A couple of weeks ago my Mommy received her first EMAIL, not comment, from a fellow blogger. You can imagine the surprise and utter joy we felt. That email came all the way from The Land Down Under to be delivered in her inbox here on the Southern Part of Africa. Oh, how I miss the postal services! I would have loved to get a real letter from Australia!
Anyway, Marg from the Adventures of the Intrepid Reader contacted my Mommy to ask if she wants to take part in a joint post regarding bestsellers and how they compare between our different countries. Over the next couple of weeks, we chatted a couple of times via email and we discovered that her husband is originally from South Africa and her in laws are still living here. What a small world we live in.
I don’t as a rule follow the Best Sellers list in South Africa. I read whatever I want. My Mommy’s favorite Bookshop in South Africa, is Bargain Books. It’s one of the first shops on the right as you enter our local Shopping Mall and yes, she normally steers right upon entering the sliding doors. They usually have a display of the Top Ten Popular books for the past week. Here’s the books that made their display for the week ending 19 September 2020:
|(Photo from Bargain Books’ Facebook page)|
- Anxiety is a huge problem for humans in South Africa. They stress about money, food, work, health, their families and safety
- The Ten Commandments obviously don’t cut it anymore. They now rather need 12 steps/rules/lessons to lighten the burden
- They need money
- They need Justice
- They desperately search for meaning
- They need an escape from reality (yes, vampires are better than real life in some places)
- We love to cook and eat and the fewer ingredients with the easiest methods, the better
- Afrikaans people still believe that humor and fiction will solve most problems
Ottolenghi Flavour – Yotam Ottolenghi
Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer
The Happiest Man on Earth by Eddie Jaku
Dog Man #9 Grime and Punishment – Dav Pilkey (children’s book)
The Space Between by Zara McDonald and Michelle Andrews
The Golden Maze:A Biography of Prague by Richard Fidler
Think Like a Monk by Jay Shetty
The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante
Bluey : Grannies (children’s book)
Sam Bloom: Heartache and Birdsong
They have children’s books on their Top Ten Best Sellers! How cool is that! I know that Children’s Books do make the Top Ten list here with us as well, but not often enough. Especially not ones featuring fluffy white kittens. They should look into that. I am sure it will lighten some of that anxiety.