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The best way to celebrate Book Lovers Day is to simply find a story and read it. Maybe you wish to dive into the unknown with a good mystery, or see magic in a high fantasy setting, or be enthralled in a steamy romance. With that in mind here is a suggestion for some great books to read this month. 

Vodacom customers have access to all these books and more on Google Play books. And best of all, as a Vodacom subscriber, you can link your Googe Play account with your Vodacom account to make purchases that much simpler. Find out more. 

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

By Karen Joy Fowler

 

Delve into a world where loss and weirdness combine to form a textured portrait of a family in different stages of grief. Rosemary, a psychologist’s daughter, is five when she loses her sister, Fern. Seventeen years later, the truth about Fern’s disappearance gradually unfurls. At times grim, at times hilarious, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves offers snappy writing, witty characters and a completely unexpected twist.

The Buried Giant

By Kazuo Ishiguro

The Buried Giant tells the story of an elderly couple in a post-Arthurian Britain who embark on a journey across the myth-shrouded, medieval country. Memories, or the lack of, play a central role throughout the story, as characters struggle to recall pivotal moments from their past: from infidelity and wartime atrocities to a long-lost son. While the story contains many fantasy tropes – a noble quest, valient knights, dangerous ogres and fire-breathing dragons – it is also a story filled with multiple layers and meanings.

The Signature of all Things

By Elizabeth Gilbert

Spanning much of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, this book follows the fortunes of the Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker and his brilliant daughter, Alma (who inherits both her father's money and his mind), who ultimately becomes a botanist of considerable gifts. As Alma's research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she falls in love with a man named Ambrose Pike who makes incomparable paintings of orchids and who draws her in the exact opposite direction — into the realm of the spiritual, the divine, and the magical. 

All the Light we Cannot See

By Anthony Doerr

From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the stunningly beautiful instant New York Times bestseller is about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Ten years in the writing, All the Light We Cannot See is a deeply moving novel from a writer who never fails to thrill.  

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume 2

By Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill

If you still think comics are 'just for kids', then this may be the one to change your mind. Alan Moore’s take on the ‘genesis of the superhero comic’ sees famous Victorian literary figures Captain Nemo, Doctor Jekyll/Mr Hyde and The Invisible Man (among others) take on the invading Martians from HG Well's 'War of the Worlds'. With exceptional artwork from Kevin O'Neill, the League comics act as a veritable 'whose who' of Victorian era literature, while being hilarious, thrilling and shocking all at the same time. 

A library in your pocket

The 21st centuries upsurge in electronic devices has given us a whole new platform to discover books on. Computers, tablets, and most cell phones now have the ability to read books, making it that much easier to carry around a small library to enjoy not matter where you are.

 

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