Books of the Month


Stay up to date with our monthly book recommendations and curated collections of the best stories on offer.

November




 

Scrolling through the endless list of films for the perfect family movie night, you'd probably have come across some titles that seem somewhat familiar. You've guessed it – they're adaptations of stories from novels! But do your kids have any clue? We're not sure. After all, the only time you might catch them with a book is when they're doing their homework.

With the annual school break and Yuletide just around the corner, what better opportunities are there to introduce leisure reading time into your child's agenda? Not only does reading expand imagination and spark original thoughts, it also helps develop critical thinking skills. Make this Christmas perfect with an inspiring book or two for your child's gift this year!

Title: The Boy, The Mole, The Fox And The Horse

Author: Charlie Mackesy

Publisher: Ebury Press

 

Immerse in an inspiring story involving four unlikely characters becoming friends, sharing the truths about life while searching for a place to call home in the wilderness. This adventurous narrative is filled with lessons about vulnerability, kindness, hope, friendship, and love that are sure to tug on anyone's heartstrings. Our favourite feature of this book is its beautiful and whimsical hand-drawn illustrations, which have grown so popular that they can now be seen on lampposts, schools, hospitals, cafes, and more.


 

Title: The Witches

Author: Roald Dahl

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

 

Based on a certain young English boy's account, witches are not what we've always pictured – no pointy hats nor broomsticks. They walk secretly amongst us with a conniving plan in mind, to turn all children into mice! He enlists the help of his grandmother to stop this evil plan from coming to fruition, but will they succeed? It’s time to embark on this great battle with our brave main character, Luke, to stop England’s child-hating witches once and for all!

With multiple accolades that include several awards as well as theatre and film adaptations of this best-seller, you can expect your kids to experience plenty of thrills while reading this novel.


 

Title:Code Name Bananas

Author: David Walliams

Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books

 

Are dogs man's only best friend? Not for Eric. What friendship a typical eleven year old finds with a puppy, Eric does so with a gorilla named Gertrude! Somehow along the way, Eric and Gertrude, along with his Uncle Sid, a zookeeper, become entangled in a top-secret enemy plot that they must escape from and ultimately save the day.

Set in war-torn Britain during the 1940s, David Walliams somehow manages to keep things uplifting and hilarious – true to his nature as a comedian. Get your kids ready for a rollercoaster ride of action, laughter and heroism!


 

Title: The 13-Storey Treehouse

Author: Andy Griffiths

Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia

 

A treehouse might be every kid's ultimate dream hideout – a place to hang out with your friends after school or to hide from your parents. What's more, a thirteen level treehouse with just about everything you could ever want? A bowling alley? Check. Swimming pool? Check. Candy-shooting machine? Sign us up!

It must mean something for this novel to win the Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year for Older Children and the COOL Award for Fiction for Older Readers in 2012. Grab a copy for your child this Christmas and find out what happens in the world’s most amazing magic treehouse!


 

Title: The Last Kids On Earth: June's Wild Flight

Author: Max Brallier

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

 

The Last Kids on Earth series is perfect for all the little kids out there who have always dreamt of starring in their own video game, especially in this finale book starring June del Toro's action-packed adventure. A spinoff of the bestselling series, we already know that June got separated from her friends fighting an army of skeletons, but now we might finally learn if our favourite heroine ever makes it back to them safely.

As she travels, she gains companions and fights new monsters with her impressive action and survival skills. But, most importantly, she learns of a secret that has the future at stake! What could it be? Head on this wild ride to find out what happens in this essential Last Kids story your kids will not want to miss!

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Mix family time up with a new activity and make these holidays a little more interesting – try switching some movie nights for a family book club! A movie jam-packed with fantastic CGI and effects might be impressive. However, interrupting those endless screen times with a trusty book and good ol' imagination is always a much-needed and healthy change of pace.

Discover more titles on the Frasers eStore and get your loved ones the perfect Christmas gift today!


 

August



 

We could all do with a little boost of positivity from time to time and that’s what we enjoy most about self-care books. Whether you’re looking to improve yourself, enter the path of personal growth, or to simply feel happier and have a healthier state of mind, these books will guide you to start loving and living your best life!

