What is useful to read during the New Year holidays?

In order not to be bored during the long New Year holidays, you can read a couple of interesting and useful books. We have selected several options for excellent books for every taste, both novelties and time-tested publications.



The next book of the famous writer Joan Rowling "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" was expected to be a bestseller. In the US, people literally lined up in line to manage to buy a valuable copy. Is this book interesting and breathtaking to stand in line for it? Fortunately, you do not have to do this, since the book is already available in all stores both in paper and in electronic form.

Last year, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” became one of the most popular in the USA, setting a record for pre-orders a month before the release, ”said one of Amazon executives about this book.

If you like fantasy, you should definitely include this book in the plan for reading on the long January holidays.

Life of interesting people

We present you the autobiography of the famous neurosurgeon Paul Calaniti with the philosophical name "When the breath dissolves in the air." This book is about the difficult fate of a neurosurgeon who saved a significant part of his life the lives of other people. And suddenly, at Paul himself, doctors find a serious illness - lung cancer. The doctor himself finds himself in the clinic, in the same one in which he worked as a doctor for most of his life.

Aware of the severity of his illness, Paul, like many patients with serious illnesses, begins to think about the meaning of life and the inevitability of death. Reading a book is sometimes difficult, but very informative, and the book certainly makes you think about the most important things.

History books


At once we want to offer two discerning readers two historical, but completely different books.

The first was written by American journalist Bill O'Reilly, co-authored with another connoisseur of history named Martin Daggard. The book is called Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan. Those who know English will especially enjoy reading this deep and interesting work in the original language.

The second, on the contrary, is for fans of the history of the Russian state. The writer Tim Skorenko wrote a very unusual work: “Invented in Russia. The history of Russian inventive thought from Peter the Great to Nicholas II. " The author decided to eliminate the injustice associated with Russian inventors. It is believed that a huge number of wonderful Russian inventions are gathering dust in the archives.

Tim’s book tries to expose the whole truth about inventions made by inventors who lived at different times in Russia, as objectively as possible. The author also seeks to refute various myths related to the Russian history of invention.

Self development

In 2017, among the novelties presented in the field of self-development, we selected an excellent book for you that motivates you to spend your New Year holidays with benefit. Alexander Smirnov, the author of the novel "Practical time management for top managers", will make you take a fresh look at your time management effectiveness.

Ignore the words "for top managers" in the title of the book. In fact, the self-development tips available in the book are suitable for any reader. Ways to increase personal productivity and efficiency will suit absolutely everyone, because the book is written in simple and lively language, replete with examples and incidents from life and is read literally in one go.

The author does not try to give voluminous theoretical material, but, on the contrary, recommends that one immediately begin to practice. Therefore, the book is a set of steps, taking which in order, you will increase the level of your effectiveness, deal with your life goals and priorities.


As an exciting detective, the next work “The Snitch” by the remarkable American author, master of this genre, Josh Grisham, is perfect. The book tells the story of an investigator who is involved in the fight against corruption in the judiciary. According to the plot of the book, he is trying to convey information about the judge himself, who was engaged in corruption, and the criminal group regularly transferred him "dirty" money.

The story is fascinating, but we will not tell all the ups and downs of the novel so that it would be more interesting to read this fascinating novel after the New Year's feasts.



Have you read Azimov yet? Is it possible? One of the best science fiction writers of the millennium left behind an incredible amount of amazing novels and short stories. You can take any book by Isaac Asimov, and incredible pleasure is guaranteed.

The pearl of the collection of the American author of Russian origin is a multi-volume work under the general title "Foundation". Incredibly twisted plot will give odds to any detective. Millions of light-years pass through the novel like kilometers of a flat highway. The action of the novel covers whole centuries and millennia, and after the next volume of the Foundation, you will be tormented by only one question - what will happen to the heroes of the novel in the next volume?

On the contrary, Victor Pelevin’s books are not for everyone. And usually Pelevin writes about the present or the past, but his next work tells about the near future. In Pelevin's next book, iPhuck 10, the main character is Porfiry Petrovich. This is not a man, but a new invention of the era - a police and literary robot. He, like a regular investigator, interrogates witnesses, conducts investigations and discloses murders, but instead of the usual reports he writes literary novels, which are then published for a wide range of readers.

Books of the robot become bestsellers, which, of course, pleases the police leadership. In the future, oddly enough, the Police Department works on the principle of self-sufficiency. Of course, Porfiry Petrovich has many talents. As a policeman, he has the opportunity to penetrate various technological devices, such as a navigator, webcam or, for example, an amazing invention of the future - the iPhuck 10 love accessory.

In Viktor Pelevin’s new novel, which has been repeatedly recognized as one of the best writers not only in Russia but also in the world, you will find an incredible mixture of technology, philosophy and irony.


For those who decided to do psychology during the holidays, this is an excellent publication by Michael Gazzanig with the mysterious title "Who is in charge?" Can willpower subjugate the brain and body? Or is it just the opposite? Maybe there is no willpower, and animal instincts control us?

Interested in? Confused? Perhaps this is what the author sought. However, he promises closer to the end of the book to answer all the burning questions of the brain.

The science


For those who are interested in such a difficult science as astrophysics, the amazing work of Sergei Popov “The Universe. A short guide to space and time. From the Solar System to the farthest galaxies and from the Big Bang to the future of the Universe. ”

Do not be alarmed by the sophisticated and long name. After all, astrophysics has long been interesting not only for real astrophysicists and scientists. Each of us has ever wondered how the Universe in which we live, planets and stars is arranged.

This book in simple language will tell the reader about the various features of the universe, with all its mysterious secrets. Dark energy, gravitational waves, radiation and much more. But even the author admits that many secrets remain in this area.

Another scientific work, already of a biological orientation - “The missing link. Book one. Monkeys and all-all-all. " Its author is Stanislav Dobryshevsky, candidate of biological sciences.

A biologist in a popular form tells the story of the development of mankind. Here is an incredibly curious book about those creatures that once made a huge contribution to the development of the human species, long before we acquired legs and even a brain.

Boring reading after parting with Santa Claus is guaranteed to you.

So, a great selection for you, guaranteeing the most boring and useful New Year holidays!

Source: https://habr.com/ru/post/A10506/

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