Don't quite know what to read on your last getaway for the year? Or still looking for a last minute Christmas gift (really?)? To begin, we highly recommend catching up on our list of books that change the way you see yourself and the world if you haven't already (who else are we making these lists for?). Once you're done with that, after giving yourself a good pat on the back, embark on the new year with these five selections.
CIRCE by Madeline Miller
Yes, it's #1 New York Times Bestseller. And yes, it also fires up your innate fascination with greek mythology. Here, Miller's retelling of the goddess' odyssey carries not just danger and vivid characters, but the choices the banished daughter—neither powerful like her father, nor alluring like her mother—makes amongst the mortal world and vengeful gods.
Semiosis by Sue Burke
Also another highly lauded, this solid debut hinges on familiar basis of sci-fi—first contact with non-human intelligence on a foreign planet, but crafts a riveting storyline with biology, social dynamics and generational survival. Oh, and the sentient species? Plants. If anything, the title is a huge clue to what you're in for.
French Exit by Patrick deWitt
Wealthy widow beset by scandal and impeding bankruptcy. Her adult son caught in permanent arrested development. Their aging cat, that possibly dwells the spirit of the late husband, an infamously immoral litigator and world-class cad. Add in a bashful private investigator, an aimless psychic among other darkly comic characters, and it's a riotous tragedy of manners.
How the Internet Happened: From Netscape to the iPhone by Brian McCullough
The Internet was never meant for you. Yet here we are today. This lively narrative breaks down the phenomenon that has changed our lives irreversibly from both its technological facet, as well as its cultural impact. For those share a love-hate relationship with the era we live in, this book is cinematic in detail and unprecedented in scope.
When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought by Jim Holt
Like math, science, and philosophy? Congratulations, you're a nerd. We're kidding (or aren't we?). Whether erudite literary tickles your fancy, this exploration goes beyond String theory. With trademark clarity and humour, Holt probes the foundations of some of the greatest ideas known, and the neglected thinkers behind them, to answer whether the universe truly has a future.
These titles are available at Book Depository.