Don't give up now!
As avid readers ourselves, we know—reading a book is like using a muscle, and when you haven’t worked out in a while, things get stiff.
If your New Year’s Resolution in 2020 was to read more books DO NOT FEAR. The list below is for fans of any and all genres, specifically curated to help you get into (or back into) the swing of reading avidly. They’re enthralling, fun, and, best of all, easy to get into and FINISH.
1. The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho
Although scoffed at by some literary snobs (*cough* some Chevalier’s staff *cough*), The Alchemist delivers exactly what you need from it. Poetic yet completely accessible, The Alchemist is the quintessential parable to help inspire you for the upcoming year and what might lie in store. Your destiny awaits!
2. Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
For the business-minded and wildly ambitious. Shoe Dog by Phil Knight, the founder of Nike, is the ideal story of the American Dream manifest. Knight started off by selling cheap imported shoes from his trunk and, well, the rest is history.
3. Normal People by Sally Rooney
Calling all millennials! Or millennials-at-heart. Sally Rooney is the prophet for our times. For all depressed, starving, artistic and misunderstood youths, Normal People is the often frustrating love story between two Irish kids trying to figure how to be less hate-able human beings.
4. Less by Andrew Sean Greer
The definition of a light, fun read—but don’t be fooled, this book is sooo well-written. Join our hero who, on the cusp of fifty-years-old and with an invitation to his ex-lover’s wedding, decides to travel round the world. Full of charm and wit, this novel will make you smile endlessly.
5. The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis
Non-fiction that’ll entertain as much as it’ll educate. Fun fact: Did you know the federal government does a million things to make sure we don’t die? And that we really need smart, competent people running things? Or else we’ll be totally, completely, utterly doomed? Happy reading!
6. Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
A Chevalier’s staff favorite! All hail Octavia Butler (who definitely had a crystal ball and predicted the future). Parable of the Sower takes place in the not-so-distant future in LA in which an environmental crisis, celebrity-turned-president and more disturbingly familiar disasters wreak havoc….
7. Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
Brené Brown is the self-help writer everyone should encounter at least once. Her first knockout book, Daring Greatly, is about empowerment through vulnerability. By the end of this book you will feel like you have a new best friend—and will read every other Brené Brown book. By god, I love her.
8. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
The. Philosophy. Book. You. Should. Read. For anyone looking to expand their mind, change their habits, and get better at being a human being. Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations is a book that is super easy to ready and something you’ll revisit again and again and again.
9. Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong
Ocean Vuong’s debut collection of poetry will whisk you through the spectrum between heartwarming and heart wrenching. His volume is essential to understanding the refugee experience—and being the child of a refugee. Elegant and masterful, but also completely accessible.
10. Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood
If you’re into being a fly on the wall of bizarre and bonkers, Patricia Lockwood’s Priestdaddy is exactly it. The daughter of a catholic priest, Lockwood walks us through her life as she moves back in with her crazy family after one too many misfortunes. Laugh-out-loud funny.
11. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime, about growing up as mixed child in South Africa during and after Apartheid, is everything you’d want out of a memoir. Page-turning. Hilarious. Moving. Enlightening. Born a Crime is such a warm-hearted book it will give you the fuzzies and have you cheering when things finally go right.
12. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
THE mystery classic! Whodunnits don’t get better than Agatha Christie’s funnest novel And Then There Were None, in which 10 strangers are invited to a private island. But as they start to get picked off one by one their dark pasts are revealed. I promise you will never guess the ending.
13. Woman World by Aminder Dhaliwal
Dystopias are much more fun when only women are around. This webcomic turned graphic novel is a subversive, hilarious and (surprisingly) not depressing take on post-apocalyptic earth in which a birth defect eradicates the existence of men forever.
14. There are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé by Morgan Parker
Parker is one of the best poets alive today and this collection is raw and angry and healing and emphatically compassionate. Goes well with that third glass of wine you’ll allow yourself because the world is falling apart!
15. Wild Bill by Tom Clavin
Wild Bill Hickock was the greatest gunslinger in the Wild West. He was also a marshal, actor, spy, card player, and baseball umpire (only for like a day). I only wish there was more ********-ing swearing, in this ********-ing book (that’s what happens when you watch too much Deadwood). The roughest insult was someone calling Wild Bill a “long-haired tough.”