14 books to read this weekend

We’ve got classics, books fresh off the press and those that might spark and interest before or after seeing the screen version

14 books to read this weekend

Whether you’re looking for something light to flick through or plan on getting stuck into a serious story. We’ve got a range of literature you to choose from if you’re in the mood to curl up and escape the heat or busy malls.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins (2010)

The final instalment in the ‘Hunger Games’ series of movies is released in November, so what better time to read the book than this summer. The movie adaption is the second half of the book in which Katniss Everdeen fights against the Capitol. Get lost in the story on paper.

Far From the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy’s (1874)

This heartfelt masterpiece of love among the sheep pens experienced it period drama adaptation this year when the movie featuring Carey Mulligan was released. If you didn’t catch it at the cinema, there’s still the opportunity to enjoy this tale before comparing to the film portrayal on DVD.

Inherent Vice - Thomas Pynchon (2009)

Thomas Pynchon’s novel recently got its screen adaptation. Whether you’ve seen it or not, perhaps it’s worth delving into the novel for this psychedelic crime story investigating a young man’s disappearance in Los Angeles.

High Rise – J.G. Ballard (1975)

J.G. Ballard’s 1975 novel is a 2015 movie release starring big names such as Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller and Elizabeth Moss. This makes it the perfect time to read up on the inhabitants of an ultra-modern tower block who allow petty disagreements and minor complaints to spill over into outright violence as their society begins to completely break down.

H is for Hawk - Helen Macdonald (2014)

Helen Macdonald is an author part of early release names for Emirates Airline Festival Of Literature 2016. This book begins with the death of Macdonald’s father which prompts her to get a goshawk and go through the process of training it.

Moriarty - Anthony Horowitz (2014)

Anthony Horowitz is an author part of early release names for LitFest 2016. The Sherlock Holmes novel is the sequel to the House of Silk. After Moriarty's death leaves a vacancy in London's criminal underworld, this detective tale is about the pursuit of the man who seeks to take his place.

Redemption Road – Lisa Ballantyne (2015)
The book explores the strength of family ties after the protagonist goes on an emotional journey with her estranged father in this thriller.


Go Set a Watchman – Harper Lee (2015)
This read was believed to have been given to published before To Kill A Mockingbird, however it’s thought to have been lost and rediscovered in 2014.

Lean In - Sheryl Sandberg (2013)

One for the ladies. This read was developed from a TED talk, the Chief Operating Officer at Facebook gave in 2010, about how tough it is for women in leadership positions to make progress.

Yes, Please – Amy Poehler (2014)

Despite being a comedic actress by profession, the funnywoman gives advice on when its perhaps best not to try being humorous. Open up for anecdotes on love, parenthood and friendships.

Only in Dubai - Sophie Robehmed (2015)

Only in Dubai: an Essential Guide to the Emirate’s Expats is a collection of Dubai’s one-of-a-kind expats, from the jet sleek Jumeirah Janes and prolific Palm Posers to the Yo-Yo Dieters. This 92-page offer is a super quick and fun read.

The Positive You! – Anita Papas (2009)

Turning Point Publishing’s highest selling book is supposed to make you realise the strength of your mind and help you bring out the best of life.

The Versions of Us – Laura Barnett (2015)
If you enjoyed watching 'Sliding Doors', you’ll love this book. Three romantic dramas are intertwined in and you may be tempted to skip ahead to find out the ending of each story but if you can hang in there until the end of the novel, it’s worth it.

Villa America – Liza Klaussmann (2015)

Villa America was a real house on the French Riviera that Sara and Gerald Murphy built to escape to in the 1920s. Members of a group of expat Americans, they were known for their fabulous parties and for making the Riviera into the glamorous place it is today.

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