Top 5 Reads For Eid 2014

And here we are again… thinking what to do for the Eid vacation coming this week! What to do? What to do yanni? Almost every one in our feed is asking where they can go this holiday. Honestly, if it’s not somewhere outside Saudi Arabia or somewhere cold inside Saudi Arabia, nothing much is worth going to. It’s so hot these days! You can’t barely walk outside without catching a headache after you enter an A/C’d room. Ahhh, us and our favorite AC. Inseparable.

Anyway, I decided to stay at home for the holidays because I’ve been outside KSA for the past few months and that totally wiped out my travel budget and I’m also trying to plan out some activities and ideas for The Pink Tarha. Also, I have quite amassed a collection of unread books in my iBooks that needs to be tended to. I succumbed to ebooks after I got tired of waiting for the new releases to be available in Jarir Bookstore, or any bookstore in Riyadh. The waiting time before a book gets to me is killing me. Well, I saved a lot of riyals from reading ebooks. I don’t have to pay for it and God knows how many books I devour in a year. I mellowed down this year by challenging myself to read 30 books in 2014 rather than my usual 150 from 2012. Lol. I am still drawn to printed books once in a while, especially those that have lovely photos like coffee table books and those which are not available on my favorite TUEBL.CA and EPUBBUD.COM. You can smooch off their free digital library which has basically everything all a book lover can ever wish for.

Here are my suggested readings for this Eid holiday:

1. Face/ Off by Various Authors, Edited by David Baldacci


The best thriller authors in ONE book! Amazeballs!

I love, love, love thrillers and this book “Face Off” especially released for the ThrillerFest/CraftFest 2014 is the ultimate dream come true. Imagine your favorite iconic book heroes coming together to solve a case. Ahhh bliss! All the best thriller writers and their most-known and well-loved characters in one amazing book! I literally squealed in delight! Yes, fangirling moment. In the book, each original short story is written by two mystery/suspense/thriller novel authors and somewhere in there, their characters would meet each other and will work on a case. Honestly, I don’t know every author in the book and it will be the first time I’ll be reading some of them and getting to know their protagonists. But some of them I know and I’ve read most of their books in the series they’re well-known for. Like Michael Connelly who wrote the Harry Bosch series. The first story featured Bosch partnering with Dennis Lehane’s Patrick Kenzie. Awesomeness in 20 pages! I’m still on the first few stories of the book. I can’t wait to get to Steve Berry vs. James Rollins! Face Off is the blockbuster book that everyone is waiting for. Only this time, you don’t have to wait long. The masterpiece is here.

2. Wonder by R.J. Palacio


Learn a lesson or two

If you like reading books in the coldness of your room, warmth of your bed, and under the covers, Wonder is for you. This book’s story is heartwarming and uplifting. I never felt so much for a book (unless I count Khaled Hosseinis tearjerkers… but those are different stories). This book made me smile and laugh and got me all teary-eyed. It’s not a very long read and it’s not action-packed but that’s what makes this book very good. It’s relatable. It’s every day life. It’s reality. There’s no hero that saves the day with too much machismo and complicated strategies. There’s just a boy and his indescribable face and the life he led. This book is great for all ages so you can also encourage your kids to read.

3. Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

RObert Galbraith

This is not Harry Potter.

There’s only one main reason why most people read Cuckoo’s Calling. It was penned by no other than J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Mine is a different reason. I just love thrillers (see above) with a protagonist that thinks and acts and almost emotionless. Yeah, don’t ask about the last adjective. I didn’t know J.K. Rowling was Robert Galbrath and that she was writing this crime fiction under a guy’s name when I read Cuckoo’s Calling so I have no expectations. Because if I did, I would have doubted this book after her No Vacancy book. After her Harry Potter series, No Vacancy was a dud. Anyway, I truly enjoyed Cuckoo’s Calling because the novel’s bida Cormoran Strike, apart from his odd name, is a funny yet strong character. I couldn’t wait for the next installment that’s why when The Silkworm was published, I immediately scored it via Tuebl. Now, I haven’t lifted one page of The Silkworm (sorry, a bit busy here haha), but I’m pretty sure it would be worth the wait.

4. An Idiot Abroad and The Further Adventures of An Idiot Abroad by Karl Pilkington

Karl Pilkington

LOLing the whole time!

When I was in the Philippines and waiting for my papers to be processed, I spent most of my time living in our sofa. I was in front of the television most of the time. That’s saying a lot since I’m not fond of watching television in ordinary circumstances but left with nothing but my undomesticated self most of the time, I just order food for delivery or shop for groceries at the nearby Mini Stop (it’s a grocery right?! lol) and sit in our living room the entire day (ahhh the bum life!). That’s when I discovered the television show An Idiot Abroad starring Karl Pilkington. Karl is one funny guy! I mean he’s in a travel show but he’s the kind of guy least likely to travel because he doesn’t like to travel and he’s so unburdened by complex thoughts! One episode featured him in India where he was supposed to see the spectacular sunset in Varanasi but he refused to wake up early to see it saying “It’s the same sunset anywhere!” And he said this about China’s Great Wall: “It’s not a GREAT Wall. It’s an Alright Wall. It’s the Alright Wall of China!” Hilarious! His television show series rightfully earns a book! So pick up his book and read and laugh out loud! I’ve never met a guy like Karl. If I did, he’ll become one of my most favorite persons in the whole wide world!

5. Charley Davidson Series by Darynda Jones


There’s something sexy about seeing ghosts?!

Here I go again with the series. I sometimes forget that you all have social lives to lead while I don’t so I’m just one of the few who devours books for dinner. But then again, give this series a chance. I’m not a fan of the sexual fantasy kind of books that most young adults are into these days. I mean, I’m too idealistic. Faeries are not my cup of tea. Charley Davidson, on the other hand, is a private investigator who see dead people. How cool is that? Errr maybe not. I mean, it’s cool for her to see them and she helps them but I wouldn’t want that fate for me. Charley helps these dead people find their killers or whatever happened to them. Now that’s the thrilling part of this that’s why I like this series. There’s also a hot guy following her all her life. He’s not my concern honestly because he’s not human in the novels. Whoops, spoiler! Haha! The Charley Davidson series has six books now and they all have “Grave” on their titles. Now isn’t that a compelling reason for you to pick up this read?

I know you’ll probably be rolling your heads with my ideas. Read books? Who does that nowadays?! Now, now, don’t disregard these books first… nor the idea of reading. They’re very much enlightening and enjoyable. Rather than make mukmok this weekend, immerse yourself in the power of knowledge. Let me know what you think of the books above when you get around to reading them okay?

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