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

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Bookstores, Feature

Wrap Up & Book Haul: SPCA Bag-A-Bargain Book Sale

The SPCA hosted its annual Bag-A-Bargain book sale this past weekend and it brought back even more pre-loved books at this year's offering! Hosted at Timour Hall Villa, a familiar Southern Suburbs venue in Cape Town, South Africa, the book sale sold new and second-hand books ranging from children's books to Arts and Crafts. The book… Continue reading Wrap Up & Book Haul: SPCA Bag-A-Bargain Book Sale

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, 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: While 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 new book. While some dread the idea… Continue reading Top 5 Bookish Problems

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, Personal Development

Review: Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

If there’s one thing I really admire about people, it’s their ability to experience life-shattering events and still progress in life. Life-shattering experiences come in different forms whether it be illness, unemployment, sexual assault, natural disasters and even the violence of war. Option B is Sheryl Sandberg’s story on how she overcame the sudden death… Continue reading Review: Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant