Did you know that today (9th September) is Book Lovers Day? Well, now you do.
Places to get a new read
If you’re in the market for a cheap second-hand book then Thrift Books is a great place to get a new title. With a range of genres and topics you can search through the packed shelves to see what interests you and walk away with a bargain. Behind Royal Rose Hotel, Al Zahiyah. Mon-Sat 10am-1pm, 5pm-10pm. Contact: 02 671 1903.
Books R Us
Stocked to the brim with books of all kinds from children’s classics to academic workbooks, Books R Us has you covered. With used titles starting from as little as AED 10 the whole family can pick up a few new books for a great price. Off 28th Street, Mohammed Bin Zayed City. Sat-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri 5pm-10pm. Contact: 054 400 0685, bit.ly/2MbIG7o
Selling new titles, stationery, arts and crafts and even toys, Magrudy’s has got all the bases covered. With best sellers, brand new releases and a host of classics on offer, there’s a good chance you’ll find what you’re looking for at one of their well-stocked stores. The Mall at World Trade Center, Al Wahda Mall, NYUAD Campus and Bawadi Mall. Contact: 04 297 9191, magrudy.com
Online editor Colin Armstrong
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
“I’ve read this book maybe a dozen times and I still get great enjoyment from it. The story follows a middle-aged man who owns a struggling record store in London who’s in the midst of dealing with a difficult break-up from a long-time girlfriend. Reflecting on his life, love and music, the comedic melancholy of the protagonist and narrator, Rob, is what makes this book so enjoyable for me. Plus, the discussion between the record store employees deciding on their ‘top five records’ for every imaginable scenario is a conversation I’ve had with friends countless times. I’ve considered High Fidelity a must read since I first got a copy of it as a teenager.”
Features writer Camille Hogg
Weaveworld by Clive Barker
“I think that we’re never too old for a flight of fantasy: A story of pure escapism and magic, this novel follows Calhoun Mooney, who one day stumbles across an enchanted carpet. As he becomes aware that the magic carpet conceals another world within it, that of the Seerkind, Calhoun immediately becomes the target of those who want to have it, and its population, destroyed. Calhoun embarks on an adventure that crosses from our world to magical ones – and even features a voyage to Abu Dhabi’s Empty Quarter. If you’re a lover of fantasy and the magic of Harry Potter, then you’ll love this.”
Features writer Ferdinand Godinez
Van Gogh: The Life by Gregory White Smith and Steven Naifeh
“The Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh continues to be an enigma even in today’s time. If you’ve always been intrigued or fascinated by his life, this book, which is 976 pages thick, is a great way to thoroughly know the man and his erratic personality. Aside from touching on all stages of his life and the various pains that marked each period, it also gives a fascinating account on his development as a painter and the inspiration that fuelled each of his works, particularly his most famous ones. It also tackles the theories behind his untimely death, which are contrary to popular belief.”