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Starting a new book or coming across an interesting read in either a newspaper or online publication gives you a sense of new beginning and comfort. I’m sure we can all agree that cuddling up with a new paper-back edition of a NYT best seller or e-article gone viral is as soothing as it can become exciting throughout the read.

However, the search for the right book can be daunting – the majority of us barely have the time to pop into a bookstore, let alone browse Amazon for the a title that might tickle their fancy. So that’s where friends, acquaintances and online lists come in quite handy – “you must read this book before 30”, or “I can’t put this down and I only started this AM”, are like music to our ears and far too often heard. Honestly, that’s where we get our best recommendations from, and the usual ‘you will also like…” when adding to cart a current book on Amazon, are way more often right than wrong!

BOOKS

Cork Dork – by Bianka Bosker tells a story of a wine-fueled adventure among the obsessive sommeliers and what it takes to become one. It might or might not instantly make you feel like a trained sommelier the second you finish it! Buy here.

Confessions of a Cartel Hitman – by Martin Corona gives you a sombre and accurate insight into the drug and gang-fueled teenage years of an assassin, and how he rose through the ranks to eventually start working for a Mexican drug cartel. Buy here.

Black Edge – by Sheelah Kolhatkar was one of the first pre-ordered books on our list this year and did not disappoint. The author tells the story of an American billionaire and the rise and fall of his hedge fund in the early 2000s which included insider trading and investigations by the SEC. Buy here.

The Buy Side – by Turney Duff is a brilliant and educational look into the buy side of Wall Street. Highly recommended for anyone looking to get a start in the industry but isn’t sure if that world is for her/him. Duff tells a tale of spectacular success and excess and how the book came about. Buy here.

South And West: From A Notebook – by Joan Didion is a series of notebook stories she kept throughout her road trip with her husband in 1970, and chronicles everything from a visit to a deserted alligator farm to sitting through a ladies’ brunch at the Mississippi Broadcasters’ Convention. Buy here.

PODCASTS

How I Built This – hosted by Guy Raz, this podcast is about entrepreneurs, innovators, idealists, and the stories behind the movements they created. Listen and download here, our favorites include the makings of Spanx, Patagonia, and TRX.

The Morning Breath – hosted by the Claudia and Jackie Oshry, also known as Girl With No Job and Jackie O’ Problems offer a daily insight into celebrity and pop culture news. Listen and download here.

Why Oh Why – hosted by Andrea Silenzi is an award-winning podcast where Andrea speaks with friends, industry experts and guys about relationships, love, sex and technology. Our favorite include Stage A Fight with Esther Perel, but the rest of them are just as awe-inspiring and worth a listen. Listen and download here.

We Heard What – hosted by blogger and creator of WeWoreWhat Danielle Bernstein, is a fairly recent podcast where Danielle speaks with women and men about business, relationships and more. Our favorite includes her chat with Jen Atkin, renowned hair stylist and creator of OUAI haircare products. Listen and download here.

JOURNALISTIC PIECES

The Paradise Papers, written by a network of nearly 400 journalists that worked together to expose the shady financial practices of the global elite.

#MeToo campaign against sexual misconduct, and the hashtag that rocked the world

On Phoebe Philo leaving Celine

On Graydon Carter leaving Vanity Fair after 25 years

Tell us, what caught your eye this year? Was there a specific piece/book/podcast you shared with your pals?

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