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5 books to add to your reading list in 2022

2022 promises to be a good year for bibliophiles. With a variety of books releasing this year from sequels to thrillers to memoirs to non-fiction, no matter your reading preference, you are guaranteed to find a book of your choice. As the year is just starting, we thought we would bring you the five most anticipated books of the year.

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The Candy House by Jennifer Egan

In this new book by Jennifer Egan, she builds on the minor character named Bix Bouton from her Pulitzer Prize-winning A Visit from the Goon Squad. In this novel, Bix is a major tech entrepreneur. It is 2010, he is forty years old with four kids, and in search of an idea that would change the world. After interacting with some university professors and students, he hears of an experimental device that can download or externalise the memories of small animals. In the next few years, Bix develops this device for human use. It emerges as a wildly popular device named “Own Your Unconscious”, which allows people to externalise their own memory, and if they wish, release it to an online collective in exchange for access to memories of everyone else who has shared their own. The book’s premise is the experience of using Own Your Unconscious and the controversy that follows its release. The novel follows men, women, children over a span of 70 years from across the world. It is an interesting plot where the author explores the consequences of exploring thoughts, sensations and memories of anonymous people.

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The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

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Jess needs a fresh start. She has no money, and alone, and has left her job in less than ideal circumstances. When she calls her half-brother, Ben asking if she could put with him, he does not sound too thrilled. However, he agrees to have her over eventually. When Jess arrives at his address in Paris, she is taken aback by his fancy apartment and wonders how could Ben afford it. However, there is no sight of Ben. He has gone missing. The longer he is missing; the more Jess tries to dig into his life to know more about his whereabouts. His neighbours are an eclectic bunch, and Jess gets a feeling that they are hiding something about Ben. Everyone is a suspect for everyone knows something they are not telling. From the author of The Guest List, comes a thrilling tale that will keep you hooked.

The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness by Meghan O’ Rourke

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There is much that is left to be understood about chronic diseases. From the author of The Long Goodbye comes this new book which is an in-depth exploration of one of the mysteries of chronic diseases. Drawing from her own medical experience, and interviews with doctors, patients, scholars, and health experts, she makes a point of how the traditional cause-diagnosis-treatment method of looking at a disease has left many questions unanswered. She also talks about how, in America, people of colour, women and the working class are likely to be neglected by healthcare. She argues for a paradigm shift in how we look at diseases and brings about a whole new understanding of our bodies and health. It is a book that is particularly relevant in these times where healthcare is a hot topic of discussion. It is indeed one of the most awaited books of 2022.

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Either/Or by Elif Batuman

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Elif Bautman’s latest novel continues where The Idiot left off. It is a continuation of Selini’s quest for self-knowledge as she goes abroad to explore her newfound adulthood. Selin wants to live life as exciting as a novel or a life worthy of becoming a novel. Inspired by her literature syllabus and by her more confident peers, Selin understands the importance of parties, alcohol and sex. She resolves to execute them in practice and is ready to face the consequences. Either/Or promises to be a landmark novel about growing up. 

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Finding Me by Viola Davis

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Viola Davis is an acclaimed actress who has won several awards and is known for films like Trust, State of Play, Suicide Squad and the hit series How to Get Away with Murder. She has been named as one of the 100 most influential women by Time Magazine twice. In her new memoir, she charts her inspiring life from her difficult childhood in South Carolina to her college days in Rhode Island to her rise as one of the industry’s most recognisable names. It may be one of the most popular books of 2022.

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