Blonde: Not so dumb after all

The gene pool can often be a murky morass from which we may inherit some pretty horrid traits. Well, that’s how I saw my white hair for most of my life.

The first strand appeared on my head when I was a mere 10 years old! Every time I saw it I’d pluck the offending hair, inspect it carefully and bin it quickly. Not a hint of colour there.
Many factors cause hair to go grey prematurely – stress, anaemia, a lack of vitamin B12, genetics. In my case it is the latter.Continue reading →

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Dan Brown’s Origin will be in stores soon

Origin by Dan Brown

Origin is said to be Dan Brown’s “most brilliant and entertaining novel to date” and will be available at bookstores in October.

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Review: Read Sophie Hannah if the unexpected doesn’t scare you

A Game for All the Family by Sophie Hannah

For a while now, I have been unable to read a serious, thought-provoking novel.

Hence my last review was a of a Sophie Kinsella novel that I, surprisingly, thoroughly enjoyed. The happy ending was just what I needed to soothe my soul that weekend.

I strongly believe that to truly embrace reading, one must accept that there is a time and place to enjoy different genres – even ones you generally wouldn’t go near.

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Why I’m glad I was forced to watch ‘Wonder Woman’

Kiki is “my person”. It’s a term that originated from one of my favourite television series, Grey’s Anatomy. “My person” is the one I go to for just about everything. She’s the one I can’t stay mad at and the one who supports me even when I refuse to say sorry. Being someone’s “person” is a commitment.

I’ve started my blog with this explanation to contextualise why I capitulated – despite my every nerve railing against it – to watch Wonder Woman with Kiki as part of her birthday celebration.

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Here’s a great read from Sophie Kinsella

'My Not So Perfect Life' y Sophie Kinsella

Every now and then it’s okay to live out the box – do something you don’t often do, read something you don’t often read.

I’ve never been much of a “chick lit” fan. But, as I embark on new journeys, I’ve decided to read new genres as well.

Choosing to start with a Sophie Kinsella novel was a great idea. If it’s tongue-in-cheek, witty humour you enjoy then Kinsella’s novel My Not So Perfect Life is a fantastic read.

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Look what’s hit bookstores

Twenty years after releasing her bestseller, The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy returns with The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.

Can’t wait to get my hands on this novel!
Arundhati Roy

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Come on, play your part this Earth Hour

Earth Hour candle light

Here is a call to action worth considering.

Earth Hour is a global call to protect the planet and to stand up against climate change.

Having started in Australia in 2007, the event has since grown in leaps and bounds. South Africans began observing the hour from 2009, ahead of climate change talks in Copenhagen.

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Join in the Lindt Easter hunt

Lindt Gold Bunny

Who doesn’t enjoy chocolates over Easter? As much as I promise myself, I will not overindulge, Easter is the one time in the year when I cannot say no to chocolate-covered marshmallow eggs or bunnies of the milky variety.

This Easter, Lindt SA will again be hosting their Lindt Gold Bunny Gardens at various shopping malls around South Africa. And you can get one (or two!) of their famous gold bunnies personalised for yourself.

Gardens

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A touch of drama on my desk

Christmas Under the Stars and The House of New Beginnings

Boy, has it been a busy few weeks for me – so much so that I’ve neglected sharing with you the latest book arrivals at my door.

I do hope, however, you got to read my last posts on Good Me Bad Me and Middle School – and with the school holidays creeping up, it may be a good idea to get your kids a copy of a James Patterson book to keep them busy during their break.

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Book Review: Good Me Bad Me

Good Me Bad Me

Wow. Not since reading Gone Girl have I been so sucked into a novel like I was when I read Good Me Bad Me, a debut novel by Ali Land.

Annie has been through too much for a girl this young. Horror upon horror is visited on this child’s mind and body by the person who should be protecting her – her mother.

Now, Annie is forced to live with the fact that she has turned her serial killer mother in to the police.

Haunted

Living with a new identity and a foster family, Annie becomes Milly. Unfortunately for Milly, new life, new me it isn’t. Milly is haunted by the horrors of her past in many ways. Add to that foster sister from hell and bullies at school – Milly struggles to fit in.

Good Me Bad Me deals with many themes – hierarchy and bullying at schools as well as dysfunctional families and their effects. But most striking is the characterisation of Milly herself. Right up to the last word, you’re kept on your toes as you try to figure her out.

Good Me Bad Me is one of the most disturbing and gut wrenching novels I’ve read. It left me breathless as I hoped for a happy ending that I knew was not of the cards.

  • Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land is published by Penguin Random House

 

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