December 8

Leisure Books’ Festive Picks

Leisure_Note1I remember way back when I was a little girl, probably around primary school, my mother was a member of Leisure Books. Every quarter we would have the opportunity to pick a new book and just couldn’t wait to get it. It is one of my first happy book memories and probably the start of my book obsession and hoarding. Yes, I have more books I haven’t read than what I have, hence I’m a self confessed book hoarder. 😛

So needless to say when I was asked to help spread the news of Leisure Books and talk a bit about their festive season media release, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to give back.

Leisure Books released their Top 4 Festive Favourites early in November for all bookworms to take note of. So if you are a bookworm (which I’m sure you are since you’re reading Quotethis) then you probably want to check this out. Leisure Books states in their media release that each one of these favourites “represents a trending topic or literary genre and is a must for any good book shelf worth its weight in salt.” 

So without further ado, here are Leisure Books’ Top 4 Favourites for the coming festive season as mentioned in their media release. You can view and purchase all of these favourites, and more, on the Leisure Books website.

Disclaimer: Blurbs are taken from Goodreads and Takealot.

1. The Silence of the Sea – Yrsa Sigurdardottir

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An abandoned yacht, a young family missing – chilling crime from the queen of Nordic Noir.
The most chilling novel yet from Yrsa Sigurdardottir, an international bestseller at the height of her powers.

‘Mummy dead.’ The child’s pure treble was uncomfortably clear. It was the last thing Brynjar – and doubtless the others – wanted to hear at that moment. ‘Daddy dead.’ It got worse. ‘Adda dead. Bygga dead.’ The child sighed and clutched her grandmother’s leg. ‘All dead.’

A luxury yacht arrives in Reykjavik harbour with nobody on board. What has happened to the crew, and to the family who were on board when it left Lisbon?

Thora Gudmundsdottir is hired by the young father’s parents to investigate, and is soon drawn deeper into the mystery. What should she make of the rumours saying that the vessel was cursed, especially given that when she boards the yacht she thinks she sees one of the missing twins? Where is Karitas, the glamorous young wife of the yacht’s former owner? And whose is the body that has washed up further along the shore?

The Mystery Corner: This is one I’m actually looking forward to buying and reading myself. I’d also like to say that if it wasn’t for this media release I wouldn’t have known about this Scandinavian author. Also some good news, Leisure Books has kindly supplied us with a copy for The Mystery Corner’s first ever give away. More on this at the end.

2. Split – Debbie Loots

splitDis die jare sewentig aan die Rand. Die Barnard-gesin trek gedurig rond; van die Hoëveld tot die Laeveld; see toe en terug; tussen Johannesburg se Triomf en Brixton – enige plek waar ’n mens oor kan begin. Terwyl verpleegster Vera se huwelik aan die verbrokkel is, knoop sy ’n verhouding met haar buurman aan en lees verbode seks-boeke. Haar man, Willem, is ’n salesman en ’n jagter – van koedoes in die Bosveld, en vroue op die dorp. Hy trek die jonger Poppie vas, en Vera beland weer in die arms van haar skoolliefde, Hendrik. Ou patrone word herhaal en foute word gemaak en kort voor lank bevind goeie ou Hendrik hom met ’n rewolwer in die hand. Vera se dogter, Lien, hoop dat ’n vlieënde piering haar gaan kom haal, en dit voel asof haar tannie Brenda in Triomf al een is wat haar verstaan. Kunsbeurs in die hand trek sy later by Brenda in, en terwyl sy die een na die ander kans verbrou, blyk dit hoop is nie altyd genoeg nie – soms is iets anders nodig. Split is ’n debuutroman oor ’n gebroke huisgesin en die nuwe lewens wat hulle probeer bou met die stukke wat oorgebly het.

The Mystery Corner: It is always good to see some local authors on a favourites list and I always encourage and support our local talent. I personally am not fond of dramas, but I do like Marita van der Vyver and if she recommends this read then I’m sure it is one worth trying.

3. Braids: Step by Step – Laura Arnesen and Marie Wivel

9780624076278(1)For centuries, the art of braiding has been passed down through generations. Braids are adorable, they do not cost anything to make and nothing is as relaxing as braiding new techniques with your girlfriends.

The two teenage girls Laura and Marie run the Instagram page @HairAndNailsInspiration where they braid for more than 60.000 followers. In this book the two girls show how to do different hairstyles – all illustrated step by step.

BRAIDS gives you 5 basic braids with links to a video guide, 10 braided styles and 5 braided party styles. The book also offers lots of tips and inspiration on how to braid with beads and flowers. Or just combine the basic styles and create brand new looks.

