Top 5 Books to Beat the Winter Brain Freeze
1. The Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
This collection of short stories explores nine unrelated lives as a detailed analysis of the human psyche. Lahiri’s simplistic, yet elegant, writing style creates emotions that could only be felt by experience.
2. Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
Although not as popular as The Da Vinci Code, Digital Fortress’ female focus provides a refreshing outlook into female roles in the STEM field. Dan Brown’s complex characterisation make the book a worthwhile read.
3. The Naked CEO by Alex Malley
Okay so not really a novel, but more of a “how to” guide on how to function as an adult. I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t fully read this through but luckily it’s one of those books where you can pick-and-choose what you need help in. My favourite chapters include: “Networking for novices”, “Creating a resume that gets read” and “Setting priorities”.
4. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
If you’re a big fan of history, war and dictators…this book has all of it. Although published in 1532, Machiavelli becomes less relevant in terms of conquering land and constructing a monarchy but increasingly useful in workplace politics and how to lead effectively. (I actually had to analyse this for English but was actually so much fun)
5. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Personally, this was a eye-opening book that dealt with the protagonist’s (and alluding to Plath’s own) spiralling depression. Plath explores societal expectations and pressures of career and womanhood.