List room for free


#StudentSA – 31 Books you really must read!

Liezl Hesketh in #StudentSA 


Books transport us to places we have never been, open our eyes to things we have never seen and inspire us to be people we never thought that we would be. I have been a child detective in an Enid Blyton Novel, walked down Fifth Avenue, Manhattan in a Nora Roberts Novel, got serenaded in a gondola in Venice in a Romance Novel, was chased by gorillas in the tropical rainforest in the Congo Novel by Michael Crichton and got inspired to be an investor by Benjamin Graham in his book, The Intelligent Investor.  Aah! The great adventures I have been on! How I miss them.

Having decided that books are a favourite subject for so many of us, we decided to chat with students and made it a topic of discussion on our Wednesday night chat. We got a lot of responses and we therefore compiled a Recommended book list and here it is.


Recommended Book List

  1. Animal Farm and 1984 by George Orwell
  2. Turning Thirty, My Legendary Girlfriend, Dinner for Two, Mr Commitment by Mike Gayle turning-thirty-dinner-for-two-my-legendary-girlfriend
  3. Wuthering Heights by EmilyBronte
  4. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
  5. Summer’s Child, The Midwife’s Confession, Breaking the Silence, The Escape Artist, Secret lives by Diane Chamberlain
  6. The Cat and The Baboon by David Sedaris
  7. Lady No 1 Detective Agency Series byAlexander McCall SmithLadies-no-1-detective-agency-series
  8. Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer
  9. Capital by John Lancaster
  10. Chickens, Mules and 2 old Fools by Victoria Twead
  11. Drugmuled by Joanne Joseph
  12. The Loveliest chocolate shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan
  13. The Street Lawyer, The Firm, The Runaway Jury, The Testament by John Grisham
  14. The Colour of Milk by Nell LeyshonThe-secret-life-of-bees
  15. Thinner by Stephen King
  16. The Kashmir Shawl  and Iris and Ruby by Rosie Thomas.
  17. The Elephant Whisperer, Graham Spence and Anthony Lawrence
  18. The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver
  19. The Best A Man Can Get by John O’Farell
  20. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
  21. Secret life of bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  22. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
  23. Remember Me by Lesley Pearse
  24. But Can You Drink the Water by Jan Hurst-Nicholson
  25. Sister by Rosamund Lupton
  26. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  27. The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell
  28. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
  29. Red Tape and White Knuckles and Lois on the Loose by Lois Pryce
  30. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.
  31. Paradise by Judith McNaught

The-novel-Water-for-ElephantsThis list could go on and on but hey, we don’t want to exhaust you. We are bookworms and we are proud of it. We are always saddened when we hear someone boasting that they haven’t read a book in years. It’s nothing to be proud of because you grow by learning new things and the day that you stop learning, you slowly begin to die inside. Anthony Robbins, a great author says, people should always be in CANI (Constant And Never-ending Improvement) and you can only achieve that through reading and being inquisitive.

A word of advice: Read more

We have recently started a book club in our office (in Pretoria) and anybody interested is very welcome to join us. Email us on and please join us for our Wednesday night Twitter Chat on #StudentSA.

See you again at 2100hrs (GMT+2) on Wednesday