.

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An unnamed young man stands accused of murder. However, in a shocking twist of events, he sacks his own lawyer in the final moments of the trial. Claiming to have nothing to lose with his life already on the line, he wants to reveal the truth that his lawyer hid.

“I really did think that if I told my own story I could make you feel my life. But actually explaining the evidences out loud is proper hard.”

With eight pieces of evidence stacked against him, he addresses each one to us, the readers and also the jurors. We have to listen to the end and decide one thing. Is he truly guilty and doomed to die?

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3. Discover Novel-ties

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Not sure who you have become over the hectic year? Rediscover yourself as you delve into the stories Dexter Dias experienced first-hand as a human rights lawyer. In his book, he addresses numerous human rights issues, from child slavery to female genital mutilation, and distills it down to the “The Ten Types of Human”, or general human behavior. How are we able to perceive the pain of others or why does ostracism still exist? That’s what The Ten Types of Human attempts to address.

“It seems that our ability to ‘feel’ what other people are feeling – to empathise – has evolved from the same brain structures that we use to monitor ourselves.”

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Want more book recommendations? Drea Chong also shares with us a few exciting books she packs on her travels.