The Sirens of Baghdad: Yasmina Khadra
A vivid portrayal of a young man’s life in rural Iraq and his journey towards becoming a jihadist (with a twist) after the US invaded his homeland.
Dining with al-Qaeda: Hugh Pope
A journalist’s colourful and witty account of the decades he spent in the Middle East covering its conflicts, and how he ultimately met with core members of one of the world’s most notorious militant groups.
Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear… and Why: Sady Doyle
Timely and piercing insight on self-expression and societal expectations on what it means for a woman to be “good” or “behave”, with observations based on case studies around female luminaries in history and pop culture.
Culture & Curios
- CityLab — Everything on urban planning, city innovations and the effects of socio-political events on the spaces we live in
- Atlas Obscura — Snapshots of amusing practices and outlandish places around the world from the beginning of time till now
- Brain Pickings — Acute reflections on human thought and feeling charged by literature, art and philosophy
- James Clear — Groundbreaking and realistic ideas on forming habits and making decisions for a better life with improved fitness and productivity
- Mark Manson — Snappy and practical advice on life decisions, relationships, work and self-esteem
- The School of Life — Explorations on self-awareness and love in every imaginable aspect of daily life
- mr-stingy — Primarily tips on money and investment for the average Malaysian, with insightful wisdom on career and optimizing life
- Ringgit Oh Ringgit — Actionable tips on maximizing, stretching and increasing income backed by lived experience and lots of discipline
- Mr Money Mustache — Pragmatic ideas for financial freedom and the impact of a frugal lifestyle