Besides providing hope and support, self-care books are also a great way for you to take charge of your life and get it back on track. Take your pick from our line-up of must-read titles and get ready to change your outlook on life.

Title: The Self-Care Handbook: Connect With Yourself and Boost Your Wellbeing

Author: Gill Hasson

Publisher: Capstone

 

Not giving yourself enough TLC or feeling bogged down by life’s unexpected challenges? Go on a ride with bestselling author Gill Hasson as she shares her secrets in achieving a positive, healthy relationship with yourself. Get ready to learn how to better deal with stressful situations, achieve work-life balance, improve your mental and physical health, and more.

In addition, this self-care handbook will equip you with tips and tricks to indulge in much needed me-time, and includes strategies to develop the mindset, routines, and habits that can protect and uplift your health and well-being.

Grab a copy of this insightful read and be on your way to a better life and a better you!


 

Title: A Short Guide to a Happy Life

Author: Anna Quindlen

Publisher: Random House Inc

 

Ever wondered what it really means to ‘get a life’? In this captivating book, Anna Quindlen delves into how we should live life to the fullest and not take any moment for granted.

The book captures some of Quindlen’s darkest periods in life and how she taught herself to live life to the max, rather than merely existing through the days. It also provides real-life insights on how we can get into the habit of showing gratitude, being present, and giving full attention to every detail of our lives.

If you’re someone that loves receiving solid advice, this book is for you. Now grab your coffee, sit back, and enjoy this page-turner!


 

Title: Love Your Life: 100 Ways to Start Living the Life You Deserve

Author: Domonique Bertolucci

Publisher: Hardie Grant Books

 

In search of inner and lasting happiness? Your search ends here! A wonderful collection of uplifting messages, this motivational book will inspire you to discover your dreams, realise your full potential, and thrive in life!

Coupled with famous quotes from international thought leaders and inspirational words from happiness expert Dominique Bertolucci herself, these simple yet powerful daily messages will leave you feeling motivated. As you dig deeper into the book, start to feel the difference in how you view yourself and the life you envision.

This thoughtful book also makes the perfect gift for yourself or a loved one!


 

Title: Zen: The Art of Simple Living

Author: Shunmyo Masuno

Publisher: Penguin Books

 

Sometimes, it’s the little changes that bring about happiness and that’s exactly what this book is about! Featuring 100 daily practices from renowned Zen Buddhist priest, Shunmyo Masuno, this light-hearted read will show you how to simplify your life.

Drawing on centuries of wisdom, this treasure trove is loaded with clear, practical, and easy lessons for you to adopt. From the way you interact with others to your thoughts and actions, this book shows you how small changes can make an impact.

With one task to follow each day for the next 100 days, you’ll start to feel a renewed sense of peace and happiness as you go along! A great read for when you’re in need of a pick-me-up.


 

Title: The Art of Showing Up: How to Be There for Yourself and Your People

Author: Rachel Wilkerson Miller

Publisher: The Experiment

 

They say healthy relationships are the key to happiness but it’s easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to adult friendships! In this guide, Rachel Wilkerson Miller explains how to successfully show up for yourself and for other people in the current age of social disconnect.

Master the skills to form genuine relationships, all while ensuring that you’re giving yourself the same amount of attention and care. Self-care is a big commitment in this publication so you’re sure to feel good reading it!

From exiting toxic friendships and making new friends, to maintaining more fulfilling relationships, this all-in-one guide helps you reflect on your relationships and how you can improve them for a happier life.


 

As we navigate through life and embrace the ups and downs that come with it, it’s vital to remember that you are your own biggest asset and that life is a work in progress. So what are you waiting for? Pick up these worthy reads and start your pursuit of personal excellence right away!


 

July



 

Did you know that reading before bed can reduce stress and anxiety, and even improve your sleep quality? So instead of reaching for the remote tonight, pick up a good book instead. Try these leisure reads and get ready for some comedy, romance, mystery, and magic in your life!

