The pleasure of reading a great work of fiction is unmatched. There is a great joy in getting lost in the fantastic world created by the author. However, the benefits of non-fiction books can’t be ignored. A non-fiction book can be a memoir, an autobiography, a how-to book, or even a true-crime account. It brings us closer to the real world by putting facts and figures before us, and there is a lot that we can learn from the experience of other people.
In the last couple of years some unconventional non-fiction books like Astrophysics for People in a Hurry and Sapiens, have caught the imagination of book lovers which has in turn benefitted the entire non-fiction genre, pushing the genre in the limelight.
So, which non-fiction books have really captivated readers and made them root for these books? Here are the top 3 Best Selling Non-Fiction Books of 2018 that have enchanted book lovers and casual readers alike:
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
Although, this non-fiction by well-known astrophysicist and master communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson released in 2017, it continued to rule the roost in 2018 as well. This book has managed to enthrall both science-lovers and non-lovers equally. It answers all our basic questions about the universe, the stars and the planets in a very simple way. Additionally, it explains all the astrophysics concepts from the big bang to quantum mechanics clearly and concisely and in a most funny and witty way. Here is Neil deGrasse Tyson discussing the book.
“Educated” is a coming-of-age memoir by Tara Westover which describes her efforts to get education after remaining uneducated for first 17 years of her life. Born in Idaho to Mormon fundamentalist parents who refused to send their children to school, Wetsover describes her tough childhood, living an isolated life away from the mainstream society and her subsequent fight to educate herself. Westover’s determined efforts to learn and study helped her to get admitted to Brigham Young University and her quest for knowledge helped her to earn a PhD from Cambridge University.
A Higher Loyalty
“A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership” by James Comey, is his account of his career as the former director of FBI and his troubled relationship with President Trump. Comey who was fired as Director of the FBI by Trump, describes behind-the-scenes details of Trump’s election campaign and the tumultuous event that led to his ascension as the President of the United Sates. Comey is unsparing in his criticism of Trump and the Trump administration and gives a full account of his fallout with Trump and his subsequent removal as the FBI chief.
Nothing is more challenging than finding the best selling mystery novels 2018. Novels from this genre remain as the most wanted ones, though readers still consider whether the novels are from their favorite, well-known writers. It is true that famed mystery novel writers still maintain their popularity through the decades. But, we should admit that new writers don’t hesitate to compete with their seniors, with their similarly thrilling and unpredictable mystery stories. They are:
The Outsider (Stephen King)
Let’s start with the master of thriller. Lovers of mystery novels don’t seem to care about reviews of Stephen King’s novels. They don’t think twice to place orders on the latest King’s novels. “This Outsider” tells about the finding of an 11-year old-corpse, with full of wounds, in a park. The investigation leads the police to a person named Terry Maitland. It is somewhat challenging to arrest a totally well-known person in town like Maitland. Even if the police have found some evidences, Maitland is released, as there is no strong evidence of his involvement. Things turn out differently when Ralph Anderson, the detective, insists on investigating this case in a deeper way than what the police do. Here comes the time to guess the end of the story that every reader will fail to guess. Here is Stephen King talking about his new novel.
Walk in the Fire (Steph Post)
Many readers claimed their satisfaction after reading Walk In the Fire, as they consider that Steph Post has proven his outstanding writing ability, as compared to the experienced Larry Brown or Harry Crews. Steph Post emphasizes on the real problem that most Florida citizens face, that common people don’t know. Readers were startled with the unpredictable characters of the Canon family, as they kept enjoying the unstoppable pulse of plot until the end of the story.
Robicheaux (James Lee Burke)
No mystery novel aficionados want to miss James Lee Burke’s latest novels. The same thing applies to Robicheaux, his latest mystery novel, which revealed the complicated murder case in Louisiana’s towns. It is the story of Dave Robicheaux, a Vietnam-war veteran whose life was drowning, particularly when his wife died mysteriously. He was struggling hard to prove that he was innocent over the death of his wife’s killer. This novel reveals how the writer has successfully created such an unpredictable plot of the common things happen among veterans in the USA.
The Perfect Nanny (Leila Slimani)
Regardless of its ‘artless’ title, The Perfect Nanny is more than just a story about an untrustworthy nanny, who has done a terrible crime over the kids that she is taking care of. The attention-grabbing story line that Leila Slimani has created, successfully mix up the mystery that covers the unspoken problems that involve gender, race, and social status.
The summer holidays are knocking. Fun times with family and friends is guaranteed, but even so, taking a book or two or more during this period would add to the excitement. While self-help, biographies, and autobiographies are quite popular, spicing things up with a novel could be something. What of a thriller?
We highlight at five thrilling novels that we recommend:
The storyline begins with the death of a single mother whose body is found at the bottom of a river that runs through a small town. This discovery comes hot on the heels of similar occurrence earlier that summer when the body of a teenage girl was discovered in the same river. According to the townspeople, these are not the first women to have been lost in the river’s dark waters. Who and/or what is behind these deaths? What dark secrets lay at the bottom of the river that could be dredged out?
An unknown young woman is brutally murdered in a run-down hotel. Her body is badly mutilated in a clear acid attack that has literally dissolved all identifying characteristics on her. Half a world away, a father is publicly beheaded in the sweltering desert heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. Across the Arabian desert, a notorious Syrian biotechnology guru is dead in a Damascus junkyard with both of his eyes gorged out.
On the other side of the region, smouldering human remains are found in a remote mountainside in the tribal lands of Afghanistan. This has the hallmarks of an effortless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.
Only one path links them all, and only one man can make the journey to connect the dots. Who’s he?
“Dead Certain” by Adam Mitzner
Ella Broden is a successful attorney. By day, she argues out her cases at the local courthouse with so much passion. But as day turns into night, she shifts her passion from the corridors of justice to some of the darkest clubs in Manhattan where she sings her soul out.
Ella has been careful not to show her two lives to the outside world, not even her younger sister Charlotte knows this. But while Charlotte is oblivious of Ella’s double life, could Ella be oblivious of Charlotte’s double life?
Ella is ecstatic when Charlotte announces ger first novel, but Charlotte goes missing soon thereafter. NYPD’s Detective Gabriel Valsquez, is an old flame in Ella’s past life. He steps in to help investigate Charlotte’s sudden disappearance. But what they find shocks them.
“The Missing Ones” by Patricia Gibney
A man’s body is discovered hanging from a tree outside his home in an apparent case of a suicide. Hours earlier, a woman’s body had been discovered in a cathedral. Local detective Lottie Parker leads the investigations into the two deaths.
Initial investigations indicate the two bodies have the same distinctive tattoo inscribed on their legs. This tells detective Parker that the two people are connected. But it is still not clear how. Find the answers within the pages of this gripping, page-turning serial killer thriller.
“Silent Child” by Sarah A. Denzil
A mother painfully watches as her six-year-old son’s red coat is fished out of the River Ouse. The pain of losing a beloved son unbearably too much for the young mother. But becomes unfathomable when Aiden’s body was never recovered from the bottom of the river.
Like they say, time is a healer. Emma Price rediscovers the joy in her life and ten years after the death of her son Aiden, she finds love again and gets pregnant. Life feels and tastes good. But things change when Aiden returns…