Read into this bestseller list what you like, but at least read
SA’s most popular books in March
Whenever a new Wilbur Smith comes out it goes straight to number one and King of Kings is no exception. Delia Owen’s debut novel Where the Crawdads Sing has been on nearly every bestseller list and if you haven’t read it yet, it should be on your to-be-read pile. And James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club is still doing well even though this is number 18 in the series. Great to see fiction on the bestseller lists.
1. King of Kings, Wilbur Smith with Imogen Robertson (Zaffre Publishing, R320) Characters names are Penrod Ballantyne, Amber Benbrook, Lady Agatha, Saffron, Lorenzo De Fonseca and Ryder Courtney.
2. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Mark Manson (Harper, R280) With over six million copies sold worldwide, Manson’s self-help phenomenon is also one of the top five best-selling non-fiction audiobooks. Readers who do give a flip are anxiously waiting for his next book, Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope, which will be released sometime in May.
3. The 5am Club, Robin Sharma (Harper, R270)
On his website Sharma shares his five practical tips about waking up early:
Don’t eat after 7pm. You will sleep more deeply as well as more sweetly. It’s the quality not the quantity of sleep that’s most important.
Don’t lounge in bed after your alarm clock goes off. Jump out of bed and start your day. The more time you lie in bed after the alarm clock goes off, the greater the likelihood that the chatter of your mind will say something like: “Stay in bed. Sleep a bit more. You deserve it.”
Get into world-class physical condition. When I am in excellent physical shape – working out five to six times a week and eating ultra-well, I jump out of bed at 5am or even 4am with ease. Being superbly fit is a brilliant move.
Set BHAGs. Jim Collins coined the term, meaning Big Hairy Audacious Goals. Goals breathe life and energy into your days. Goals inspire you and give you something to get out of bed for each morning. Taking out your journal and articulating 10-, five-, three- and one-year goals for the core dimensions of your life will focus your mind and drive tremendous results. It will light a fire in your belly and flood you with passion.
Set your alarm clock 30 minutes early. I shared this point at a recent The Awakening Best Self Weekend where people had come from all around the world to learn how to break through their fears and live their greatest lives. I just got an email from one participant from Spain. This little trick has changed her life. She thinks she’s getting up at 6am. By the time she’s up and out of bed, she realises it’s only 5.30am. She uses the newfound time to meditate or read or exercise. Her business is more successful than ever. Her family life is at its best. And she’s happier than she’s been in years.”
4. Becoming, Michelle Obama (Viking, R399)
This is heading to become the bestselling memoir of all time. The publisher, Penguin Random House, has said it has sold almost 10 million copies.
5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown, Jeff Kinney (Puffin, R230)
The 13th book in the popular and oh-so-funny children’s book series, which features the lovable tween Greg Heffley – a US boy in middle school who gets into the usual naughty scrapes of a young boy. 6. Born a Crime, Trevor Noah (Pan Macmillan SA, R190)
A new edition has been adapted for young readers.
7. Manage Your Money Like a F*cking Grown Up, Sam Beckbessinger (Jonathan Ball Publishers, R210)
Beckbessinger’s aim is to take out the financial jargon and break things down for easy-to-understand advice about money. Here are her top five tips that she shared with us:
Automate everything, because human brains are no good at willpower. Just set up an automatic payment on payday to move money to your financial goals (whether it’s saving or debt repayments). That way, you don’t save what’s left after spending, you spend what’s left after saving (that’s a tip from Warren Buffett, and that guy is SMART). Aim to save 30% – it’s easier than you think.
Know what you really care about, and don’t piss money away on stuff that you don’t. I find it helpful to have one really chunky, audacious goal in mind that has a real price tag attached to it. This helps when you’re trying to remind yourself why you’re NOT going to buy that new gizmo you don’t actually need, even though it’s shiny and on sale.
Put your day-to-day spending money in a separate bank account (I call it my fuckaround fund). Top it up once a week, and never spend more than you have in that account.
Free up money from the boring shit, not from the stuff you love. Don’t fret over every piece of avocado toast you order – rather find cheaper car insurance, or move to a lower-fee investment fund. Be frugal with the big stuff like housing and transport costs, not the small stuff that makes you happy.
Don’t waste money on cars unless you actually really love cars.
8. The Choice, Edith Eva Eger (Rider & Co, R195)
Eger was a gymnast and ballerina when she was sent to Auschwitz at the age of 16. There, she was made to dance for the infamous Josef Mengele. She barely survived the death camp. On May 4 1945, a young US soldier noticed her hand moving slightly among a number of dead bodies. She recovered and moved to the US, going on to become an eminent psychologist. In The Choice she explains how many of us live within a mind that has become a prison and shows how freedom becomes possible once we confront our suffering. 9. The 18th Abduction, James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Century, R270)
This is the 18th book in what could be Patterson’s most popular series. Three female schoolteachers from a prestigious preparatory school go missing in San Francisco. Detective Lindsay Boxer and her husband Joe Molinari are on the case, which quickly escalates from missing person to murder.
10. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens (Little Brown, R280)
Picked by Reese Witherspoon for her Hello Sunshine Book Club, this critically acclaimed novel is Owens’ debut. It’s essentially a love story and a mystery where the central character is a young girl named Kya who is abandoned by her family at the age of six. She grows up isolated in a rundown hut in the swamp lands of North Carolina.