With so many new books coming out, what’s the best way to choose what to read? At Five Books, we believe that any book that helps with either enjoying life or understanding the world better is worth reading, and those are the qualities we’ve looked for in our list below. If you’re interested in a particular area—like philosophy or historical fiction–we’ve also got more detailed lists you can click on, with a wider range of books.
Having trawled through dozens of catalogues this is our list so far. Publishing these days is very focused on identifying bestsellers and pushing them via highly focused marketing campaigns. We love bestsellers as much as the next person, but we try to look at the output of smaller publishers as well, to find books of lasting value or that have something a bit special about them.
(Note: We also have a list of 'most recommended' books. These have to be picked again and again in our expert interviews, so tend to be older books, with a few exceptions. Many of them are novels or historic texts already in the public domain and available as free ebooks).