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    The Madams

    Author: Zukiswa Wanner Publication year: 2006 Genre: Fiction Chick lit hasn’t always been my go to genre but I am always willing to try something new. This was a great read to dip my toes in with. I went in expecting to laugh and what a laugh but there were some heart wrenching moments. Synopsis When Thandi decides she’s done with being a super mom  to her five-year-old son, a Super slut to her man and a Superwoman to her staff at the tourism board. She realises she needs to concede to the great South African bourgeois accessory: a maid. And since she doesn’t have the heart to boss a ‘sister’…

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    Lean In

    Author: Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell Year of Publication: 2013 Genre: Non Fiction Molweni, a friend of mine has been recommending I read this book that has become affectionately known by some as the modern feminist manifesto. When looking to start this year on a high note and prepare myself mentally I knew I had to achieve this by finally reading lean in and I am really glad I did so. “I have written this book to encourage women to dream big, forge a path through the obstacles, and achieve their full potential. I am hoping that each woman will set her own goals and reach for them with gusto. …”…

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    These things really do happen to me

    Author: Khaya Dlanga Publication year: 2018 Genre: Non fiction I first heard of Khaya Dlanga when he was a budding comedian I was sad to hear he was solely focusing on his nine to five in advertising. I have since learnt it’s not quite a loss as he is fighting the aircon wars in corporate South Africa one remote at a time. That’s why when I saw this book, I knew I had to read it, the book cover said only his mom liked it but against my better judgement I still read it. Synopsis Khaya describes everyday experiences that have shaped his life. He recounts amusing anecdotes from chasing…

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    Brida

    Author: Paulo Coelho Publication year: 1990 Genre: Spiritual “Nothing in the world is ever completely wrong. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.” Molweni! As you all may know I am a huge Paulo Coelho fan and so when I found out this story is about finding ones’ soulmate I couldn’t wait to carve out some time and read it. Brida is a story that set in Ireland in the 1980s and one of its themes being witchcraft I couldn’t wait to discover how well known places like Stonehenge and druids would be incorporated. I loved the descriptions of the forest. “The process of finding ourselves is called…

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    Sweet Medicine- Book Review

    Author: Panashe Chigumadzis Publication year:  2015 Genre: Fiction Hey there my awesome readers hope you are keeping well and that in 2019 you are kicking butt and taking names. For our first book review for the year I am reviewing debut novel Sweet medicine by Panashe Chigumadzi. One of my favourite things about summertime and being on holiday is that there is more time for novels and I can read a book a day.  I am always looking for more local authors to read and when I came across this book I just knew I had to read it. “Tsitsi and the rest of the nation who now found themselves…

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    Some of my all time favourite reads….

    I am in this really weird phase of my reading life where I pick up a book and go “oh wow you look interesting” three chapters in I find or rather I am suggested a new book and I go “oh wow you look interesting”. Ladies and gentlemen I am five books in and none completed. The book-worm in me is like my dear loyal readers are dying waiting for me to review a book (Uhm I checked the local news no such happening, false alarm folks). Seriously though I thought let me give you a review of some my favorite books that I have read, perhaps today’s post might…

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    Everything I never told you book review

      Category: Suspense and Thriller (Literary Fiction) Jhuuuu (hands on my head) that’s all I can say after putting down this beautiful yet tragic family portrait that is “Everything I never told you”. I went in expecting one thing but ended up getting another, I expected to just be another reader but I ended up being a Hannah. For the first time in a long time I was emotionally invested in the characters even went through a mourning period after the last sentence. This debut novel by Celeste Ng (pronounced Ing) is set in 1970s America in small town-Ohio (where diversity is still frowned upon). It centers on the sudden…

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    The Sky is everywhere….

    “Grief is a house where no one can protect you, where the younger sister will grow older than the older one. Where the doors no longer let you in or out” I picked up this book when I was rummaging through a friends book collection, the title caught my eye and I had never heard of the author, I thought why not give it a try. The story follows Lennie, her gran and uncle Big who are drowning in grief caused by the sudden loss of Bailey, who died from arrhythmia, whilst on stage rehearsing from Romeo and Juliet. Grief is a universal pain and I find no matter how…

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    They don’t love you like that

    Stop living your life trying to impress people, they don’t love you like that. One of the many awesome things about having a blog that has a book review section is that I now read more, not only that I am constantly looking for new writers. Preferably ones who write differently to what I am accustomed to. Introducing Sivu Matyila and his book -They don’t love you like that.   About the Book … It is a compilation of random true stories not for the faint hearted- these are the authors own words. Trust me the small print doesn’t lie, he starts off by admitting his own shortcomings without provocation…

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    The thing around your neck

    “Riots do not happen in a Vacuum, religion and ethnicity are often politicized because the ruler is safe if the hungry ruled are killing one another”-A private experience Our busy schedules do not leave out enough time for novels, thank goodness for short stories. They provide the necessary escape into an inviting world, a world that evokes all your emotions, and just before reality comes knocking the story is done. Leaving you to go back to adulting until you have more time for a short read. This is exactly how I felt about Chimamanda Ngozi Adiches’ the thing around your neck. It is a compilation of 12 short stories, all…