Because you’re a cultured human being
Movies, TV and music are great, but there’s nothing quite as satisfying as coming home to your bed and curling up with a good book at the end of the day. Words have a power of transporting us to a different world, shaping us into different people and creating an adventure we never thought would be ours. And while every book—to someone out there—is something special, there are just some that satisfy across all generations and genres.
A Little Life
|“He experienced the singular pleasure
of watching people he loved fall in love
with other people he loved.”
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Malcolm is a architect, JB is a painter, Willem is an aspiring actor and Jude is a hardworking lawyer. These boys grew up together, got lost together and are struggling to find their way in the world. But despite the years they shared, they know very little about Jude’s past. They don’t know why his wardrobe is made up exclusively of long-sleeved shirts, why he never lets anyone touch him and why he has a limp when he walks.
What agonizingly unfolds is a history of severe abuse, an inability to accept love and a telling of just what kind of evils humans are capable of.
Warning: You’ll have to carve out some real time to read this. Not just because it’s painful AF to read, but because you’re going to need a few hours to recover.
|“Let them see my weakness, and let
them see me overcome it.”
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Life is basically stifled in this world dominated by evil. Ash falls from the sky and mist dominates the night, creating an eerie feel that prepares readers for a dark road ahead. The future of the empire rests squarely on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Mixed in is a heist story of political conspiracy, revelations and magical martial-arts action.
But the series does ask a simple question that has the potential to turn its genre on its heels: What happens when the hero fails?
Warning: It’s a long journey ahead—but it’s one that is worthwhile, exciting and sometimes completely mind-boggling.
|“When I was a little kid I thought like a little kid, but now I’m five I know everything.”|
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Jack thinks Room is the entire world. It’s where he grew up, learned to read and plays with his Ma. At night, Ma tucks him safely in the wardrobe, where he sleeps as Old Nick visits. But while Room is home to Jack, Ma sees it as nothing but a prison that Old Nick has held her captive in for seven years.
Ma created a life for Jack in Room, but she knows it isn’t enough. She devises an escape plan that relies on a lot of luck and Jack’s bravery.
Warning: Get ready to be in on the intricacies of a family unlike any you’ve met before.
The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach To Living A Good Life
|“Who you are is defined by what
you’re willing to struggle for.”
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Earlier generations told us to make the best out of situations. But The Subtle Art of not Giving A F*ck tries to prove that the best form of action is to build a stronger outer shell. Blogger Mark Manson advises us to learn about our limitations and our weaknesses. He argues that confronting these sometimes painful truths is how to find courage, responsibility and forgiveness.
In a world that has been trying to shove positivity down our throats, we’re grateful that there are honest souls like Manson who tell you that this is not the (only) way to happiness.
Warning: We hope this book changes your life.
Something In Between
Melissa de la Cruz
|“There’s something about remembering that just isn’t the same as the real thing. No matter how happy it makes you feel. When you remember something, you have to recognize that the moment will never happen again.”|
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Jasmine de los Santos has made the American dream come true for her Filipino immigrant parents. She studied hard and is about to reap the rewards via a full college scholarship. But then she finds out the truth: Her entire family’s visas expired years ago and is illegally living in the United States. That means no scholarships and the impending threat of deportation.
For the first time in her life, Jasmine acts like a rebellious teenager. And things are really put into a spin when she meets Royce Blakely, the son of a high-ranking congressman.
Warning: This is going to hit close to home.
Strange the Dreamer
|“I think you’re a fairy tale. I think you’re magical, and brave, and exquisite. And I hope you’ll let me be in
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Lazlo Strange, a war orphan and junior librarian, has been obsessed with the mythical lost city of Weep since he was 5 years old. He has, however, always been too afraid to travel across the world in search of it. That is, until the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors present him with an opportunity that he just cannot turn down.
All the questions he’s been asking himself will be answered in Weep. What happened to the city that cut it off from the world? What did the Godslayer slay? And if all the gods are dead, why does the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams seem so real?
Warning: Get ready for a drink made of whirlwind emotions that will knock you down.
Lord, thank you for books and the geniuses that write them.
Art Alexandra Lara