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The Wix Book Club: 10 Hot Reads for a Cold Winter

In this fast paced world we live in, taking some time to kick back and delve into a good book has almost become a rare treat. But if you’re looking for your next great read, we’ve got 10 excellent suggestions – brought to you by none other than the writers of Wix’s own marketing team.

Whether you’re a bona fide bookworm or aspiring to be one, there’s definitely something on this list that will peak your interest.

The Wix Book Club: 10 Hot Reads for a Cold Winter

the iron will

Alex’s pick:
The Iron Will of Shoeshine Cats by Hesh Kestin, 2009

This book is my all time favorite – and will likely stay at that top spot forever. It’s a great coming of age story about a 20 year old kid in 1960s Brooklyn who gets involved (unwillingly at first) with Jewish gangsters. It’ll make you literally laugh out loud over and over, and unless you’re the tin man – it will certainly bring on some tears. Stephen King reviewed it saying:

“The Iron Will of Shoeshine Cats just may be the best book you never read. Think The Godfather on laughing gas, or Catch-22 with guns. It’s also as good a novel about life in the 60s as you’ll ever pick up. Witty, sexy, thrilling, and all story. You can’t put the damn thing down. If you’re still one of the blessed who reads for pleasure, get this book, because it’s a pleasure to read.”

It’s full of laughs and written beautifully. Oh, and my dad just happens to be the author.

amos oz

Shoshanna’s pick:
A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz, 2003

One of my favorites pieces of literature ever! I adore all of Oz’s works – I’m admittedly a bit of a groupie (we even have a photo together from that one time I met him and couldn’t stop smiling stupidly). This book specifically is such a touching and fascinating mix of personal memories and historical events. I can even say – I’m super excited for the movie!

valley of the dolls

Nathaly’s pick:
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann, 1966

Think the book version of your favorite coming of age TV show (Girls, The OC, Madmen, etc), but set in the 1960’s. I’d consider it an absolute classic. Read it. Then you can go around saying you liked flawed female protagonists before they were mainstream… you little hipster you.

the songlines

John’s pick:
The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin, 1987

Bruce Chatwin travels to 1980s Australia to learn about the the aboriginal song-lines: ancient paths across the Australian landscape that form a central part of the Aboriginal creation mythology. Aboriginals with this unique knowledge are able to sing their way up and down the invisible paths criss-crossing the Australian continent. Chatwin explores this mythology, the harsh realities of modern day aboriginals, and develops his own theory about man as a migratory species.

It’s a completely fascinating and moving book.

diary of a mad diva

Yael’s pick:
Diary Of A Mad Diva
by Joan Rivers, 2014

Even though she’s passed on, Joan Rivers is still making me laugh. She is wildly inappropriate and so funny. I laughed out loud every single page. This is a perfect vacation read to shut your mind off.

the circle

Justin’s pick:
The Circle by Dave Eggers, 2013

Centered around a massive high tech company (think: Google gone extreme) that aims to document and record our every move for the betterment of society. Working for a high tech company myself, I did find the book a little terrifying. However, it is a thrilling read and it’s a terrific satire on how tech-obsessed we’ve all become — and what it might mean for our future.

sapiens

Yossi’s pick:
Sapiens – A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari, 2011

It’s not too often you read a book that makes you stop and say “Wow,” but Sapiens does that on every page. Covering 100,000 years in just a few hundred pages, Harari sprinkles his history lesson with interesting tidbits about evolution and human behavior that’ll leave you awestruck and wanting to read on.

the wind in the willows

 Eric’s pick:
 The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, 1908

Mole, Rat, Mr. Toad (and his wild ride), Mr. Badger, squirrels, rabbits… the whole story is told by these creatures, who are so full of personality. I love it because it can be read and re-read every year and it is always new, always enjoyed and always teaches something magical. This classic will always be the first book I suggest anyone should read, even if they’ve read it already.

the fall

Emmanuel’s pick:
The Fall (French: La chute) by Albert Camus, 1956

This philosophical novel helps you see life from a new perspective. Written with dark humor and a lot of talent, this is pretty much my Bible. The story: a successful lawyer whose life gets turned completely upside down after he – spoiler alert – wasn’t able to save a person from drowning. Amazing.

did i ever tell you how lucky you are

Paula’s pick:
Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? by Dr. Seuss, 1973

Feeling sorry for yourself? Having a bad day? Just think of poor Professor de Breeze, “who has spent the past 32 years trying to teach Irish ducks how to read Jivvanese.” This book’s trippy illustrations and rhyming examples of people “much, much worse off than you” is the perfect accompaniment to that glass of wine you were about to drink.

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