Even with new year's resolutions all around us, you never hear anyone saying that they'll read more. Reading for most can be quite a task, but when done right (and with the right titles), it can be an all-out escapist experience. Great books can be better than a cold beer, an entertaining movie, or even awesome sex (well, maybe not so much that last one, but you get the point. To welcome the year ahead, here are page-turners every man should add to their bookshelf.
Here I Am By Jonathan Safran Foer
Foer extracts human interest and emotions out of compelling backgrounds; in this instance, the turmoil in the Middle East. In this multigenerational family saga, the narrative is gimmicky but digestible, though doused in melancholy.
Welcome To Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
The strange town of Night Vale attracts ghosts, aliens, and all sorts of conspiracies. Uncover the mysteries that riddle Jackie and Diane as they find out more about the town and its residents.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Drown your Kalanithi’s posthumous memoir in one of this year’s hard-hitters. What could be more tragic than a doctor with a terminal illness? Kalanithi lived a short, full life; this inspirational bio should be required literature.
Elon Musk: Inventing The Future by Ashlee Vance
Ashlee Vance argues that Elon Musk is our generation’s Edison, Ford, and even Jobs. This profile of Musk brings a lot of questions about technology and innovation to the forefront. Is he shaping our future?
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
The premise of this novel makes it sound like a Netflix Original: man wakes up to find himself in a different dimension and must now find his way back home. Don’t be surprised if this mind-boggling adventure/thriller soon gets a movie or TV adaptation.
Slade House by David Mitchell
Invite yourself into Slade House with a bottle of whiskey. Anyone who goes in is never seen again, and the house only reappears every nine years. If you’ve always wondered about Hotel California, then let this fill the void in your mind.
This feature originally appeared in the December 2016 issue of FHM Philippines.
Minor edits have been made by the FHM.com.ph editors.