Our favourite leisure reads, ready to transport you to a fantastic, warmer place away from the snow and rain. 

Summer and the City by Candace Bushnell

We told you how much we loved the first book in the Carrie Diaries series in our Holiday book club post, and the second book by Candace Bushnell doesn’t disappoint. This prequel to Sex and the City has 17-year old Carrie Bradshaw embarking on a new phase of her life, exploring a writing career in New York City while looking for love. On her adventures she meets a younger Samantha, already working in an ad firm, and red-headed Miranda protesting outside of Saks (where else?). Does Big make an appearance? Will she make it as a great American writer? $14.43 on Amazon


Londonstani by Gautam Malkani

Londonstani gives you a glimpse into the everyday, fun times of young Asian Brits in Hounslow, Southall and London. Bodybuilders, sex, race/religious turf wars and dreams of Karisma Kapoor are key plot lines in this semi-coming-of-age novel. Brit Asian lingo dictionary not included. $11.91 on Amazon




One Day by David Nicholls

Don’t judge a book by its movie. One Day (the book) is a sincere look at a decades-long friendship that moves to love and romance. Dexter and Emma meet in a small British town on graduation day, and although romance is fleeting, a decades-long friendship emerges. It’s moving, funny, depressing and lovely – all at the same time. $12.24 at Amazon




Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

It’s no surprise why this book was nominated, shortlisted and the winner of so many literary awards. It’s deep and beautiful. Set in Paris, Berlin and beyond, it follows a group of Jazz artists living in Nazi-occupied Paris, to present-day Berlin and Baltimore. A must read. $12.48 on Amazon




Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Get ready for the next season of HBO’s Game of Thrones by reading the books that the series is based on. You won’t be disappointed. The same political intrigue, royal infighting and backstabbing lovers all appear. Now we just need to figure out what lies beyond The Wall by Winterfell. 4 Book Box for $25.05 at Amazon