Whether it’s falling in love, searching for a lost sister, or imagining how men could turn into tigers, the action never stops from cover to cover. Travel from the marshlands of North Carolina to 1930s Malaya, and immerse in the adventures and exotic worlds of these fiction reads.

Title: Where the Crawdads Sing

Author: Delia Owens

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

 

When a man is found dead in a quiet town of North Carolina, everyone immediately suspects the town recluse “Marsh Girl”, also known as Kya Clark. But unlike what most townsfolk think of her, she is a sensitive and intelligent young woman who uses the marshland as both home and a way to better understand the world.

However, when two young men from town fall for her wild beauty, Kya finally emerges from her isolation and starts to open herself up to the world... until the unthinkable happens. Discover what beautiful and deadly secrets nature can hide in this haunting yet deeply moving novel.


 

Title: Love Your Life

Author: Sophie Kinsella

Publisher: The Dull Press

 

Fast-paced and fabulously fun, this romantic comedy is a page turner. Meet our relatable main character, Ava, a girl who is sick of online dating and desperate to escape it all. When she signs up for an anonymous writing retreat in Italy, she unexpectedly meets a handsome stranger and falls in love without even knowing his real name. Could this be her lucky break?

Unfortunately, upon their return home, reality slaps them wide awake. From his annoying quirks and living habits, to his weird family and terrible dog, both of them realise how much they can’t stand each other’s lives. Find out if they will be able to accept their differences and fall in love again in this light-hearted read!


 

Title: The Book of Two Ways

Author: Jodi Picoult

Publisher: Ballentine Books

 

Who would be the first person you think of during a near-death experience? For Dawn Edelstein, it wasn’t her husband, but a man she met fifteen years ago: Wyatt Armstrong.

When she does survive her plane’s crash landing and is offered transportation to any destination of her choice, she finds herself struggling between two options. Does she return home to her family and a stable career? Or, travel to the archaeological site where she fell in love with Wyatt years ago, dig up their unfinished past and complete her research? All of a sudden, Dawn finds herself doubting her happiness and everything about her current life, drawn to a possible new path.

Pick up this book to see which choice she makes in this riveting story about how our choices can change the course of our lives forever.


 

Title: The Kinship of Secrets

Author: Eugenia Kim

Publisher: Mariner Books

 

Inspired by a true story, The Kinship of Secrets, is about a family who travels from South Korea to the United States in search of a better life. Although Najin and Calvin Cho make the trip successfully, they could only bring one daughter with them, while leaving the other behind. Sadly, war breaks out in Korea making their hopes of returning to their lost daughter impossible.

Through alternating perspectives of the two sisters, follow Minja as she grows up in a happy American suburb, and Inja, as she suffers in a war-torn land with little memory of her distant family. As the Chos desperately long to be reunited with their long-lost daughter and sister, will their American dream come to an end? Author, Eugenia Kim, invites us to explore the cruelty of war and the power of hope.


 

Title: The Night Tiger

Author: Yangsze Choo

Publisher: Macmillan Publishers

 

Step into an exotic world of magic and romance, and let your imagination run free! You’ll find yourself propelled into 1930s Malaya, where an eleven-year old Chinese houseboy named Ren is delivered as a surprise gift to a British doctor. However, the child servant comes with an odd mission: to find his dead master’s severed finger and return it to his body in 49 days, before his master’s soul gets trapped on Earth for eternity.

Coincidentally, Ji Lin, an apprentice dressmaker moonlighting as a dancehall girl receives a gruesome gift. As the story unfolds, Ren and Ji Lin’s paths cross in unexpected ways as they seek truth and fulfil promises. A captivating read of love, sibling rivalry, ancient superstition, and ambition, you’ll not want to put this book down!


 

A great way to relax after a hard day’s work is to brew a cup of tea, kick your feet up and dissolve into a good book. We hope you are inspired to find your escape in one of these heart touching stories. Get ready to embark on an adventure, travel into another world and have a blast with these novels!


