Guest Book Review by Sthembile Mthethwa of Kristin Hannah's historical fiction The Four Winds.
Quick Q+A with Lotus: Well Read Books SA
Quick Q+A with Lotus features local South African businesses in the new world for readers! Learn about Justine's passion for bookselling with Well Read Books SA.
Quick Q+A With Lotus: Mug Love
Quick Q+A with Lotus features local South African businesses in the new world for readers! Meet Lisa, the creative and owner behind Mug Love! They customize different mugs and water bottles, that get couriered anywhere South Africa.
Quick Q+A With Lotus: Yolk
Quick Q+A with Lotus features local South African businesses in the new world for readers! This week we welcome wonder-woman Stella Pretorius from Yolk, a former office stationery hub now a home for print and design.
Quick Q+A with Lotus: Avviare Bookish Art
Quick Q+A with Lotus features local South African businesses in the new world for readers! We welcome artist, entrepreneur Luzanne Warren from Avviare Bookish Art. Luzanne’s love for reading and art helped her turn a passion project into a career in art.
Review: Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
Years after Phil Knight’s Shoe Dog was released in 2016, I came across a copy in great condition. I first thought it wouldn’t be worth my while reading given the time that lapsed, but then I remembered the latest books are hardly the most relevant (although they’re often assumed to be). Shoe Dog did not disappoint!
Review: How to Get a SARS Refund by Daniel Baines
Ever struggled to file your tax returns? Want to know how to get money back from the government? Then this book by admitted attorney and tax specialist, Daniel Baines, is for you! In How to Get a SARS Refund, Baines explains the fundamentals of income tax and tax deductions in South Africa, focusing on employees who receive… Continue reading Review: How to Get a SARS Refund by Daniel Baines
Wrap Up & Book Haul: 2018 SPCA Bag-A-Bargain Book Sale
Follow my blog with Bloglovin The SPCA hosted its annual Bag-A-Bargain book sale this past weekend and it brought back even more pre-loved books at this year's offering! Hosted at Timour Hall Villa, a familiar Southern Suburbs venue in Cape Town, South Africa, the book sale sold new and second-hand books ranging from children's books to… Continue reading Wrap Up & Book Haul: 2018 SPCA Bag-A-Bargain Book Sale
Review: Africa’s Billionaires by Chris Bishop
If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to become one of the wealthiest and most successful in your country and continent, Chris Bishop’s latest book Africa’s Billionaires is a must-read! Synopsis Written by the founder of Forbes Africa, this is a masterclass on how the brightest and most successful entrepreneurs across Africa made their fortunes,… Continue reading Review: Africa’s Billionaires by Chris Bishop
Review: Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta
Under the Udala Trees is Okparanta’s debut novel about a young girl, named Ijeoma, and her story of life in Nigeria around the time of their Civil War: One day in 1968, at the height of the Biafran civil war, Ijeoma's father is killed and her world is transformed forever. Separated from her grief-stricken mother,… Continue reading Review: Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta
Review: Into The Water by Paula Hawkins
I thought for this review I’d skip the typical intro of what the book is about because let’s face it, the hype around this book was huge after Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train hit the big screen. I’ll tell you what I think about Into The Water in four parts, like the book (fitting hey?)… Continue reading Review: Into The Water by Paula Hawkins
New Book Releases: August 2017
These exciting books are about to be released by Penguin Random House in August 2017: INTERNATIONAL FICTION: A State of Freedom by Neel Mukherjee What happens when we attempt to exchange the life we are given for something better? Can we transform the possibilities we are born into? A State of Freedom prises open the… Continue reading New Book Releases: August 2017
Review: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan (Heroes of Olympus series)
NOTE: This review was written by a new member to the Lotus Book Blog team - Baruch! This is his first review and it's great. Continue reading this post in HIS voice and not mine 🙂 ... WARNING: This review has major spoilers- in fact, I spoil just about everything that can be spoiled! You… Continue reading Review: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan (Heroes of Olympus series)
New Book Releases: July 2017
These exciting books are about to be released by Penguin Random House in June 2017: INTERNATIONAL FICTION Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips Lincoln is a good boy. At the age of four, he is curious, clever and well behaved. He does as his mum says and knows what the rules are. 'The rules are different… Continue reading New Book Releases: July 2017
Wrap-Up of the 2017 Cape Town Book Sale and Book Haul!
Last weekend, I attended the Cape Town Book Sale where book sellers offered as much as 50% off on a wide range of titles. The book sale ran all weekend (16-18 June) at The Avenue, V&A Waterfront and offered you the chance to buy two kinds of tickets online or at the door. The Beat… Continue reading Wrap-Up of the 2017 Cape Town Book Sale and Book Haul!
5 Must-Read Crime Mystery Thriller Fictional Series
Here are some of the most exciting crime mystery thriller fictional series from popular authors that you absolutely MUST read: Harry Bosch series – Michael Connelly This series has to be one of favourite crime thrillers yet! It follows a Los Angeles cop, Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch, who joined the LAPD in 1972. This 20+ book… Continue reading 5 Must-Read Crime Mystery Thriller Fictional Series
New Book Releases: June 2017
These new exciting books are set to be released by Penguin Random House in June 2017: INTERNATIONAL FICTION Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach Ava doesn't believe it when the email arrives to say that her twin sister is dead. It's not grief or denial that causes her scepticism it just feels too perfect to be anything… Continue reading New Book Releases: June 2017
Top 5 Bookish Problems
These are 5 of the worst bookish problems that I face quite often: New books vs Second-Hand Books: Even though I love the smell of new books, I’m an absolute sucker for a bargain! I could easily get a number of sought-after second-hand books at the cost of one brand-new book. While some dread the… Continue reading Top 5 Bookish Problems
Review: The Muse by Jessie Burton [PICADOR]
After her first novel, The Miniaturist became a hit in 2014, Jessie Burton returns with a historical fictional novel set to have readers hooked for days with The Muse: Something that really stood out about The Muse is just how BRITISH it is! From the story’s setting to the way in which the characters interact with… Continue reading Review: The Muse by Jessie Burton [PICADOR]
Review: A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg by Harry Kalmer [Penguin Random House]
Spanning more than a hundred years A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg is a novel that documents and probes the lives of the inhabitants of this incomparable African city the exiled, those returning from exile, and those who never left. A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg is the story of Sara, who poses stiffly for a photo… Continue reading Review: A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg by Harry Kalmer [Penguin Random House]
10 Amazing Gift Ideas For Book Lovers
Here are 10 amazing gift ideas for book lovers that are sure to be memorable: Bookish Mugs Personalised mugs are great, but bookish mugs are better! Bookish mugs come in different shapes and sizes, with popular bookish logos and quotes on them. They can be found at your local bookstore or most arts & crafts… Continue reading 10 Amazing Gift Ideas For Book Lovers
Review: Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
If there’s one thing I really admire about people, it’s their ability to experience life-shattering events and still progress in life. Life-shattering experiences come in different forms whether it be illness, unemployment, sexual assault, natural disasters and even the violence of war. Option B is Sheryl Sandberg’s story on how she overcame the sudden death… Continue reading Review: Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant