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]

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Feature, Fiction, Non-Fiction

New Book Releases for May 2017 by Penguin Random House

Penguin Random House is set to release these exciting fiction and non-fiction books in May 2017: International Fiction: The Black Book by James Patterson How can you prove your innocence when you can't remember the crime? Being a cop runs in Billy Harney's family. The son of Chicago's Chief of Detectives whose twin sister, Patty,… Continue reading New Book Releases for May 2017 by 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]

Bookstores, Feature

The Best Second Hand Bookstores in Cape Town – Part 2

After my first post (Part 1) I decided to do a follow-up post on some of the other great second hand bookstores I visit quite often. Let’s get to it: Bikini Beach Books – Gordon’s Bay If you're a fan of seeing rooms and hallways filled with books, Bikini Beach Books is the place for you! Make… Continue reading The Best Second Hand Bookstores in Cape Town – Part 2

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]

Competition, Feature

2016 Christmas Book Giveaway!!!

It's Christmas time and what’s better than the gift of giving! I am giving away a copy of Paulo Coelho’s The Spy and Kathy Reichs’ The Bone Collection   RULES (yes there are rules): Answer the question below (the answers are on the blog posts) Follow Lotus Book Blog’s Instagram account here  Comment on this… Continue reading 2016 Christmas Book Giveaway!!!

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

Book Review, Current Affairs, Non-Fiction, Politics

5 Things Christine Qunta Got Right About South African Society

"South Africa is a dishevelled society in which two groups with disparate goals share one geographical space. It is a country where forgiveness is overrated and justice underrated. For these reasons, South Africans are perhaps as far from being a nation in 2016 as they were in 1994." Christine Qunta’s latest book Why we are… Continue reading 5 Things Christine Qunta Got Right About South African Society

Book Review, Crime, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

Review: James Patterson – Cross Justice

“I followed the adage that if you really want to learn about someone, you should just shut up and listen.” – James Patterson This is James Patterson’s latest book in the Alex Cross series. Once again, Patterson continues to bring to life one of his most iconic characters in yet another thrilling chapter of the… Continue reading Review: James Patterson – Cross Justice

Book Review, Personal Development

Review: Robin Sharma – The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

“Time slips through our hands like grains of sand, never to return again. Those who use time wisely from an early age are rewarded with rich, productive and satisfying lives.” – Robin Sharma Quite frankly, I did not know what to expect before reading this book. I read the title and I asked myself, “Why… Continue reading Review: Robin Sharma – The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

Book Review, Fiction, Thriller

Review: Gillian Flynn – Sharp Objects

“The face you give the world tells the world how to treat you.” – Gillian Flynn Sharp Objects is Flynn’s debut novel. Like many, I was first drawn to Flynn’s writing after her third novel Gone Girl made headlines as the #1 New York Times Bestseller and later appeared on the big screen wowing audiences… Continue reading Review: Gillian Flynn – Sharp Objects

Book Review, Non-Fiction, Personal Development

Review: Stephen R. Covey – The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons In Personal Change

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply. They’re either speaking or preparing to speak.” – Stephen R. Covey Stephen R. Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People presents readers with a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. In doing so, Covey… Continue reading Review: Stephen R. Covey – The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons In Personal Change