INTERESTING AND POPULAR READS


Books, books and books... Most people love to read and libraries have a section for each and everyone who is looking for a book. Here are some popular books and their reviews.

Adult Non-Fiction
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Dewey - The small-town library cat who touched the world by Vicky Myron
The book is based on a true story and follows the life of Dewey, a kitten who came to the library on a very cold, winter night. Dewey managed not only to change the lives of the librarians but also the lives of all the people in the small town of Spencer... He reached the world and brought the world to Spencer.
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1001 Battles That Changed the Course of History by R G Grant
1001 Battles traces the history of warmongering, from the small-scale battles of the ancient world to the devastation of modern conflicts. It provides a comprehensive record of the armed combats that have shaped the political and cultural landscape of the world and is fully illustrated with images ranging from ancient triumphal stone carvings through to the very latest war photography. This is much more than a straightforward military history title; it reveals the fascinating, and sometimes surprising, ways in which key military events have shaped the world in which we live. From the earliest recorded conflicts, involving just a few thousand foot soldiers, to the horrors of modern, chemical warfare, 1001 Battles That Changed the Course of History looks at the reasons why people go to war and both the short- and long-term consequences of battles of all sizes. To understand modern conflicts, people need to know what has gone before. This book traces the changing face of warfare around the globe, from the Battle of Troy, the Fall of Babylon, and the Siege of Antioch to the Battle of Gettysburg, the bombing of Guernica, the Siege of Leningrad, and the Battle of Fallujah.
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Jamie's 15 minute meals by Jamie Oliver
Quick, tasty, nutritious food that you can eat everyday of the week. Following the record-breaking success of 30-Minute Meals, Britain's most-popular cookbook of all time, Jamie Oliver brings us the even-better 15-Minute Meals. In creating these recipes Jamie's made sure they're methodical, clever, sociable, fun, with beautiful food full of big flavours. It's a classic book that will arm you with the skills to create wonderful meals, shockingly fast. He's taken inspiration from all over the world, embracing the tastes that we all love, playing on classic chicken, steak and pasta dishes, looking at Asian-inspired street food and brilliant Moroccan flavours, putting together great salads and so much more. And these are some of the quickest and easiest meals Jamie's ever done.
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Geloof Soos Aartappels deur Angus Buchan
Dis ‘n diep, ware, Christelike verhaal van ‘n Suid Afrikaanse boer wat alles gewaag het vir God. Hy het oor die wêreld getrek en orals 'n sukses van die lewe gemaak. Hy het sy pad na God gevind, verloor en weer gevind terwyl hy beproef is op baie maniere. ‘n Moet lees vir ALMAL en beslis enigeen wat dink sy lewe is die slegste.
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Stap jouself slank deur Andrew Cate
Dis ‘n maklike boek om te help as jy wil stap om die extra vetjies af te skud. Die boek het baie feite en blink idees in en terselfdertyd laat dit jou voel dat jy wil oefen. Daar is ook ‘n 8-week eet en oefenplan in die boek om te volg as jy wil. Die belangrikste is dat jy afskaal met dit wat jy eet en die stap geniet.
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A bantu in my bathroom by Eusebius Mckaiser
Eusebius McKaiser is on a mission to raise the level of debate in South Africa. He provokes us from our comfort zones and lures us into the debates that shape our opinions and our society. With surprising candour and intensely personal examples, McKaiser examines our deepest-felt prejudices and ingrained assumptions. Don’t expect to read this book and escape with your defences intact.Immensely readable and completely engaging, McKaiser tackles deeply South African questions of race, sexuality and culture, including:* Can blacks be racist?
  • Why is our society so violent?
  • Is it morally okay to be prejudiced against skinny lovers?
  • Why is the presidential penis so problematic?
  • Is unconditional love ever a good thing?
  • Is it necessary to search for a national identity?


Adult Afrikaans fiction
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Karoonag en ander verhale deur Deon Meyer
Al is die stories kort en kragtig is dit moeilik om neer te sit en nog moeiliker om nie met die volgende een te begin nie. Die stories bevat Deon Meyer se gewone karakters en hulle persoonlikhede so dit is maklik om te voel asof jy deel is van hulle lewens. Dis ‘n kortverhaal bundel wat ‘n absolute moet lees is!
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Infanta deur Deon Meyer
Drie mense, drie stories en een aksievolle einde. Griesel is weer die redder en die een wat die reëls moet breek om gereg te laat geskied op die regte plekke. ‘n Wraaksustige pa, ‘n prostituut van die Kaap, en Griesel se dogter wat ontvoer word, maak die boek een wat jy nie kan neersit nie. Een van Deon Meyer se beste boeke ooit.


