What’s on the shelf for the Month of Reading?

March is the Month of Reading in Abu Dhabi and it’s no secret that the Abu Dhabi World team loves to read. 

When you all aren’t busy picking up our latest issue of Abu Dhabi World every Thursday or checking out the latest news online and on social media, we hope that you get time to enjoy leafing through a good book.

If you’re looking for a new read or want to know what we’re currently reading, then you’re in luck.

Here’s what we’re currently reading to give you inspiration and help you find your next book.

Rachael Perrett, editor
A Spark of Light by 
Jodi Picoult

After reading Jodi Picoult’s Nineteen Minutes in 2007, I’ve read nearly every single one of her 25 novels. A Spark of Light is her newest one, and like most of her novels, delves into a controversial subject. It starts at the climax of the story where a gunman has taken patients and nurses hostage in an abortion clinic. It then goes back in time by the hour showing how each of the characters go to where they are and revealing more about each individual’s history. As always, Picoult creates such vivid imagery, create character development and poses so many interesting questions to the reader about humanity though it still somehow remains an easy read. Though it’s not my favourite novel of hers (that accolade has to go to House Rules) it still has the elements of her writing that I enjoy most. After wrapping it up, I’ll be moving on to my other favourite author, Stuart MacBride, to dive back into my favourite Scottish crime series.

Colin Armstrong, online editor
Attempting Normal by Marc Maron 

This book isn’t for everyone. In fact, if you haven’t heard of Marc Maron or become one of the millions of listeners of the bi-weekly WTF podcast then it’s probably best to give this one a miss. The autobiographical-style book tells the story Marc’s history as a stand-up comedian and the personal struggles he underwent throughout his life that ultimately led to finding himself alone in the garage with a microphone on the precipice of launching the most popular podcast series ever released. It’s raw, revealing, honest and funny, sparing none of the grim details from the comic’s colourful life to deliver an engaging story and a peek behind the curtain at what it was like to be a middling comedian in the 90s and 00s. Behind the self-loathing and doubt is a story of hard work and determination paying off after decades in show business.

Tamara Clarke, features writer
Becoming by Michelle Obama 

Becoming is an autobiography by Michelle Obama that gives readers a candid glimpse into her life. In the book, the former first lady of the United States holds back nothing while sharing everything, from details about her childhood growing up on the south side of Chicago to how she met and subsequently married former president of the United States, Barack Obama. She gives honest accounts of what it was like for her to walk the halls of Princeton University, serve as a corporate lawyer at one of Chicago’s biggest law firms and her struggle to achieve balance as a working mom. Michelle Obama shares her storied past in a candid – and sometimes comical – way that leaves me feeling both entertained and inspired. 

Ferdinand Godinez, features writer
Paul McCartney: The Life by Philip Norman

Paul McCartney is undoubtedly one of the most influential musicians in history. This book follows the life of the prolific singer-songwriter right from the very beginning – from growing up in Liverpool and joining The Beatles to his life and career after the band’s messy demise in 1970 up until the present day. The author explores the highs and lows of Paul’s public and private life and how it influenced his music throughout the years. The book gives insight into a talented man who constantly struggles with insecurity and an artist who relishes his legendary status while at the same time craving to prove his worth beyond his accomplishments.

Useful links 

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Found a book and wondering how long it will take to finish? Type in the title you’re reading and find out how long it takes the average reader to complete by visiting howlongtoreadthis.com

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