If you need a little break from real life, but can't swing a vacation at the moment, consider escaping into some great reads. There are so many amazing books that are perfect when you want to stay in all weekend and read to recharge. It's like taking a vacation without ever leaving your comfy bed.
Trying to keep up with the dizzying array of great new books can be time-consuming, even if you're already a devoted weekend reader. Brilliant new nonfiction, thoughtful essay collections, gripping thrillers, contemporary poetry, and so much more have debuted in the past few years. Readers are spoiled for choice.
So whether you want to read for comfort, education, or simple escapism, there's a book sure to suit your taste. Let a beloved astrophysicist explain the cosmos in a conversational way, or dive into an intricate murder mystery story. Check out the wildly talented essayists who take on intense political and social topics, or spend time with the words of a fresh poet. Learn more about the arts, or just laugh at some silly pictures of birds for a while. The options are yours. With books like these, staying in can be every bit as refreshing and fun as a weekend getaway.
1. 'Astrophysics For People In A Hurry' by Neil deGrasse Tyson
If you feel like pondering the big questions, then this book will blow your mind. Astrophysics For People In A Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson breaks down everything from black holes to quarks in a readable, humorous way. Who wouldn't want to learn more from the awesome astrophysicist?
2. 'We Are Never Meeting In Real Life' by Samantha Irby
3. 'Swimming Lessons' by Claire Fuller
4. 'Uncaged Wallflower' by Jennae Cecelia
5. 'Norse Mythology' by Neil Gaiman
It's easy to forget that Loki and Thor were characters long before Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth hit the scene. Neil Gaiman gets back to the origins of these characters and more in Norse Mythology, the author's own telling of classic mythological stories. Tricksters and heroes alike will appreciate these stories of stolen hammers, giants, and magical mead.
6. 'The Couple Next Door' by Shari Lapena
This fast-paced thriller can be read in one sitting, and you'll probably be too engrossed in the story to do anything else, anyway. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena involves a seemingly perfect young couple, a heartbreaking crime, and the secrets that can tear families apart. Brace yourself for some serious plot twists ahead.
7. 'Atlas Obscura' by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, and Ella Morton
Let this book guide you through the strangest places on Earth. Atlas Obscura by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, and Ella Morton covers everything from the poison garden in Northumberland to the Esperanto Museum in Austria. Even dedicated travelers will learn something new about these curiosities across the globe.
8. 'The Little Book of Mindfulness' by Patricia Collard
For newcomers to mindfulness, this book is a friendly, simple introduction to the practice. The Little Book of Mindfulness by Patricia Collard offers easy practices you can start right away to bring more mindfulness to your life. It's a peaceful read that encourages you to slow down.
9. 'Magpie Murders' by Anthony Horowitz
This novel offers several mysteries in one story, so it's perfect for readers who enjoy intricate, puzzling plots. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz follows an editor who has suspicions about her bestselling mystery writer's latest manuscript. Does the author's newest murder mystery contain more truth than fiction?
10. 'Hummingbird' by Sophia Elaine Hanson
11. 'Guide to Troubled Birds' by Matt Adrian
12. 'Down Bohicket Road' by Mary Whyte
13. 'You Can't Touch My Hair' by Phoebe Robinson
Who knew a book about race and gender in modern America could be so freaking funny? You Can't Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson examines serious social issues in a hilarious, relatable way. The 2 Dope Queens podcaster uses plenty of pop culture references and humor to make deep observations.
14. 'Dancing Through The Flames' by Rebecca Bardelli
15. 'Beaches' by Gray Malin
16. 'Manresa: An Edible Reflection' by David Kinch & Christine Muhlke
This is a supercharged cookbook. Manresa: An Edible Reflection by David Kinch & Christine Muhlke is a meditation on professional cooking, fresh ingredients, and West Coast cuisine. Plenty of recipes are provided, and the gorgeous close-up photos of dishes are sure to please any palate.
17. 'The Heart Goes Last' by Margaret Atwood
The author of The Handmaid's Tale has a huge catalogue of excellent novels. In one of her newest works, The Heart Goes Last, Margaret Atwood profiles a young couple living from their car and struggling to survive in a world ruined by economic collapse. Should they sign on to live part-time as inmates in the Positron prison system, or is that a deal with the devil?
18. 'My Dog, My Guru' by Gilles Moutounet
19. 'Self-Love' by Laura Platten
20. 'Lessons On Expulsion' by Erika L. Sánchez
A daughter of undocumented Mexican immigrants in America shares her take on modern social and political issues in this volume. Lessons On Expulsion by Erika L. Sánchez covers everything from family traditions to life on the border in these intense and vibrant poems. Examine life through the eyes of drug traffickers, sex workers, and many other people who are so often overlooked.
21. 'Lab Girl' by Hope Jahren
Prepare to see plant life in a whole new light. Lab Girl by geobiologist Hope Jahren is a celebration of scientific study, STEM field careers, and a legitimate passion for biology. Filled with anecdotes and insights into the life of a scientist, it's an informative, inspiring read.
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