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Bookworms Choice Awards

Janais van Eck

A mix of fantasy, suspense and crime and coming of age book suggestions for our fellow bookworms.

Shadow of the Wind

By Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

“A secret’s worth depends on the people from whom it must be kept.” – Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Shadow of the Wind.

Set in Barcelona, 1945, a young book dealer’s son, Daniel, finds himself fascinated by a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind by Julian Carax. Daniel submerges himself in finding more of Carax’s works. Soon he discovers someone has been purposefully destroying copies and he may have the very last one. Although lengthy for some, this book keeps you in suspense in the story of a curious boy evolving into one of murder, secrecy and twisted romance. Taking place in the streets of Barcelona, the shadows and the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, reading a book about a book one finds themselves in a mystifying atmosphere deep within the pages of this beautiful masterpiece.


Trust Me.

By Jeff Abbott

A pick for those who prefer crime and suspenseful reading. Luke Dantry works for his stepfather’s Washington think tank from the safety of his computer, tracing and infiltrating web-based terrorist networks. Filtering through the raging – and possibly mentally suspect – people he comes to call the Black Road, what seems to be a safe and anonymous job takes a dangerous turn as Luke is kidnapped at gunpoint and left alone in a cabin. Black Road is possibly more organised, threatening and shockingly closer to home than he expected. This book is an intricate puzzle you become invested in solving with Luke. With the unexpected twists and maintained suspense this book is a definite good read.


The Perks of Being a Wallflower

By Stephen Chbosky.

Trigger Warning: This material deals with depression, drug abuse, suicide, and sexual assault.

A familiar title to those who have seen the successful film based on this self-explorative novel. Set in the early 1990’s, the story is told from the perspective of Charlie: an unconventional thinker experiencing his first year in high school. Charlie tells his story through letters to an anonymous stranger whom he overhears is a good listener. I would suggest this to readers looking for a short read that is still captivating and mentally stimulating. This great story is well written and based on Chbosky’s own experiences which comes through in the fantastic depiction of a contemplative young boy’s mind. For those who have seen the film I strongly advise reading this novel to gain a whole new perception of The perks of Being a Wallflower.

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