Whether it’s fiction, politics, history, or science, Libri is keeping a keen eye on what’s trending in the world. Based on the well-renowned best sellers lists of The New York Times, each month we are assembling a selection of those books which claim their prominent positions, and which we believe will capture the imagination of Hungarian readers as well as expatriates and travelers staying in the country.

Paula Hawkins: Into the Water

Dark memories and the pangs of conscience are just as adamantly clinging to our minds as Paula Hawkins’ second masterpiece is clinging to the top boxes of best sellers lists all over the world. Into the Water is dissecting the human psyche with even more ferocity than its predecessor, The Girl on the Train, while addressing emergent issues in modern societies with awe-inspiring empathy and unrelenting precision.

Rupi Kaur: Milk and Honey

Blurring the lines between prose and poetry, the two linguistic realms seep in and out of each other continually in this book, just as milk and honey do when you try and mix them in a glass. At first they seem to refuse to blend, but their flavours eventually give in to their mutual attraction. What remains is a crisp feeling of sweetness that can lift your mood for the rest of the day.

James Comey: A Higher Loyalty

Appointed by Obama and fired by Trump, the former director of the FBI has, as the phrase goes, been there and done that. Whatever you may or may not know about the last 10-15 years of federal investigations in the United States, it is most likely that Comey has been involved to some degree. This book is your chance to read up on the most controversial cases in recent US history, bypassing any media outlets, relying on an informant you are bound to find reliable.

Yuval Noah Harari: Sapiens – A Brief History of Humankind

Undertaking the daunting task of encompassing the entire history of humankind from any perspective should give any author pause, due to the sheer abundance and magnitude of pitfalls and beartraps one could be lured into. Professor Harari not only manages to avoid these, he is also able to draw a logical line from past to future, and give a clear vision of what may soon become of this noble animal, homo sapiens.

Daniel Khaneman: Thinking, Fast and Slow

Our brains are faulty machines hardwired to be prejudiced, quick to judge, act, and draw disastrously misguided conclusions from the set of data available to them. This is not our fault, personally. This is what nature, millions of years of evolution by natural selection has landed us with. We, however, also have the potential to beat these shortcomings, with techniques eloquently laid out in this book.