Adult English fiction
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The time keeper by Mitch Albom
In this stunning new novel, the inventor of the world's first clock is punished for trying to measure time. He is banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more years for themselves. At last, with his soul nearly broken, Father Time is granted his freedom, along with a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time. He returns to our world - now dominated by the obsession with time he so innocently began - and commences a journey with two unlikely partners: one a teenage girl who is about to give up on life, the other a wealthy old businessman who wants to live forever. To save himself, he must save them both. And stop the world to do so.
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The forgotten by David Baldacci
Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case-but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida. A picture-perfect town on Florida's Gulf Coast, Paradise thrives on the wealthy tourists and retirees drawn to its gorgeous weather and beaches. The local police have ruled his aunt's death an unfortunate, tragic accident. But just before she died, she mailed a letter to Puller's father, telling him that beneath its beautiful veneer, Paradise is not all it seems to be. What Puller finds convinces him that his aunt's death was no accident . . . and that the palm trees and sandy beaches of Paradise may hide a conspiracy so shocking that some will go to unthinkable lengths to make sure the truth is never revealed.
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Did you miss me? by Karen Rose
Baltimore prosecutor Daphne Montgomery pulled herself out of a damaged past to build a solid life for herself and her son. But after she helps to convict a killer, her confidence is shattered once again by the news that her son has been kidnapped. Daphne believes it’s connected to the recent high-profile trial, and at first FBI special agent Joseph Carter agrees. But together they find the reality to be even more troubling, and it runs deeper than Daphne fears. With her son’s life in jeopardy, she must unlock a dreadful secret about her past—and confront a truth that will change everything for those closest to her. And, if she survives, threaten the lives of everyone she loves.
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Private Berlin by James Patterson & Mark Sullivan
Chris Schneider is a superstar agent at Private Berlin, Germany headquarters for the world's most powerful investigation firm. He keeps his methods secret as he tackles Private's most high-profile cases-and when Chris suddenly disappears, he becomes Private Berlin's most dangerous investigation yet. Mattie Engel is another top agent at Private Berlin, gorgeous and ruthlessly determined-and she's also Chris's ex. Mattie throws herself headfirst into finding Chris, following leads to the three people Chris was investigating when he vanished: a billionaire suspected of cheating on his wife, a soccer star accused of throwing games, and a nightclub owner with ties to the Russian mob. Any one of them would surely want Chris gone-and one of them is evil enough to want him dead. Mattie's chase takes her into Berlin's most guarded, hidden, and treacherous places, revealing secrets from Chris's past that she'd never dreamed of in the time they were lovers. On the brink of a terrifying discovery, Mattie holds on to her belief in Chris-in the face of a horror that could force all of Europe to the edge of destruction and chaos. James Patterson has taken the European thriller to a masterful new level with Private Berlin, an adrenaline-charged, spectacularly violent and sexy novel with unforgettable characters of dark and complex depths. Private Berlin proves why Patterson is truly the world's #1 bestselling author.
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Spud by John van de Ruit
An unusual book, in the form of a diary written by the young John Milton as he starts off his high school career with seven others in his dormitory. They call themselves the crazy eight. Follow the crazy eight’s lives, but especially the life of John Milton, which is filled with fun and laughter, being thrashed, slaving for seniors, taking part in plays, losing friends and moving on from being a boy to becoming a man.
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Awakening by S.J. Bolton
A small town is being haunted by snake attacks. When Clara finds one of the deadliest snakes in the world, she knows something is very wrong. With the help of Mark, she delves into the history of the town. Together they try to solve the mystery of the snake murders. This fast reading book will keep you at the edge of your seat and unwilling to put it down until you find the truth
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Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
This fantasy story will take you all the way to Zoo City. If you commit murder, you get an animal. Zinzi’s animal is a sloth and her gift is to find lost things. She is hired to find a missing girl. She goes on a hunt for Song. The reason she is wanted unanimaled becomes clear when the story takes a sharp turn to show a side of various characters that you would never have expected.