So many books, so little time… Who hasn’t heard about it before? We, the digital booksellers of 24symbols, have made it our mission to make sure will not miss those books that everybody is talking about. However, this is more than just a bestseller list. We also want to point out hidden gems that have caught our special attention. Have a look at our list of the best books of the moment and find your next read. We made sure to include something for everyone’s taste:
The Boy with Blue Trousers
This historic fiction novel takes us to the goldfields of 19th century Australia, a promise for a better future for immigrants from all over the world. Among them 17-year-old Little Cat from China who escaped (disguised as a boy) from a muddle-headed family affair and 25-year-old Violet who emigrated from England seeking for a fresh start in Australia. Even though the two women come from extremely different cultures, they are both self-determined and energetic and will have you rooting for them in a heartbeat.
Tales of Japan
What captures a culture better than its myths and legends? Travel to Japan with this beautiful collection of folklore and marvelous drawings, a book full of love and positivity. Learn about moon-children, ghosts and monsters. We especially recommend the story of The Mirror of Matsuyama, if this is the Japanese version of Snow White, we have a lot to learn…
Stay a Little Longer
Can strangers become lovers during a car ride? This is not a love at first sight story but the story of two people who instantly connect, who dare to have an honest and open conversation and realize that what started as a by-chance meeting might develop into something more. A light, fast-paced novel that you won’t put down until you’ve reached the last page and that encourages you to seize the moment. Perfect for your holiday reading list!
A must read for anyone who enjoys art, culture and philosophy. Exposed tells the story of a teacher close to retirement and his former student who is on the edge of becoming a famous artist. As the teacher models for the artist, an intimate relation begins that neither had expected. They are not only exposed to one another but each one of them starts an introspective journey trying to expose their true identity. Beautifully written (also a big compliment to the translator Alison Anderson), this is the kind of novel that inspires late night discussions.
In the Shadows of Wolves
We’ll be honest upfront: This is a tough, heartbreaking read but it also sheds light on a dark part of European history that deserves to be acknowledged in public memory. Toward the end of WWII, a group of German refugees tries to reach the Lithuanian border hoping for easier conditions. The journey is dreadful to say the least and mothers have to take decisions that no parent should have to take. Luckily, Slepikas tells their fate in a respectful and clear language rather than lapsing into a pitiful or voyeuristic portrayal.
Interesting: Slepikas is a renowned actor and producer and originally wanted to turn the story into a movie. We’re happy we got to read the book first 🙂
Grace after Henry
A deeply emotional story about grief and moving on after the loss of a loved one. Grace loses her boyfriend Harry in a tragic accident and is struggling to cope with this terrible blow of fate. Her pain is portrayed with such honesty that it is at times hard to keep reading but at the same time Eithne Shortall writes with such compassion and tactfulness that one cannot let go of the book. Even though grief and sorrow play a strong part in the book, you are left with a positive, life-affirming feeling when finishing.
Deadpool – Paws
A comic turned into a novel? Stefan Petrucha has done a wonderful job! Deadpool is the narrator of his own story and is aware that he is in a book, which allows him to interact with the reader and creates a whole different reading experience. Plus, he has a lot of voices in his head that are fighting to be heard present us with hilarious dialogues. Deadpool’s humor is not for everyone but if you like crazy sarcasm and are a fan of the Marvel universe, you will definitively enjoy this book.
The Man They Wanted Me to Be
A thorough analysis of toxic masculinity throughout history and its impacts on our society spiked with the author’s personal experiences of growing up in a typical white male dominated environment in Indiana. This allows the reader to connect with Jared Sexton and most likely recognize the one or other situation even if they are not white, male or Christian. The result is an eye-opening book about the consequences of hardship, suppression of feelings and holding on to power that applies to much more than just white men in America.
The Mueller Report
Everybody is talking about the Mueller Report and everybody has their own interpretation. This is why the best thing you can do is to have a look at this omnipresent report yourself. Nobody expects you to read the whole document (but nobody will keep you from doing so either), the beauty of reading the paper online is that you can jump easily from one chapter to another, highlighting and commenting the parts that are most important for you. Whether you want to know more about the role of Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner’s meeting with Sergey Gorkov or the use of Wikileaks, check the facts yourself and start reading the Mueller Report:
Even if you do not typically read thrillers, this is a masterpiece cannot miss. Michelle Paver is best known for her children’s fantasy series Chronicles of Ancient Darkness but her ghost stories for adults are just as powerful. With Wakenhyrst she has now written a true Gothic thriller which will keep you up all night. Rather than “in-your-face-horror” she masters the art of suspense. From the very first pages we know that there was a murder and who the murderer is. But the question beneath the cruel crime is why did it happen? Was it sheer madness or do the demons that the murderer painted with such obsession really exist?