 

June



 

When it feels like the world is changing faster than ever before, it is normal to feel uncomfortable or uncertain. This month’s selection of books will help you gain new perspectives on how to overcome any type of disruption, from everyday challenges to life-changing historical events. Even better, discover how to adapt, thrive, and evolve with strategies to live a happier and calmer life.

From mastering your thoughts to learning how to embrace the unexpected, and how to recognise and combat the inevitable information overload of today’s digital age, you’ll find that life has much to offer, provided we have the right mindset.

Title: Your Thoughts Matter: Change Your Thoughts and Change Your Destiny

Author: George Goh

Publisher: Partridge Publishing Singapore

 

Your thoughts are more powerful than you think. No matter how big or small, they could be stopping you from achieving your goals. With this book, learn how to master them and you could master your destiny.

Author, George Goh, explains that for most people, the one thing that gets in the way of the results we desire are simply our own thoughts. When a thought dominates our subconscious mind, it shapes our paradigm and feelings. These feelings affect our body’s energetic state which determines the way we behave. Simply put, our thoughts have the power to create our reality. So why not use it to our advantage?

Grab this book to learn how to control your thoughts, overcome your history, conditions and circumstances, and be the person you want to be!


 

Title: The New Long Life: A Framework for Flourishing in a Changing World

Author: Andrew J. Scott, Lynda Gratton

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

 

These days, it feels like change is the only constant. On a daily basis, we experience ever-evolving technologies, jobs under threat, longer life spans, new ways of working, and lots more. For those who fear or resist unfamiliarity, there’s now a way and opportunity to flourish in this changing world.

Based on the fields of economics and psychology, The New Long Life provides a practical guide on how to positively adapt to these uncertain times. The authors, Scott and Gratton, have designed a simple three-part framework, “Narrate, Explore and Relate”, to help anyone navigate through challenges. Applicable to both your personal and work life, use this inspiring and insightful book as a guide to live a longer, smarter, and happier life.


 

Title: Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World

Author: Fareed Zakaria

Publisher: Allen Lane

 

If the future feels hopelessly unpredictable now, the pages from Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World can offer some solace. In this book, Zakaria, one of the ‘top ten global thinkers of the last decade’, predicts what the political, social, technological and economic climate in the post-pandemic world would look like, and provides ten surprisingly hopeful ‘lessons’ as he examines topics such as the acceleration of natural and biological risks, the rise of ‘digital life’, the future of globalisation, and more.

You’ll be invited to think about our fundamental nature as social animals and most importantly, be reminded that the future is truly in our own hands. Take a journey from past to future and immerse in Zakaria’s fascinating exploration of what to expect, and how to feel more prepared, in the post-pandemic world.


 

Title: Stop Reading the News: A Manifesto for a Happier, Calmer and Wiser Life

Author: Rolf Dobelli

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

 

If you have the habit of reading the news every morning, this book might convince you to change the way you’re doing it, for the better. Author Rolf Dobelli urges us to ask ourselves what we really gain after reading our daily dose of news. Beyond feeling like you know more useless trivia about the world, you usually learn not much else and even feel a little anxiety or agitation afterward.

Stop Reading the News reveals that in today’s information age, absorbing too much inaccurate, negative, or useless news can cause unnecessary confusion, unhappiness and even cause us to lose long-term focus. On the bright side, it provides a guide on how to cut through the clutter of useless information, save your brain capacity for experiences that truly matter, and gain more time, focus and insight as a result. Use this book to help you find more peace and wisdom in your life.


 

With a variety of practical strategies to cope with this volatile world at your fingertips, we hope you feel empowered to live a wiser, happier, and more fulfilling life, even during the most challenging of times.


 

May



 

It is perfectly understandable to feel anxious about things you can’t control, especially during uncertain times. This extends to managing money. However, while you should by no means ignore what’s going on in the world, you can’t let it hold you back from making positive steps forward.

So, if you’re looking to gain more self-confidence in money management matters amidst the current struggles and challenges, these books will prove very useful to you.

