Any self-confessed bookwork like myself usually has more than one book on the go at a time. At any given point I’ll probably be reading a mix of fiction and non-fiction, ranging from serious novels to self-indulgent pop-lit. Currently on my wishlist:
1.Family Life by Akhil Sharma
The story of an immigrant family coping with their eldest son’s devastating accident and subsequent brain damage. Repeatedly voted one of the best books of 2014, this promises to be a challenging read emotionally-speaking.
2. Secret Garden by Johanna Basford
I don’t know how it is that I haven’t jumped on the adult colouring book bandwagon yet but it’s a phenomenon that shows no signs of flagging. Intricate colouring books for grown-up feature on many bestseller lists, and there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence of the calming/therapeutic effect that colouring has. Who knew? Personally I quite like the idea of picking up a deluxe set of Faber Castell colouring pencils and having a go.
3. The Book with No Pictures by B.J.Novak
One of the most precious pleasures of my life is spending time reading to my toddler. It’s also one of his favourite activities and he literally brings me piles of books before his bedtime. The Book with No Pictures is something of a read-aloud sensation – a book written by a comedian that engages without visual assistant, purportedly depending instead on a combination of wit and nonsense that toddlers love.
4. Sculpt and Shape The Pilates Way by Yasmin Karachiwala –
This book is all over my Instagram timeline with multiple Bollywood actresses endorsing it. I probably would have bought it anyway – I follow Yasmin on Instagram. Her pictures and videos of herself and clients like Alia Bhatt working out are inspirational – I wish Yasmin lived in Karachi!
5. The life-changing magic of tidying up by Marie Kondo
Another book that’s had a tidal wave of coverage. Kondo is the queen of decluttering and getting rid of excess baggage. Essential for a pack rat like myself!
6. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
I’m already a fan of Atul Gawande. His book Complications was a fascinating and somewhat scary insight into the reality of a surgeon’s world. Being Mortal questions whether medicine is failing its patients – in the quest for prolonging life at any cost, are we making the last weeks or months of people’s lives miserable? I read somewhere a while ago that many doctors themselves would choose palliative care for themselves rather than aggressively treating a fatal disease. Gawande’s book explores a similar idea, asking if it is better to help patients accept a fatal diagnosis than offer hope from risky treatments that may shorten the patients life or make their last time on earth a scary roundabout of hospitals and treatments.