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Catching Up on Your New Year’s Reads? Try these 7 Books!

Hey there, bookworms! It’s that time of the year again when we glance at the list of New Year’s resolutions we excitedly penned down (or typed out) a few months ago. Among the promises of hitting the gym, learning a new language, or saving more money, there’s one that pops out quite often: “reading more books.”

But hey, it’s February already! How’s that resolution holding up? If you’re nodding sheepishly or shaking your head in defeat, fear not! Bob’s got your back with a lineup of book recommendations that’ll reignite your reading passion. Let’s dive in!

Why You’ll Never Find the One by Sarah Akinterinwa

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If you’re drowning in a sea of dating advice and still find yourself at the singles table, Sarah Akinterinwa’s “Why You’ll Never Find the One” might just be the one you need. It is a humorous and uplifting book that challenges the conventional wisdom of finding your soulmate.

Akinterinwa, a New Yorker cartoonist and a Black millennial woman shares her own dating experiences and insights, as well as those of other diverse and relatable characters. The book is full of witty illustrations, tips, and anecdotes that will make you laugh, think, and feel less alone in the modern dating scene.

She encourages readers to be honest, realistic, and self-loving in their quest for romance, and to embrace the possibility that there is no such thing as “the one”, but rather, many potential partners who can make you happy in different ways. Swipe right on this read for a good time.

Some People Need Killing by Patricia Evangelista

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Some People Need Killing: A Memoir of Murder in My Country is a book by journalist Patricia Evangelista. It is a powerful and personal account of the Philippines’ drug war, which has resulted in thousands of extrajudicial killings by police and vigilantes under President Rodrigo Duterte.

Evangelista documents the stories of the victims and their families, as well as the killers and their motives, exposing the brutality and injustice of a regime that devalues human life.

This isn’t just another true crime binge; it’s a deeply personal account that will make you question everything you know about justice, power, and the value of a human life. Brace yourselves; it’s going to be an emotional rollercoaster.

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A Day in the Life of Abed Salama by Nathan Thrall

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Ever wondered what it’s like to search for your son in a place where every day is a maze of conflict? “A Day in the Life of Abed Salama” by Nathan Thrall is your ticket to understanding.

It tells the story of a Palestinian father who searches for his son after a bus accident near Jerusalem. Along the way, he encounters various obstacles and challenges due to the Israeli occupation and the political conflict.

The book also explores the lives and histories of other characters who are connected to the accident, showing the complexity and humanity of both sides. Thrall paints a picture so vivid that you can’t help but feel part of the narrative. It’s a tale of hope, despair, and the undying strength of a father’s love.

Stop Overthinking: 23 Techniques to Relieve Stress, Stop Negative Spirals, Declutter Your Mind, and Focus on the Present by Nick Trenton

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Nick Trenton’s “Stop Overthinking” is basically the chill pill we all need. If your brain loves to party at 3 AM with a playlist of worries, this book is the bouncer that’s going to kick those thoughts to the curb.

It is a self-help book that teaches you how to break free from negative thought patterns, reduce stress, and live a worry-free life. The book explains the causes and consequences of overthinking and provides you with 23 practical techniques to help you control your thoughts, relax your mind, and focus on the present.

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Be Your Future Self Now by Dr. Benjamin Hardy

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For anyone who’s ever felt stuck in life’s mud, Dr. Benjamin Hardy’s “Be Your Future Self Now” is the tow truck you’ve been waiting for. This book doesn’t just feed you inspirational quotes; it gives you a roadmap to actually becoming the person you’ve always wanted to be.

This book shows you how to use your imagination and your actions to create a better and more expansive vision of who you want to be, and how to overcome the obstacles and challenges that prevent you from becoming that person. 

Vengeance Is Mine by Marie NDiaye, translated by Jordan Stump

Photo: Pango Books

Marie NDiaye’s latest novel introduces us to a seemingly unremarkable but deeply dedicated lawyer living in Bordeaux, known to everyone simply as Maître Susane. Her life, consumed by her profession, takes a dramatic turn with the arrival of Gilles Principaux. He seeks her legal expertise to defend his wife, accused of a grave crime, sparking a crisis in Maître Susane.

An unsettling familiarity with Gilles disturbs her, tied to a vague but significant memory from her past that she struggles to piece together. The question of why Gilles chose her, an average lawyer, for his wife’s crucial case haunts her.

The novel is a psychological thriller that explores the themes of identity, memory, and justice, as Maître Susane gradually unravels the truth about her history and the motives of the people around her. It’s a psychological thriller that will have you questioning what’s real and who’s who until the very last page.

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Y/N by Esther Yi

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Ever fantasized about running away with your celebrity crush? Esther Yi’s “Y/N” takes that dream and turns it into a wild, heart-pounding adventure in Seoul with a K-pop twist.

Y/N is a novel about a Korean American woman who is obsessed with a K-pop idol named Moon. She writes fanfiction where she inserts herself as his lover and travels to Seoul to find him after he quits the music industry.

It’s part fanfiction, part existential crisis, and 100% a page-turner. You’ll laugh, you’ll cringe, and you might even start writing your own fanfic by the end.

Bobocabin: Your Peaceful Reading Sanctuary

Now that your reading list just got a serious upgrade, you might be wondering, “Where can I find the perfect spot to dive into these amazing books?” Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. Imagine a serene getaway in nature, where the only notifications you’ll get are from the birds chirping. Welcome to Bobocabin – your ultimate reading retreat.

Bobocabin blends the beauty of the outdoors with modern convenience. Each cabin features a B-Pad, Wi-Fi, smart lock, and amenities like air conditioning and a private bathroom. You can also enjoy resort facilities like BBQ areas, campfires, and on-demand games.

Our cabins are designed to provide you with the tranquility and comfort you need to fully immerse yourself in your new favorite books. With everything you need for a relaxing getaway, Bobocabin is your ultimate escape for reconnecting with yourself and your love of reading.

So, why wait? Download the Bobobox app now, book your stay, and get ready to check “reading more books” off your New Year’s resolution list in the most delightful way possible. Happy reading, and see you at Bobocabin!


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Writer: Syifa



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