Five great books and a weekend ahead!

If you’re looking for a list of the best books to keep you company during the weekend,  this is a great place to start. We have put together some classics, bestsellers and fictional books that will keep you entertained throughout the week.

Have a look at our recommendations and we’re sure you’ll find your next read!

1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

“This novel is set in the near future and tells a horrifying story of a government takeover by an ultra-extreme religious group dominated by men and supported by their passive wives. Women in the country of Gilead are subjugated to the role of housekeeper, or disposable commodity. This timely read begs the question: ‘Is this a warning of our own future or simply an artfully written innovative fantasy?'”

2. The Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis 

The first installment in a detective series set in ancient Rome, “this book will make you realize crime, corruption, cops, and crime fighters are not a new concept,” notes industrial engineering manager Julio Gil. Also, “it’s a fun read.”

3. The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

“This globetrotting novel follows the life of an awkward female ‘natural philosopher’ born in 1800, providing a window into the development of science as a profession in the 19th century and dealing with the slings, arrows, and random events that mark all our lives. It’s a great read for anyone who wonders how we learned about the evolving world and on the experience of being a scientist,” says paleobiologist Laren Sallan, who adds, “Because it’s by Elizabeth Gilbert, it’s also an amazing read!”

4. Five-Carat Soul by James McBride

Not usually much of a fiction reader? Neither is geologist Liz Hajek, but she makes an exception for this book: “I don’t generally gravitate toward fiction, but this collection of short stories, set in a variety of compelling places and time periods, is so creative and rich, it’s been really fun to read.”

5. 1984 by George Orwell

A timely choice from The Life Project author Helen Pearson: “Reading or rereading this book should be compulsory, when so many of the issues it touches on – manipulated news, unwanted surveillance – are highly resonant today.”

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