* Books are a great way to unwind and re-charge after a busy day or week
* Here’s a sampling of the current best-sellers
* From scientific futurism to groundbreaking, intersectional young-adult tales
In case you missed “National Read a Book Day” last month, here are some of the best of the current best-sellers to immerse yourself in. Whether you’re looking to expand your mind and sense of empathy, or just escape into a more pleasant reality, there’s no better solution than a good book. So here are 10 best-sellers to dive into, to make every day “National Read a Book Day.”
1. Wild Things
Vanity Fair editor Bruce Handy’s intelligent, sincere and imaginative book, subtitled “The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult,” is a fun and playful look at some of the most abiding constants in the worlds of storytelling and the imagination.
2. Beneath a Scarlet Sky
Mark Sullivan’s “Beneath A Scarlet Sky,” the inspiration for a forthcoming movie starring Tom Holland (of Spider-Man fame) is an utterly absorbing page-turner. Set in the bleak days of World War II and based on a true story of heroism, it tells the story of Pino Lella, who risked everything to transport people to safety over the Swiss Alps and out of Nazi territory.
3. Homo Deus
A broad-minded and soul searching exploration into what may be the future of humanity, “Homo Deus” takes a long view approach and brings us a fascinating look at the futuristic technologies that may one day transform life itself, and what our response to them will mean about our humanity and the future of life on earth.
4. The Hate U Give
This New York Times #1 Bestseller was long listed for the National Book Award. It tells the harrowing and necessary story of Starr Carter, a witness to the brutality facing black Americans at the hands of systemically racist institutions, and at the same time a teenaged girl caught between the fringes of two worlds. This book proves that fiction and novels can, in fact, make us better people and have an impact on real world conditions.
5. Once and for All
From the author of the beloved romances “Saint Anything” and “Just Listen,” “Once and For All” tells the story of a wedding planner who has all but given up on “happily ever after” for herself. For better or for wise, though, she may have just found her second chance, in the middle of a job no less.
6. Right Behind You
An engrossing, read-it-in-one-sitting thriller, “Right Behind You” is at once terrifying and redemptive. Told from the perspective of teenaged Sharlah May Nash, who was rescued from cataclysmic family violence eight years earlier and adopted by an FBI profiler and his partner, this is a pulse-pounding story of demons that won’t stay buried, and finding love and connection in the least likely of circumstances.
7. Norse Mythology
Best-selling graphic novel and modern fantasy author Neil Gaiman, known for “Sandman” and “American Gods,” among others, has always drawn inspiration from his love of mythology. Now, in this erudite and wildly entertaining volume, Gaiman turns back to the source material itself, weaving an authentic and gripping novelistic tale based on the traditional stories of the Old North.
Hardly just a knock-off of the Ancient Greek myths, the mythos of the Norse contains wicked humor, broad irony and primeval truths that transcend individual cultures and connect us to the earliest recorded human stories, ones whose origins stretch to places as far flung as the Polynesian islands, India and Scandinavia, and as far back in time as the Neolithic.
8. This Is How It Always Is
A timely family drama that brings together different generations and shows us the transformative power of love, “This is How it Always Is” is a brilliant novel that juxtaposes the strength of family bonds with the destructive power of secrets.
9. Everybody Lies
With a foreword by Steven Pinker, this thoughtful book is one of the best introductions to the often-bewildering world of Big Data. Eminently readable and funny, it offers useful and thought-provoking insight about what the Internet can really tell us about ourselves, and how it can help us understand our increasingly connected, yet also isolating world.
Chuck Klosterman, one of the world’s leading pop culture journalists and the author of the now-classic “Sex Drugs and Cocoa Puffs,” presents in his 10th book–hence the title–a collection of highlights from his pop culture writing, offering profound insight and prescient observations about our unique place in world history. It proves over and over that in times where nobody knows what’s going on, humor and empathy go a long way.