Life made simple

Before you decide what books to read in 2018, read this.

 

Read this first, if you’re looking for something good to read this year. It can be confusing to wander up and down the aisles at your book store, trying to find those good reads from the vast array of genres and titles.

Our literary consultant suggests:  Don’t go straight to the book store. First ask friends what they’ve enjoyed reading, and why. But don’t assume you’ll love what they love.

If you like good literary fiction – i.e the kind that’s nominated for the Man Booker or the Pulitzer Prize, then do an online search for Man Booker shortlist 2017 or Pulitzer Winners 2017.

If you like a particular genre of fiction, Crime for example, do a search for book reviews on Best Crime Fiction of 2017 or Best Suspense Fiction, or Best South African Fiction – and your search engine will throw up some great recommendations.

Amazon.com will give you samples of most books you’re interested in, so do read a few pages, then decide if a title appeals to you.

Here are some of our favourite current fiction and non-fiction titles:

First ask friends what they’ve enjoyed reading, and why.

The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead
The story of escape from slavery in pre- Civil War USA.

Manhattan Beach, by Jennifer Egan
A young girl uncovers the mystery of her vanished father in wartime Brooklyn.

Fever, by Deon Meyer
“I want to tell you about my father’s murder. I want to tell you who killed him, and why. This is the story of my life. And the story of your life and your world too, as you will see.”

A fan says: “I just finished FEVER by Deon Meyer. Absolutely loved it, possibly because I love dystopian fiction and this is set in South Africa. Bonus. Really brilliantly written, I could not put it down.”

For more recommendations from other book lovers, join this Facebook page and you’ll never be short of must-reads.

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