The festive period is upon us which means filling up those holiday hours with a good read, or finding the perfect stocking filler for a book worm in your family.
Whether it’s to inspire a creative mind, or simply escape into another world – there are certain novels that become a firm favourite and A&E editors share their top picks to add your reading list.
Eliza Scarborough, Deputy Editor/ Fashion Director, A&E Magazine
Coffee Table Books
I am more of a collector of coffee table books, with favourite ones including Vogue 100, Kate by Kate Moss, and Peter Lindbergh: A Different Vision on Fashion Photography.
Charline Deek, Senior Editor, A&E Magazine Arabia
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin S. Sharma
It reflects the real meaning of life and how we should treat ourselves, act and react in front of all the difficult and beautiful situations that we are facing in our everyday life. “Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make. it will not only improve your life; it will improve the lives of all those around you.”
Dana Mortada, Editor, A&E Magazine and A&E Magazine Lebanon
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
Kundera is an uncommon writer, to say the least. This novel is literally about everything in life; and the reader can easily get lost in the author’s own philosophical thoughts, but if you can find some meaning in those, this just might be the right novel for you, as it was for me.
Diana Bell-Heather, Online Editor aeworld.com
Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling
Before you judge me, I have studied Shakespeare, enjoy World War One poetry and been forced by my mum to read key Russian literature, but nothing brings me more joy than diving into the magical world that J.K Rowling thought up on one of her daily train journeys. The Philosophers Stone was the first book I could read in English cover to cover when I moved to the UK so it holds a special meaning. Also, these books do bring up important life lessons of friendship, loyalty, bravery and love – what can be greater than that?