All these film awards that start popping one by one from the beginning of the year make you feel awkwardly ignorant. So you try to catch up and fill in your cinematographic gaps with every title in each nomination list just to be competent to enter a meaningless discussion on social media or in a coffee corner at your office, which film, actor, actress or director snatches an Oscar this year. Sorry, no time for books when you've still got a number of film titles on your watching list. That is the competition: to read or to watch. Have you been stuck in making this tough choice? Looking for a compromise is often not an option, as your spare time does not signal for multiple available slots.
Take your time, watch the movies and dream about reading a book. You'll do it later. Meanwhile we'll keep you informed about new books published in January 2009 by presenting our usual Top 5:
COME RAIN OR COME SHINE: FABER STORIES
by Kazuo Ishiguro
This is a new book by the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature 2017. This time a novel is about memories and forgetting. Ray travels to see his old university friends Charlie and Emily and tries to diminish himself to make Charlie look good in comparison. But there were years when Ray enjoyed listening to jazz together with Emily and now hearing jazz again he feels that memories are rushing back at him...
by Fiona Barton
If you read The Widow and The Child, you'd love this new crime novel and its protagonist Kate Waters. Two eighteen-year girls go missing in Thailand. The journalist Kate Waters is in the centre of events doing her primary job - to write an exclusive story but also keen to find out what happened to the girls. Coincidentally her own son went travelling two years ago and they haven't been in contact since. Continuing with her investigation Kate finds that sometimes danger is much closer to home than you think.
by Karen Thompson Walker
Here's a novel with a very unusual topic. A college student comes back to her dorm room, falls asleep and doesn't wake up. She's not dead, just deeply asleep. Soon other students start falling asleep followed by many people in town. A psychiatrist tries to identify this strange illness while those asleep demonstrate a high level of brain activity: they are dreaming but of what?
by Taylor Adams
This novel reminds of a suspense thriller that you'd gladly watch on a cold winter night. A college student Darby is caught in a blizzard in Colorado on her way home. She is stuck with other four strangers at a remote highway rest stop. Accidentally Darby notices a child locked in an animal crate in a car next to hers. How can she help the girl when none of the phone lines are functioning? Who is the kidnapper and who can she trust?
HOW TO DATE MEN WHEN YOU HATE MEN
by Blythe Roberson
Non-fiction reading doesn't have to be always serious. Therefore, this time we offer you a book by a famous female comedian on how to date men in the modern gender sensitive age. You'll come across the sections, such as Real Interviews With Men About Whether Or Not It Was A Date; Good Flirts That Work; Bad Flirts That Do Not Work and other hilarious dating advises.