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
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]
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]
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]
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]
Here are some of my favourite investment books I’ve read that I think are essential for young aspiring South African investors...
“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]
“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]
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!!!
“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]
“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]
"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