Title: Kiasunomics 2: Economic Insights for Everyday Life

Author: Sumit Agarwal

Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd

 

Some say that Singaporeans are ‘kiasu’, which in local slang means scared to lose or fear of missing out. We tend to be competitive, always aiming to earn more, experience more and achieve more. This book shows us how this can be a very good thing when it comes to money matters! Find out how to provide your kids with the best education, maximise your investments and own the latest technologies, at better prices. If this sounds like music to your ears, Kiasunomics 2 is for you.

Reap insights as you follow the story of a Singaporean taxi driver, Teng, struggling against the competition of rising ride hailing services, while trying to make smart financial decisions to achieve his ultimate goal of moving his family up the socio-economic ladder.

Written in a light-hearted way, this book reveals the often unknown economic consequences of the daily decisions we make in today’s fast-moving world. Every topic is timely and highly relatable to Singaporeans — such as dealing with risks during the coronavirus pandemic, the falling prices of old Housing Development Board flats, rising land prices, the Central Provident Fund retirement policy, regulation of car population, and even an explanation on the reasons why the temperature rises when we shop more!

From transportation and health, to housing and retirement, discover how to make smarter and more well-informed financial decisions in your everyday life!


 

Title: Managing Personal Finance: From Start of Career to Retirement and More

Author: Benedict Koh and Wai Mun Fong

Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd

 

If you’re looking towards an early and comfortable retirement, it’s time to get smarter about making your savings work for you! Instead of letting your money sit idly in the bank, pave your way to financial freedom by learning how to manage it wisely from the start of your career all the way to retirement!

Don’t worry, if you’re someone who feels queasy from technical or financial jargon. This book keeps it minimal and covers a wide range of complex financial ideas in a simple and easy-to-understand manner. The authors do this with a series of letters between a father and son, that teaches useful strategies such as financial goal setting, how to use financial tools, and how to plan one’s future.

Finally, a beginner-friendly guide to managing personal finance!


 

Title: Your Money Your Investments: Preserving and Growing Your Wealth in Good and Tough Times

Author: Dr Ben Fok

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International (Asia) Pte Ltd

 

Whether you’re in the midst of your investment journey or just starting out, you’ll want to read about these tips and insights, from veteran financial adviser Dr Ben Fok, on how to maximise the returns of your hard-earned money. Beyond learning how to make wise investments, you’ll also understand how to protect them during uncertain times.

This book features 36 articles, previously published in The Sunday Times and The Business Times, during the ups and downs in the stock market. They reveal useful tips such as how to not let your emotions sway your decisions when investing, no matter how hard it can be. Walk away with a better understanding of the investment world, learn how to manage your money through better financial planning, and discover strategies that can protect your investments from any crisis.


 

Title: 100 Things Millionaires Do: Little Lessons in Creating Wealth

Author: Nigel Cumberland

Publisher: John Murray Press

 

If one of your life goals is to earn your first million dollars, or create long-term wealth for you and your loved ones, this book might help steer you in the right direction and get there faster!

100 Things Millionaires Do is not about getting rich quick. It’s a guide on how you can begin your journey towards a prosperous future, by equipping you with the right habits, techniques and mentality. Explore 100 snappy chapters filled with advice, wisdom and tips on how to build and retain sustainable wealth, all based on Cumberland’s lifetime’s worth of experience starting and selling businesses, and coaching hundreds of wealthy leaders.

Packed with fantastic ideas, activities and exercises, discover the real habits of self-made millionaires and start applying them to your own life right now!


 

Title: The Way of Achievers: How to Live a Successful Life, Gain Financial Freedom, and Create Your Own Business

Author: Maitha J Alshamsi

Publisher: Partridge Publishing Singapore

 

Launching a start-up during a global pandemic is challenging, but it's not impossible. This book will inspire you to finally leave your fears and doubts behind, accomplish your goals, discover success, and embrace the way of achievers.

Just like having your own personal guide right beside you, the author takes you through coaching exercises, worksheets and tips to help you discover your own path for success. Alshamsi also shares her own powerful story on how she achieved financial freedom, by revealing her failures, successes and lessons learnt in the form of candid anecdotes.

