As we mentioned in the last few weeks, and as part of our continuous pursuit at Sail to encourage and endear reading to our social media followers, we’ve launched a campaign the month of October under the social media hashtag: #SailBookRecommendations. In this hashtag, we curated a daily book recommendation from our team members and from our followers, those book recommendations are short and brief to entice people’s curiosity, and we are tapping in all genres to appeal to all our followers and readers. The campaign is hosted on our Instagram: @SailPublishing and on our facebook: Sail eMagazine.
Below are our last book recommendations in our October campaign:
Book title: Just My Type
Author: Simone Garfield
Genre: Nonfiction / design – typography
What is the story behind the iconic UNDERGROUND in London? What makes Comic Sans the most hated typeface, and why do people still use it today? What was it about IKEA’s choice to change their logo typeface that frustrated their customers? Why is Helvetica the typeface of New York’s Subway, and what makes the road signs in the United Kingdom so great? How do type design choices made decades and centuries ago still influence our day to day life today? By now I’ve used the word typeface multiple times, but what are typefaces anyways, and how do they differ from fonts?
All these questions are answered in Garfield’s Just My Type in the form anecdotes. This book may forever change the way you view type whether it is in a book, a TV commercial, a web page, on a billboard or a street sign.
Reviewed by Hayat AlHassan
Book Title: Of Mice and Men
Author: John Steinbeck
Genre: Literary fiction/American literature/Modern classic
Of Mice and Men is one of the popular titles in American literature for good reason. This story follows George and Lennie, two friends, who are looking for meaning in their life. They want their lives to improve, to find a job that pays well and to find stability.
What is really interesting about this book is the character dynamics between George and Lennie. Lennie is a mentally unstable person and George is his caretaker. George is always trying to abstain Lennie away from harmful people or environments. On the contrast, Lennie, being a simple-minded human being, always looks for solitude in himself, in petting animals, and oftentimes in George. Steinbeck has masterfully created a complex set of characters.
Of Mice and Men is a story of finding meaning in the environment and in being yourself. It is about the fragmented mindsets and it is about destiny. It is about so many many things, which creates a sense of timelessness around it.
Reviewed by our Adeeb Nami
Book Title: Big Magic – Creative Living Beyond Fear
Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
Genre: Self Development
Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of the international bestseller Eat, Pray, Love. In her new book, Gilbert takes readers on a journey into her own creative process and sheds light on the inspirational process and very nature of creativity as well as the courage needed to pursue our dreams whatever they might be. She explores the stages one goes through, overcoming fear as well as the unsolicited advice from people along the journey and the divinity in the entire process. Gilbert offers good advice, self-awareness in a charming, intelligent and articulate way that leaves the reader feeling like she’s their personal life coach.
Reviewed by Sarah AlMarashi
Book title: A brief history of time
Author: Stephen Hawking
Genre: Nonfiction / Physics
In this book, Dr. Stephen Hawking explains many aspects of relativity theory and quantum mechanics. Moreover, an understanding of how a missing theory in the middle that balances the mathematics of both theories. Therefore, the book presents the theory of everything, which later is nominated to be the String Theory. Lastly, A brief history of time is a wonderful journey for people who are interested in theoretical physics; Also, a journey that would take you to the ends of our known universe.
Reviewed by Yaqoob Alshamsi
Book title: Revelation, the story of Muhammad (PBUH)
Author: Miraj Mohiuddin
I’ve read many biographies about the prophet, but nothing can come close to this one. A whole revolutionized and modernized approach to narrating the life the prophet, with plenty of supporting references, while still leaving room for the reader to deduct their own opinions in different matters.
What I liked about this book is the whole new understanding of the prophet in a humanized way that allows us to really relate to him as a person and as a journey, and to fall in love with everything he’s done for us.
I think it’s perfect for both Muslims and the curious non-Muslims as it presents what the contemporary mind is searching for in a contemporary way.
Reviewed by Iman Ben Chaibah
Book title: Between the World and Me
Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Genre: Non-Fiction /African American literature
“Between the World and Me is a captivating and powerful series of letters written by reporter Ta-Nehisi Coates, describing in a harsh and raw manner, the struggle of the black people in America, the brutal reality many are forced to exist in and the systematic destruction of the bodies and spirits of African Americans.
It is a book that will resonate with you long after you have finished it because of the personal way Coates pours his soul into the book… “
To read the full review head over to @CitizensofWords blog on this link.