10 Great Books to Read for the New Year

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10 Great Books to Read for the New Year

Olivia Gregory and Horace C. White

Modern Tokyo Times


The New Year is here, and with it comes the opportunity to select new books to read for your inspiration and enjoyment! You may be an avid reader already, or you may have decided to expand your horizons in 2013 through reading. In either case, you have come to the right place—the books below will delight seasoned and novice readers alike. Chosen for their diversity and quality writing, these books are sure to provide entertainment and food for thought, and you will also have some terrific conversation starters after finishing each one—enjoy!

1.  The Casual Vacancy (by J.K. Rowling) ~ If you are a fan of J.K. Rowling and the successful Harry Potter series, then you will want to read Rowling’s first novel for adults. Telling the story of an apparently calm English village that is rocked by an unexpected death, the novel is full of suspense and intrigue.

2.  Les Misérables (Signet Classics version, Unabridged, by Victor Hugo) ~ Read Hugo’s classic story for an interesting glimpse into human nature—you will not be able to put this book down! Read this before seeing the movie to capture the true essence of an amazing and timeless tale.

3.  The Glass Castle: A Memoir (by Jeannette Walls) ~ In this novel, Walls depicts her unique upbringing with startling honesty and poignant words, and she writes without a single tinge of bitterness, despite her difficult childhood years. This is a must-read for any book club.

4.  Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (by Brené Brown) ~ Dr. Brown draws upon her training and research to present a thoughtful compilation of advice on how to live a life that is full of freedom and purpose. Learn much from this beneficial book on topics such as “Debunking the Vulnerability Myths” and “Understanding and Combating Shame.”

5.  Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes (by Maria Konnikova) ~ If you love the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and always wanted to follow in his footsteps of higher thinking, then this book may be your ticket to success! Follow the author’s reasoning as you learn how to improve and maximize your cognitive abilities.

6.  Einstein: His Life and Universe (by Walter Isaacson) ~ Read about another iconic epitome of brilliance in this biography of Albert Einstein. This book chronicles the life of the famed scientist from his childhood through his adult years and highlights both professional and personal aspects of Einstein’s life.

7.  Safe Haven (by Nicholas Sparks) ~ This new book by Nicholas Sparks has received rave reviews so far. In this novel, Sparks tells the story of a woman who appears to be running away from something—and she hides in a small North Carolina town, where she must choose whether or not live an honest life, no matter what happens.

8.  The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future (by Chris Guillebeau) ~ If you have been thinking about making some career changes in 2013 or starting your own business, then be sure to check out this book. You will glean valuable information for your endeavor from chapters such as “Renaissance: You already have the skills you need—you just have to know where to look.”

9.  The Hobbit (by J.R.R. Tolkien) ~ Tolkien’s books are classics, and The Hobbit is no exception. Enjoy this book before or after you see the recently-released movie, and surprise your friends with your in-depth knowledge of the characters and plot in this well-written masterpiece.

10.  V Is for Vulnerable: Life Outside the Comfort Zone (by Seth Godin) ~ You will be delighted and encouraged by this book—a lighthearted illustrated ABC book outlining principles of success from A to Z. A perfect read to help you with any inspiration needed to achieve your goals for 2013!


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