Don’t fancy Obama or Noah? Try some sweary self-help


Don’t fancy Obama or Noah? Try some sweary self-help

January bestsellers to take you through February

Jennifer Platt

There’s a lot to take in on this list. Michelle Obama’s memoir is not only the bestseller of 2018, Amazon says Becoming has enjoyed the longest streak at No 1 for any book since Fifty Shades of Grey in 2012. Robin Sharma’s new book about waking up at 5am has blasted onto the charts and Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney is coming here on tour for his 13th book that’s at number 7. Not many cookbooks make the charts, so The Lazy Makoti’s Guide to the Kitchen is definitely one to get for its simple yet delicious recipes.
Becoming, Michelle Obama, Viking, R399
The former first lady turned 55 last month. This is but one of her quotes people are posting about: “If you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.”
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Mark Manson, Harper, R280
This is the mother of all sweary self-help books (other popular titles are How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t by Andrea Owen, and Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life by Gary John Bishop). It’s still selling as people are still trying to master this art.
The 5am Club, Robin Sharma, Harper, R270
The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari author’s new book shows why waking up at 5am is a key to living your best life. “When you give yourself the gift of some morning peace away from your busyness, the hardwire capacity of every human brain to access the realm of pure genius becomes activated.”
Manage Your Money Like a F*cking Grown Up, Sam Beckbessinger, Jonathan Ball Publishers, R190
Beckbessinger’s book helps you rethink your relationship with money. Here’s the lowdown on what to expect: How to trick your dumb brain into saving more, without giving up fun.
How to make a bona fide grownup budget.
Why you need to forget what you’ve learnt about credit.
How to negotiate a raise.
Why buying a house (probably) won’t make you rich.
The one super-simple investment you need.
How to deal with “black tax”.
Born a Crime, Trevor Noah, Pan Macmillan, R180
If you have read this and are eagerly waiting for the movie (rumoured to be released this year), there is Noah’s latest special on Netflix, Son of Patricia, which can probably fill the hole.
21 Lessons for the 21st Century, Yuval Noah Harari, Jonathan Cape, R320
Artificial intelligence is a frightening prospect. It is the present and the future. Harari’s mindbender tackles this for the reader to fully grasp what is happening and how to stop being bewildered by it all.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown (book 13), Jeff Kinney, Puffin, R230
Good news for the Wimpy Kid fans! Jeff Kinney will be here on tour on March 5 in Sandton, Joburg, and on March 6 and 7 in Camps Bay in Cape Town. For ticket information go to or and
Lift as you Rise, Bonang Mohale, Tracey McDonald Publishers, R270
The CEO of Business Leadership SA has plenty of insights and in this collection of his speeches and articles he reveals the issues he is passionate about. He especially wants young people to read his book.
Lazy Makoti’s Guide to the Kitchen, Mogau Seshoene, Quivertree, R340
“The Lazy Makoti’s Guide to the Kitchen is one cookbook every aspiring home cook should have in her (or his) kitchen and keep on the kitchen counter for easy reference. The recipes are not only quick and easy but also unpretentious, and result in the ultimate comfort food,” says Dorah Sitole, chef, food writer and cookbook author. And who can resist a cookbook with a chapter called Khumbul’ekhaya that includes a Bokobe bja makako and seshebo (a pap and tomato relish) recipe?
Every Breath, Nicholas Sparks, Sphere, R285
This is about 36-year-old Hope Anderson, whose father has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Her star-crossed love is the wonderfully named Tru Walls, who is trying to find out about his mother’s life after her death. Lots of things get in their way, one being Hope’s longtime orthopedic surgeon boyfriend. Hopefully Hope and Tru will find a way to each other at the end of the book. Possible couple names: Truhope; Hopetru. So many choices.

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