This weekend is sure to be a frosty one as Capetonians get ready to bundle up and spot some snow. But if you’d much rather spend your weekend curled up with a good book and your favourite snuggly blanket, we’ve got you covered. Chill out this weekend with these six insanely good books that are sure to keep you entertained and glued to your couch.
The Midnight Library – Matt Haig
Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if you made different decisions? The book tells the story of Nora and a library between life and death. In this library, you are shown what your life would have been like if you made different choices. It’s an intriguing look at whether you would choose to do things differently, and if you had the chance, would you undo your regrets?
The Guest List – Lucy Foley
A beautiful wedding that takes place on an island off the coast of Ireland. Or at least, that’s what it was supposed to be. A beautiful bride, a charming groom, an array of smiling guests, and a dead body. The perfect “who done it” for those who love thrillers.
The Vanishing Half – Brit Bennett
An intriguing look at what happens when the life of two black twins diverge as one passes for white. A gripping story that dives into race and identity and is already the frontrunner for this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction. If that’s not a good enough reason to read this book, then we don’t know what is.
Leave the World Behind – Rumaan Alam
Escape winter by going on a journey with a white family to a luxurious, remote holiday home for an incredible week of “disconnecting.” However, read along as things take a strange turn when a black couple knocks on the door with news of a power outage. An easy read that will leave you feeling suspicious and uneasy throughout.
The Institute – Stephen King
Stephen King has a flair for writing gripping horror and fantastical tales of telekinetic people that we just can’t get enough of. His latest book, The Institute, follows a group of children with special talents desperately searching for a way to escape the institute’s director, who will stop at nothing to gain control of their gifts.
Klara & the Sun – Kazuo Ishiguro
Fantasy or a peek into the future? The latest hypnotic novel by Ishiguro takes a creepy look at life as AI robot Klara, an “artificial friend” who waits patiently until a customer will scoop her up and take her home. It’s a good read that grapples with questions of science and the soul.