The Vegetable Museum
Families are complicated but even the most complicated relations can be softened by common interest, in this case: gardening. A warmhearted novel about family, community and continuity in uncertain times. Mulder is known for her non-fiction works and her horticultural expertise comes in handy in THE VEGETABLE MUSEUM. As the title already suggests, there is much more to gardening than growing vegetables and flowers and one cannot help but develop a fondness for the seed collection that is the hidden star of the story.
The Goose Fritz
Lebedev’s latest novel has been received with much enthusiasm by literary critics and readers alike. The family saga spans over two centuries and explores the impact of our ancestors’ decisions on our lives. The historian Kirill is part of the German minority living in Russia and takes it upon himself to uncover his family’s history. Having listened to his grandmother’s stories as a child, he decides to travel to Germany on a quest for his ancestors. As he visits countless cemeteries and archives, he takes the reader through the rich but troublesome relationship of Russia and Germany – Could it be that two of his ancestors encountered each other in the battlefield?
Things That Fall from the Sky
Discover one of Finland’s best-loved writers and explore the unexpected and inexplicable nature of reality. Selja Ahava shows in her keenly awaited novel “Things That Fall From The Sky” how one quirk of fate can send life spiralling in the most unexpected direction… Beautifully written, Selja knows how to engage the reader with her story that is brutally honest and fabulous at the same time. Finally available in English:
A Date with Death
If you love a fast-paced, intriguing crime story, this is the perfect book for you. Delve into the dark side of online dating with Detective Chief Inspector Eve Clay who needs to outsmart a serial killer by posing as his next prey on a dating site. A cat and mouse tale that is more that just a quick read, “A Date with Death” has a twisted plot and will keep you thinking about false promises and false identities for a long time after you read the last page.
Please Don’t Eat the Daisies
What if you escape from the chaotic city jungle to the suburbs to seek peace and nature only in order to discover a whole new type of crazy instead? Jean Kerr’s hilarious observations about life in the suburbs have kept us laughing for weeks. Thanks to Open Road Media, the iconic New York Times Bestseller has been republished and we can confirm that it is still a highly topical novel that deserves another read if you haven’t had the pleasure yet.
Sparks of Phoenix
The Lebanese-Canadian poet and speaker forms part of a new phenomenon, the InstaPoets. She came to Canada as a sixteen-year-old and struggled with adapting to her new home. This feeling of being different and especially the abuse she suffered is a recurrent theme in her work. Her latest collection of poetry concentrates on the power of love to heal and sends a message of self-empowerment to her readers. Discover more about Najwa and her fellow InstaPoets!
Discover an enthralling cross-genre novel that blends science fiction, end time and coming of age. 21 year old Caleb might be the one who can change the dystopian world he lives in into something more hopeful. Locke intertwines several stories, so make sure to pay close attention when reading the novel. If you do, you will find it to be a very original story. Interesting fact: Thomas Locke is a pseudonym for Davis Bunn.
A subtle novel about cultural identity and traditions, intertwined with a beautiful love story. Nena’s research about the Spanish tradition of her hometown Laredo, Texas, takes her to Madrid and turns into an identity quest. Once in Spain she not only starts understanding much more about herself but also falls in love. In the end she will have to decide where she can be her true self and what it means to be at home.
Every day we receive thousands of new books and we carefully select the ones that we believe will interest you most. Our recipe? A great book should give food for thought, it should move, educate and fascinate the reader. A book is a door to another world, and it is while reading how we discover different perspectives and widen our horizon. A book can change a person but be no fool, because just as Edmund Wilson said, “no two persons ever read the same book.” That is another beauty of books. There is always room for interpretation, imagination and discussion. That is why we invite you to comment the books you read, recommend them to your friends and discuss them with fellow digital readers on 24symbols.
Whether you like thrillers, romance, contemporary novels or any other genre, there is always time for a good book! So keep reading and feel free to tell us about your favourite book!