What books have made YOUR top 9 Best Reads? We asked you on social media, and here are your favourite suggestions! Comment below if there's a book that isn't here that you think SHOULD be here!
1. 'Abakwa', Thenjiswa Ntwana
Abakwa is an isiXhosa drama that speaks about a young girl from a disadvantaged background who lives day by day overcoming the disease of HIV.
2. 'Nothing But The Truth', Avi
Nothing But The Truth starts with an incident that happened at Harrison High School in New Hampshire, USA, where Philip Maloy, a high school student, is suspended from school after humming the American national anthem. The story is written through diary entries, personal letters, school memo's and transcripts of dialogue, and deals with the issue of truth and how the truth changes depending on what a person believes.
3. Animal Farm, George Orwell
Animal Farm is an allegorical novel, which is a story or poem that is used to symbolize a real life event or concept. The story is about a farm where the animals revolt against the farmer, which is used as a metaphor for the Russian Revolution of 1917. The farm animals can talk and understand each other, and overthrow the farmer of Manor Farm The pigs take power, and there is a power struggle on how the farm should be run. Each animal starts to represent a part of human society.
4. 'Long Walk to Freedom', Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Long Walk to Freedom is an autobiography (a book about a person written by that person) by the former President of South Africa, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. The book follows the journey of Madiba's life from a young age until after his 27 years in prison on Robben Island, Cape Town.
5. 'Whitney's Kiss', Onne Vegter
Whitney starts to get involved in a teenage relationship, but she is warned against some of the consequences of taking things to far by her teacher Mrs. Pillay. The story comes face to face with the reality of HIV and AIDS, and deals with teenage issues like love and betrayal.
6. Lord of the Rings', J.R.R Tolkien
Lord of the Rings is a trilogy about a fantastical journey in a place called Middle Earth, where elves, dwarves, wizards and hobbits live amongst humans. We follow the story of the hobbit Frodo, who must destroy a magical ring before the evil Lord Sauron takes it and uses it to gain more power.
7. Liefde is 'n Sprokie, Santie Nel
A collection of Afrikaans short stories that deal with love and relationships for teenagers. Each story is based on a well-known fairy tale with a modern twist!
8. Kwezi Series, Loyiso Mkize
A graphic novel that focuses on Kwezi, a super hero from Johannesburg that has incredible powers. While trying to save the world, Kwezi also enjoys living life to the fullest like any other student.
9. Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling
The Harry Potter series follows the school journey of Harry Potter, a young boy who discovers he is a wizard and is sent off to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. While trying to pass his exams with his friends Hermione and Ron Weasley, he also has to defend his life from the evil Lord Voldemort, who is bent on killing him and taking control of the wizarding world.