Book Review, Fiction, History

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah (Guest Book Review)

Guest Book Review by Sthembile Mthethwa of Kristin Hannah's historical fiction The Four Winds.

Book Review, Business, Non-Fiction

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!

Book Review, Non-Fiction, Personal Finance

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

Book Review, Business, Investing, Personal Finance

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

Book Review, Fiction, History

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

Book Review, Personal Development

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

Book Review, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

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

Book Review, Fantasy, Fiction

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)

Book Review, Crime, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

Review: Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land [Penguin Random House]

This psychological thriller by Ali Land is surely one for all who love exciting stories with twists! I really liked the way Good Me Bad Me was written and how Land lures the reader into the different subplots while the major plot develops. The story is exciting for so many other reasons too! I liked… Continue reading Review: Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land [Penguin Random House]

Book Review, Fiction, History, Mystery

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]

Book Review, Contemporary, Fiction

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]

Book Review, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

Review: The Apartment by S.L. Grey [Pan Macmillan]

The Apartment tells the story of a couple, Mark and Steph, who struggle to move on with their lives after armed robbers broke into their home and brutalised them. Shaken, they decide to get away and leave their troubles behind. A house swap in Paris with a couple they meet online, the Petits, seems to… Continue reading Review: The Apartment by S.L. Grey [Pan Macmillan]

Book Review, Business, Personal Development

Review: Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss [Penguin Random House]

“We all need fuel. Without the assistance, advice, and inspiration of others, the gears of our mind grind to a halt, and we’re stuck with nowhere to go.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger For the last two years, Ferriss has interviewed more than 200 world-class performers for his podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show. The guests range from super celebs… Continue reading Review: Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss [Penguin Random House]

Book Review, Fantasy, Fiction

Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne, JK Rowling and John Tiffany

“Harry, there is never a perfect answer in this messy, emotional world. Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond the reach of magic. In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as… Continue reading Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne, JK Rowling and John Tiffany

Book Review, Fiction, Science Fiction, Thriller

Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch [Pan Macmillan]

“We all live day to day completely oblivious to the fact that we’re a part of a much larger and stranger reality that we can possibly imagine.” This is undoubtedly one of the most popular books of 2016! If you’ve spent even just 5 minutes on Instagram bookstagram you’d have seen this book being shown… Continue reading Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch [Pan Macmillan]

Book Review, Contemporary, Non-Fiction

Review: The Spy by Paulo Coelho [Penguin Random House]

“Memories are full of caprice, where images of things we’ve experienced are still capable of suffocating us through one small detail or insignificant sound.” The worldwide bestselling author, Paulo Coelho, returns with a new novel titled The Spy. In this novel, Coelho takes its readers on a journey through early 20th century Europe, with a… Continue reading Review: The Spy by Paulo Coelho [Penguin Random House]

Book Review, Crime, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

Review: The Bone Collection by Kathy Reichs [Penguin Random House]

“I’d seen so much death. Corpses whole and partial, known and unknown. Lives ended in every conceivable manner. From the very old to the very young, male and female. At times cause was apparent, at other times a puzzle requiring prolonged assessment and all my acuity.” The No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy… Continue reading Review: The Bone Collection by Kathy Reichs [Penguin Random House]

Book Review, Contemporary, Fiction

Review: Autumn by Ali Smith [Penguin Random House]

“That’s the thing about things. They fall apart, always have, always will, it’s in their nature.” Autumn was my first novel by well-renowned Man Booker-shortlisted Scottish author Ali Smith. It is also the first of a quartet of seasonally-titled novels. Ali Smith’s Autumn is the story of Elisabeth Demand and a man named Daniel Gluck,… Continue reading Review: Autumn by Ali Smith [Penguin Random House]

Book Review, Crime, Fiction, Thriller

Review: Cross The Line by James Patterson [Penguin Random House]

“Obsession has been a staple in the recipe book of murder since time immemorial. Sometimes obsession is a major ingredient. Other times, obsession is the oven that makes things too hot to handle” Alex Cross is back and James Patterson is at it again with another action-packed crime thriller from the Cross series! Shots ring… Continue reading Review: Cross The Line by James Patterson [Penguin Random House]

Book Review, Business, Personal Finance

Review: Robert Kiyosaki – Rich Dad Poor Dad

“Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success.” – Robert Kiyosaki Rich Dad Poor Dad (RDPD) was one of the first investing books I ever picked up. It was stacked on my uncle’s bookshelf and the title instantly caught… Continue reading Review: Robert Kiyosaki – Rich Dad Poor Dad