5 Eclectic Holiday Reads

5 Eclectic Holiday Reads

By Belinda

Sand between your toes, warm sun on your skin, salt water in your hair – ah…the December holidays are so close we can almost taste them! The South African custom of shutting up shop for a month sure does make November and early December challenging for business owners, but it also means that we get a decent chunk of holiday afterwards in which to unwind, spend time with loved ones and do what we may not have enough time to do during the busy year. And for many of us, this includes reading.

With that in mind, here are some top holiday reads we’re keen to bury our noses in this summer:

1. 90 Rules for Entrepreneurs (The Codex of Hustle)

Screen Shot 2017-11-21 at 11.25.20There are so many “self-help” books for budding business owners out there, but this one looks like a goodie. Written by Marnus Broodryk, a self-made millionaire and the youngest Shark on M-Net’s Shark Tank, this book features bite-sized pieces of advice that you can dip in and out of, as you wallow near the pool. Featuring advice from people like Ryk Neethling, Vinny Lingham, Romeo Kumalo and Gil Oved, we like the way this book also apparently touches on achieving happiness, not just bags of money and success. Read more about it here.

2. The Sun & Her Flowers 

Rupi Kaur has introduced a whole new audience to poetry, with her first bestselling collection, Milk & Honey. Now with this second collection, she celebrates “love in all its forms”, and it’s clear that this Instagram sensation will go from strength to strength as she continues to inspire audiences around the world. Read more about the book here.

3. A to Z of Amazing South African WomenScreen Shot 2017-11-21 at 11.29.06

Published this year (but we haven’t had time to get out hands on a copy yet), we’d love this collection of 26 biographies of SA’s brightest and boldest females, written by Ambre Nicholson and Jason Hsu. It may not be traditional beach reading, but this is the kind of book you can also leave around the house and browse through when you have a few minutes. Read about the likes of Fatima Meer, Caster Semenya, Cissie Gool and Thuli Madonsela, all accompanied by bright illustrations.

4. The Asshole Survival Guide

Described by Daniel Pink as a “contemporary classic”, we’re pretty sure everyone could benefit from this book, which offers “practical advice on identifying and tackling any kind of asshole”, apparently based on research from “uncivil civil servants” to French bus drivers, as well as 8000 emails the author, Stanford professor Robert Sutton, has received on asshole behaviour! Haha, it sounds like every human needs a copy, for dealing with assholes in both their professional and personal lives:)

5. The Blessed GirlScreen Shot 2017-11-21 at 11.19.16

We’ve seen lots of hype online about SA author Angela Makholwa’s latest novel, which looks like a rollicking read. The protagonist is beautiful, ambitious and super-streetsmart Bontle Tau, who loves the finer things like designer shoes, French champagne and luxury penthouses (who doesn’t?!), but finds that things are beginning to catch up with her as she tries to keep everyone in her life happy (including all of her “blessers”).

So there you have it…five very different holiday reads to add some spice to your time away from the office. Get to your closest bookstore, or send friends and family this book gift wishlist;).

Happy reading!

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