Throughout the book, you will learn how to create your vision, plan and achieve your goals by using the “effortless formula”, become financially free, create your own business and other income generating machines, and so much more!


 

In unpredictable times, it’s ever more important to manage, grow and protect your finances effectively and efficiently. From making wiser spending and investment choices, to having your hard-earned dollars work for you, it’s never too late to start equipping yourself with the proper knowledge to begin your journey towards a wealthier and brighter future.


 

March



 

Whether it’s read out loud by a parent, or covertly read under the covers with a flashlight after bedtime — children’s books have the ability to capture imaginations, perhaps more than any other genre.

From George and Harold's time-travelling adventure to Wimpy Kid - Greg Heffley’s family misadventure; from Cornucopia’s mysterious “boogie monster” to the heroic Princess Incognito: here are March’s top five children’s books to be enjoyed during the upcoming March school holidays.

Title: Captain Underpants #08 The Preposterous Plight Of The Purple Potty People

Author: Dav Pilkey

Publisher: Scholastic Inc

 

George and Harold's time-travelling Purple Potty lands them in a crazy place in the eighth book of this #1 New York Times best-selling series.

The book begins with the boys pulling their usual pranks on the mean-spirited teachers at their school. When they plan to send their pet pterodactyl to the past in the Purple Potty, they accidentally plop into another reality where everything is the opposite of normal.

There, they discover they have evil twins — Evil George and Evil Harold — who plan to unleash some preposterous plans. There’s also an Evil Captain Underpants, known as Captain Blunderpants, who steals pizza and expensive electronic devices at the evil boys’ bidding.

Discover what happens when George and Harold come face-to-face with the alternate versions of themselves, and how the lovable Captain Underpants defeats his evil match, Captain Blunderpants in this pun-tastic, fun-filled adventure.


 

Title: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End (Book 15)

Author: Jeff Kinney

Publisher: Amulet Books

 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End is the 15th book in the best-selling Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney.

Greg Heffley, better known as Wimpy Kid, and his family hit the road for a cross-country camping trip. This time the Heffleys need a budget-friendly vacation and borrow their uncle's abandoned recreational vehicle (RV). Soon, their visions of camp-topia turn into camp-ageddon when they’re met with a series of unfortunate events

Outdoor hijinks ensue with capsized canoes, hair-raising animal encounters, flaming marshmallow burns, and a panicked run to the camp store when the RV park gets cut off from civilization. As the misadventures start to add up, the Heffleys wonder if they should have left home at all.

Stranded in the RV park, things only get worse for the Heffleys when the skies open up and the water starts to rise, making them wonder if they can save their vacation — or if they're already in too deep.


 

Title: Princess Incognito #3: Wrong Time to Fight Crime

Author: NJ Humphreys

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International (Asia)

 

Singapore’s best-selling author Neil Humphrey returns with his third book in this beloved children's series.

Undercover Princess, Sabrina, and her friend Charlie, accidentally stop a crime from happening outside an ice-cream shop. This accident turns an otherwise heroic endeavour into one of the worst days ever for Princess Incognito.

Being a crime-stopper in a small town makes her the local hero, but it also means Sabrina has to come up with one ingenious scheme after another to protect her true identity. But then, the Man in Black with the Long, Deep Scar shows up, recognises Sabrina, and things take a darker turn.

For Sabrina, it’s one lucky escape after another, until a mysterious policeman appears, which leads to the princess making some tough decisions.


 

Title: Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure

Author: Jeff Kinney

Publisher: Amulet Books

 

Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Adventure is the second spin-off story starring Rowley, the gullibly sweet best friend of Greg, aka Wimpy Kid.

The well-meaning Rowley is imaginative and creative, and he’s just decided to write his own book about a character named Roland and his muscleman sidekick, Garg the Barbarian, on a quest to save Roland’s mom from the wicked White Warlock.

Rowley just wants to write the story he wants to write, but much to his annoyance, his best friend Greg is determined to help by insisting on merchandising opportunities, big-budget–movie adaptations, and fast-food tie-ins.

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