Book Review || Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

“I was 9 years old when mother threw me out of a moving car”.

BORN A CRIME

Even if you didn’t want to read Born a crime ,you now want to know why this mother decides to abuse her son. Dig a little deeper and you will find this was an act of love, done in the name of survival.

I actually debated whether or not to do this review in light of the xenophobic attacks in South Africa. Trevor Noah’s book tells us who he is and where he has comes from in a light and witty manner.

I love and have seen almost all if not all of Trevor’s shows. I always thought that although he spent some time in the townships, he was what we call an aje butter but this book proved me wrong. Trevor tells his story in a funny easy to read way that introduces you to the true horror and folly of apartheid at the same time.

I felt proud reading Born a crime because the women in it were not an afterthought. Perhaps this is due to the fact that he was raised in a very matriarchal home. The woman that marries Trevor will be so lucky 😁

Born a crime shows one boy’s and eventually man’s struggle to make sense of walking the fence between two sides who refuse to see eye to eye. You will grow with Trevor from the troublesome child to the entrepreneurial and love lorn teenager.

Finally to the young adult trying to make his way in the world. You will experience, appreciate and come to wish for the strength of Patricia Noah.

I usually don’t read biographies because I often find them to be long ramblings of self praise or self pity but Born a Crime ….. Is a big YES!

Book Review || The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Currently Reading : The Murder Room By P.D. James

P. S.  There’s a freebie at the end of the post 😁
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The Husband’s Secret says

“Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death.
Imagine too that the letter contained his deepest darkest secret – something with the potential to destroy not just the life you have built together but the lives of others as well.
Imagine then you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive.”

Celia Fitzpatrick is your average Australian mom. Successful Tupperware saleswoman and mom to three lovely girls everything is perfect; that is until she finds her husband John-Paul’s Letter.

Tess O’Leary’s husband has just let her in on his own secret. This secret has entered her running back to her mother’s house and her ex’s arms – the almost perfect Connor Whitby.

Finally , there’s Racheal Crowley whose daughter was murdered years ago, the killer was never found and nobody knows who the killer is –  except Racheal of course and she is sure of it.

Liane Moriarty makes lives of these people and those around them intertwine in unbelievable ways. This gives a novel that rocks you gently before hitting you with its cold hard unbelievable truths .

I promise you will be totally surprised by the end of this book. It is alsoone of the better mysteries I have read.

It begs the questions:

What will you do to keep your family together ?

Do you think all secrets should be shared between man and wife? and;

In addition, how long and how well can you keep a secret ?

Here’s a free pdf copy of

The Husband’s Secret

I hope you enjoy the book, and when you are done with it, please don’t hesitate to tell me at you think of it either here on the blog or on my Instagram.

Cassie Daves Blog Planner 2017 || A “Quick”Review

Cassie Daves Blog Planner

I was going to hold off on doing a review of the Cassie Daves blog planner until I had used it for about a month. Buuut immediately I got mine, opened it and saw what it contained I knew I had to say something.
So since this blog is my soap box let me shout

IT  IS  AMAZING

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I used to write my ideas and to do list in various books, I even manually drew my own calendar .Then I saw reviews for the blog planner and I knew I had to check it out.

WHAT’S IN THE BLOG PLANNER ?

The design I went with was the minimalist original black and white one. I just thought it looked aesthetically pleasing, plus I don’t like pink, and I was thinking of flatlay opportunities😁.

Preliminary Pages

The first thing you see when you open the blog planner is a page that tells you you get going. Then you have a page for you to put down your name and your website.

       This belongs to ?

Next you have the blog manifesto page, this page causes you to think deeply about many aspects of your blog. The things you fill out here will help define and streamline your blog.

Next is your 2017 blog goals….because you NEED to put in writing what you want to achieve. Following this are the calendars for 2017 and 2018 respectively.

The planner also contains a daily blog checklist- all those things that you need to do as a blogger that you may sometimes forget, especially if you are a scatterbrain like me.

The last thing we have in the preliminary pages is a social media posting schedule which I am really grateful for, because my own social media is all over the place.😥

Monthly Content

Every month contains, first of all a motivational quote to get you in the right mood and give you encouragement.

Blog goals every month, although writing yearly blog goals is great, breaking it into smaller ones makes it more achievable.

A few pages for post ideas(because you must have a place to keep track of them)and notes.The months calendar with space for notes and adding things you want to do on each day.

Something new to do everyday

A to-do list for every single day of the month, the looks you want to shoot (very useful for style bloggers). A space for your intended blog partnerships and guest posts.

     What TO-DO

Lastly, each month contains a blog review pages, to know if you achieved your blog goals. As well as a space for your blog and social media statistics- to see your growth. Plus a financial overview page with your earrings and expenses to keep track of your dough.😊

P.S.   It also contains something special in the middle of the year to keep you going.

Final Pages

The last few pages of the blog planner, contain 99 blog topic ideas, some useful tools and apps for your blog as well as spaces for your important blog dates, blogs you love and useful links.

What I Love

I love the fact that with all the great stuff it contains, the blog planner is only 8.3″ by 7″ or 21cm by 15 cm ( I measured).

I love the fact the it is hard cover- so it is superdurable.

I love the fact that it looks pretty so when I take it somewhere, I know people will admire it. This will give me a chance to tell them about my blog.

I especially love the fact that this is home grown authentic Nigerian stuff, one of us thought of this and made it happen.

My Advice

Get the planner, get the planner get the planner, even if you are not a blogger, get it and I promise you , the spirit of blogging will enter you.

All bloggers should get this planner, even if you just started blogging a minute ago. If you have a blogger friend ,it’s not to late to get them a late new year present. If your girlfriend or boyfriend is a blogger, here is your early Valentines day gift.

P.S. This will also make a bomb birthday present for your blogger friend.

P.P.S Did you guys notice I got a blog logo…..YAY. What do you think of it.

One of my Flatlays

I would love to hear whatever questions or comments you have about the blog planner.

I shall answer those I can and redirect  those i can’t to CassieDaves 

Why We Should All Obsess Over Books

Ever since I can remember I have always loved reading books.  When I was in secondary school, before school starts, I would have finished reading all the stories in my English textbook.

Novels are a totally different world that you get to immerse yourself in and just fly away. It is like TV in your head.

I am always looking for new books. Although I prefer murder mysteries or whodunits, I can’t say no to a good novel.

Plays are not really my thing , because I feel they don’t flow like novel, that’s why I don’t read Soyinka.

I have read Achebe, Ekwensi, Nwapa, Adichie, Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, J. K. Rowling, Stephen King and Edgar Allan Poe to mention a few.

You probably wonder why you should read novels, well for one they help expand your knowledge of some subjects.Writers do extensive research so that their books can be realistic to the best of their ability.

For example reading a book about let’s say a young lawyer will familiarize you with legal terms and such. You make think it is useless but it can help you sound intelligent and sophisticated in conversations 😎.

They can also improve your vocabulary effortlessly.By showing you where and how to use words.

It is best you have a dictionary handy to check the meaning of strange words.

I hardly read non-fiction because when something sad happens in a fictional novel I agonize for weeks. Now, something I know happened for real,  my heart cannot take it oooo 😥.

To me books are life itself and reading should be seriously encouraged.There is no end to what you can learn from books. There are few joys greater than reading a book and feeling it wrap itself around you like an old friend🙏.

“Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it”-P. J. O’Rourke  Click To Tweet

Do you like reading?

Yes? What do you like reading?  Give me book recommendations.

No? Why?