Bookstores, Business, Feature, Personal Development

Cape Town’s Newest Online Bookstore: Lotus Bookstore

Here’s a little insight into Cape Town’s brand new online second-hand bookstore:

Bookstores, Charities, Feature

5 Charities You Can Donate Books and Goods To

Do you have books at home that you've read and want to donate? Want to bring some good karma into your life by helping the less fortunate? Here are 5 charities in Cape Town you can donate books, goods and aid to: Tears Animal Rescue Tears Animal Rescue is one of my favourite organisations and… Continue reading 5 Charities You Can Donate Books and Goods To

Feature

10 Amazing Gift Ideas For Book Lovers

Here are 10 amazing gift ideas for book lovers that are sure to be memorable: Bookish Mugs Personalised mugs are great, but bookish mugs are better! Bookish mugs come in different shapes and sizes, with popular bookish logos and quotes on them. They can be found at your local bookstore or most arts & crafts… Continue reading 10 Amazing Gift Ideas For Book Lovers

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, 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

Fiction, Non-Fiction, Thriller

New Book Releases: August 2017

These exciting books are about to be released by Penguin Random House in August 2017: INTERNATIONAL FICTION: A State of Freedom by Neel Mukherjee What happens when we attempt to exchange the life we are given for something better? Can we transform the possibilities we are born into? A State of Freedom prises open the… Continue reading New Book Releases: August 2017

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)

Fiction, Non-Fiction

New Book Releases: July 2017

These exciting books are about to be released by Penguin Random House in June 2017: INTERNATIONAL FICTION Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips Lincoln is a good boy. At the age of four, he is curious, clever and well behaved. He does as his mum says and knows what the rules are. 'The rules are different… Continue reading New Book Releases: July 2017

Bookstores, Feature, Fiction

Wrap-Up of the 2017 Cape Town Book Sale and Book Haul!

Last weekend, I attended the Cape Town Book Sale where book sellers offered as much as 50% off on a wide range of titles. The book sale ran all weekend (16-18 June) at The Avenue, V&A Waterfront and offered you the chance to buy two kinds of tickets online or at the door. The Beat… Continue reading Wrap-Up of the 2017 Cape Town Book Sale and Book Haul!

Crime, Feature, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

5 Must-Read Crime Mystery Thriller Fictional Series

Here are some of the most exciting crime mystery thriller fictional series from popular authors that you absolutely MUST read: Harry Bosch series – Michael Connelly This series has to be one of favourite crime thrillers yet! It follows a Los Angeles cop, Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch, who joined the LAPD in 1972. This 20+ book… Continue reading 5 Must-Read Crime Mystery Thriller Fictional Series

Crime, Current Affairs, Fiction, Investing, Non-Fiction

New Book Releases: June 2017

These new exciting books are set to be released by Penguin Random House in June 2017: INTERNATIONAL FICTION Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach Ava doesn't believe it when the email arrives to say that her twin sister is dead. It's not grief or denial that causes her scepticism it just feels too perfect to be anything… Continue reading New Book Releases: June 2017

Feature

Top 5 Bookish Problems

These are 5 of the worst bookish problems that I face quite often: New books vs Second-Hand Books: Even though I love the smell of new books, I’m an absolute sucker for a bargain! I could easily get a number of sought-after second-hand books at the cost of one brand-new book. While some dread the… Continue reading Top 5 Bookish Problems

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]

Business, Feature, Investing, Personal Finance

5 Great Books For Young South African Investors

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

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