Now that the holiday season is over, it’s time to get back to reading especially because there are plenty of proudly South African books to choose from.
Here are 4 must-read books by South African authors:
1. Born Freeloaders by Phumlani Pikoli.This book is based on the lives of millennial kids whose parents are high profile and wealthy politicians. Some important topics that are tackled are privilege, identity, politics and drugs. I love that it’s written in the way millennials speak; there is quirky lingo and references that are in line with the times we are living in. I highly recommend that you make this book part of your collection because it’s a masterpiece.
2. I Keep Learning by Unathi Nkayi. The multi-talented entertainer’s memoir is a riveting and interesting read. It is filled with personal stories about her life and struggles. She details events in her life and compares it with what the public and tabloid newspapers thought was happening. In this book, Unathi sheds light on how she overcame challenges.
3. Unbecoming to Become by Ayanda Mangubane Borotho. In this memoir, the actress talks about the struggles of returning to her authentic self and the harsh realities of being a black woman in the entertainment and corporate sector. She opens up about personal moments and how she overcame challenges to find her true self.
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4. Bassie: My Journey of Hope by Basetsana Kumalo. An inspirational book about the life and times of the former Miss South Africa turned television personality and businesswoman. She shares secrets to her success, dealing with heartbreak and maintaining a work-life balance amongst many other important topics. This is an informative and empowering read.