With winter break coming to an end and the spring semester right around the corner, we’ll soon be procrastinating like never before. And what better way to procrastinate than to indulge in a world of fiction, weaved completely by nothing but words and your imagination?
Before heading to this year’s edition of the Cairo International Book Fair, here are 3 novels you can pick up to keep you busy, entertained, and enlightened throughout the upcoming semester:
- A Pure Heart by Rajia Hassib
Like wrapping yourself in a warm blanket on a chilly winter night, this book feels just like home. Egyptian American author, Rajia Hassib, tells a tale about two estranged Egyptian sisters, Gameela and Fayrouz Gubran, who lead polar opposite lives. When Gameela is brutally murdered in a terrorist attack, Fayrouz knows her sisters’ presence at the bomb site was no mere coincidence, and takes it upon herself to discover what really happened to her sister, and what she was hiding from the rest of her family.
A Pure Heart bravely and accurately depicts life in Egypt post Arab Spring. From classism, immigration, and politics to Ancient Egyptian tales of love and death, this book is immensely rich with Egyptian culture, and will keep you on the edge of your seat.
- We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
If you’re looking for a quick-read that’s exciting, enticing, and unexpected, look no further. We Were Liars follows the Sinclairs, a powerful rich American family that owns a private island off the coast of Massachusetts where they spend their summers. Written from the perspective of 17-year-old Cadence Eastman Sinclair, who has an accident she has no memory of, the reader follows Cadence as she returns to her family’s Island, and starts noticing things; missing items, inexplicable behavior from family members, and secrets whispered behind her back.
As the story progresses, the reader struggles to get a grasp of what’s going on as Cadence slowly starts to regain her memory. At the end, all your theories go down the drain as the final plot twist is introduced. If you’re a fan of mind games, you’re in for a treat. (or a major disappointment, there’s only one way to find out.)
- Verity by Colleen Hoover
If you’re familiar with Colleen Hoover, then the first thing that pops up in your head after hearing her name is probably romance. Yes, sure, Hoover is pretty known as one of the leading romance novelists of our day, but Verity is far from that. One thing you should know about this book, is that it’s a 2-in-1 book. Our main character, Lowen, is a struggling writer who is hired by Jeremy Crawford to ghostwrite for his wife, best-selling author Verity Crawford, who has become unconscious and bedridden after a terrible accident. Shortly after moving in with the Crawfords, Lowen comes across a private file in Verity’s office; her autobiography. We follow Lowen as she reads Verity’s autobiography (yes, it’s a book inside a book, hence the 2-in-1) and uncovers haunting and disturbing family secrets that shake her to her core. It doesn’t take long before Lowen starts noticing unusual behavior in the household. Verity is also a fairly quick read, and will leave you begging for a sequel. Who knows, you may even start a petition to get Hoover to write it! That’s how captivating it is.
These are only 3 of thousands of amazing novels out there, let us know in the comments what your favorite books are!
And remember, when you head to the book fair, be sure to get an extra-large backpack.
- And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
- Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
- The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak