Highly Recommended Exclusive Books Reads for May

Now that President Cyril Ramaphosa lifted the National State of Disaster, it’s the perfect time to delve into a new book. 

The Covid-19 has taken a slight step back though as Russia’s war in Ukraine rages on.

 Batya Bricker, Exclusive Books Marketing, Loyalty and Procurement General Manager says the Coronavirus has upset the table, while also sharing a quote about the importance of books. 

“As we resume our new post-Covid lives, we face a world in turmoil – war in Ukraine, lingering uncertainty over rising Covid cases, and a flooded province, it seems appropriate that the EBR non-fiction selection for May is particularly strong. 

It is only through trying to understand the past and present, can we imagine a new future.  “Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood.” – John Green.”

Exclusive Books recommended titles are merchandised in front of all their stores every month and are carefully curated in different categories. 

The aim is to assist customers to see at a glance, and in a short space of time, titles that are new, trending and have caught the eyes of the Exclusive Books buyers in among 1000’s and 1000’s of titles. 

 All titles are presented on dedicated Exclusive Books Recommends display units where the books are grouped together with shelf talkers in-store for the entire month of the promotion. 

Fanatics members also earn a whopping 200 bonus points on their purchases from the list during May.

Starting with non-fiction, ‘The Iceman’ author Wim Hof shares his remarkable life story and powerful method for supercharging your health and happiness in The Wim Hof Method. Refined over forty years and championed by scientists across the globe, you’ll learn how to harness three key elements of Cold, Breathing and Mindset to take ownership over your own mind and wellbeing. 

Join author Greg Hoffman, Nike’s former Chief Marketing Officer, as he helps craft the company’s iconic campaigns for Ronaldo and Serena, Olympic Games and World Cup finals. Together, his insights offer a revelatory method that will make any brand more creative in the book Emotion by Design. 

Beyond Fear by Ebrahim Ismail Ebrahim is an inspirational memoir. The story of Ebie’s resistance shows how morality and courage are inextricably linked, currently echoed in the unfolding events in Ukraine. 

Over the past 120 years, hundreds of books on the Anglo-Boer War have been published, but The Boer War in Colour (English and Afrikaans) by Tinus Le Roux will be the first to show this conflict in full colour – introducing a fresh perspective and transforming it into living history. 

Non-Fiction: There are 10 non- fiction titles for May. 

  • ‘The Iceman’ author Wim 
  • Emotion by Design by  Greg Hoffman. 
  • Beyond Fear by Ebrahim Ismail Ebrahim 
  • The Boer War in Colour (English and Afrikaans) by Tinus Le Roux 
  • Freezing Order by Bill Browder.
  • Genius by Bruce Whitfield 
  • Here’s the Thing by Haji Mohamed Dawjee 
  • Milner by Richard Steyn 
  • My Mess is a Bit of Life by Georgia Pritchett 
  • Spear by Paul Landau

In fiction titles in May, Booth is a triumph! No one writes like Karen Joy Fowler. With wit, heart, and revelatory insight, she teases ghosts from their shadows, transforming the way we see the past, shedding new light on our troubled present. 

In Robert Gold’s Twelve Secrets Ben Harper’s life changed forever the day his older brother Nick was murdered by two classmates. Twenty years on, Ben is one of the best true crime journalists in the country and happily settled back in Haddley, thanks to the support of its close-knit community. But when a fresh murder case shines new light on his brother’s death and throws suspicion on those closest to him, Ben’s world is turn upside down once more. 

Andy and Laura are good parents. They tell their son Connor that he can go out with friends to celebrate completing his exams, but he must be home by midnight. When Connor misses his curfew, it sets off a series of events that will change the lives of five families forever. The truth? Because five teenagers went into the woods that night, but only four came out. The Curfew is gripping tale by T.M Logan.

Fiction: There are 14 fiction titles in May

  • Booth is a triumph! by Karen Joy Fowler. 
  • Twelve Secrets by Robert Gold
  • The Curfew by T.M Logan. 
  • Moon Witch Spider King by Marlon James 
  • Tomorrow I Become a Woman by Aiwanose Odafen 
  • Hammerman by Mike Nicol
  •  The Match by Harlan Coben 
  • Galatea by Madeline Miller 
  • Impossible by Sarah Lotz 
  • Looking for Jane by Heather Marshall 
  • ”The No-Show by Beth O’Leary 
  • The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley 
  • White Chalk by Terry-Ann Adams inspiration. 
  • Zanzibar Zen deur Marnus Hattingh

EB recommends for children

There are five titles in the 6-9 children’s category. 

  • Catastrophe by De Wet Hugo 
  • Katastrophe deur De Wet Hugo 
  • Aziza’s Secret Fairy Door and the Birthday Present Disaster by Lola Morayo
  • Minki Se Bookdag deur Jaco JacobsLara
  • Roomys Op Di Planeet Zork deur Jaco Jacobs 

There are 5 titles in the 10 – 12 age category. 

  • Loki: A Bad God’s Guide To Being Good by Louie Stowell 
  • Blinkertjies in Pa se Baard deur Marieta Nel
  • Sabotage on the Solar Express by M G Leonard 
  • Skandar and the Unicorn Thief by A.F. Steadman 
  • The Ogress & Orphans by Kelly Barnhill fires

There are five Picture Books for May

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • Peppa Loves Reading! 
  • The Bok Who Lost His Spring by Marleen Lammers 
  • A Gold Star for Faizel by Rafiek Mammon 
  • How To Count To One by Caspar Salmon 

The last 4 titles are Teens and Young Adult 

  • In Blood To Poison by Mary Watson 
  • Dreamers by Fanie Viljoen 
  • Gallant by V.E. Schwab 
  • Northwind by Gary Paulsen 

Under the current Covid-19 restrictions Exclusive Books are hosting real life book launches again – albeit with restricted numbers. 

Exclusive Books are still hosting authors on webinars and everyone who is signed up for fanatics will receive news about events 

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