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]

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]

Bookstores, Feature

The Best Second-Hand Bookstores in Cape Town – part 1

"Bookstores always remind me that there are good things in this world" - Vincent Van Gogh Here are some of the best second hand bookstores I’ve been to in Cape Town, South Africa: Kalk Bay Books This little bookstore is situated in the hub of Kalk Bay, right on the main road. It stocks a… Continue reading The Best Second-Hand Bookstores in Cape Town – part 1

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