10 Books to Read This Month

From self-helps to thrillers, here’s a great list to enjoy the beautiful weather.

Written By The Avenues Insider

25 Sep, 2021

Better weather is (finally) on its way, so it's the best time to grab a book to read by the beach or at the park. So, whether you’re a fan of self-help books, light novels, or in the mood for thrillers, our team has compiled a list of brilliant reads for this month! 

All books can be found in That Al Salasil and Aafaq bookstore


The Night She Disappeared, Lisa Jewel

In 2017, Tallulah decided to go to a party with friends leaving her baby with her mother Kim.

She never returned.

in 2019, Sophie moves into the same neighborhood. As she was taking a long walk in the forest, she stumbles upon a mysterious note reading: DIG HERE…

A cold case, an abandoned mansion, family trauma and dark secrets lie at the heart of this slow burning mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final page.


The Authenticity Project, Clare Pooley

Jessy Jessop, an eccentric artist, believes that most people aren’t honest with one another. But what if they were? So, he writes in a plain green journal the truth about his own life and leaves it at his local café.

The café is run by Monica, who finds the journal and adds her own entry then leaves the book in the wine car across the street. Before long, the other who find the green journal add the truths about their deepest selves and soon find each other in real life in Monica’s café.

The Authenticity Project is a story about being brave and putting your real self forward and finding out that it isn’t as scary as it seems. In fact, it looks a lot like happiness. 


Ageless – The New Science of Getting Older Without Getting Old, Andrew Steele

A guide to the science driving biology’s biggest story: why we get old and how we can stop it.

We accept as inevitable that as we get older, our bodies and minds begin to deteriorate, and we are increasingly likely to be struck by dementia or disease.

Ageing is so deeply ingrained in human experience that we never think to ask is it necessary?

Computational biologist, Andrew Steele, explains what happens when we age and practical ways we can slow it down the process.  


Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari

10,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today, there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens.

In this book, Dr. Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical – and sometimes devastating- breakthrough of the Cognitive, Agricultural, and Scientific Revolutions. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behavior from the heritage of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come?

Bold, wide-ranging, and provocative, Sapiens challenges everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, our power… and our future.


The Magic of Thinking Big, David Shwartz

In this book of useful methods, Dr. Shwartz presents a carefully designed program for getting the most of out your job, marriage and family life, and your community: He proves that you don’t need to be an intellectual or have innate talent to attain great success and satisfaction, but you do need to learn and understand the habit of thinking and behaving in ways that will get you there.  


Little Men, Louisa May Alcott

A classic novel that tells the story of Jo March, now Jo Bhaer, with her two sons, and twelve rescued orphan boys filling the informal school at Plumfield. But despite the warm and affectionate help of the whole March family, boys have a habit of getting into scrapes, and there are plenty of troubles and adventures in store.


The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, Nassim Taleb

The book focuses on the extreme impact of rare and unpredictable outlier events, and the human tendency to find simplistic explanations for these events, retrospectively. Taleb calls this the Black Swan theory. For years, Taleb has studied how we fool ourselves into thinking we know more than we actually do. We restrict our thinking to the irrelevant and inconsequential, while large events continue to surprise us and shape our world. Now, in this revelatory book, Taleb explains everything we know about what we don’t know. He offers surprisingly simple tricks for dealing with black swans and benefiting from them.

The book covers subjects relating to knowledge, aesthetics, as well as ways of life, and uses elements of fiction and anecdotes from the author's life to elaborate his theories. One thing’s for sure, ‘The Black Swan’ will change the way you look at the world. 


Before The Coffee Gets Cold, Toshikazu Kawaguchi

In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a café which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. But this coffee shop offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back in time.

In this book, we meet four visitors, each of whom is hoping to make use of the café’s time-travelling offer, in order to: confront the man who left them, receive a letter from their husband whose memory has been taken by early onset Alzheimer's, to see their sister one last time, and to meet the daughter they never got the chance to know.

But the journey into the past does not come without risks…

The thought-provoking story explores the age-old question: what would you change if you could travel back in time? More importantly, who would you want to meet, maybe for one last time?


The Etiquette of Dealing with Life, Latifa Al-Loughani

Etiquette professional Latifa Al-Loughani’s book ‘The Etiquette of Dealing with Life’ as a guide to teach you how to act in critical moments and perhaps inspires you to take important decisions in your life to become the best version of yourself. 


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying, Marie Kondo

Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again - using her revolutionary ‘The KonMari Method’, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed. ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying’ offers effective methods to help you clear the clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home and the calm mindset it can inspire.  


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