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, 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, 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, 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]

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, 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]