8 books to read start to finish in the aisles of Kunokuniya

Kinokuniya’s recently re-opened branch in Dubai Mall serves as a sanctuary for the city’s bookworms.

For no, it is not just a place one visits to nab a new book — Kinokuniya’s the type of place you slot something out of a shelf, only to be read cover to cover over the next few hours before you purchase it out of guilt.

If whiling away hours in aisles of books is your jam, here are eight must-reads that serve as a perfect pass-time on a slow afternoon.

Watchmen by Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons

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Set in 1985, Watchmen takes place in an alternate universe where costumed heroes are real, and the US is edging ever-closer to a nuclear war with the Soviet Union. The story follows a group of past and present superheroes and the mysterious events surrounding the murder of one of their own. Not convinced? Time magazine ranked it as one of “the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to the present” back in their 2005 list.

 

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

With roughly one third of the world’s population identifying as introverts, Susan Cain sets out to educate on how the shyness, sensitivity and seriousness of the introvert aren’t necessarily a weakness, but merely misunderstandings.

 

Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight by M. E. Thomas

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M. E. Thomas is a high-functioning, non-criminal sociopath. She is charismatic, ambitious and successful. You wouldn’t realise that she is studying you to find your flaws, that she is ruthlessly manipulative, has no empathy and does not feel guilt or remorse. But she does like people — she likes to touch them, mould them and ruin them. In the book, she draws on why being a sociopath is not necessarily a bad thing, with her honesty giving insights into the mind of a self-confessed predator.

 

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kapur

This collection of poetry and prose centres around survival, and the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss and femininity. Each of the book’s four chapters deals with a different pain, taking readers on a journey through some of life’s most bitter moments and finding sweetness in them.

 

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

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This book looks at the way our minds work, and how we make decisions. Why is there more chance we’ll believe something if it’s in bold? Why are judges more likely to deny parole before lunch? Why do we assume a good-looking person will be more competent. This book will enable you to make better decisions at work, at home and in everything you do.

 

Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance

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This book follows the real-life inspiration behind the Iron Man set of films, Elon Musk, who began with humble beginnings in apartheid South Africa, and overcame near-deadly bullying to go on and found PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla and Solar City.

 

How the Zebra Got Its Stripes: And Other Darwinian Just So Stories by Leo Grasset

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Why do giraffes have such long necks? Why are zebras striped? Why are buffalo herds broadly democratic while elephants prefer dictatorships? What explains the architectural brilliance of the termite mound? Using scientific research and his own observations on the African savannah, Grasset offers up some answers to some of the animal kingdom’s most intriguing questions.

 

Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History by Boris Johnson

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British politician Boris Johnson writes about the life and times of twentieth-century British leader Winston Churchill, pointing out that one man can make all the difference. Johnson tackles the myths and misconceptions with the outside reality, pointing out Churchill’s multiple contradictions, bravery eloquence and matchless strategising.

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