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5 Sales don’t make a success

  Two weeks ago my children’s picture book ‘Snuffles and the Cloud People‘ was released on the Amazon platform.  I was relieved that the culmination of years of work had finally made it to this point.  I was excited to send this infant child of mine out into the world.  If one swallow doesn’t make a summer, 5 sales certainly ... Read More »

The Shining Girls – Lauren Beukes

Over the past year I have read many books by South African authors.  It helps belonging to a book club.  All of these books have make me feel very proudly South African.  Deon Meyer is brilliant.  Redi Tlhabi’s book ‘Endings and Beginnings‘ was one of the most moving books I’ve read.  Yesterday I finished reading ‘The Shining Girls’ by Lauren ... Read More »

Endings and Beginnings – A brilliant, unforgettable book

I listen to Redi Tlhabi almost every day on radio 702, when her book ‘Endings and Beginnings’ came out I bought it for our book club.  At first I left it for others to read then brought it home a week ago.  I stalled starting it for a few days, although I enjoy autobiographical works they can be a bit ... Read More »

‘Why Africa Fails’ – Elly Twineyo-Kamugisha

“There is a need for media and education campaigns to educate citizens about the benefits of patriotism, because the love for one’s country is crucial in national development.” I heard about the book “Why Africa Fails” when Jenny Crwys Williams interviewed the author Elly Twineyo-Kamugisha on her book show.  Normally I do not read non-fiction but I was interested in ... Read More »

Martin Waddell gets it right every time.

We discovered Martin Waddell at the library when Fjord was 2 the first book being ‘Tom Rabbit’.  I always choose books quite randomly but it was the Martin Waddell books which he asked for over and over.  I bought 2 packs of 10 Walker books at different times and despite the illustrators being different it was the Martin Waddell books ... Read More »

On the Road – Jack Kerouac

After reading the 50 Shades trilogy my IQ was sucking its thumb and singing nursery rhymes.  On The Road is a joyous journey back to thought and life.  It is a book to luxuriate in.  So many quotes which strike a resonating chord in the soul. “most of the time we were alone and mixing up our souls ever more ... Read More »

40 winks is better than ’50 Shades Freed’

Actually being in a pit of spiders is probably better than ’50 shades Freed’.  Sorry the book has killed my brain I can’t write coherent sentences but some descriptive words would be puerile, trite, tripe, boring, trash, thin, pathetic. I was rather kind about the 1st book in my previous review and still think that the 1st two are reasonable ... Read More »

Book club, 95% friendship & fun, 5% books

Until a group of us started a book club last year I was not sure how they work or what is involved.  I gather that there are 2 types.  In one form all members read the same book at the same time and then discuss it.  The format of ours runs on is that we meet each month at a ... Read More »

The Secret History

The Secret History has been on my reading list for a few years since my husband recommended it.  I have also seen it on a few top 100 book lists and it is most deserving to be there.  I was a little apprehensive when I saw that the book is dedicated to Bret Easton Ellis as ‘American Psycho’ is my ... Read More »

I love my e reader – Prestigio PER3274B

Ever since e readers came out I have wanted one.  Since all electronics come down in price after a while I decided to wait before getting one.  This year before my birthday I made some very unsubtle hints to my husband regarding what I wanted. He bought me a Prestigio PER3274B e reader from CNA (pity they don’t have them ... Read More »