Once again, we are excited to bring you our annual Holiday Reading List. After a busy and productive 2021, we all look forward to the holidays as a time to refresh and reflect. What better way to do so than with a good book. From autobiographies to business books and riveting novels, this year's list has something for everyone. We hope you find a moment this season to recharge, take some time to yourself and pick up a good book.
Whether you find something for yourself or to share with a loved one, please enjoy these books as much as we have!
From all of us, we wish you a happy holiday and wonderful new year.
— The MERU Team
Open: An Autobiography
by Andre Agassi
Written by the 8-time Grand Slam winner, Andre Agassi recounts his unique journey to becoming the tennis phenom we all know and love. To most people's surprise, tennis was not his passion but rather a sport that was forced upon him by his demanding father. Agassi doesn't shy away from the struggles he faced and candidly shares his career highs and lows while taking readers on an intimate journey inside the mind and soul of a troubled champion.
The Midnight Library
by Matt Haig
In this blockbuster novel, Matt Haig leverages the concept of parallel universes to offer his heroine a chance to 'experience' multiple lives - what would have happened if she had made a different choice at various junctures in her life? As Nora explores various alternative scenarios of her root life, she gains meaningful lessons around what is truly important for leading a fulfilling life in the first place. This uplifting story is an ideal read for anyone who finds themselves caught in the cycle of "what-if" thinking, and empowers the readers to embrace regrets in their own life.
by Neal Stephenson
It's hard to believe this novel is almost 30 years old. Stephenson coined the term "metaverse", which seems relevant, and imagines a virtual reality future that feels all-too-prescient. While some of the book feels dated, it remains one of my favorites. Time for my annual re-read.
by Jori Epstein
Authored by a close friend of mine, this book outlines the life of Holocaust survivor, Max Glauben. It goes into more detail about his upbringing, experience during WWII, and his efforts following WWII to make the world a more tolerant place.
by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
This book explores big data trends that show we often lie, or at least avoid telling the full story in our day-to-day lives - especially when no one is looking. In a useful read full of memorable take-homes, Stephens-Davidowitz draws insights from big data relating to various spheres of our lives by analyzing trends and patterns exposed on popular search engines.
by Julia Donaldson
by Simon Sinek
by David Talbot
by Celeste Ng
by Patrick deWitt