The Mystery Corner: Well for those of you who know me, braiding my hair has never really been something on my to do list. Having said that, I think this could be a perfect gift for little girls and aspiring fashionistas.

4. Kreatiewe Inkleurboek vir Grootmense 3 & 4 – Michael Omara

Kreatiewe inkleurboek vir grootmense 3_cover.inddNog twee inkleurboeke gerig op gespanne en moeë volwassenes. Na die briljante verkope van Kreatiewe inkleurboek vir grootmense 1 en 2 is ‘n derde en vierde een op pad wat daarop gerig is om die kreatiewe siel in jou te herontdek. Skets en inkleur is al jare lank daarvoor bekend dat dit die mens se denkprosesse stimuleer. Boonop is dit ‘n hoogs kreatiewe manier om te ontspan en beslis nie net op kinders gerig nie! 9780798171762(1)Hierdie inkleurboek met sy pragtige en fyn gedetailleerde ontwerpe sal beslis in almal se smaak val. So trek die inkleurkryte nader: dis tyd om kreatief te wees en te ontspan!

The Mystery Corner: This is the latest fad amongst adults. Almost every book blogger I know absolutely just loves their colouring books. I even saw a 3D colouring book the other day – perfect for engineers. So if you really loved colouring in as a kid, you can let your inner child out and get one of these colouring books without feeling like you regressed in any way, shape or form.

The Silence of the Sea Give Away

This brings us to the first ever give away on The Mystery Corner, with a special thanks to Leisure Books for supplying us with a copy of Silence of the Sea. As you can tell I’m super excited about this. This give away is just in time for Christmas and one of you lucky readers will have the chance to walk away with, what appears to be, a great crime thriller read!

silence of the sea(2)Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

How can you be a part of this awesomeness? 

Well to enter this give away you need to be able to follow instructions and do the following, not necessarily in this exact order:

1. Subscribe to the email list for The Mystery Corner (You can find this at the top right above the “Stalk Me” heading).

2. Follow me on Twitter (Also under the “Stalk Me” heading or just search for my handle: mechtach777).

3. Retweet this media release on Twitter and (optional) on Facebook and link it to Leisure Books’ Facebook page. (I have no way of checking this as The Mystery Corner doesn’t have a Facebook presence yet, but you will be doing Leisure Books a solid.)

4. Leave a comment on this post to tell us which one of Leisure Books’ favourites you look forward to enjoying or sharing this festive season.

I’ll be checking if you’ve done all the steps which will result in your name being put on a piece of paper and into a hat for the lucky draw. Also, I’m sorry but this give away is for South Africans only. In this economy I need to keep the postage down. 🙂

When will the draw take place?

I’m giving you to the end of this week, that is Friday. I’ll announce the winner on Twitter this Saturday, 12 December, morning between 10am and 11am. I’ll also DM (Direct Message) the winner in case they miss the announcement to arrange for delivery.

I hope you are all just as excited as me!

Happy Hunting!

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Posted December 8, 2015 by Natasha B in category "Features", "Leisure Books", "Media Releases


  1. By Elmien Botha on

    Hopefully in futre…Leisure books can sponsor the postage for local and overseas persons…since they do get the advertising for free… hiehiehie

    1. By Natasha B (Post author) on

      I totally agree Elmien! I’ll broach it for future give away’s!

  2. yolandesteynBy yolandesteyn on

    Obviously, first on the list : The silence of the sea !! Secondly …Those colouring books for adults really looks interesting …mmm

    1. By Natasha B (Post author) on

      I’m also eyeing The Silence of the Sea, it looks like a very interesting read! And who doesn’t like reliving their childhood with colouring books, I know what your next b-day gift will be. 😛

  3. By HC Nolte (@HCNolte) on

    Ek dink dat Split deur Debbie Loots ‘n goeie lees kan wees… of dalk ‘n geskenk vir iemand die Kersfees. Dis nou wel ‘n drama maar dit klink lekker donker. 🙂

    1. By Natasha B (Post author) on

      Ja, Split klink nogals interessant en vol intrige. Dit herineer my so effe aan ‘n sepie en ek is seker die leser sal genoeg he om aan te kou. Goeie roep!

  4. By Hildegarde_k on

    The Silence of the Sea sounds riveting, and perfect for the upcoming vacation season! Nice post, Natasha! 🙂

    1. By Natasha B (Post author) on

      I know right! I’m so going to borrow it from the winner. 😛

  5. By Natasha B (Post author) on

    Congratulations to Yolande Steyn for winning The Mystery Corner’s first give away! And thanks to Leisure Books for kindly providing a copy of The Silence of the Sea!


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